First dates can be tricky - and, especially in New York, expensive. That's why we love an after-work happy hour. There's no pressure to sit through a whole meal (though, if it's really going well, you might opt to split some appetizers), and you can socially lubricate without completely emptying your wallet. The early evening vibes aren't too intense and bars are lively without being overcrowded. The only challenge? Finding a spot with a happy hour as impressive as its atmosphere (sorry, your local dive just won't do). Lucky for you, we've found quite a few.