Midtown Happy Hour: Free Wings (And Hot Irish Guys) at the Pig N Whistle

If you like to eat, chances are you like to drink (read: a lot of you are freakin’ lushes), so I thought maybe it was time to introduce a happy hour column to the site. Every week, our Happy Hour Correspondent “Mamacita” will post about a different bar in Midtown that fits the Midtown Lunch mentality: unhealthy food, not lame (unless it’s lame in a cool way), and most importantly… cheap.

Midtown Happy Hour: Pig N Whistle

My eternal search for the elusive free canapé happy hour led me this week to the Pig n’ Whistle on 47th Street. Opened in 1969, the Pig n’ Whistle was originally a restaurant in the Old Townhouse of President Taft on West 48th street and now it has many outposts in Manhattan. There isn’t a discounted happy hour, but beer was a sort of reasonable $6.50 for import drafts and $6 for mixed drinks. But from 6pm to 8pm they provide the free hors d’oeuvres!

Midtown Happy Hour: Pig N Whistle

On this night there was a large chafing dish filled with crispy wings in a sweet Jamaican jerk glaze (at least that’s how I can describe it). To my delight the jukebox was playing the Pogues and the bar wasn’t crowded so our group was able to all get seats. Yet the best was soon to come ladies, because then we met the handsome bartenders.

The bartenders and patrons were friendly and it’s not everyday that your Irish bar actually has Irishmen in it. Drinks were well poured and we all received a buy back by the 3rd round. There were more men than ladies at the bar, which can be good or bad given your perspective. On the food front, most bar food runs from $8 to $12 and features your basic jalapeno poppers, calamari, chicken wings, fish and chips, and shepherd’s pie. Pizzas (margherita or pepperoni & sausage) only cost $7.95. Of course, there is a full dinner menu that is over the ML $10 price tag that includes this intriguing item: Gaelic Chicken. A sautéed chicken breasts topped with an Irish whiskey mushroom cream sauce for 16.95. By the end of the night two of my girlfriends left with a hot Irish guy and the boys left drunk and full. And now for the ubiquitous ML +/-


  • Free wings for the boys and eye candy for the gals
  • Reasonable drink prices and free appetizers
  • Not overly crowded
  • Friendly regulars
  • Buy backs!


  • Sorry boys, more man meat available than lady lumps
  • A chain pub, many duplicates in the city
  • No discount happy hour, just average prices

Pig n’ Whistle, 151 w. 46th St. (btw. 6+7th)

Photos and post by Mamacita


  • Im irish, did i mention that?…Well…we’ve a place in Kerry.

    And again….no spuds!

  • Awesome, glad you are giving the Pig it’s well deserved props for the free food! The Pig is one of those places that I used to go almost every night years ago just because of it’s proximity to the office (and free grub) but have neglected recently.

    Glad to hear they’re still doing buy backs!

  • LADY! you have my number. You know to text/call/email whenst surrounded by hot menfolk!! if you continue to do this without me, I won’t move to brooklyn!!!

  • Fuck!! Gots’ to get hot Blondie action in Brooklyn!!!! What are you doing next Wed??

  • WEll…i was playing cricket….but for you….i’ll be sat in the London ina thong.

  • Is that Anastasia chomping on that wing? Tell her she needs a shave.

  • Wayne!!!…how can that be Anastasia?

    I can see at least 3 teeth.

  • Jealousy does not become you boys. Not at all.

    PS – I made you lunchers proud.

  • keep up the happy hour column!!

  • thinking my mouth is Anastasia’s, that’s just wrong!

  • Though, I do hear that south of the Mason-Dixon, yours is considered very “pretty” Whynot. :)

  • Those lads are bloody mingers they are!

  • Taft, sound like Tavss, could be that a distant family member once went to that Pub. Drink up!

  • Have lunch at the Pig once a week, fish and chips great, staff good fun, all around solid place. Place gets more fun as the night goes on.

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