The best beer gardens and beer halls in New York City

Brewhounds can keep the suds flowing at these drinking destinations

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Imbibing alfresco is one of our favorite things to do in New York City and beer gardens are some of the best outdoor bars. Booze away a sunny day with a cold pint of beer at one of these biergartens in warmer months, then cozy up inside a suds hall when it gets cold.

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Andaz Wall Street

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4

Chill out beneath the umbrellas and choose from four draft options. German suds are well represented (try the balanced, hoppy Spaten Premium lager, $7), and the menu elevates beer-hall basics, serving both brats and Hudson Valley duck-and-fennel sausages ($5 each).

  1. 75 Wall St, (at Water St), 10005
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Beer Authority

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

This bar’s debut upped the midtown drinking game with a serious brew roster comprising 80 international craft drafts and 100 bottles. During the milder months, office escapees relax on the roof-deck bar, covered by a tent or umbrellas, depending on the weather. Sip Southern Tier Pumking ($7) and Cigar City Jai Abi IPA ($9) from the two casks on hand, or try the Boulder Shake chocolate porter ($9) on tap. Round out your session with such classic pub grub as fish and chips ($16) or root-vegetable and chicken pot pie ($15).

  1. 300 W 40th St, (at Eighth Ave), 10018
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Berg'n

The Crown Heights cousin to Smorgasburg is a hybrid food court-biergarten that’s decked out with rows of wooden tables so you can graze on a bounty of bites from Mighty Quinn’s (pulled pork, brisket), Pizza Moto Slice Shop (Margherita, carbonara), Asia Dog (bahn mi, Thai basil chili) and Ramen Burger. The 12-tap lineup ranges from hyperlocal brews like Finback and Barrier to international picks like Germany’s Ayinger while the 36-bottle list boasts harder-to-find labels like Professor Fritz’s Briem 1809 and Peeper from Maine Beer Company.

  1. 899 Bergen St, (between Classon and Franklin Aves), 11238
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Berry Park

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Although this bi-level bar is only a few blocks from Brooklyn Brewery, the suds here are decidedly overseas-centric. Opt for a half-liter of the refreshing Radeberger pilsner ($7) or the Spaten lager ($7); both pair well with a sausage platter ($15) and other beer-hall fare. 

  1. 4 Berry St, (at North 14th St)
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Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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!

  1. 29-19 24th Ave, (between 29th and 31st Sts), 11102
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d.b.a.

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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.

  1. 41 First Ave, (between 2nd and 3rd Sts), 10003
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Der Schwarze Kölner/Die Stamm Kneipe

  • Price band: 4/4

Fort Greene’s first German beer garden has the essentials in order. There are 18 brews on tap (crisp Krombacher 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.

  1. 710 Fulton St, (at South Oxford St)
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The Diamond

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

In a beer scene dominated by hoppy, high-alcohol brews, credit this madcap watering hole for championing session beers (most $7–8), a family of brews whose lower booze content makes them ideal for extended drinking. Unlikely picks such as the three-percent-ABV Pottery Hile Ale (Budweiser, by comparison, is 5 percent) will keep you buzzed but standing through an evening of rubber ring quoits in the back garden.

  1. 43 Franklin St, (between Calyer and Quay Sts)
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Fourth Avenue Pub

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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.

  1. 76 Fourth Ave, (between Bergen St and St. Marks Pl)
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Franklin Park

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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.

  1. 618 St. Johns Pl, (between Classon and Franklin Aves)
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The Garden at Studio Square NYC

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Encompassing 30,000 square feet of outdoor space and with a capacity well above 1,200, Studio Square is more of a beer city than a beer garden. Patrons pack the sprawling yard, all guzzling half liters ($7), liters ($13) and pitchers ($18) of mostly German and American brews. Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA (half liter $7, pitcher $18) is a solid all-season refresher. Clouds or not, brats, burgers and other bites ($6–$13) are in order.

  1. 35-33 36th St, (between 35th and 36th Aves)
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The Gate

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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.

  1. 321 Fifth Ave, (at 3rd St), 11215
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Greenwood Park

  • Price band: 2/4

The team behind this 13,000-square-foot juggernaut didn’t search far for inspiration, utilizing cinder blocks, a car lift and other discards from the previous tenant—an auto repair shop—to decorate the space. A similarly local bent appears in the suds selection: The 60 taps and 20 bottles and cans span domestic and international makers. We favor a local pint of Finback OK IPA ($6), or Germany’s Radeberger Pilsner  ($6). When hunger strikes, try a beer-garden staple like bratwurst and sauerkraut served on a roll ($8.50).

  1. 555 Seventh Ave, (between 19th and 20th Sts), 11215
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Hallo Berlin

  • Price band: 1/4

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.

  1. 626 Tenth Ave, (at 44th St), 10019
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Harlem Tavern

  • Price band: 2/4

Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington’s old stomping ground has become a hotbed for craft brews with bars like Harlem Public and Bier International, but this is our choice outdoor-drinking hang in the nabe. The open space in front, covered with a bright red tent during the colder months, can seat nearly 300 among its communal and bistro tables. Any given day sees a diverse group of patrons watching sports, listening to live jazz or working through the list of 20 drafts and 25 bottles, which includes anything from a pint of Dogfish Head Miles Davis stout ($10) to a bottle of the more common Sam Adams ($6). Hardy entrées and snacks can soak up the suds for hours of day drinking. Ask for the subtly spicy gumbo ($10), served with yellow rice and corn bread, or the roasted brick chicken, which comes with sweet potatoes, honey jalapeños and salsa verde ($22).

  1. 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave), (at 116th St), 10026
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Hot Bird

  • Price band: 2/4

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).

  1. 546 Clinton Ave, (at Atlantic Ave)
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Hudson Common

This beer hall and burger joint is an eclectic but decidedly luxe affair. The expansive high-ceilinged indoor room serves 16 mostly local drafts and 30 beers by the bottle. We suggest pairing the Brooklyn Brewery Scottish ale ($8) with a French-toast grilled cheese ($14), which teases out the beer’s caramel essence. Regardless of what you order, head to the courtyard, where oversize plants and intricately carved furniture create a whimsical vibe. (Hint: Among the shrubbery, you’ll find a taco-and-tequila stand.)

  1. 356 W 58th St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves), 10019
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Inwood Local Wine Bar and Beer Garden

Owner Gus Anton says it’s hard to get small distributors to the northernmost nabe in Manhattan, but the 16 craft taps and 50 bottles and cans he serves demonstrate his powers of persuasion. The industrial bar in front is the perfect place to get cozy when it’s cold, but the tented area in back was made for spring temps. Take in the rarefied uptown air as you sample Orinal Sin’s apple cider brew ($6), Smuttynose Javahead stout ($8), or Bear Republic Red Rocket ($7). If there’s still a chill, warm up with the cumin-spiced Middle Eastern meatballs ($9), served with a sweet tomato sauce. On the first Saturday of the month, fork over $30 for unlimited access to all of the bar’s drafts (and select wines) from 10pm to 1am.

  1. 4957 Broadway, (between Isham and 207th Sts), 10034
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La Birreria

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

During the colder months, the 4,500-square-foot drinkery is a cozy greenhouse, but as the weather warms, the panes of glass open to reveal spectacular views of the Flatiron Building. Enjoy inventive pints such as the Gina, a traditional American pale ale infused with thyme from the hills of Borogrose, Italy ($10). All three cask and ten draft brews, as well as the 40 bottles available, are served in pints or the restaurant’s signature Teku glasses, whose shape creates the optimum flow of light and oxygen. Gather friends and toast to sunny skies around wood tables or at the marble bar while snacking on a mixed salumi plate ($21).

  1. 200 Fifth Ave, (at 23rd St), 10010
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Lavender Lake

  • Price band: 1/4

The rustic interior at this resto gives way to a spacious deck and patio where a fire pit and projected movies and visual art entertain drinkers when the weather’s mild. Choose from the rotating selection of five drafts—we’ve spied Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Sweet Action ($6)—or from a handful of bottles and cans such as fall-weather fave Great South Bay Splashing Pumpkin ($5). A seat inside near the open doors gives you the best of both worlds.

  1. 383 Carroll St, (between Bond and Nevins Sts), 11231
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Loreley

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Communal wooden tables and a well-shaded garden make Loreley an ideal day-drinking destination. A dozen German drafts are served in bulky liter steins ($14–$16) or in smaller glasses for those who sip a little slower. 

  1. 7 Rivington St, (between Bowery and Chrystie St), 10002
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Mission Dolores

  • Price band: 1/4

Wait, a desolate stretch of Fourth Avenue isn’t your ideal location for a gorgeous, alcohol-soaked afternoon? It doesn’t matter; after a few pints at this airy converted auto shop, you won’t want to leave. Canines and smokers are welcome in the courtyard. And the craft-beer labels—primarily American, with some European cameos such as Würzburger Festbier—are uniformly excellent.

  1. 249 Fourth Ave, (between Carroll and President Sts)
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Spuyten Duyvil

  • Critics choice

The rotating list of more than 100 mostly European quaffs here could confound even the nerdiest of microbrew mavens. Flag down a bartender to help you navigate the menu, then take your brew—and a charcuterie snack—to the lush back garden.

  1. 359 Metropolitan Ave, (at Havemeyer St)
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The Standard Biergarten

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Don’t let the Standard Hotel’s chic pedigree fool you. Everything on the menu here—from traditional German brews to brats, currywurst and pretzels—clocks in at an affordable $7. Claim a picnic table and get to work.

  1. 848 Washington St, (at 13th St, entrance on Little W 12th St at Washington St)
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Zum Schneider

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Beer lovers and German expats from all over the city flock to this Bavarian party house, where the most hotly contested seats are out on the sidewalk under blue umbrellas. This prime people-watching spot—smack in the middle of Alphabet City—is tough to beat, especially when you’ve got a liter stein of beer in hand. Choose from a dozen German brews on tap plus more than ten bottles. After knocking back a few, you too will be shaking a tail feather.

  1. 107–109 Ave C, (at 7th St)
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Keith R
Keith R

That list is bogus. Where are the German Beer Halls?

Keith R
Keith R

That list is bogus. Where are the German beer halls?

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