ML Happy Hour: Celebrate Independence Day Al Fresco!

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.

For the lunchers who’ve ever experienced the wait for table during lunch at Social Eatz, there’s good news. Angelo Sosa’s quirky new eatery with an award winning burger opened their new back patio yesterday, adding 16 additional seats to the restaurant. They have also rolled out some seasonal drinks for summer time happy hours, including sangria and beer pitcher specials. This comes just in time for the long 4th of July weekend. To sweeten the deal, they’ll be giving away a free cocktail for anyone that orders dinner from 9-11pm, for the next 6 weeks. Viva la summer! And while we’re at it, huzzah to Independence Day!

Here’s a round-up of some more al fresco places to celebrate your independence this weekend, and we even give a nod to our hockey luvin pals to the north as today is also Canada Day!

It’s time for outdoor drinkin’!

Rudy’s backyard bar is ‘half” open. There’s still some work to finish up, but yes you can grab a Rudy’s Blonde Ale and a complimentary Hebrew National hotdog and chill in the Summer breeze.

Hibernia’s lovely wrap around front patio, great beer selection and enthusiastic sports crowd makes it a solid choice for a guys day out. If you’re on a budget stick to the rotating $4 happy hour pints till 7pm. I wasn’t a fan of their sliders, but ML regulars swear by their burgers and claim the wings are amazing as well.

McFadden’s and Calico Jacks
Both bars are having a July 4th Celebration on 42nd St. $4 drinks, draft beers, wine, margaritas & well drinks. All from 4pm to 10pm.

Overlook has a great rooftop view, but what is more impressive is their new bacon lover’s menu that starts today with double bacon burgers, bacon wrapped hot dogs, and bourbon BBQ bacon wrapped chicken breasts. Let’s hope they keep this up through the weekend, along with their happy hour of 2 for 1 drinks till 6pm and after 6pm $5 Yuengling brews and Absolute mixed drinks.

Stags Head
Two floors of seating and an impressive selection of drafts from all American breweries make this the spot to grab a pitcher and kick your feet up outside on their back patio. Don’t forget to grab a burger and some ‘freedom’ fries while you’re out there.

Me Bar
The fresh air, and a fabulous view of the Empire State Building make Me Bar a go-to place for a date or a small group of friends. Grab a Kona, Fire Rock Pale Ale and take advantage of the sunshine and free popcorn.

BeerParc, the new beer garden in the back of FoodParc in the Eventi Hotel is a nice alternative to your average local pub. UltraClay suggests you get the Kasenkrainer. Stuffed with cheese and served on a bed of cabbage with horseradish mustard.

Merto Grill
A hidden roof-top gem (well, until UltraClay spilled the beans) the bar is spacious, with friendly servers and a fairly decent selection of beer and cocktails. The deal is the $3 Rolling Rock & Corona cans, but I have a feeling that after you start browning up that tank top tan-line you will be just fine dropping $12 for some nachos to close out your evening.

La Berreria
Sure, sitting outside with the sun slowly setting and a good beer in hand should be all you need this weekend to relax, but doesn’t a plate full of succulent meat always make it better? Prices are steep but La Berreria compensates with casual atmosphere and quality food.

Hallo Berlin
Hallo Berlin brings two great things together: Sausage and Beer! ML Contributor Brian gives this his thumbs up for the weekend: “I was recently at Hallo Berlin on Tenth Avenue, which is technically out of bounds, but I think they’re an honorary ML spot because of their former well-loved cart on 54th Street (still waiting for it to return!). Aside from the killer German sausages, the food is nothing to write home about, but I love sitting outside in their beer garden. And with a wide variety of German brews served in a range of prices and sizes (from $5 for a mug to $26 for Das Boot!), this is a lively, comfortable respite from the hubbub of city life.

And for our neighbors to the North!

WindFall NYC
It’s Canada day, eh, and Windfall is celebrating with an all out Canuck-fest. All Canada! All day! Canadian food (poutine please,) music (no Rush or Celine Dion please,) beers (Molson me!) and Canada tattoos for the truly patriotic. Party starts at 3pm, so if you can’t party that early then take off hoser.

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