Since 2001, the annual opening of the Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club marked the unofficial start of summer for the tie-loosening FiDi set. With the waterfront biergartenshuttered due to Pier 17 construction, financiers can savor the warm-weather season at this South Street Seaport sibling, named after the nearby Lightship Ambrose. Black-iron tap towers offer a rotation of 12 local brews (Kelso Nut Brown Lager, Coney Island Watermelon Wheat) in the indoor bar, located inside the historic Schermerhorn Row building.
Along with small-batch whiskeys and cocktails like a rum-and-pineapple Nelson’s Folly, the bar menu includes grub like Schaller & Weber brats (spicy pork, smoked veal), lobster rolls and kettle-cooked chips smothered in beer-blended cheese. Next door, find a 14,000-square-foot cobblestoned beer garden stocked with German suds, as well as a brightly hued surf club perched atop shipping containers. 18 Fulton St between Front and South Sts (212-785-0018)
Tucked into the mezzanine level of the Time New York hotel, the LeGrande Lounge serves up small plates and specialty cocktails in a secluded setting. Order something off the beer or wine list, or go for a signature cocktail like the Gold Finch with vodka, cinnamon, cream and Stumptown cold brew or the Madame’s Choice with gin, honey, sage, lemon and earl grey tea (both $16). The bartenders will be happy to mix you a Moscow mule, negroni, Manhattan or another classic cocktail, too (all $15). The food options range from light bites like bruschetta ($9) to larger, shareable plates—think steak tacos with salsa verde ($20), honeyed truffle pecorino grilled cheese ($14) and fried chicken served with hot sauce and Brussels sprouts slaw ($16).
Venue says: “Live jazz music & drink specials every Wednesday from 7-11PM featuring Acute Inflections!”