Imagine this. You’re sitting on the patio with friends, basking in the warm glow of sunshine at the end of the day. An ice-cold beer or a chilled glass of white wine rests on the table in front of you, accompanied by gourmet snacks and small bites. A summer breeze blows through the air, gently rocking the picnic umbrella above you.
Does it get any better than this?
As far as summer moments go, it’s hard to beat the simple pleasure of an outdoor happy hour. Lucky for us, the Hudson Valley has some of the best pickings around. Hit one of these hotspots for sweet sips and an inviting ambiance.
The Smoked Bacon Ranch Burger is $9 at Heritage’s happy hour. Photo courtesy of Heritage Food and Drink
Although the interior of Heritage deserves its own shout-out, the outdoor patio space is the place to be during spring and summer evenings. Head to the Wappingers eatery Monday to Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. for discounted drink specials. $5 well drinks, draft beers, and wines pair beautifully with $1 East Coast Oysters. If you need a bigger snack, order the $6 General Tso’s cauliflower. One taste and you’ll forget you’re eating a vegetable.
Held during the week from 4 to 6 p.m., the happy hour at Ms. Fairfax in Newburgh starts indoors and overflows onto the outdoor patio space and front picnic tables. Take advantage of the evening discounts, which include $1 off wine and bee and $3 Nanoboss from Newburgh Brewing Company. Local Graft ciders are always on tap as well.
Every Tuesday through Friday during the week, Nic L Inn hosts its happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. at the bar. From 4 to 6 p.m. guests can wander out to the outdoor patio to sit at the charming bistro tables and take in the Hudson River views. House wines, beers, and well drinks are all $6, while bar menu items range from $6-12. With locally sourced ingredients as mainstays on the menu, expect even the lightest of bites to be nothing short of delectable.
If you crave waterfront views, look no further than Shadows on the Hudson. With a prime location on the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, Shadows offers a worthy happy hour on weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Scoop up the $1 Blue Point oysters for a midweek treat. The three package specials, ranging in price from $5-7, pair tasty apps with a selection of drinks. $5 will buy you a Maryland crab cake and Canyon Road Pinot Grigio, while $6 gets you butternut squash hummus and a bottle of Angry Orchard.â€‹