Summer, the perfect time to ditch Netflix in favor of socializing with your crew, throwing back cold ones, and basking in the sun. But don’t spend your valuable time in some dungeon bar meant for dreary winter months. Instead, call your friends and check out some of these great outdoor patios and beer gardens. We’ve curated some of our favorite outdoor spaces, incorporating both beer gardens and venues with large outdoor seating. Looking for waterfront outdoor wining and dining? Check out our guide featuring the best waterfront views.
The Jeffrey – Upper East Side
Highlights: A high end expresso bar by morning, the Jeffrey transforms into an upscale craft beer and cocktail bar in the evening with an advanced draught system featuring a rotation of up to 30 international and local beers served at optimal pressure and temperature for the most authentic drinking experience around. Chef Nick Ryan offers a startling array of gastro-bites like house made potato chips, pickled vegetables, truffle popcorn and a full gastropub menu complete with custom burgers, panini’s and crostini’s. The Jeffrey literally has something for everyone.
Local West – Midtown West
Highlights: A hidden gem among the craziness that is Penn Station and MSG, Local west offers a vast outdoor patio nestled between two restaurants that offer indoor seating and more importantly, clean bathrooms. Although the beer selection is rather tame, there is Shiner on tap served in giant beer steins for those in the mood for a refreshing Texas lager. The proximity to several major subway lines make this a great spot for after work drinks.
Birreria – Flatiron
Highlights: This amazing 4,500 square foot rooftop beer garden offers an impressive selection of hand crafted beers and ales with three varieties of cask-conditioned ales brewed right on the premises. Of course, you don’t have to be a beer aficionado to appreciate the incredible views that this rooftop beer garden offers, of both the Flatiron and Empire State buildings. With a rustic menu featuring robust sausages and house made salami, at Birreria you can eat, drink, relax and enjoy the view.
Alta Linea – Chelsea
Highlights: Alta Linea is an outdoor restaurant operating within the High Line Hotel’s outdoor courtyard, a gorgeous tree-lined space featuring fountains, umbrellas, banquet seating and a marble bar. Offering a lengthy list of summer aperitif cocktails, and a full bar, Alta Linea’s menu features modern takes on rustic Italian cuisine including crispy artichokes with salsa verde, bacon cheeseburgers, meatball polenta and ice cream sandwiches made with the finest gelato.
Loreley Biergarten – Lower East Side
Highlights: While it can be said that Loreley offers one of the most authentic German beer garden experiences in New York, it is not because of traditional steins or folk music. Loreley offers an unrivaled selection of German beers, like Gaffel Kölsch and Jever Pilsner, served with authentic sausage platters complete with sauerkraut, potato pancakes and applesauce. The only thing that rivals Loreley’s beer selection and authentic German cuisine is the sunny, relaxed outdoor dining area, complete with authentic hand crafted picnic tables. Grab a beer and a sausage platter and just relax.
Birds & Bubbles – Lower East Side
Highlights: This upscale Lower East Side restaurant, founded by renown chef Sarah Simmons, concentrates on two of her favorite things: Southern cuisine and champagne. While the menu is seasonal, you can always find Southern favorites from Simmons’ childhood, like buttermilk fried chicken, and an unprecedented selection of champagne. The restaurant’s dining room gives way each evening to an outdoor patio where diners can enjoy all of their Southern favorites al fresco with the same great selection champagne, still and sparkling wines until 2am on weekends.
Freehold – Williamsburg
Highlights: Pass the connected expresso cafe and the hotel like lobby and you’ll find two levels of outdoor patio space. An outdoor bar provides a convenient place to order beer while you play pingpong and corn hole. Inside there’s a very Manhattan like loung space, equipped with a secret room in the rear with foosball, darts, and buck hunter. Their full menu of American bites can be ordered from either inside or outside.
Nowadays – Bushwick
Highlights: David Seiter, the well known landscape designer from Future Green Studios, designed Nowadays outdoor dining space to be warm and inviting, with green sodded hills, birch and honey locust trees, a hand crafted bar, benches, tables and even a sun deck. The idea being that those who come in to enjoy Nowadays modern twists on classic gastropub fare, like Berg’n’s Asia Dog, and an impressive list of local and imported beers, including Two Roads, Hefeweizen, Narragansett Shandy and Queens Lager, would feel completely welcome and at home. Add to this a solid list of wine and sangria, as well as soft drinks provided by Brooklyn Soda Company, and you will not only feel at ease — you’ll feel like you are at your best friend’s back yard barbecue.
Forrest Point – Bushwick
Highlights: Like an oasis in the post-industrial New York landscape, Forrest Point is unique among New York’s outdoor eating and drinking establishments for its fusion of American gastropub favorites like burgers and sandwiches with middle eastern flavors and ingredients. Taken with an extensive offering of cocktails, and innovative drinks like milk punches, Forrest Point offers a unique dining and drinking experience not to be missed.
Threes Brewing – Gowanus
Highlights: Threes Brewing is a spacious 5,000 square-foot bar and brewery that features an upstairs coffee shop and large event space in addition to its successful in house brewing operation. On tap you will find a variety of unique hand crafted beers brewed on the premises, like the melon-infused Wandering Bine, the citrus and apricot pale ale called Arboretum and Single Tree, an IPA featuring soft, piney notes. The upstairs coffee shop and event space offers you a rare view of a fully functioning brewing facility. At night, the coffee shop converts to an exclusive and private party room.
Greenwood Park – South Slope
Highlights: Greenwood Park’s spacious and relaxed drinking and dining area owes much of its inspiration and decor to the business that last rented the 13,000 square-foot space — an auto repair business. But don’t let the Bocce Ball court, car lift and cinder blocks fool you — Greenwood Park’s beer garden means business. With 60 taps and 20 varieties of bottled beer, Greenwood Park offers an extensive collection of hard-to-find international and domestic craft beers like Finback OK IPA and Radeberger Pilsner. When you are hungry, peruse the full pub menu, complete with traditional staples like bratwurst and sauerkraut, burgers and more.