A Downtown Happy Hour

image_roe2What is the best part of a workday?  The end of it, of course!

And what better way to spend a blissful work-free evening than at one of Downtown’s many lively bars and/or restaurants?  Not only does Downtown have plenty of after-work fun to go around, but some of its best watering holes can be enjoyed al fresco.  Whether you’re looking to have a casual beer with co-workers, something stronger to get you through that first date, or a glass of champagne to toast a promotion or birthday – Downtown is the right place.

Having gone to Pace University as an undergrad and subsequently spending most of my career working Downtown, I’ve enjoyed many, many years of discovering these places – one happy hour at a time.

One of the liveliest places in-the-know Downtowners frequent is Stone Street.  Here you are taken back to Lower Manhattan’s earliest days of cobblestone streets, bluestone sidewalks and old-style lighting fixtures.  Recently dubbed as Lower Manhattan’s “restaurant row,” you’ll find an abundance of pubs and offering a party atmosphere almost every night of the week.  On this charming, pedestrian-only street, the brokers and bankers of Wall Street come to either celebrate or commiserate after the closing bell.  Ulysses, Stone Street Tavern and Waterstone Grill are just a few of the many popular places to enjoy drinks or a good burger after work.  Just try getting a table on a balmy Thursday night and you’ll see what I mean.

If it’s Hudson River views you want, head over to the World Financial Center and check out P.J. Clarke’s on the Hudson or Southwest NY.  Both places are great for a margarita or a black & tan at sunset.  Now I’m getting thirsty.

Heading in the opposite direction?  Check out all the fun places at the South Street Seaport.  Ladies night doesn’t get any better than at Sequoia’s and Pacific Grill. Or follow the Salsa music into Cabana for a mojito or some sangria.  Each offers terraces with wonderful waterfront views of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge.

And for those special occasions or for a front row seat of Lady Liberty, head over to Battery Gardens or Rise at the Ritz Carlton Hotel (currently available for private events but reopening in Spring).  Both offer spectacular views, dining options and a place to toast a memorable night.

So get out and enjoy these last few nights of summer with a cocktail or two at some of Downtown’s most popular outdoor drinking spots.

Cheers!

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