On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Manhattan’s Deli in Newport News offers $1 domestic drafts and $2 wells with soda from 7 to 9pm. I point out the soda because I tried to order a cranberry vodka and wasn’t able to get the deal. They did let me get vodka lemonade, though.
The atmosphere on a Friday night was that of a college bar: loud, dark, crowded, and your drinks come in small plastic cups. Not the right choice if you’re looking for conversation and ambience. If you’re looking to party, you nailed it.
The way I see it, there are two ways you can utilize Manhattan’s Friday happy hour:
1) Liquid Courage for the Dance Floor: Every Friday a live DJ starts around 9pm. They had tables on the edge of the dance floor, and it didn’t take but 30 seconds after the DJ began for one of the groups at the tables to get up and start shaking it.
2) The Ultimate Pre-Game. Manhattan’s is located conveniently near City Center, which has multiple other bars to hop around. Directly next door and across the street you’ll find Jose Tequilas and Tradition Brewing. Closer to the fountain, you’ve got Salsa’s for latin dancing, Hiyashi for sake lovers, and Boathouse and the Cove for live music. Manhattan’s gives you a great starting point (and small starting tab) for a DIY bar crawl. And for some of us, a few hours of $1 drinks will last us an entire night.
For those of you that want to enjoy cheap drinks but not have to shout at your friends, there are a few quieter tables in the back if you’re lucky enough to grab one. They also have a small patio.
I’ve personally only been to Manhattan’s happy hour on Friday, but according to their website, Monday’s are Kareoke Night. No matter which night you choose, you’re in for a great deal.