Best Cheap Beer and Drinks in New York City

Great New York Bars Where You Can Drink Up for as Little as $1

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Even in a city where pints of beer can cost upwards of $10, there’s no shortage of bars with drink specials so cheap that it’ll make you feel like it’s the 1960s. Collect your spare change and hit the town with the cheap beer and drinks at these 4 NYC bars!

1. Bourbon Street for $1 Beers

It might feel like you’re trapped at a bad fraternity party, but it’s hard to beat $1 beers at this Upper West Side hangout. You can party like Mardi Gras on Thursdays from 9pm to 11pm when one buck is all you need for a Bud or Bud Light. Daily happy hours (from 3pm till 8pm) feature $3 well drinks and $4 on all draft beers, plus, there are two-for-one drinks on Wednesday nights. 407 Amsterdam Ave., btwn W. 79th & W. 80th sts.; 212/721-1332

2. Bravest for $3 Pints

For a bit more of a laid-back scene, check out this Murray Hill bar with tasty wings and burgers. Grab a Bud, Bud Light, or PBR can for $3 all day, every day; or, during their 4pm to 7pm happy hour (from Monday through Saturday), get $3 draft pints and well mixed drinks. Admire the NYFD memorabilia on the walls and take advantage of the bar’s free Wi-Fi, too. 700 2nd Ave. at W. 38th St.;

3. Welcome To The Johnsons for $2 PBRs

You can down $2 cans of PBR at this Lower East Side dive bar that's decorated like your grandma’s house. As you squeeze through the crowd of hipsters assembled at the bar, don’t get too nostalgic when you notice the plastic covered couches and family photos that adorn the walls. 123 Rivington St., btwn Essex & Norfolk sts.

4. Village Pourhouse for $4 Pints of Beer

For those of you looking to get an early start to your evening, this sports bar offers a great weekday lunch deal: get a burger, grilled cheese, quesadilla, or salad, paired with a beer for $8.95 (Monday through Friday, from 12pm till 4pm). During happy hour (12pm to 7pm) from Monday through Friday, you'll get $4 Bud Light on draft, or $5 well drinks. Look out for a slate of daily drink specials, too, like $5 Margarita Mondays. 64 3rd Ave. at W. 11th St.;

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