Midtown Happy Hour: Dalton’s Lunchtime Happy Hour Goes Until 8pm!

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” posts 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.


I’ve walked by Dalton’s Bar and Grill plenty of times and never thought about going in. At first glance, there are too many flat screens behind the bar, the food is overpriced and the crowd leans towards the corporate side. It feels out of place for this stretch of 9th Avenue that includes the sordid Port 41, rowdy Rudy’s, derelict Holland’s and raunchy Blue Ruin. However, on one night I wandered in to take advantage of their slightly later then average happy hour. It was then that I realized that this watering hole actually had something to offer.


Dalton’s serves up $4 Rolling Rock, $5 Sam Adams, Yuengling, Cosmopolitans, well drinks and red/white wine starting at 12pm until 8pm. Yes, you heard me right. This is an official lunchtime happy hour. In addition, they have their namesake beer Dalton’s ale and Blonde on draft for only $4. There is something about a pub with it’s own draft beer that always appeals to me… and this pint did not disappoint.


The bar is bustling on a weekday night with local workers having a tipple before heading home. Don’t mind the somewhat generic bar ambiance. Come for the drinks to start your weekend early, or if you get off work late, Dalton’s ale will ease the pain.


  • Happy hour starts at 12pm. Who says you can’t have a cheap nooner?
  • $4 Dalton’s pints and well drinks for $5
  • Large bar plus waitress seating to accommodate large parties


  • Clientele is mostly corporate workers, predominately male (maybe that’s a plus?)
  • Atmosphere is like your lackluster Midtown Irish bar with many TVs
  • Food is overpriced for what basically amounts to pub-level eats

Dalton’s Bar and Grill, 611 Ninth Ave. (nr. 43rd St.), 212-245-5511

Photos and post by “Mamacita”


  • Does the “house” tap taste like Rudy’s Blonde? haha

    I read that a lot of bars that do this just call a cheap macro beer their own house special brew.

  • RE: ” … predominately male (maybe that’s a plus?) …”


    After reading about Born Round’s “oral fixation” this morning, I am getting a bit concerned about NYC folks.

  • Is it just me or do these things get shorter and less detailed every week?

  • @D: what do you expect from an unpaid correspondent without her own blog?

    zach couldn’t even hook her up with vendy tickets!:)


    (p.s.: i still love your submissions mamacita!, just sayin you should be on the payroll is all…)

  • D – I think she says all that can be said about most of these places.

  • It’s a bar w/ tv’s in it. Been there a few times, nothing special about it really. Will probably miss it when they finally turn that block into a luxury condo..

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    Is there a Dalton’s Sausage Fest Ale? Looks like THAT’S the house specialty.

    I know you are biased Mamacita, but how about a midtown Happy Hour that doesn’t look like the sausage room at LaFrieda’s?


  • HAHAA!! True, we need another ladies night. It’s out of bounds for ML, but you would all LOVE Yogi’s on the UWS. Those girls are so magnificent. No kidding, I love the place.

  • Mama REALLY has to try grafton st/Temple Bar in Dublin…..she’d be in cute mick heaven.

  • ‘Mama’ at grafton st/Temple Bar in Dublin?

    I doubt that will ever happen. At least I hope that it won’t.

  • The Dalton’s Blonde is probably a “rebadged” Chelsea Checker Cab Blonde Ale. Chelsea does a lot of that for bars in the city.

  • Of course, DocChuck has never been to Dublin, and knows nothing about the place. He simply enjoys making nasty and unnecessary comments.

  • the french toast here is banging.

  • If you would like to see some photos of the Irish pubs (particularly in Dublin) that DocChuck and his wife Elizabeth, Ph.D. frequent, you can go here:


    However, I cannot recall the ‘grafton st/Temple Bar’ specifically, but then when in Dublin, DocChuck and Doctor Elizabeth do like the Irish do —

    And when in the States, we tend to do what the educated do — and ignore the undesirables.

  • I see you were unable to ignore my post, DocChuck, does that then make me desirable? Oh dear, that very thought has given me quite a fright.

    As far as photos – yes, DocChuck, we know how you like to copy photos from all over the net to ‘prove’ that you travel, are wealthy, and have lots of friends. Oh lookie, I just pasted a pic of a mint Bentley up on a website, so now I own a mint Bentley. Marvelous. Seriously tho, the most pathetic and creepy thing you have done with photos is construct your own faux family, replete with smiling grandchildren, using other folks personal photos.

  • @ the McBagel:

    RE: ” … she’d be in cute mick heaven”.

    Yeah, you may be right on that count. But I think that ‘mick heaven’ is so full of micks that there may not be any room left for some well-deserving dagos.

    But then,I could be wrong.

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