Great bar food: the best outdoor bars with delicious eats

Sample delicious bar food at these alfresco watering holes—you’ll find great burgers, succulent clam rolls and more bar snacks.

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    Great bar food: the best outdoor bars with delicious eats

    Sea Witch

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    Great bar food: the best outdoor bars with delicious eats

    Sweet Afton

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    Great bar food: the best outdoor bars with delicious eats

    d.b.a. Brooklyn

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    Great bar food: the best outdoor bars with delicious eats

    Bier International

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    Great bar food: the best outdoor bars with delicious eats

    Flatbush Bar(n)

Photograph: Jessica Lin

Great bar food: the best outdoor bars with delicious eats

Sea Witch

Bar food is no longer limited to stale pretzels and limp burgers—there are plenty of great snacks to be found at bars around the city. Here, find five of our favorite outdoor bars with delicious eats, such as the clam roll at Sea Witch—a delicious summer seafood staple—or Bier International’s German sausages.


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Sea Witch

  • Price band: 1/4

The aquatic theme is apparent as soon as you step inside: There’s a gigantic fish tank behind the bar and a mermaid mural on the back wall. The undersea vibe continues in the spacious enclosed backyard, with its large koi pond. Take a seat at a wooden bench and sip one of the 20 beers on tap, such as Smuttynose Summer Weizen ($6). To soak up the suds, try the clam roll ($12), packed with fried Ipswich bivalves and homemade tartar sauce; if you prefer your eats from dry land, the burger ($6) is simple and satisfying.

  1. 703 Fifth Ave, (between 21st and 22nd Sts), 11215
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Sweet Afton

  • Critics choice

The dark interior of this Queens gastropub gives way to an intimate, almost secret garden out back, with ivy-covered walls and shimmering fairy lights overhead. The bar implores you to “drink local,” offering suds from Sixpoint, Ommegang and other New York State beer makers. When it’s time to eat, go for the substantial burger ($11), adorned with McClure’s pickles and served on a country white bun; the briny topping also comes beer-battered and fried as a side dish ($6) accompanied by smoky sauce.

  1. 30-09 34th St, (at 30th Ave)
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d.b.a. Brooklyn

  • Price band: 2/4

After the success of last summer’s pop-up Tchoup Shop outpost, which served Big Easy grub in d.b.a.’s backyard, the beer bar’s owners have lined up more outdoor eats this season. Lucy Roux, a caterer with Cajun, Dominican and Southern influences, will serve farmers’ market vegetable jambalaya ($8) and smoky red rice and beans ($6), among other items, on Fridays (4–8pm), Saturdays and Sundays (1–6pm). Grab a pint of lemony Anchor Summer Beer ($6) or the dark-wheat Franziskaner Dunkel ($6), before taking a seat at the picnic tables outside (arrive early if you want to snag a shady spot under the umbrellas).

  1. 113 North 7th St, (between Berry St and Wythe Ave)
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Bier International

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This European-inspired space helped kick-start the Harlem brew scene when it opened in 2010, and it remains an uptown destination for beer-garden fare. A diverse crowd sips from the menu’s mostly European selections (approximately 18 brews on draft and another 30 in bottles), such as Reissdorf Kölsch ($6). Find a spot on the sidewalk, and sample a large Bavarian pretzel ($5) or—if you’re rolling with a group—the sausage platter ($30), which comes with five brats and a choice of sides like truffle fries or sauerkraut.

  1. 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave), (between 113th and 114th Sts)
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Flatbush Bar(n)

  • Price band: 2/4

As at its sister restaurant, Flatbush Farm, the emphasis here is on local and organic ingredients—in the cocktail menu’s Garden Snake ($12), for example, the cucumber and Thai basil that accompany the gin are sourced from a nearby farm. Take your refreshing quaff to the spacious, leafy backyard, dotted with rustic tables surrounded by herb boxes. The bar menu is short and simple, with options including a half dozen oysters ($14) or bacon-studded mac and cheese ($12).

  1. 76–78 St. Marks Ave, (between Flatbush and Sixth Aves)
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