Best outdoor bars and drinking in New York City

Go out and get drunk under the sun or stars at these outdoor bars.

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Outdoor bar season is back! Whether you're looking for a chilled-out beer garden or a scenic rooftop, you'll find a suitable watering hole in our guide to the city's best rooftop bars. (Or click on our neighborhood listings to find one near you.)

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  • Photograph: Courtesy Beekman Beer Garden

    Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club

  • The Delancey

  • d.b.a.

  • Rocky Sullivan's

  • The Standard Biergarten

  • The Garden at Studio Square NYC; Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Sweet & Vicious

Photograph: Courtesy Beekman Beer Garden

Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club

Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club

  • Price band: 1/4

Sip cocktails (sangria, daiquiris) and summery beers on the water's edge.

  1. north side of Pier 17, Beekman St at South St
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The Delancey

  • Price band: 1/4

The roof goes off at this downtown party house sporting the finest view on the LES.

  1. 168 Delancey St at Clinton St
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d.b.a.

  • Critics choice

At this East Village beer mecca, choose from 250 brews (17 on tap), from the expensive to the unpronounceable.

  1. 41 First Ave between 2nd and 3rd Sts, 10003
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Hell Gate Social

  • Free

Open-air movies screen on balmy Sunday nights at this sleek Astoria boite.

  1. 12-21 Astoria Blvd between 12th and 14th Sts
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Rocky Sullivan’s

  • Critics choice

Take in the Red Hook waterfront over a Sixpoint ale on Rocky’s spacious roof.

  1. 34 Van Dyke St at Dwight St, Red Hook, Brooklyn
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The Standard Biergarten

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This beer garden sets the price of everything on its menu to $8—including the suds.

  1. 848 Washington St at 13th St, entrance on Little W 12th St at Washington St
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The Garden at Studio Square NYC

  • Critics choice

The outdoor biergarten has party-hearty ambience, fueled by DJs, live bands and one of the city’s best tap selections.

  1. 35-33 36th St between 35th and 36th Aves
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The Summit Bar

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This democratic lounge for serious drinkers serves up classic cocktails and more creative tipples.

  1. 133 Ave C between 8th and 9th Sts
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Sweet Afton

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This homey Queens gastropub offers a smartly curated array of reasonably priced suds.

  1. 30-09 34th St at 30th Ave
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Sweet & Vicious

  • Price band: 1/4

At this relaxed downtown spot, revelers gather on the graffiti-adorned patio to tip back pints.

  1. 5 Spring St between Bowery and Elizabeth St, 10012
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