Guide to Patio and Outdoor Bars in NYC
Summer, the perfect time to ditch Netflix in favor of socializing, cold drinks, and beautiful weather. But don’t spend your valuable time in some dungeon bar meant for dreary winter months, instead call your friends and follow this guide!
Local West is somewhat of a hidden gem in a touristy hot spot. It’s an amazing place to stop by after work for happy hour, or if you missed your train at Penn Station. This place gets busy so if you’re stopping by for happy hour with a group, be sure to arrive early to secure a table. Lots of great apps like the buffalo shrimp, and if you’re extra thirsty you have the option of ordering a giant stein of beer.
You won’t get any closer to the hudson without getting wet. The Frying Pan is a floating barge that serves modestly priced beverages along with fast bites. Although the views are amazing and well worth the trip, we should warn about the inevitable slight sway from the waves. Those with extreme motion sickness may want to stay away. However the experience is great, take a walk along the highline and end here with a cold drink, you won’t be disappointed!
LIC is a cozy neighborhood bar with a great outdoor space that’s a short walk from the G line. During the weekend you can find live music and a chill atmosphere. The venue is also dog friendly, grab a $11 pitcher of Heineken and enjoy!
Among Greenpoint’s numerous bars featuring outside seating, TBD’s massive backyard make it one of the best spots to soak up the sun in north Brooklyn. Numerous umbrella covered picnic tables accompany the massive backyard. The bar also does a great job of keeping a tight “no loud baby” policy, which they enforce by asking parents to leave that bring loud and annoying children into the garden.
Williamsburg has tons of outdoor bars, so choosing an overall crowd pleaser can be a daunting task. Luckily, Freehold makes it easy by standing out from the crowd. Walking into this venue almost reminds us of a hotel lobby with a receptionist (that doesn’t seem to do anything but check instagram) followed by a comfy lounge that gives off a slight club vibe. A spacious seating area with large chairs and sofas surround a bar. Move outside and the vibe completely changes. A few steps away you’ll find a massive two level outdoor area with ping pong, corn hole, and plenty of picnic tables. The outside is so vastly different from the inside, it almost feels like an entirely different venue. This transition means there’s something for everyone. P.S. there’s a secret game room near the bathrooms, go here for darts and foosball!
Zombie Hut offers an assortment of board games with an outdoor garden that is great for group outings during the Summer drinking months.The polynesian/tiki theme offers an assortment of punchy and infused drinks under $10. Be warned, their signature drink, the Scorpion Bowl, is enough to leave most feeling like a zombie. Hungry? Sorry there’s no food, but you can bring in tacos from next door!
If you’re hungry in Red Hook, the Brooklyn Crab is you spot. The venue offers a wide selection of seafood along with a great view of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. The oyster bar is conveniently located next to the bar, and if you’re restless there’s mini golf, corn hole, and a few arcade games to boot. Plentiful outdoor seating make this a great spot during the Summer.