Summer boozing requires a few specific elements: chiefly, an outdoor space where you and some friends can hang out, and enough low-alcohol beers to keep you pleasantly buzzed, but not drunk. Take the Diamond: Not only does this Greenpoint bar have a lovely backyard, complete with a gondola repurposed for seating, but it also offers plenty of session beers with an ABV of 5 percent or less. While higher-alcohol quaffs are available, we suggest sticking with the lighter brews: 21st Amendment’s Bitter American ($6) is a tasty choice, and won’t leave your head spinning at the end of the day.
The necessary ingredients for summer day-drinking can also be found at Park Slope’s Fourth Avenue Pub: While the beer list isn’t specifically focused on session brews, low-ABV options include drafts from Smuttynose, Victory and Captain Lawrence. As for the outdoor space, there are plenty of picnic tables in the high-walled back garden, along with a few metal tables and chairs.
Good news: In April, the much-lauded Queens brewery opened a sidewalk beer garden at its Astoria taproom, with plenty of benches and room for drinking. SingleCut debuted just last winter, but has already built a devoted following thanks to its inventive brews (with a focus on lagers). And happily, many of those beers—particularly the 18-Watt IPA ($6) and the flagship 19-33 Lagrrr! ($4)—are sessionable, making them perfect alfresco drinking companions.
Inevitably, it will rain this summer, which is why a bar like Hot Bird—with large indoor and outdoor spaces—is good to have around. But the watering hole, built in a former auto-body shop facing Atlantic Avenue, is best experienced on a sunny day, when you can crowd around picnic tables on the expansive patio and sip drafts from Left Hand and Full Sail ($6–$7). Plus, the happy hour—Mon–Thu 5–8pm and Fri 4–8pm, with $4 pints and $1 off well drinks—has some of the best deals in town.
There are a number of reasons why this bierhaus, open for more than a century, is a perennial summer favorite: Seating is plentiful, the drink list features a fair share of low-alcohol brews, and traditional Czech food is available to soak up some of that booze. Expect crowds (including families) during the day—but the shaded backyard is so roomy that you’ll hardly notice.
Every neighborhood needs a watering hole, but if you live on the Upper East Side, it’s hard to find a place. There are plenty of fraternity-inspired bars that cater to a younger audience, but if you want a fairly casual but still nice sports bar experience, it’s hard to know where to turn. Mile 17 (named as such because it’s at the marker of the 17th mile in the New York Marathon) fills that void.The bar is comfortable and stylish—there are plenty of bar seats if you’d like to saddle up for a drink and perhaps a few minutes of the game (there are plenty of television sets), and comfortable booths and tables abound toward the back of the restaurant if you fancy a meal or a big group outing. The cocktail menu is short, and for good reason—cocktail drinkers are best suited to choosing their classic liquor-and-mixer combo. Mile 17 isn’t a cocktail bar, and their drinks, like the Cupan Tae ($10), a mix of tea-infused Hendricks gin with lemon soda, and the Magic Mile 17 ($13), Hendricks gin, St. Germain, mint, lemon, and Prosecco, fall mostly flat. On a recent night, the former was so tannic it made your mouth pucker, and the latter was too sweet and not well-mixed. But fear not: there are plenty of fresh-tasting beers on tap (they rotate, too, and prices vary) and a short but suitable wine list. Hungry? Mile 17 has plenty to nosh on, ranging from salads and hummus for the health conscious to the normal game-day foods of burgers and wings. A platter of nachos supreme ($9.95) with c
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