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Wyckoff Beer Garden
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The 21 best beer gardens and beer halls in NYC

Craft beers, sour ales, lower ABV beer—there’s something for everyone at the best beer gardens and beer halls in NYC

By Shaye Weaver
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Imbibing alfresco at one of New York’s best outdoor bars is one of our favorite things to do in summer, or at least when the weather gets warmer, especially at a craft beer hall or beer garden in NYC. We're excited that there's a growing emphasis on experimentation, sour ales, and lower ABV booze in New York right now. And what's better than a sunny day with cold brews and summer drinks? A growing number of beer halls in New York are becoming breweries, too. And if you like what you taste, many are not only taprooms but sell the beer for take-home, when you want to savor a sip of summer later on. 

For every type of brew lover out there, here are the best beer gardens and beer halls in New York City.

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Photograph: Courtesy of Grimm Ales on Instagram

1. Grimm Artisanal Ales

3 out of 5 stars
Bars Breweries East Williamsburg

Think of the Grimm team as the mad scientists of beer. Inside the Bushwick brewery, you'll find experimental flavors like their recent "Butterfly Door," a double IPA with gummy bear hops and flavors of pineapple, guava, lime, coconut, orange blossoms, mango, gumdrops, and creamsicle. 160 oak barrels—one-fourth of the brewery’s space—is for aging sour beer, unheard of in NYC. They also have some of my favorite graphic design, with an ever-changing roster of artists making one-off editions for their cans. The best part? Middle eastern spot, Samesa does the taproom's food programming.

 

Other Half Brewing
Photograph: Jessica Lin

2. Other Half Brewing

Bars Breweries Carroll Gardens

After years spent manning the tanks at Greenpoint Beerworks, head brewer Sam Richardson strikes out on his own with this IPA-driven brewery. The 4,000-square-foot operation—not to be confused with Chicago's Better Half Brewing—turns out five hops-forward beers, including a West Coast–style IPA, a cask-conditioned Motueka pale ale and a black ale brewed with winter barley. Heavier selections include an imperial stout and sour beers. The factory is open for hops-head visits on weekends, while a next-door tap room—rigged with a cherrywood bar and exposed lightbulbs—pours out pints and offers mix-and-match six-packs to go.

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Talea Beer Co.
Photograph: Courtesy Talea Beer Co.

3. Talea Beer Co.

Bars Breweries Williamsburg

This woman-owned brewery opened its first taproom in Williamsburg in March, serving up its refreshing, summer-like, fruit-forward beer as well as cocktails, wine, and snacks in the evenings and coffee and tea in the mornings. It has both indoor and outdoor seating as well as draft and canned beer to go.

Wyckoff Beer Garden
Photograph: Courtesy Wyckoff Beer Garden

4. Brooklyn Beer Garden

Bars Beer bars Bushwick

Open starting in April, sip on local Brooykln brews (Coney Island, Five Borough, Kings County Brewers Collective, Brooklyn Cider House and more) among colorful murals by Gabriele and Tyagi commissioned for the space. 

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Nowadays
Photograph: Courtesy Natalie Keyssar

5. Nowadays

Bars Beer bars Ridgewood

With its top-flight sound system, sophisticated menu and deeply chill vibes, Nowadays is a slice of Neverland for club kids. Opened by Mister Saturday Night cofounders Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter, Nowadays’ ample outdoor space is the home of its day-party incarnation Mister Sunday and the Ridgewood Market as well as a regular slate of readings and discussions. More recently, a 5,000-square-foot indoor venue was unveiled, so now DJs can spin harder stuff into the wee hours for those who still haven’t adopted grown-up schedules.  

Radegast Hall & Biergarten
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Nik R.

6. Radegast Hall & Biergarten

Bars Pubs Williamsburg

Instead of ordering a sit-down meal of schnitzel under the retractable roof, hit up the grill guy for a fat kielbasa loaded with kraut and steer your brood toward one of the wood tables in the rustic hall. Imaginative youngsters just might believe they’re in Bavaria rather than Brooklyn. On a weekend afternoon, savor any of the Czech and German draft beers, but you’ll want to leave by early evening, before the bar is infiltrated by revelers chugging mammoth steins.

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Threes Brewing
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

7. Threes Brewing

Bars Beer bars Gowanus

This 5,000-square-foot bar/brewery does double and triple duty, boasting a coffeeshop and an event space to go along with the suds operation. The rotating tap list has included Wandering Bine, a melon-infused saison and Unintentional Fallacy, an IPA brewed with with Mountain Dew and White Mystery Airheads, dispensed from 30-keg tanks behind a bar that's built atop reclaimed rolling library ladders.

Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

8. Lavender Lake

Bars Gastropubs Gowanus

The rustic interior at this resto gives way to a spacious deck and patio where a fire pit and projected movies and visual art entertain drinkers when the weather’s mild. Choose from the rotating selection of five drafts or from a handful of bottles and cans. A seat inside near the open doors gives you the best of both worlds.

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Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jeff H.

9. Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

Bars Beer bars Astoria

This authentic Czech beer garden offers plenty of mingle-friendly picnic tables, where you can sit while you sample cheap platters of sausage and a solid lineup of European and domestic beers. Though the huge, tree-canopied garden is open year-round, summer is the prime time to soak up some rays over a pint. Prost!

Courtesy of Rockaway Brewing Company

10. Rockaway Brewing Company

Bars Breweries Long Island City

After three and a half years of home-brewing in their Rockaway Beach bungalows, Ethan Long and Marcus Burnett—a set designer and an Emmy-nominated cinematographer, respectively—decided to go pro, naming their new business after their summer-home locale. Their first beer, the mellow English ale ESB, got a bump from the community when Rockaway Taco and Caracas Arepa Bar started pouring the easy-drinking sipper to shaggy-haired day-trippers at their boardwalk stands. 

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Harlem Tavern
Photograph: Courtesy Harlem Tavern

11. Harlem Tavern

Bars Pubs Harlem

Bringing theme-park magnitude to the historic 'hood, the 7,000-square-foot venue seats 350 and boasts dozens of different beers. Gather your crew for a guzzling session around the umbrella-shaded tables on the patio or at one of the communal wood tables inside. Both beer nerds and casual drinkers will find quaffs to their liking among the local suds , everyday bottles and international selections. 

12. Kings County Brewers Collective

Bars Breweries Bushwick

In the late 1800s, Bushwick was known as Brewer’s Row, thanks to its 14 local breweries and thriving beer scene. Kings County Brewers Collective hopes to bring that back. The first to set up shop in the neighborhood since Schaefer closed in 1976, this brewery, warehouse and taproom brews all its suds on the premises. 

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13. Spritzenhaus

Bars Beer bars Greenpoint

One hundred taps dispense craft brews at this massive Greenpoint gastropub, from owner Robert Shamlian (Spitzer's Corner, Fat Baby). The 6,000-square-foot beer hall features a wood-burning oven and a marble bar. Hopped-up drinkers can line their bellies with salty snacks, like sausages and pretzels, from a German-focused menu.

Note: Spritzenhaus is temporarily closed.

Berry Park
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

14. Berry Park

Bars Sports Bars Greenpoint

Although this bi-level bar is only a few blocks from Brooklyn Brewery, the suds here are decidedly overseas-centric. Opt for a half-liter of the refreshing German pilsners and lagers; both pair well with a sausage platter and other beer-hall fare.

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Greenwood Park
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

15. Greenwood Park

Bars Beer bars South Slope

Located across the street from the Greenwood cemetery, this beer spot may not may not be haunted. The team behind this 13,000-square-foot juggernaut didn’t search far for inspiration, utilizing cinder blocks, a car lift and other discards from the previous tenant—an auto repair shop—to decorate the space. A similarly local bent appears in the suds selection: The 60 taps and 20 bottles and cans span domestic and international makers.

Sputyten Duyvil
Photograph: Courtesy Michael Kirby Smith

16. Spuyten Duyvil

Bars Lounges Williamsburg

The rotating list of more than 100 mostly European quaffs here could confound even the nerdiest of microbrew mavens. Flag down a bartender to help you navigate the menu, then take your brew—and a charcuterie snack—to the lush back garden.

Note: Spuyten Duyvil is temporarily closed.

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17. Circa Brewing Co.

Bars Breweries Downtown Brooklyn

The hulking, stainless-steel fermentation tanks that are showcased at the entrance of this microbrewery from Gerry Rooney (Putnam’s Pub & Cooker) are more savvy than steampunk. Add the blue-and-white bunting strung alongside dangling Edison bulbs and the salumi pizza served with grilled cauliflower steak, throw in a shuffleboard table, and you’re in hipster Brooklyn’s industrial version of a German biergarten. (Brookgarten has got to be a thing, right?) It makes for a bar that’s, well, wunderbar. 

Der Schwarze Kölner
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Ironypoisoning

18. Der Schwarze Kölner

Bars Beer bars Fort Greene

Fort Greene’s first German beer garden has the essentials in order. There are 18 brews on tap (crisp Krombacher Pilsner, easygoing Hofbräu Lager) and many more by the bottle. There are plenty of affordable, satisfying small plates to soak it all up, like Berlin’s classic currywurst, plus sidewalk seating.

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The Standard Biergarten
Photograph: Courtesy The Standard Biergarten

19. The Standard Biergarten

Bars Lounges Meatpacking District

Don’t let the Standard Hotel’s chic pedigree fool you. Everything on the menu here—from traditional German brews to brats, currywurst and pretzels—usually clocks in under a Hamilton. Claim a picnic table or set up camp by the ping pong tables and get to work.

Clinton Hall
Photograph: Courtesy Clinton Hall

20. Clinton Hall

Bars Beer bars Financial District

A stone's throw from its 19th-century namesake, Castle Clinton—America's first beer garden—the folks behind Watermark Bar honor the storied nabe with a 4,000-square-foot Battery Park beer hall of their own. At the marble bar, 20 taps rotate selections of hard-to-find brews: Erdinger Hefe Weizen, Urban Chestnut Dorfbier and Pipeworks Blood of the Unicorn Strong Ale, available in pints, half pints or third pints. A flux capacitor behind the bar controls the carbonation and temperature of each tap, ensuring that pints are served at an optimal 34 degrees.

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Treadwell Park
Photograph: Courtesy Paul Wagtouicz

21. Treadwell Park

Bars Beer bars Lenox Hill

This rustic, 200-seat tavern is fitted with the requisite communal tables, a roaring fireplace and brick-painted murals by Colombian artist Brian Boerner. A rotating selection of 20 beers is tapped through an on-site flux capacitor to balance the ratio of nitrogen and carbon dioxide in each pour. Throw back drafts both local and far-flung.

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