ML Happy Hour: 10 Places That Are Perfect For Dad

If you like to eat, chances are you like to drink (read: a lot of you are freakin’ lushes), so every Friday afternoon 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.


Father’s Day is this Sunday and perhaps you’ll be hanging with dad in Midtown, maybe showing him your office or showing him the sights (if he’s in from out of town.) We also have the Subway Series (Mets vs Yankees) and the World Cup going this weekend making it the perfect chance for some father-son bonding over a beer. After all your dad doesn’t need a silk tie for Father’s Day, instead ‘tie one on’ with him at these approved ML watering holes…

Hey, it’s father’s not mother’s day. Give your dad what he really wants and hasn’t had since his hair fell out and Viagra became his drug of choice: pretty young things in skimpy outfits. Just remind pops he can only order what’s on the menu. Two prime choices are:

Hawaiian Tropic Zone

On Sunday HTZ will have live jazz from 8:30 to midnight, you know, to class it up a bit.

Is you’re your dad a sports guy? Can he quote batting averages from 1963? Do you believe he harbors a secret resentment towards your birth because having a kid meant he could no longer afford season tickets? These might be some good options for you.

Jimmy’s Corner
It hard not to love Jimmy’s. Opened in 1971 by pugilist James Lee Glen, his bar is a temple to the boxing giants. Ensconced in memorabilia and signed photos it’s a great place to grab a beer with dad talk sports with the barkeep. It’s about as manly as it gets.

This fireman’s club is unpretentious, inviting and dripping with testosterone. Perfect to bond over a game on the tube, grab a beer, eat some cheap hot wings and admit that, yes, that wasn’t oregano he found in your room when you were a teen.

Is your dad a baseball fan? There’s plenty of sports paraphernalia and a wall of autographed baseballs from some of the greats players and celebrities. Plus, the manager loves to brag about the stories behind each signature.

Need something a little more family friendly? You know where mom and the kids can come along? These two might be more up your alley.

Fat Annies Truck Stop
Have kids in tow, want to still watch the World Cup on Father’s Day? Take on a tower of beers while they eat some tater-tot nachos. All games shown live on 12 large HD screens.

Havana Central
The family will love the monfungo and maduros, dad will love the bottomless glass of beer for $12 and the complimentary hand rolled cigar to every papa.

On the opposite side of the coin is your dad ill tempered, foul mannered and pickled? Did he scare your high school friends? Does he remind you of Clint Eastwood? Take him here.

He’ll feel at home at Hickey’s: A perfect dark den for no frills drinking. You can also buy beer to go in a brown paper bag, yup, perfect for taking over to dad’s favorite park bench.

Subway Inn
Its old school New York charm and grit make it a worthy bar to have a pint with the old man. This classic dive has survived since 1937 and the old bastard is showing no signs of drying out despite the rapidly changing neighborhood.

Finally, take your dad out in style, particularly if he’s picking up the check or that finance job of yours is still riding high. Remember he brought you into this world and he can take you out! Splurge and go to the historic Algonquin bar.

Algonquin Hotel
If he’s a man of refined tastes he’ll appreciate the literary history and the elegant period decorating and fine dinning.


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