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Where to Find Good Cheap Drinks in New York City

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1232008_10_hasmaps%20%281%29.jpgHere, now, we present Eater's map of 12 places to get solid cocktails for $8 or less, for all those times when you want a good, stiff drink but don't want to pay an arm and a leg. Have other picks for cheap cocktail destinations? Throw 'em in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fort Defiance

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365 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 453-6672
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Now that it's back open post-Sandy, get over to St. John Frizell's New Orleans-y cafe and restaurant, where most of the cocktail options run under $10. Definitely try the Barbados Buck, a take on the classic Dark & Stormy, at $8.

2. Zombie Hut

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273 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 855-2736
Just about everything on the Zombie Hut's menu of tiki drinks runs under $8. The sweet and coconut-y Bahama Mama is a strong choice at only five bucks. And little-known fact: tiki is just as good in the fall or winter as it in the spring.

3. The Summit Bar

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133 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009
The list at Summit Bar easily satisfies a frugal drinker's needs. Many of the cocktails hit as low as $8, including the Dark & Stormy and the Whiskey Sour.

4. Gin Palace

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95 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
Ravi Derossi's Gin Palace has $7 gin-and-tonics flowing from the tap. Enough said.

5. Pork Slope

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247 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 768-7675
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The new roadhouse-themed bar from Dale Talde and friends has three cocktails between $8 and $10, with the cheapest being the eight buck Brooklyn Mule. It's a Moscow Mule made with Brooklyn Republic vodka. Also try the beer-and-a-shot special.

6. The Commodore

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366 Metropolitian Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 218-7632
The ever-popular bar The Commodore has a lengthy list of cheap cocktails, including a couple of serious steals. Old-school drinkers should get the Old-Fashioned or the Manhattan, both just $7.
247 S 1st St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 218-8047
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The drinks typically run $11, but at happy hour Rye offers a borderline-absurd $5 Old-Fashioned special.

8. Dutch Kills

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2724 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 383-2724
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Go to this ridiculously good cocktail bar in Long Island City on Monday nights, and there's a sizable selection of rye, rum, and vodka cocktails for just $8. That special menu is also available for happy hour Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.; otherwise drinks are $11.

9. The Drink

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228 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 782-8463
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The cocktails mostly run $10, just out of our price range here, but while your high-rolling friends get drunk on Manhattans and martinis, try the rotating punch selection or the wassail: both only $5 for a cup.

10. Continental

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25 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10003-5502
(212) 529-6924
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It might not be the classiest place, and the crowd might get kind of bro-y, but you get what you pay for: all drinks are between $2 and $6 between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.

11. International Bar

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120 1/2 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10009
(212) 777-1643
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Per TONY, liquor maxes out at $8 at this East Village watering hole. With an 8 a.m. opening time, it's also perfect for day drinking.

12. Jimmy's Corner

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140 W 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 764-2366
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Jimmy's Corner is an old-school New York dive hiding out in Midtown. Also per TONY, drinks will average you around $4 here.

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1. Fort Defiance

365 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Now that it's back open post-Sandy, get over to St. John Frizell's New Orleans-y cafe and restaurant, where most of the cocktail options run under $10. Definitely try the Barbados Buck, a take on the classic Dark & Stormy, at $8.
365 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

2. Zombie Hut

273 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11231
Just about everything on the Zombie Hut's menu of tiki drinks runs under $8. The sweet and coconut-y Bahama Mama is a strong choice at only five bucks. And little-known fact: tiki is just as good in the fall or winter as it in the spring.
273 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

3. The Summit Bar

133 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009
The list at Summit Bar easily satisfies a frugal drinker's needs. Many of the cocktails hit as low as $8, including the Dark & Stormy and the Whiskey Sour.
133 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009

4. Gin Palace

95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Ravi Derossi's Gin Palace has $7 gin-and-tonics flowing from the tap. Enough said.
95 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

5. Pork Slope

247 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
The new roadhouse-themed bar from Dale Talde and friends has three cocktails between $8 and $10, with the cheapest being the eight buck Brooklyn Mule. It's a Moscow Mule made with Brooklyn Republic vodka. Also try the beer-and-a-shot special.
247 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

6. The Commodore

366 Metropolitian Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211
The ever-popular bar The Commodore has a lengthy list of cheap cocktails, including a couple of serious steals. Old-school drinkers should get the Old-Fashioned or the Manhattan, both just $7.
366 Metropolitian Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

7. Rye

247 S 1st St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
The drinks typically run $11, but at happy hour Rye offers a borderline-absurd $5 Old-Fashioned special.
247 S 1st St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

8. Dutch Kills

2724 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101
Go to this ridiculously good cocktail bar in Long Island City on Monday nights, and there's a sizable selection of rye, rum, and vodka cocktails for just $8. That special menu is also available for happy hour Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.; otherwise drinks are $11.
2724 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101

9. The Drink

228 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11206
The cocktails mostly run $10, just out of our price range here, but while your high-rolling friends get drunk on Manhattans and martinis, try the rotating punch selection or the wassail: both only $5 for a cup.
228 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11206

10. Continental

25 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10003-5502
It might not be the classiest place, and the crowd might get kind of bro-y, but you get what you pay for: all drinks are between $2 and $6 between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.
25 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10003-5502

11. International Bar

120 1/2 1st Ave., New York, NY 10009
Per TONY, liquor maxes out at $8 at this East Village watering hole. With an 8 a.m. opening time, it's also perfect for day drinking.
120 1/2 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10009

12. Jimmy's Corner

140 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036
Jimmy's Corner is an old-school New York dive hiding out in Midtown. Also per TONY, drinks will average you around $4 here.
140 W 44th St.
New York, NY 10036

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