Fridays are the best and worst days for an after-work pint. The image of sipping an ice-cold IPA becomes your main motivation to get that one last email out, but the sheer amount of thirsty people stalking that seat at the bar, or the one table that looks like they’re on the verge of leaving is enough to put anyone off.
In comes the city’s most neglected secret: hotel bars. Compared to trendy speakeasys, bars at a hotel appear to be intimidating transition points between bed and exit, not somewhere you can loosen your tie, kick off your heels and unwind. Rid yourself of the misconception, and embrace fantastic Friday happy hour deals, without the hindrance of jostling with a crowd. Here are five of the best happy hours at hotel bars you can stake out this Friday.