Bars for any weather: rain or shine

These bars boast prime outdoor spots and intriguing interiors—just in case the weather gets crappy.

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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    The Narrows

  • The Raines Law Room

  • The Standard Biergarten

  • Photograph: Gabriela Herman

    Studio Square

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

The Narrows

Mission Dolores

  • Price band: 1/4

Now one of New York’s most respected craft-brew destinations, this former auto-repair shop has a seat and a beer for either end of the thermostat. In the back, there’s a dark bar with an industrial bent—the perfect spot to avoid inclement weather with a sturdy stout like the rare 2009 Goose Island Night Stalker (8oz glass $6). If Mother Nature cooperates, grab a chair in the breezy open-air courtyard and savor a Sehr Crisp Pilsner from Sixpoint ($6). With such seasonal accommodations and 21 constantly rotating drafts ($4–$7), we really can’t see a reason to leave.

  1. 249 Fourth Ave between Carroll and President Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-399-0099)
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The Narrows

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Artisanal beers and seasonally influenced cocktails form the core offerings at this artsy den, one of Bushwick’s trailblazing watering holes. The interior is Art Deco–inspired and the crowd hip. When it’s gusty outside, a Sol-and-tequila-shot combo ($6) quells doldrums. If the weather’s right, a peaceful, foliage-heavy back patio provides a verdant backdrop for quaffing the warm-weather favorite Que Bonita, a blend of house-infused jalapeño tequila, lime juice and muddled cucumber.

  1. 1037 Flushing Ave between Morgan Ave and Vandervoort Pl, Bushwick, Brooklyn
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Raines Law Room

  • Price band: 4/4
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Ring the bell of this unmarked speakeasy and avoid the elements with an impeccable cocktail. While the air is still nippy, you can snag an ornate Victorian-inspired seat and sample something whiskey-based like the Ragtime ($13), a warming herbal blend of rye, absinthe and bitters. In a few weeks, the bespoke mood will spill out onto Raines’s newly designed patio: an English backyard with vintage outdoor furniture and a revamped herb garden, which will play into the forthcoming spring drink menu.

  1. 48 W 17th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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The Standard Biergarten

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André Balazs’s open-air drinkery—with its beautiful patrons and clubby disposition—is a swanky place to hedge your atmospheric bets. Lead your crew outside to one of 30 communal tables and order one of three Teutonic drafts, like the dark yet quenching Köstritzer Schwarzbier ($8). A handful of German and Austrian bottles ($7) round out the list, and appropriately, eats consist of beer-sopping pretzels ($8) and Schaller & Weber sausages ($8). While there’s still a chill in the air, temporary plastic walls and a roof help ensure well-heated revelry.

  1. 48 Washington St at 13th St (212-645-4646)
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The Garden at Studio Square NYC

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Encompassing 30,000 square feet of outdoor space and a capacity well above 1,200, Studio Square is more beer city than beer garden. Patrons pack the sprawling yard, all guzzling half liters ($7), liters ($13) and pitchers ($18) of mostly German and American brews. The Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA (half-liter $7, pitcher $18) is a solid all-season refresher. The industrial interior, decked out with worn whiskey barrels, serves as a perfect boozy layover until full-fledged sunshine arrives. Clouds or not, brats, burgers and other bites ($4–$8) are in order.

  1. 35-33 36th St between 35th and 36th Aves, Long Island City, Queens (718-383-1001)
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