America's Best Happy Hours
Courtesy The Mermaid Inn
Happy Hour: Sunday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Monday–Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
At this beloved seafood spot, now with three locations (Greenwich Village, East Village, and Upper West Side), stiff drinks and oysters are the house specialty. Look up information on the $1–$1.75 bivalves in the restaurant’s Oysterpedia (which also just launched as an iPhone app), while sipping $7 cocktails, like the Hot & Dirty, made with vodka, olive juice, and Tabasco.