The Creek and the Cave
These bars don’t just have outdoor seating to offer: there are plenty of watering holes where you can play games or watch a movie when the weather’s nice. Here are four bars that offer alfresco activities, including outdoor film screenings, bocce, cornhole and more.
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Throughout the summer, this LIC spot will screen movies, shorts and recorded concerts on its white-walled patio. The series kicks off June 18 with the buddy-cop flick Collision Course, starring Jay Leno and Pat “Mr. Miyagi” Morita. The rest of the schedule is still being finalized (we do know that screenings will happen on Tuesdays and Wednesdays), but look for a Guns N’ Roses concert film and shorts curated by Everything Is Terrible.
We can think of few drinking games more likely to result in hilarious pratfalls than a life-size Jenga set. You’ll find this and other pastimes, including cornhole and darts, on this Williamsburg bar’s 2,600-square-foot brick patio. Grab a beer or cocktail—we like the pleasantly strong dark and stormy ($9)—and take a seat at one of the tables made of wood reclaimed from a Rockaway Beach boardwalk in 2010.
A bright color palette, Mexican-inspired grub, and flowing frozen margaritas and piña coladas (each $8) make this eco-friendly Fort Greene joint one of Brooklyn’s summeriest spots. The picnic-table-dotted courtyard offers prime day-drinking on any sunny afternoon. Stick around after the sun goes down on Sundays for the weekly movie night (8pm), featuring classics and ’80s faves; films are projected onto the wall of the adjacent building. Upcoming highlights include White Men Can’t Jump (June 23), Say Anything… (July 7) and Stand by Me (Aug 11). And Habana has a bar snack that’s way better than popcorn: Mexican-style grilled corn, rolled in cotija cheese, chili powder and lime ($3).
Situated on the northern edge of the eponymous cemetery, this Brooklyn drinkery features an expansive alfresco space where you can kick back with a pint ($4–$8) or a pitcher ($18) of one of 24 beers on tap, such as Sixpoint Sweet Action or Coney Island lager (both $6), or one of 20 bottles ($4–$20). If you’re feeling competitive, stretch your boule-tossing arm and challenge some buds to a game of bocce on one of three outdoor courts. It’s free to play, and there are chalkboards hung on the shipping-crate wall so you can keep track of how soundly you’re trouncing your opponent.
This Hell’s Kitchen bar and restaurant doubles as a live music venue, with its popular dueling pianos show taking over the space every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Whether you catch a local band or the regular piano show, you can enjoy specialty cocktails and classic bar bites. Sip on The Bar Nine, a combination of vodka, light rum, tequila, gin, blue curacao, sour mix and lemon-lime soda, or try the Midtown Manhattan with bourbon, sweet vermouth and bitters. Nibble on loaded nachos ($9) or buffalo boneless chicken strips ($10), or order the bourbon-glazed burger ($11) or bacon-wrapped hotdogs ($12) for a full meal. Coming with a big group? You might want to look into the bar’s standard open bar package: It includes three hours of all the beer, wine and well drinks you can drink for just $60 per person.
Venue says: “Great food specials! ALL YOU CAN EAT WINGS on Mons and Weds nights. Taco Tues- grab a Taco, Shot of Tequilla and a Tecate Beer for just $9.”