The Happiest Hour

The Happiest Hour

Cocktail Bar and Burger Joint$$$$
West Village, New York
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    The Wall Street Journal
    "celery-based Link Ray"(6 Tips)
    "Try the Little Red Dress, made with strawberry, cocoa and soda."(3 Tips)
    Delia S.
    "Get the Salt + Pepper Broccoli!"(3 Tips)
    Ranu R.
    "Don't miss their drinks with jalapeño tequila."(3 Tips)
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  • burgers
  • cocktails
  • trendy
  • good for dates
  • link ray
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  • John A.heart icon on user image
    John AgapitosMarch 19, 2018
    A favorite cocktail bar, with great music and service. Great for a drink after work, or a “not-too-loud” Friday night. The bartenders are always on point with their drinks and suggestions.
  • Rubén G.heart icon on user image
    Rubén GarcíaOctober 22, 2017
    One of the best burgers in the city, affordable ($12) and served until late night! Good cocktails too
  • Gothamist
    GothamistOctober 27, 2014
    Cocktails how you want them at West Village newcomer The Happiest Hour, opening next week. Try the Little Red Dress, made with strawberry, cocoa and soda. It goes well with rum, red wine, or vodka. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 3, 2015
    Link Ray; This cocktail references Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray, and coaxes celery's sharper notes out with a French bitters called Suze. + Customizable with gin, rhum agricole, or jalapeno-infused tequila. Read more
  • Cassidyheart icon on user image
    CassidyMay 28, 2016
    Try the link ray or the surfer girl. There is only one bathroom for EVERYONE. Pee in the corner and hope for the best 🤔
  • Katie C.
    Katie ConradDecember 20, 2018
    This is a place where you can pair a mouthwatering burger with a crafted cocktail and enjoy both! If you want to party past HH, head right downstairs to Slowly Shirley to boogie.
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    DoubleDeuceJuly 13, 2022
    It's a hip vibe here and the seats on the sidewalk or just inside could be good for people watching but you have to move them around a bit. The back area is better for a small group.
  • J.R. R.heart icon on user image
    J.R. ReedApril 8, 2018
    Great spot for group IF you have a reservation in back area - otherwise it can be a crowded place to stand on weekends; hear there is great spot downstairs
  • Stacy B.heart icon on user image
    Stacy Bo BacyMarch 30, 2019
    Great place to people watch and laugh with friends. Tasty cocktails and burgers.
  • Alberto S.heart icon on user image
    Alberto SimonFebruary 20, 2017
    Happy place with tasty drinks and nice vibe
  • Tim S.heart icon on user image
    Tim SheaApril 16, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious burgers and cocktails. Very similar to a tiki bar. The bartenders are extremely knowledgable, as well.
  • Mike O.heart icon on user image
    Mike O'SullivanSeptember 9, 2017
    Burger is one of the best in they city, and you can’t go wrong with the burger + fries + MGD special
  • Kavita B.heart icon on user image
    Kavita BabaApril 19, 2015
    Great for people watching, crowded but not overly so, and reasonably priced drinks. I'm a fan of the link ray with gin
  • Ofir W.heart icon on user image
    Ofir WeinstockJune 10, 2018
    Went in there only for the burger, atmosphere was great and the burger even more so!
  • Lukeheart icon on user image
    LukeJune 12, 2015
    If you've ever wanted an upscale version of the rusty knot or the commodore, then I guess here you go
  • Edouard M.heart icon on user image
    Edouard MazelApril 30, 2019
    Happy Hour Sunday and Monday ! You must taste the happiest burger 🍔 what a good deal at 10$
  • Zayed K.
    Zayed KhanJuly 4, 2015
    Yuppie central for now (might pass when the hype fades), but the decor and layout is charming and unique.
  • Romain B.heart icon on user image
    Romain BernardMay 19, 2019
    Delicious “the Happiest Burger” with tots!!! Definitely a great Place to come and come again!
  • Xander H.heart icon on user image
    Xander HudsonNovember 8, 2017
    Skillfully balanced, delicious drinks, great Manhattan, super sweet bartenders. This place rocks.
  • Clay F.heart icon on user image
    Clay FoxDecember 13, 2014
    Are you white? Is your hair fake blonde? Is your mom's name Muffy? Then you'll love this bar! Oh yeah the cocktails are pretty good too.
  • Laura M.heart icon on user image
    Laura MerrittApril 17, 2018
    The drinks are delicious and the service was amazing. Love the vibe of this place.
  • Baileyheart icon on user image
    BaileyOctober 29, 2017
    Burgers, fries and cocktails 🍔 🍟 I had the bacon burger, really good!
  • Zach K.heart icon on user image
    Zach KubinDecember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Combine lights out cocktails and music from Goodfellas and you just can't go wrong
  • Alex R.heart icon on user image
    Alex RobertsonAugust 4, 2018
    great slushy drink ($14). Weird vibes. $20 card minimum
  • Egem M.heart icon on user image
    Egem MogultayMarch 10, 2016
    One of the best burgers in the city 🍔 Highly recommended!
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroJuly 12, 2015
    Cool retro vibe! Try the Little Red Dress with sparkling wine!
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda VinciJanuary 13, 2015
    A not so cheesy tiki bar with unique drinks and quality bar food.
  • Dennis O.heart icon on user image
    Dennis O'ReillyJanuary 20, 2015
    Burgers, cocktails, bonzai chicken
  • Delia S.
    Delia SarichNovember 14, 2014
    Amazing decor. Get the Salt + Pepper Broccoli!
  • Leah H.heart icon on user image
    Leah HammerschlagNovember 22, 2014
    Tasty burger, but the +$4 fries are a joke. What is this, an order of fries for ants!? Fun bar/restaurant vibe.
  • when we roam w.heart icon on user image
    The Manhattan version of the commodore! Love me some tiki drinks
  • Carolineheart icon on user image
    CarolineJune 15, 2015
    Great food grumpy staff. The decor and environment are fun.
  • Brad G.
    Brad GaroonJune 5, 2015
    The Happiest Burger is a take on the Big Mac. All the toppings are the same, except they also add tomato. The quality of the beef, special sauce, bun, and onions are superior in every facet. Read more
  • Barton S.heart icon on user image
    Barton SmithMarch 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cocktails and tropical themed interior.
  • Lauryn G.
    Lauryn GoldbergJuly 28, 2018
    This place is trash. Ordered a simple martini and it was really really bad - it even had a leaf of some sort in it that was not a part of the drink. Don’t even get me started on the wine...
  • Alex R.heart icon on user image
    Alex RavenelMay 18, 2016
    Kinda weird cocktails, but well done. Burger is surprisingly great.
  • Ben K.heart icon on user image
    Ben K.May 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great new bar from the Acme team that harks back to 50's LA. Must try the In-N-Out inspired burger and cocktails. Don't miss Slowly Shirleys, the swankier (and pricier) speakeasy downstairs.
  • Max R.heart icon on user image
    Max RauschOctober 10, 2015
    This place is sh**. Rude staff. Overpriced drinks. Bad quality food. Tacky decor. Don't waste your time. There are many many better places around the west village. Skip this one.
  • cece m.
    cece moncadaApril 28, 2018
    I am very sad to say that this bar shall be called the unhappiest hour. Very rude service and disrespectful of the latin American community. I will never return again. Horrible experience.
  • Saif D.heart icon on user image
    Saif DiaOctober 23, 2016
    Brussels sprouts are a great side
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    MJanuary 14, 2016
    Get the broccoli. It does not disappoint.
  • Zayed K.
    Zayed KhanJuly 4, 2015
    Link Ray with jalapeño tequila (as server recommended) was not the balanced pour I was hoping for. Might work better with gin.
  • Josh F.heart icon on user image
    Josh FerryJune 4, 2018
    Fun atmosphere and good cocktails
  • Josh A.heart icon on user image
    Josh AzizAugust 1, 2016
    Get the burger!
  • Doctore A.
    Doctore AguacateNovember 30, 2014
    Ask for Agricole rhum drinks if you want serious flavor
  • emily c.heart icon on user image
    emily chenJuly 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    happiest hour always turns into happiest hours here. great playlist and vibe. my go-to is the sazerac. get the burger -reminiscent of in-n-out, fries, and the broccoli. you won't regret.
  • Sam W.heart icon on user image
    Sam WinnickMarch 4, 2015
    Cool and trendy! Good burgers!
  • Peter K.heart icon on user image
    Peter KellyMarch 21, 2015
    It's nice, but it's also just a an upscale Commodore, which has better food and cocktails.
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    KApril 8, 2015
    sat in a tiny table with tiny chairs and was served a tiny beer for not a tiny price. Hostess told us that we may have to move eventually but it was so loud, we could hardly even hear her or ourselves
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The Wall Street JournalFebruary 27, 2015
    The drinks menu incorporates midcentury themes with flavor profiles that will be instantly recognizable. Try the celery-based Link Ray, made with your choice of jalapeño tequila, gin, vodka or rum. Read more
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