ML Happy Hour: In Which We Finally Make It To The Stag’s Head

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

The Stag’s Head has been a great location for a happy hour with friends for a while. ML regulars even did a meet up there last year. The thoughtful beer selection features a seasonal rotation of microbrews, many of which, if you time it right, meet the $5 mark. Stag’s also has a delicious and indecently early happy hour beginning at 11am. In summertime the roof deck provides the opportunity to bask in the warm sun with a drink in hand. So why haven’t we ever written about Stag’s Head? Maybe it’s that the location is too far east and not in Midtown proper. Maybe because we’d like to keep the tourists away. Maybe because there are too few bar stools at Stag’s and I like to keep my bartender to myself. Whatever the case, it was time, so I decided to stop by this week and grab a pint.

The bartenders at Stag’s are amicable folks. If you’re seated at the bar you get the best service and conversation. My bar wench was not only knowledgeable about the beers she pours, but rather proud of the bar. Stag’s Head happens to be literally connected to Cornerstone Bar and when I mentioned it the bartender she was quick to proclaim that Stag’s Head was far superior. I’ve learned it is rarely a good idea to contradict your bartender, especially when she’s probably right.

My current beer of choice is from Left Hand Brewing Company of Colorado. What can I say, lefties do it better.

The character at Stag’s is different. They have a quirky log cabin décor with a kiss of taxidermy, the space seems intimate and low lit, yet with two floors of space you can easily bring a gaggle of friends and find a niche to nest in for the evening.

Stag’s host’s a monthly assortment of events, from a featured brewery night to all major sports with drink and food specials included.

The food is on level with most pub grub. My friend’s fish and chips came on a big plate with lots of fries, but for $15 dollars they do not abide to the ML rules of “cheap ass bastards that like to eat a lot.”

If you work nearby, and have no sense of office decorum, the lunch specials with a ½ pint of beer will certainly fill your stomach and liver without draining your wallet. However that is best suited for a lunchtime review -if Blondie doesn’t beat me to it!

The Plus + (What someone who does like this place would say)

  • Happy hour starts at 11am. Who needs to go to work!
  • I like microbrews!
  • Brewery & sports events with food and drink specials all night
  • Lots of table seating on two levels, plus a roof deck

The Minus – (What someone who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • Happy hour ends by 7pm, so drink up quick!
  • Dinner prices don’t meet the ass-broke budget
  • Top shelf drinks will take advantage of your wallet worse then a corner call girl

Stag’s Head, 252 E. 51st Street at 2nd Avenue, 212-888-2453


  • We actually had more than one HH there Mama.

    Pretty good beer list, good sharable apps (Big too), and as you mentioned seating isn’t a problem….even when we rolled in with around 10 people.

  • a 1/2 pint of beer at lunch is way too much for me to handle.

    i would be off my ass.

    • Yup, me too ;-)

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      I had the same thought and tried the lunch special on a slow day at the office. Problem is, you think 1/2 pint is no big deal, then you stick around for another, and that just makes the 3rd taste better, and then you remember you’re drinking high percentage beer, and then you really ARE on your ass and don’t go back to work. Or something. (By the way, the burgers are really good, and they usually play good music.)

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    Bf and I used to go here for brunch pretty regularly (enough that the waitress/bartender called us her regulars). the last time we went we had two entrees and two beers. When she brought the bill she charged us for the food plus only one beer — so I’m thinking she’s really cool. But after she took my CC and charged the bill I saw that she actually went back and added the extra beer. So basically she changed the bill without letting me know and paid it on my card. Of course she was within her right to do this (we did drink them) but didn’t even run it by me, which I thought was underhanded. Who knows if they do that on the regular?She got a crappy tip and I’m not going back to find out.

  • Did Clay take the pics again? The mounted buck doesn’t look like a panda and I can see the bartenderess’ cleavage without squinting

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