Three bar crawls near parks
Spend a day in the sun at either Central Park, Prospect Park or Astoria Park, then hit up three drinking holes nearby.
Mon Mar 21 2011
Tolani Wine Restaurant
- Price band: 2/4
Follow an afternoon of wandering in Central Park with a drink in the back garden at this cozy neighborhood wine bar and restaurant. Or snag a spot on its sidewalk patio for a better view of the neighborhood passersby. The drink options include a full bar and eight bottled beers, but Tolani is a wine bar: Opt for one of the globally diverse reds, whites or bubblies available by the glass, such as the Greek Assyrtiko ’09 ($9).
- 410 Amsterdam Ave, (between 79th and 80th Sts)
Now that you’ve got a buzz, up the ante with a cocktail or three at this Australian beach-themed party spot. You can take a break from the UV rays without missing the sunshine in the rowdy, glass-roofed dining room, and indulge in the anytime happy hour—just drop $20 to drink as many beers and bottom-shelf mixed drinks as you’d like for two full hours. For something more adventurous, try the Calf’s unique mixed creations, such as the mango-lime Moo-jito (made with muddled fresh fruit, $8) or one of the signature Moo Juices like the fruity Sunburnt ($7), a combo of passion-fruit-infused tequila and fresh strawberries served in a baby bottle.
- 226 W 79th St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (646-823-9255)
- Price band: 2/4
To wind down from the afternoon revelry, continue along West 79th Street straight to the Hudson River. There you’ll find this sprawling bar-eatery, where you can sip a cocktail while taking in the sunset over New Jersey. Choose a seat on the open-air patio for the best view of the marina, then share a 54-ounce pitcher of frozen margarita ($30) or a cold beer like Blue Moon ($22).
- W 79th St at the Hudson River (212-496-5542)