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The best beer gardens and beer halls in NYC

Beer geeks and hop novices alike can find something to love at the best beer gardens and beer halls in NYC

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Imbibing alfresco at one of New York’s best outdoor bars is one of our favorite things to do in summer, especially at a top-notch beer garden in NYC. Booze away a sunny day with cold brews and summer drinks, then cozy up inside spacious craft beer bars when it gets cold. 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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Every beer garden NYC has to offer

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Zum Schneider

Beer lovers and German expats from all over the city flock to this Bavarian party house, where the most hotly contested seats are out on the sidewalk under blue umbrellas. This prime people-watching spot—smack in the middle of Alphabet City—is tough to beat, especially when you’ve got a liter stein of beer in hand. Choose from a dozen German brews on tap plus more than ten bottles. After knocking back a few, you too will be shaking a tail feather.

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East Village
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Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

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 (pints $7, pitchers $18). Though the huge, tree-canopied garden is open year-round, summer is the prime time to soak up some rays over a pint. Prost!

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Astoria
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Radegast Hall & Biergarten

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, like the Schneider Weiss. You’ll want to leave by early evening, before the bar is infiltrated by revelers chugging mammoth steins.

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Williamsburg
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Spuyten Duyvil

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.

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Williamsburg
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Mission Dolores

Wait, a desolate stretch of Fourth Avenue isn’t your ideal location for a gorgeous, alcohol-soaked afternoon? It doesn’t matter; after a few pints at this airy converted auto shop, you won’t want to leave. Canines and smokers are welcome in the courtyard. And the craft-beer labels—primarily American, with some European cameos such as Gaffel Kölsch—are uniformly excellent.

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Park Slope
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Threes Brewing

This 5,000-square-foot bar/brewery powered by Sycamore cofounder Justin Israelson, tech entrepreneur Josh Stylman, and lawyer Andrew Unterberg does double and triple duty, boasting a coffeeshop and an event space to go along with the suds operation. The rotating tap list includes Wandering Bine, a melon-infused saison and Three Unintentional Fallacy with Mountain Dew and White Mystery Airheads dispensed from 30-keg tanks behind a bar that's built atop reclaimed rolling library ladders. The upstairs coffeeshop, serving Ninth Street Espresso and Balthazar pastries, converts to a private party room at night and offers exclusive views of the brewing facility not seen from the main level.

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Gowanus
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7

The Diamond

In a beer scene dominated by hoppy, high-alcohol brews, credit this madcap watering hole for championing session beers (most $7–9), a family of brews whose lower booze content makes them ideal for extended drinking. Unlikely picks such as the four-percent-ABV Baba Black Beer (Budweiser, by comparison, is 5 percent) will keep you buzzed but standing through an evening of rubber ring quoits in the back garden.

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Greenpoint
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The Garden at Studio Square NYC

Encompassing 30,000 square feet of outdoor space and with a capacity well above 1,200, Studio Square is more of a beer city than a beer garden. Patrons pack the sprawling yard, all guzzling half liters, liters and pitchers of mostly German and American brews. Shiner Bock dark lager is a solid all-season refresher. Clouds or not, brats, burgers and other bites are in order.

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Astoria
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Hot Bird

Twelve rotating beers flow from the taps at this former auto-repair garage. Go when it’s sunny and stake out a spot in the spacious front garden (a corner lot that, until recently, was home to several rusty old junkers).

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Clinton Hill
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The Standard Biergarten

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—clocks in under $10. Claim a picnic table and get to work.

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Meatpacking District
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Comments

3 comments
p m
p m

You are aware that the Czechs do not say "Prost," right?  That's German.

Keith R
Keith R

That list is bogus. Where are the German beer halls?