Drink (and Eat) Like a New Yorker: Happy Hour at The Mermaid Inn September 15 2017


The words “Happy Hour” fill many people with glee.  However, the Happy Hour at The Mermaid Inn in NYC is not only one of the best deals in town, but it is one of the tastiest options for food and cocktails.  Happy Hour, actually the happy hours, at the Mermaid Inn are from 5 PM to 7 PM every night of the week. 

The ambiance is rich, dark and tactfully nautical.  When the weather is fair, you will want to sit outside in their outdoor seating, but even with a reservation, those are first come first serve for Happy Hour, so do plan ahead.  In fact, reservations, while not required are strongly recommended as they fill up very quickly.  You can make reservations by visiting their website or Open Table.  When it comes to things to drink and eat when in New York City, the Happy Hour at Mermaid Inn is a brilliant combination of appetizers, snacks, shellfish, drinks and a special treat that comes at the end of the experience.

The Mermaid Inn is conveniently located in three distinct neighborhoods.

  • Upper West Side

570 Amsterdam Ave

NY, NY 10024

  • East Village

96 Second Ave

NY, NY 10003

  • Greenwich

79 Macdougal Street

NY, NY 10012

Note:  This location is actually called The Mermaid Oyster Bar has a slightly different Happy Hour menu, but they offer a special of Happy Hour all night on Mondays.

If you want to make a full meal out of it, you will not be disappointed, but this post is about the wonderful Happy Hour.  What makes it so special?

Mermaid Inn Oysters


The drinks

Now, the Mermaid Inn has a full bar so you are free to get whatever libation calls to you, but their specials are worth a try.

House wine is $7 per glass

Draught beer is $5

And the specialty cocktails are tasty and there is a decent amount of alcohol in them.

Happy Hour specialty cocktails at the Mermaid Inn include:  Dark & Stormy, Mermaid Mary, the Pink Flamingo (so refreshing), Hot & Dirty and an Aperol Spritz.


Any good NYC seafood place has some fresh shellfish, but the quality and the value you receive at the Mermaid Inn’s Happy Hour is worth the visit.


  • Chef’s Choice Oyster
  • Littleneck clams
Appetizers and Snacks

There are quite a few great options including Fried Oysters, Avocado and Shrimp Sliders, and Clam Sliders.

But here are some must try items:

  • Fried Calamari
  • Mini Chilled Corn Soup/Clam Chowder (and others depending on the season)  
  • Mini Mermaid Fish Taco
  • Old Bay French Fries (OK, this last item isn’t on the happy hour menu, but they are flavored well and fried to perfection, so add them to your order.)

And there's free chocolate pudding


The team at New York Nightlife hopes that you enjoy your Happy Hour experience at the Mermaid Inn.