The 30 best outdoor bars in NYC

Looking for the city’s best outdoor bars? NYC has plenty of patios and terraces for boozy afternoons in the city.
Threes Brewing
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By Alyson Penn, Christina Izzo and Time Out contributors |
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One of Gothamites’ favorite things to do in summer in NYC is to take advantage of the best outdoor bars in NYC. New York has hosts of picturesque gardens, patios and terraces serving up stellar summer drinks for your weekend shenanigans. We’ve already told you where to find the best rooftop bars–you know, the non-douchey kind–and floating boat bars, but here are our Time Out-approved picks of the finest outdoor drinking spots for those that prefer to keep their feet on solid ground. 

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Best outdoor bars in NYC

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Maison Premiere
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Will S.
Bars, Cocktail bars

Maison Premiere

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

An outdoor oyster bar outfitted in dark wood takes center stage in the lush 1,000-square-foot garden at this NOLA-inspired salon. To keep in line with the French Quarter charm, sip cerebral cocktails under the vine-tangled canopy.

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Pier A Harbor House
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Restaurants, Seafood

Pier A Harbor House

icon-location-pin Battery Park

The setting is a pier that's been closed to the public for 127 years, a retrofitted re-creation of the Gilded Age divided into three levels and anchored by a soaring clock tower. Decked out in nautical relics like pipes from steamship engine rooms, the first floor includes a belly-up bar slinging on-tap cocktails and an expansive beer hall pouring old-world European suds. 

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Gowanus Yacht Club
Bars, Dive bars

Gowanus Yacht Club

icon-location-pin Carroll Gardens

Garage-sale-meets-fraternity-house décor invites an ironic, scruffy crowd to this humble hangout, but the beer-garden grub delivers: wolf down bockwurst hot off the half-barrel grill and gulp a chilled draft of beer. On chilly nights, a glowing potbellied stove takes the edge off.

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Leyenda
Photograph: Courtesy Leyenda
Bars, Cocktail bars

Leyenda

icon-location-pin Carroll Gardens

Does this Pan-Latin follow-up to Clover Club measure up? (Spoiler: It does.) In a mystic-cool space fitting for such bartender worship—rigged with Indio candles, cathedral-pew booths and a golden tin ceiling imprinted with crosses—Mix takes the reins on the cocktail menu and proves she’s worthy of the title leyenda (Spanish for legend).

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Bars, Beer bars

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

icon-location-pin Astoria

Endless summer afternoons have been spent at this Astoria beer garden–the oldest one in Gotham–swinging back mugs of cold Spaten Oktoberfest, Blue Moon and Pilsner Urquell and listening to live music. The kitchen dishes out comforting Czech specialties to pair with your pints.

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Until Tomorrow
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Until Tomorrow
Bars, Cocktail bars

Until Tomorrow

icon-location-pin Clinton Hill

This pint-size Clinton Hill bar from beverage director Rob Giles (Erv’s on Beekman) not only serves expertly crafted cocktails in a casual space, but even if you live a 25-minute Uber ride across the river, the bartender and fellow patrons treat you like you’re an old friend. Mi backyard es su backyard. 

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Habana Outpost
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
Restaurants, Cuban

Habana Outpost

icon-location-pin Fort Greene

Open seasonally (beginning in the spring), solar-powered Habana Outpost gives your al fresco an eco edge: Its initiatives include rainwater flush toilets and the use of sugarcane and corn utensils. While the Mexican-inspired food and frozen drinks (margarita, mojito) are reasons enough for a visit, on weekends little ones can also partake in supervised, eco-friendly projects. 

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The Boat Basin Café
Photograph: Matty Baker
Bars, Bars

The Boat Basin Café

icon-location-pin Upper West Side

This two-tier riverfront restaurant welcomes young singles and parents with children in tow to happily converge under stone archways and twinkle lights. Order from the grill portion of its expansive American menu and toast the sunset on clear evenings, but call ahead when skies seem stormy—the café closes for rain.

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Sputyten Duyvil
Bars, Lounges

Spuyten Duyvil

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

Spuyten's minimal draft offerings, as well as its 100-plus bottle list, are focused mainly on tiny European breweries. Sample old-world rarities in the backyard with metal tables and chairs, string lighting, tall trees and a vine-covered brick wall.

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Broken Shaker
Photograph: Courtesy Adrian Gaut
Bars, Cocktail bars

Broken Shaker

icon-location-pin Kips Bay

Freehand has yet another hot spot inside its hotel with this Miami-imported rooftop Caribbean bar. The James-Beared-nominated spot with a wraparound terrace and funky, laid-back decor is serving cocktails like Poppyseed Bagel Fizz and Cocoa Puff Old Fashioned. 

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