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Hey, bartender: Catch these service industry happy hours in Brooklyn

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You already spend too much time slinging drinks, so don’t spend all your money buying them

You just started your new job at a bar/restaurant/café. After a long day of serving people, the only thing you deserve is to drink and relax. But if you’re new in the neighborhood, it can be hard to find a late night option without blowing all of your hard-earned tips. Before you step into a bar that closes twenty minutes after you walk in, check out these options that offer a fun hang for those working in a restaurant or bar—without sacrificing your paycheck.

The Brazen Head
228 Atlantic Ave.
Tuesdays 12am-4am

With their late night happy hour of $5 draft beers and well drinks and $7 PBR and shot of rye, Cobble Hill’s The Brazen Head is the perfect bar to relax after a long night of slinging drinks What started as an industry-only event has expanded to all night owls, so all you need to show is your face. With 15 different beers on tap, you’ll be happy to settle in for the remainder of the night.

685 5th Ave.
Mondays 5pm-4am

Less than a year old, this South Slope bar is making a name for itself for its fantastic food and gracious all-day industry nights. All tap beer and wine is $2 off and well drinks are $4. They don’t require proof you work in the service industry, but be cool and be honest when asking about this exclusive happy hour.

Canal Bar
270 3rd Ave.
Mondays 9pm-close

Soak in a piece of history with the oldest bar in Gowanus. With their $4 drafts and $5 Jameson and Jack shots, this small dive bar requires a business card to prove your profession.

Extra Fancy
302 Metropolitan Ave.
Mondays 12 am-4am

One of the more popular industry spots, this Williamsburg bar’s Muscle Shirt Mondays is a way for bartenders and patrons to kick back together. Their late-night food happy hour includes half price oysters, clams, and shrimp, and is available to all patrons. Drink specials are determined by bartenders and although proof of employment isn’t necessary, given all the industry people here, the posers will be pretty apparent.

477 5th Ave.
Mondays 7pm-4am

Flashback to your ‘70’s living room with $4 well and $1 off draft beer. The bartenders at this Park Slope establishment are in the know on the industry crowd, so if you’re new to the neighborhood, be friendly and let them know where you work.

The Shanty
79 Richardson St.
Mondays 6pm-12am

Connected to the New York Distilling Company in Williamsburg, this isn’t a specific industry night, but their kick-ass alcohol and great late-night happy hour is enough to draw a large industry crowd. $3 select beers and $7 drinks made with New York Distilling gin.

338 Franklin Ave.
Last Thursday of every month 5pm-4am

The Bed-Stuy bar and restaurant does more than great food. Their once a month industry event is a great way to commiserate with your fellow industry employees over cheap drinks—$4 well, $5 margaritas, and $1 off beer and wine. Check their Facebook to stay updated on their events and how to be a part of it.

Union Pool
484 Union Ave.
Tuesdays 12pm-4am

This Williamsburg staple continues to entice neighborhood bartenders with its late night happy hour. Available to anyone that can show proof of their employment (business card, pay stub, name tag, look of exhaustion/longing)

Honorable mentions to the many bars in Brooklyn that consider every late night service industry night. It’s just a matter of finding a bar to call your own.

One Response to

  1. al fair

    my service industry job doesn’t let out til 4am. We don’t have drink happy hour but you can play 2 games of bowling for the price of one game after 1am.

    I do wish there were more places to eat at 4:30.

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