We’ve compiled all our favorite outdoor drinking spots in this full guide to outdoor bars.
What says summer better than a pink drink on a picnic table? Photo: BB
Last summer we published a list of 16 bars with backyards, patios or rooftops we love. Friends and readers kept on suggesting bars we had to add to the list, some classics, others newly opened. Here are 17 more outdoor drinking emporiums to know and love.
GREENWOOD HEIGHTS-WINDSOR TERRACE
If You’re Looking for an Oasis on Fort Hamilton Parkway: Hamilton’s
Neighborhood: Windsor Terrace, 2826 Fort Hamilton Pkwy. (at E. 4th St.); 718-438-0488
Appeal: Until Hamilton’s opened, getting an outdoor drink in Windsor Terrace meant showing up to Farrell’s on St. Patrick’s Day and enjoying a Budweiser in a Styrofoam cup behind the police barricades on the sidewalk. Thankfully, Hamilton’s is here to class up the joint a bit. The bar/restaurant, which opened back in October, has 18 draft beers and ciders, wine on tap (and in bottles) and a list of inexpensive soju cocktails, as well as an extensive menu of small plates and entrees. The outdoor seating is made up of cafe tables separated from the sidewalk by a low fence decorated by Christmas lights. Enjoying a glass of lambrusco and people-watching in the so-quiet-you-can-barely-believe-it’s-New-York nabe is one of the more perfect ways to spend a summer evening. –Casey Acierno
Greenwood Park has one of the most massive yards in the borough. And bocce. Photo: Greenwood Park
If Your Idea of Heaven Is a Block-Long Beer Garden: Greenwood Park
Neighborhood: Greenwood Heights, 555 7th Ave. (between 19th & 20th sts.); 718-499-7999
Appeal: Since opening last summer, Greenwood Park’s tenure on the South Slope/Sunset Park border has been nothing if not controversial (see: complaints about ubiquitous strollers and drunk and disorderly types.) That said, from our perspective, the pros way outweigh the cons. First of all, it’s effing huge–13,000 square feet, a full city block long–with picnic tables aplenty and two bars. The beer selection is great; the pint-glass sangria even better; and there are plenty of warm-weather-friendly nibbles. You can be as sporty as you want to be, either by watching anything from basketball to baseball to European soccer on the indoor TVs, or by joining in on one of the two bocce courts. Perhaps most important: family-friendly hours end in the early evening, so you can enjoy getting your nighttime drink on without having to worry about tripping over strollers. –CA
CROWN HEIGHTS-PROSPECT HEIGHTS
If You Want a New Neighborhood Hangout: Nostrand Avenue Pub
Neighborhood: Crown Heights, 658 Nostrand Ave. (at Bergen St.); 718-483-9699
Appeal: The first bar to push Crown Heights’ hipsterfication this far east, N.A.P. comes on the scene with an impressive craft beer list, reasonably priced at $5 to $8 ($4 during happy hour), and a laid-back atmosphere that attracts a diverse array of locals. The main attractions are the roomy wooden picnic tables on the nicely redone redbrick back patio. Order in food from a nearby institution like David’s Brisket House or just grab a bag of some chili-spiced mango from the streetside vendor set up next to the bar. It’ll be closing time before you know it. (Good to know for night owls: they’re open ‘til 4am every night.) –Brendan Spiegel
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