If you’re on a budget but still looking to grab drinks and a bite after work (or class) happy hours are your friend. Lucky for you, with over 50 restaurants located in Harlem offering a happy hour menu, only a handful of them actually have food specials. Here are 5 Bars you may want to check out. For your convenience they’re all located on Frederick Douglas Boulevard, so feel free to grab some friends and bar hop.

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Bier International

Bier International became Harlem’s first beer garden when it opened in 2009. Bier offer over 40 international and domestic beer options. If you are having a hard time choosing from the list, just ask your server or bartender for a taste test. Its happy hour specials offer almost half-off all of the appetizers, and two dollars off the draft beers.

Location: 113th street and Frederick Douglas BLVD.

Happy Hours Times: Friday from 4:00pm-7:00pm.

Author’s choice: Try the Fruli strawberry flavored beer, and their hummus. It’s never a let down!

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Harlem Food Bar

This bar is, “for locals, by locals,” according to the owner. This comfortable and modern style restaurant offers several American traditional favorites like meatloaf, chicken wings, and burgers. They offer $6.00 for all their appetizers during happy hour!

Location: 113th street and Frederick Douglas BLVD

Happy Hours Times: Monday through Friday from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Author’s choice: Make sure to try their popular french fries and mac and cheese balls!

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This low-key spot offers $5 cocktails, wine and beer, as well as $3.00 selected shots of the day. Their appetizers are only $5.00! Their American style comfort food will definitely help you relax.

Location: 114th street and Frederick Douglas BLVD

Happy Hours Times: Monday – Thursday from 5:00pm – 9:00pm & Friday’s and Saturdays from 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Author’s choice: Don’t miss out on Auntie D’s mini burgers!

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Looking for sophistication? Chocolat’s blue lit bar will really make you feel like you are spending more money than you really have. They offer $6 domestic beer, wine, and martinis. They also offer discounts on all of their appetizers.

Location: 120th street and Frederick Douglas BLVD

Happy Hours Times: Monday – Friday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Author’s choice: Try out their fresh bruschetta!

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Moca Lounge

Not looking for upscale? No problem. The Moca has a more relaxed feel with very comfortable seating. Their happy hour menu offers discounted burgers, wings, and chicken fingers. Their drink menu also has $5.00 wine and cocktails, and selected beers for only $3.50! Happy hour times change throughout the week but you should in the clear if you stop by between 5:00pm and 8:00pm Mondays through Saturday.

Location: 119th street and Fredrick Douglas BLVD

Happy Hours Times: Monday’s and Tuesdays from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm – 9:00pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Author’s choice: Don’t forget to try out their honey BBQ wings!