New bars: outdoor and rooftop bars in NYC this summer

Get outside and find a table at these new bars, which are among our favorite new summer drinking destinations in NYC.

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    New bars: outdoor and rooftop bars in NYC this summer

    Windy City Ale House

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    New bars: outdoor and rooftop bars in NYC this summer

    GastroMarket

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    New bars: outdoor and rooftop bars in NYC this summer

    Nostrand Avenue Pub

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    New bars: outdoor and rooftop bars in NYC this summer

    The Ellington

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    New bars: outdoor and rooftop bars in NYC this summer

    Tavern 29

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New bars: outdoor and rooftop bars in NYC this summer

Windy City Ale House

In NYC’s ever-expanding bar scene, these new bars stand out as some of the best spots for alfresco drinking. Check out five of our favorite new bars with outdoor spaces, including two beer bars in unexpected Brooklyn neighborhoods, and a spacious patio near the High Line.


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Windy City Ale House

Windy City Ale House

Opened in March by two brothers from the Second City, this Bay Ridge spot is a beer bar disguised as a Chicago-themed hangout. The space is filled with Chi-Town icons (such as Blues Brothers bobbleheads and photos of Wrigley Field), and jersey-clad sports fans can be found downing relish-covered dogs ($6) and pints of Goose Island ($6). But even those who aren’t pining for the Midwest will appreciate the small, AstroTurf-covered backyard, where you can relax in a patio chair and peruse more than 20 craft selections, which rotate frequently. 718-630-5700

  1. 7915 Third Ave between 79th and 80th Sts, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

GastroMarket

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With a white sail-like roof and glowing lanterns hanging overhead, the big brick-walled patio hidden behind this dimly lit Chelsea spot feels like a garden party for neighbors in the know. The bar offers a selection of cask beer and wine—including vino from Long Island’s Jamesport Vineyards ($10–$11) and pints from New Jersey’s River Horse Brewing Co. ($8)—along with growler fills ($19–$22) of suds by Sixpoint, Stone Brewery and more. On a balmy summer evening, it’s hard to go wrong with a glass of the boozy sangria ($11), made with local chardonnay and fresh pineapple and berries, served over ice.

  1. 315 Tenth Ave, (between 28th and 29th Sts)
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Nostrand Ave Pub

Nostrand Avenue Pub

Easygoing bartenders, 20 well-curated taps bearing names like Ommegang and AleSmith, a chilled-out atmosphere and free pretzels—this new Crown Heights bar has all the elements of a top-notch neighborhood alehouse. Opened by longtime New York bartender Mitch Polo in May, the pub has already attracted locals and a younger crowd looking for a quiet pint. The wooden picnic tables in the big, shady backyard are the perfect place for low-key nights out and lazy Sundays sharing a pitcher of Saranac Pale Ale ($16) with friends. 718-483-9699

  1. 658 Nostrand Ave between Bergen St and St. Marks Ave, Crown Heights, Brooklyn

The Ellington

The name refers to the music legend who lived on 106th Street for much of his life, and while you won’t find any big bands playing at this new gastropub, it’s enlivened this sleepy Upper West Side corner since opening in March. The actual outdoor real estate can seat more than 50 people, but wide-open floor-to-ceiling doors along both walls let in fresh air and sunshine, and make for an alfresco experience wherever you’re sitting. Mixed libations ($10) are available, but locals are drawn in by 14 draft beers—including local pours from Blue Point, Bronx Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery—and an accessible wine list of domestic and international glasses ($8–$12).

  1. 936 Amsterdam Ave, (between 106th and 107th Sts), 10025
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Tavern 29

Tavern 29

High on top of a 19th-century townhouse sits this German-inspired beer garden. You’ll have to journey through two floors of crowds and thumping music to get there, but it’s worth it for the fresh air and steins that await. The young after-work clientele typically packs the long picnic tables to capacity (and beyond), so get in early and grab a growler ($20–$40) of something appropriate (Radeberger, De Koninck and Erdinger are all on tap) and settle in for the night. 212-685-4422, tavern29.com

  1. 47 E 29th St between Madison Ave and Park Ave South



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