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
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)
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)