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The Happiest Hour at Hudson Yards

Sidle up to some of the neighborhood’s most beautiful bars for cocktails and cheer.

The best time of the day—aka Happy Hour—is back and better than ever at The Shops & Restaurants. So grab some friends or colleagues and grab a cocktail or two at any of Hudson Yards’ prime spots. Can’t decide where to start? Here’s a little guidance.

For a bit of sugar and spice

Wild Ink’s signature cocktail, the Golden Ink, mixes mezcal, tequila, house-made passion fruit puree, ginger and agave in a rock glass that has been dipped in togarashi. That same chile-spice blend is used in the restaurant's fried chicken. In other words: it’s a perfect pairing.

To begin the week with a bang

Queensyard’s Martini Mondays, which start at 5pm, feature three takes on the classic sipper: the Queen’s Gambit (Hendrick's Orbium Gin, dry vermouth, lemon); Harajuku Style (Hendrick's Lunar Gin, UME Plum Liqueur, lychee); and a New York Minute (Hendrick's Gin, dry vermouth, olive). Can’t decide? A mini-Martini flight is $15.

To keep the summer going

Swing by Jibs, the just-opened, New England-style seafood shack with glorious views of the Hudson and order a Ride Like the Wind, made with Casamigos tequila, pineapple juice, jalapeño and cinnamon. Tequila not your thing? Try a What a Fool Believes—Tito’s Vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, butterfly pea flower tea and prosecco.

For something that packs less punch

At Peak, the bartenders will happily swap out the Dorothy Parker Gin in their garden-inspired Bees Knees for the non-alcoholic Seedlip. Paired with the honey, lemon, pomegranate and beet, it makes for an equally delicious and earthy concoction.

To satisfy that wanderlust

At Mercado Little Spain, Sangria Hour is Monday through Thursday, from 3-6pm. There’s fruity spiced wine on tap, plus drafts of Vermút (Spanish vermouth)—both red and white— served with a splash of club soda. Forget to order some of those delicious tapas.

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