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.



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  • Franklin Park

  • Washington Commons

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Franklin Park

Prospect Park

Franklin Park

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This converted auto garage boasts the charm (and the square footage) of a basement rec room, complete with Skee-Ball, sports on a projector TV and vintage family photos on the walls. The sprawling front beer garden is perfect for knocking back a Franklin Lemonade (vodka, Campari, simple syrup, fresh lime, seltzer; $9) and a hallway in back leads to the six-month-old Dutch Boy Burger, where you can grab postpark treats including bourbon-spiked milk shakes ($6) and stout floats ($7) made with Blue Marble Ice Cream.

  1. 618 St. John’s Pl between Classon and Franklin Aves, Crown Heights, Brooklyn (718-975-0196)
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Washington Commons

  • Price band: 1/4

This corner bar may not have Franklin Park’s spaciousness, but it does have 16 craft brews on tap, knowledgeable bartenders who are happy to offer a recommendation or a sample of the suds, and some of the most entertaining bathroom graffiti around (look at the ceiling and you’ll be advised to “pay attention”). Grab a bright, hoppy Captain Lawrence Rye Ale ($6) and head out back to the multicolored picnic tables where you can rub elbows with an eclectic mix of locals (and their dogs).

  1. 748 Washington Ave at Park Pl, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-230-3666)
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Beyond the unmarked, white-tiled facade of this cocktail den you’ll find a sultry space and artfully mixed renditions of classic drinks (and why not, with several Sasha Petraske–trained mixologists behind the bar). Sip on a Monk Buck (cognac, fresh lime, ginger syrup and Yellow Chartreuse; $11) or a Revolver (bourbon, coffee liqueur and orange bitters; $14) while catching the last of the afternoon rays on the sizable back deck.

  1. 589 Vanderbilt Ave between Bergen and Dean Sts, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (no phone)
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