Brooklyn bars near Prospect Park: Where to go for summer drinks

We would never condone brown-bagging it in Prospect Park. Show some self-control and enjoy a summer drink before or after at these Brooklyn bars.

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Brook-vin

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Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

Greenwood Park

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Photograph: Catherine Cole

The Bearded Lady

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Photograph: David Rosenzweig

Franklin Park

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The Gate

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Hot Bird

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Photograph: Sam Horine

Bierkraft

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Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Sea Witch

Whether you’ve seen a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at the Prospect Park Bandshell, picnicked in the Long Meadow or hit up the food trucks at Grand Army Plaza, you’ll want to end on a refreshing summer drink. Try these Brooklyn bars in the immediate vicinity of the park for craft brews in outdoor spaces.

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Brook-vin

If you’ve spent the day hanging outdoors with a few friends, you’ll want to start your evening at this intimate bar. Owned by Aaron Hans (who also runs Big Nose Full Body just across the avenue), the spot features a selection of international and domestic wines by the glass. Choose from six varieties on tap—as well as a menu of shareable small plates, which, if you're a party of four, you can taste from a table in the small backyard. 6-minute walk

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Park Slope

The Gate

Critics' pick

Alfresco drinking doesn’t get much better than at this Park Slope watering hole, an area favorite thanks to its rotating list of 24 draft beers and its spacious outdoor patio. Fair warning: Neighborhood denizens (and their dogs) crowd the deck as soon as it opens on weekends—arrive before 3pm and you shouldn’t have trouble staking out a table. 11-minute walk

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Park Slope

Bierkraft

Critics' pick

You can visit this hops emporium many times without sampling the same beer twice. In addition to a selection of more than 800 domestic and international bottles, the shop also offers 15 rotating draft beers. A summery quaff will taste even better at one of the picnic tables in the cozy backyard. 12-minute walk

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Park Slope

Greenwood Park

Park Slope brew hounds can kick back at this massive 13,000-square-foot beer garden. Sixty taps dispense more than 20 different craft brews, including Sixpoint, Captain Lawrence and Brooklyn Brewery. In the warmer months, order yours with a burger or hot dog at outdoor picnic tables, or rally a group of friends for a free game of bocce on one of three courts. When the temperatures drop, settle by the fireplace and watch the game on a flatscreen TV. The former mechanic-lot space conjures its roots with recycled furnishings, like an original car lifter, cinder-block walls and a backyard bar crafted from a former shipping container. 12-minute walk

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Park Slope

Bearded Lady

This cheerful Prospect Heights bar, which was opened by alums of Gowanus Yacht Club and Bar Great Harry in 2011, is kitted out with fun, kitschy decor, with bright yellow chairs and turquoise walls. There are eight beers on tap, along with a creative rotating cocktail list featuring quaffs such as the Ginger Prince ($10), a mix of aged rum, lime juice, seltzer, ginger and thyme syrup. The drinks are best enjoyed at a table near one of the massive front windows, which are kept open during warm weather. 13-minute walk

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Prospect Heights

Franklin Park

Critics' pick

“Beer garden” is something of a misnomer for this spot, since the outdoor space—a few picnic and wrought-iron tables scattered on a concrete patio—speaks more to its former life as an auto garage. But the unpretentious atmosphere and reliable beer list (brews from Smuttynose and Shock Top, $6, are staples) make this an ideal locale for group drinking, especially if you grab a table early in the afternoon. The bar also serves food, should you need a midafternoon snack. 15-minute walk

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Crown Heights

Hot Bird

The picnic-table–cluttered front garden of this auto garage turned bar is a perfect day-drinking spot, especially if you’re rolling with a group. Two things make that even easier: the weekday happy-hour special (all beers are $4 until 8pm), and grub from Little Brother BBQ’s adjacent takeout window, which will help sop up all that booze. 15-minute walk

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Clinton Hill

Sea Witch

Though the dimly lit interior of this Sunset Park spot may seem inviting after a day spent reclining in the sun, claim a table in its large backyard instead. The adorable space is lined with wooden benches, all of which are big enough to accommodate groups, and two pretty, koi-filled ponds. Pair a beer from the 20-strong tap list with a succulent clam roll ($13) from the bar menu. 19-minute walk

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Sunset Park

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thediva2
thediva2

Hmmm. The estimates for these walks don't seem accurate. I would add on an additional 5 minutes. There is no way that it would take you the same amount of time to get to Franklin Park and Hotbird. Also, P-Park is HUGE! The bandshell is a 5-8 minute brisk walk from Grand Army Plaza. Let's keep it real!