I recently fell back in love with daytime drinking. Â There’s really nothing better than having a few beers midday, going to bed by midnight, and having all of Sunday hangover-free to tackle whatever projects you wanted to finish over the weekend.
Last weekend, I headed over to Down the Hatch to indulge in some beers and wings. Â Down the Hatch, located in the West Village, has a pretty sweet deal on Saturday and Sundays – pay $21, and you’ll have unlimited wings, fries and onion rings from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Â Need something to wash down those wings? You’ll also get 3 pitchers of beer. Â Don’t worry, you don’t have to juggle several pitchers. Â Instead, you get tickets, and you can redeem each ticket for a beer or use four tickets and get a pitcher. Â You can select any of the beers on tap – I believe I was drinking Michelob Ultra for most of the afternoon (gotta cut those calories somewhere).
The bar had plenty of tables and counters to eat wings off of, and unlike a night bar scene, everyone was friendly. Â People were sharing tables, chatting it up, pouring you some beer, etc. Â Granted, I was in NYU territory and may have been about 4 years older than some of the patrons, but everyone was getting along fine – to the point where I may have screamed out “Coll-ege.”
Now on to the beer – when I heard 1-6 p.m., I knew there was no reason for me to get there at 1, given that I was not 100% on Friday after the New Year activities. Â Instead, we got there at 3. Â At first I was a little upset because back in the day, Saturday activities were all you can drink and now I was limited to 3 pitchers (this coming from the girl who only needs 3 beers). Â But, we didn’t come close to redeeming all our drink tickets – not even the guys. Â As a heads up, at 5:30 the bartenders stop serving pitchers, but you can still get cups of beer. Â The bartenders are fine with you stocking up with beer at your table – I believe once it became 6 p.m., we may have had 2 pitchers left and stayed for another hour. Â Some bartenders didn’t even collect tickets, which was great.
As far as the food went, it was your typical bar food and was perfect for accompanying a pint. Â Wings came with fries and you could order onion rings too if you wanted. Â Our favorite Atomic Wings provides the wings at Down the hatch, and they have the 89thandbroke.com seal of approval.
If you are looking to grab a few drinks during the day, check out Down the Hatch. Â It’s a much more affordable option than sitting in any other bar in this city and ordering drinks and food.The Basics Name: Down the Hatch Location: 179 W. 4th St between Jones St and Barrow St Who to bring: Friends Price: If you go the whole time, less than $5 to drink and eat per hour! $ Overall: Â Is it bad I think I may swing by tomorrow? Â 4 stars (rating based on daytime drinking)