Best beer gardens

Booze a sunny day away at one of these outdoor drinking destinations.

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Photograph: Gabriela Herman

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

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Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Berry Park

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Time Out, Gabriela Herman

Loreley

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Photograph: Gabriela Herman

Franklin Park

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Photograph: Marlene Rounds

Spuyten Duyvil

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Photograph: Gabriela Herman

The Garden at Studio Square

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Fourth Avenue Pub

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Photograph: courtesy The Gate

The Gate

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Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Hot Bird

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Photograph: Noah Devereaux

La Birreria

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Mission Dolores' backyard. Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

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The Standard Biergarten

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Zum Schneider

Berry Park

Critics' pick

This Williamsburg beer hall is a bi-level behemoth, with a 3,500-square-foot ground floor and a roof deck that’s almost as large. Choose from one of 14 brews on tap (mostly German and Belgian drafts), then take in views of Manhattan and nearby McCarren Park.

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Williamsburg

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

Critics' pick

This authentic Czech beer garden offers plenty of mingle-friendly picnic tables, where you can sit while you sample cheap platters of sausage and a solid lineup of European and domestic beers (pints $6, pitchers $16). Though the huge, tree-canopied garden is open year-round, summer is the prime time to soak up some rays over a pint. Prost!

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Astoria

d.b.a.

Critics' pick

The OG beer-lover’s mecca provides 250 brews, from the expensive (a Belgian kriek, or sour-cherry beer, goes for $25 per bottle) to the unpronounceable (Schlenkerla Rauchbier). Paralyzed by indecision? Think it over in the back garden (it’s open year-round). Also check out d.b.a.’s Williamsburg outpost, which offers a similarly excellent lineup of craft brews, plus a spacious back patio for warm-weather drinking.

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East Village

Der Schwarze Kölner

Fort Greene’s first German beer garden has the essentials in order. There are 18 brews on tap (crisp Radeberger Pilsner, easygoing Hofbräu Lager) and many more by the bottle. There are plenty of affordable, satisfying small plates to soak it all up, like Berlin’s classic currywurst, plus sidewalk seating.

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Fort Greene

The Diamond

Critics' pick

In a beer scene dominated by hoppy, high-alcohol brews, credit this madcap watering hole for championing session beers (most $6), a family of brews whose lower booze content makes them ideal for extended drinking. Unlikely picks such as the three-percent-ABV Berliner Weisse (Budweiser, by comparison, is 5 percent) will keep you buzzed but standing through an evening of rubber ring quoits in the back garden.

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Greenpoint

Fourth Avenue Pub

Critics' pick

Generous happy-hour deals make this craft-beer haunt an inviting spot to play hooky. On weekdays from 3 to 8pm, the pub shaves $1 off any of its 27 drafts and its cask ale (normally $6), as well as all of its other booze. Explore options including small-batch releases from Long Island’s Greenport Harbor and San Francisco’s Speakeasy Ales and Lagers, then take your brew out to the hops-clad patio.

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Park Slope

Franklin Park

Critics' pick

There’s a handsome bar made from oak and subway tiles inside this former mechanic’s garage, but the real scene is outdoors, where picnic tables packed with locals fill a concrete garden. Join them to sip one of a dozen drafts, like He’Brew’s crisp Coney Island Lager.

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Crown Heights

The Gate

Critics' pick

Beer just seems to taste better at this laid-back, bring-your-pet kind of joint—especially on the huge street-level deck. There’s a good chance your favorite brew will be on tap: Look out for frequent additions, as well as standbys like Brooklyn Lager and Guinness.

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Park Slope

Hallo Berlin

This midtown German gem boasts one of the best beer gardens in Manhattan. Grab a table and wash down heaping platters of schnitzel and sausage with your choice of exotic beers, such as the smoky Köstritzer Black. Too crowded? Hallo also has a smaller outpost a few blocks away.

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Midtown West

Hot Bird

Twelve rotating beers flow from the taps at this former auto-repair garage. Go when it’s sunny and stake out a spot in the spacious front garden (a corner lot that, until recently, was home to several rusty old junkers).

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Clinton Hill

Comments

5 comments
Jill A
Jill A

How on EARTH can you create a list of the best beer gardens in the city without including the Bohemian Beer Garden in Astoria?  Seriously, it's been around FOREVER, has an enormous amount of outdoor space, and has the authenticity of a real beer hall without the hipster pretense.  Moreover, anyone can go.  So, in the more European tradition, it's not unusual to see kids playing together while their parents socialize at the enormous picnic tables.


Really, Time Out, this is a terrible omission.

Alec
Alec

You forgot David Copperfield's. The original craft beer pioneer. 15 years

Marvin Bahr
Marvin Bahr

We look forward to the introduction of many new beer gardens to the scene this summer. Congrats to Tavern 29, The KBH in Brooklyn and The Beer Authority. As well Congratulation to the many beer gardens above, we wish you continued success this year. As well our beer gardens in Hoboken (Pilsner Haus and Iron Monkey) and Jersey City (Zeppelin), We look forward to enjoying many Radeberger Pilsner's at your locations.. Marvin Bahr Radeberger USA

Derrick
Derrick

Sorry, but the Bohemian Beer Gardens in Astoria is the OG beer garden - the place has been there since 1910.

Amy
Amy

I know it's not Manhattan, But Jersey City has the best Beer Garden just a Path Train ride away. How could you not even mention Zeppelin Hall?