Best Guilt-Free Happy Hours in Brooklyn


Keep your good thing going over drinks in Brooklyn, NY.: Photo Credit: Foxys_forest_manufacture/iStock/Getty Images Plus collection/Getty Images

Within walking distance of the flagship EVEN Hotels Brooklyn, you’ll find deliciously healthy food and drink options on nearly every corner. To carry you into a twinkling city night, here are six of such favorites for happy hour:

Colonie

If you’re looking for an elegant option, Colonie is ideal for entertaining clients or indulging on your own. Named for Bruijkleen Colonie, as the original Dutch settlers called Brooklyn, the restaurant features modern American dishes from locally sourced ingredients. At happy hour, held Monday through Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m., you can snack on ricotta crostini drizzled with Catskills honey, pickled vegetables and the dollar raw bar, paired with thoughtful cocktails and local wines on tap.

Bhealthy.buzz

For an alternative to a traditional happy hour, take a quick wal from the Even Hotel to BHealthy.buzz, a locally owned juice and shake spot. Whether you go with the energizing Immune Booster (kale, beet, pineapple, ginger, apple) or a transporting booze-free, dairy-free piña colada, you’ll feel good about yourself, while relaxing at an outdoor table or in a sun-drenched window seat.

Friend of a Farmer

The Brooklyn outpost of Friend of a Farmer stays true to the Manhattan original’s farm-to-table ethos You’ll feel right at home in this rustic space warmed by a fireplace. Happy hour, held Monday to Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., features specialty cocktails, fresh-pressed juices and weekly small plate specials. Get cozy with the wide selection of sustainable and biodynamic wines and lose track of the bustling city outside.

LuAnne’s Wild Ginger

With several locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, pan-Asian vegan spot LuAnne’s Wild Ginger has been included among the “10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants In NYC” (Gothamist). The location at 235 Dekalb Avenue makes for an easy 20-minute stroll from the Even Hotel Downtown Brooklyn to happy hour, held Monday to Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.. You’ll find discounted wine and beer specials paired with small bites like steamed dumplings, seared miso eggplant and seitan skewers.

June

Cozy and beautiful, with an intimate bar that spills onto a lush back patio, June is the type of place where you can ask the bartenders, “What’s the deal with all these orange wines I’ve been seeing lately?” and get a thoughtful, helpful reply. Happy hour, offered Monday to Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m., features a seasonal punch of the day and small bites, such as potato croquettes and radishes with crème fraîche butter and preserved citrus.

Bareburger

If only a burger will do, find yourself a spot at the bar at Bareburger, a New York City-based mini-chain known for serving sustainably raised meats, as well as its meatless Impossible Burger. You can pair your sandwich with an all-natural sarsaparilla or a craft beer from the well-curated list.

 

About the Author

Cara Cannella is a writer, editor, teacher and event moderator based in Brooklyn, N.Y.