BB Guide to Outdoor Drinking


Since it’s 4/20 today we thought we’d bring you a guide to our favorite jones: outdoor drinking. When the warm weather finally hits Brooklyn we just want to go and sit in a backyard or on a patio and drink a cocktail or a cold Busch. We did a similar guide a few years ago, but this is a massive update with all different places, organized by neighborhood. Between the two, you’ll never be at a loss the next time someone says, “You want to get a drink outside somewhere?” These are some of our favorites, but by no means is this an exhaustive list. Add your boozy besties in the comments.And stay tuned for a round up of great outdoor dining spots.


t.b.d.: The interior has a sort of Euro disco feel to it, but the backyard is enormous with tons of picnic tables and consistently good food by guest chefs working their outdoor kitchen. Great beer selection to boot. 224 Franklin St., 718-349-6727

Black Rabbit: Two long picnic tables dominate the back garden so you’ll probably end up sharing your space–a good way to meet a cute stranger. Garden closes at 10 p.m. 91 Greenpoint Ave., 718-349-1595

Diamond Bar: Possibly the only backyard where you can drink German, Belgian, Austrian, or American craft beer inside a gondola. It also happens to be the starting point of  our Total Franklin Street Immersion on May 15. 43 Franklin St., 718-383-5030


Daddy’s: No, this isn’t a leather bar. It’s a solid whiskey and shot joint with a moderately-sized outdoor area, hot dogs/tofu pups and a lot of bad fashion choices on parade. 435 Graham Ave., 718-609-6388

Trophy Bar: The picnic tables in the back get packed tight pretty quickly on weekend nights, but the bloody marys are totally worth the squeeze. 351 Broadway, 347-227-8515

The Woods: Big backyard, tasty taco truck, $5 beer plus shot specials, shot and pickleback specials and live music. Divey awesomeness in a nutshell; 48 S 4th St., 718-782-4955

Soft Spot: Sweet two-for-one happy hour deals and a lovely garden. 128 Bedford Ave., 718-384-7768

Bushwick/East Williamsburg

Duck Duck: Just like sitting outside when they open up the sliding doors, so not a smoker’s paradise, but that’s a bonus for many folks. 161 Montrose Ave

Roberta’s: In addition to a radio station, a rooftop garden and a dining area, Roberta’s has a tiki bar in the back, that serves only a small bar menu, no food necessary. Sorry, no umbrella drinks. Open now. 261 Moore St., 718-417-1118


Parlour: Huge back garden that is screaming out for a movie night this summer. 742 Myrtle Ave., 347-497-0550

Therapy Wine Bar: This east Bed Stuy wine bar opened last fall and has an outdoor seating area for summer sips. 364 Lewis Ave., 718-513-0686


Sycamore: (pictured above) Beautiful backyard, plus come on, it’s a bar, with live music in a flower shop. What’s not to love? 1118 Cortelyou Road, 347-240-5850

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Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill

Building on Bond: Civilized sidewalk seating on a leafy Boerum Hill corner; plus, $3 Sixpoints and other drafts during happy hour. 112 Bond St., 347-853-8687

Apt 138: Great white and red sangria, an all-day happy hour during the week (attention maintenance drinkers), and good buybacks in a beautiful backyard. 138 Smith St., 718-858-0556

Last Exit: Grill up your own BBQ in the garden. 136 Atlantic Ave., 718-222-9198

Abilene: South Carroll Gardens staple for sidewalk seating, and rightly so–you could fit an army (of drinkers) out here. 442 Court St., 718-522-6900


Mission Dolores: World’s most brilliant conversion of an auto shop. Big courtyard, 24 beers on tap, pinball, dogs. 249 Fourth Ave., no phone

Commonwealth: A neighborhoody bar with a good juke box and a sweet patio. 497 5th Ave., 718-768-2040

The Gate (pictured at top): An easy place to watch Park Slope stroll up and down 5th Avenue. Large patio, lots of beers. 321 5th Ave., 718-768-4329

Excelsior: Very cute back deck and garden, filled with cute gay men. (390 Fifth Ave., 718-832-1599) At Ginger‘s, the lesbian bar near by, the garden is more spacious and the vibe more laid back. 363 5th Ave., 718-788-0924

O’Connors: Lovable dive with bottled beer, stiff drinks and a huge backyard that’s a relatively new addition to this north Slope staple. 39 5th Ave, 718-783-9721

Fort Greene

Alibi: Don’t let the dungeon like entrance confuse you, go past the dark bar and pool table and head to the spacious backyard. DIY barbeque and Big Buck Hunter (inside); 242 Dekalb Ave, 718-783-8519

Stonehome Wine Bar: For those nights when you want a glass of wine, not a hipster dive. 87 Lafayette Ave., 718-624-9443

Prospect Heights

Washington Commons: This mellow neighborhood bar is ideal for hanging out with beer-loving friends (lots of Belgians to try) on a sunny Saturday. 748 Washington Ave., 718-230-3666

Sunset Park

Brooklyn’s Tiki Bar: Well, it’s a tiki bar, complete with fruity drinks and lots of grass-fringed decorations, inside and out. Why not? 885 4th Ave; 718-768-2797

Fort Hamilton

Lone Star Bar and Grill: One of our friends said this south Brooklyn sports bar has the best burger in Brooklyn and an awesome patio. Sounds good to us. 8703 5th Ave., 718-833-5180

Windsor Terrace/South Slope

South: We’ll admit it, we haven’t been here yet, but we’ve been hearing that it’s a great neighborhood place with cheap drinks and small backyard. Did we get it right? 629 5th Avenue; 718-832-4720

Quarter: Signature cocktails, DUB pies to snack on and a patio with a BBQ (pictured above); 676 5th Ave; 718-788-0989.

Red Hook

We talked about Home/Made, Ice House and Moonshine in our recent Red Hook Day Trip II, and we stand by those choices for ocean breezy outdoor drinking in Red Hook. Home/Made: 293 Van Brunt St., 347 223-4135; Ice House: 318 Van Brunt St., 718-222-1865; Moonshine, 317 Columbia St., 718-852-8057

Coney Island

Ruby’s: Ok this one is obvious–if you’ve been to Coney Island you walked by Ruby’s. It’s still one of the best seats for people watching in all of Brooklyn. 1213 Boardwalk Way, 718-372-9079

By Nicole, Annaliese and special thanks to Linnea Covington and Chris Willets at The Skint. Photos courtesy of woodendesigner via Flickr, Georgia Kral and Quarter.

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