Summer drinks in NYC: outdoor bars, summer cocktails and cold beer

Find the best alfresco spots in NYC for summer drinks, including rooftop bars, outdoor spots with activities, and more summertime bars.



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The Creek and the Cave

The Creek and the Cave

Thirst for summer drinks no more. Your alfresco boozing itineraries are here! We’ve rounded up the best outdoor bars to toss a drink back in NYC—all within walking distance (or a quick subway ride) of some of the city’s most beloved summer attractions, including Governors Island, Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Flea, the High Line and the Met’s rooftop bar.

Rooftop bars

Rooftop bars in NYC

Booze with a view of New York at our favorite hotel-toppers and decks—from lounges with tough doors to affordable, no-hassle picks.

Summer parties

Habana Outpost

  • Price band: 1/4

Fort Greene’s popular Cuban restaurant has tweaked its weekend blowouts again, featuring the same summer sunshine and booty-shaking tunes by resident DJ Juice E, but with new rotating guest spinners and a family-friendly Kid’s Corner from noon to 4pm. (But don’t let that scare you off; booze will still be served all day.) Kelso draft beers are only $2.75 and buckets of Coronas or Sols are $17, or you can wash down the Mexican corn ($2.50) with a margarita ($8). Show up early to take over one of the umbrella-covered tables, but don’t forget the sunscreen.

  1. 757 Fulton St, (at South Portland Ave)
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