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Whether you’ve seen a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at the Prospect Park Bandshell, picnicked in the Long Meadow or hit up the food trucks at Grand Army Plaza, you’ll want to end on a refreshing summer drink. Try these Brooklyn bars in the immediate vicinity of the park for craft brews in outdoor spaces.
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If you’ve spent the day hanging outdoors with a few friends, you’ll want to start your evening at this intimate bar. Owned by Aaron Hans (who also runs Big Nose Full Body just across the avenue), the spot features a selection of international and domestic wines by the glass. Choose from six varieties on tap—as well as a menu of shareable small plates, which, if you're a party of four, you can taste from a table in the small backyard. 6-minute walk
Alfresco drinking doesn’t get much better than at this Park Slope watering hole, an area favorite thanks to its rotating list of 24 draft beers and its spacious outdoor patio. Fair warning: Neighborhood denizens (and their dogs) crowd the deck as soon as it opens on weekends—arrive before 3pm and you shouldn’t have trouble staking out a table. 11-minute walk
You can visit this hops emporium many times without sampling the same beer twice. In addition to a selection of more than 800 domestic and international bottles, the shop also offers 15 rotating draft beers. A summery quaff will taste even better at one of the picnic tables in the cozy backyard. 12-minute walk
Park Slope brew hounds can kick back at this massive 13,000-square-foot beer garden. Sixty taps dispense more than 20 different craft brews, including Sixpoint, Captain Lawrence and Brooklyn Brewery. In the warmer months, order yours with a burger or hot dog at outdoor picnic tables, or rally a group of friends for a free game of bocce on one of three courts. When the temperatures drop, settle by the fireplace and watch the game on a flatscreen TV. The former mechanic-lot space conjures its roots with recycled furnishings, like an original car lifter, cinder-block walls and a backyard bar crafted from a former shipping container. 12-minute walk
This cheerful Prospect Heights bar, which was opened by alums of Gowanus Yacht Club and Bar Great Harry in 2011, is kitted out with fun, kitschy decor, with bright yellow chairs and turquoise walls. There are eight beers on tap, along with a creative rotating cocktail list featuring quaffs such as the Ginger Prince ($10), a mix of aged rum, lime juice, seltzer, ginger and thyme syrup. The drinks are best enjoyed at a table near one of the massive front windows, which are kept open during warm weather. 13-minute walk
“Beer garden” is something of a misnomer for this spot, since the outdoor space—a few picnic and wrought-iron tables scattered on a concrete patio—speaks more to its former life as an auto garage. But the unpretentious atmosphere and reliable beer list (brews from Smuttynose and Shock Top, $6, are staples) make this an ideal locale for group drinking, especially if you grab a table early in the afternoon. The bar also serves food, should you need a midafternoon snack. 15-minute walk
The picnic-table–cluttered front garden of this auto garage turned bar is a perfect day-drinking spot, especially if you’re rolling with a group. Two things make that even easier: the weekday happy-hour special (all beers are $4 until 8pm), and grub from Little Brother BBQ’s adjacent takeout window, which will help sop up all that booze. 15-minute walk
Though the dimly lit interior of this Sunset Park spot may seem inviting after a day spent reclining in the sun, claim a table in its large backyard instead. The adorable space is lined with wooden benches, all of which are big enough to accommodate groups, and two pretty, koi-filled ponds. Pair a beer from the 20-strong tap list with a succulent clam roll ($13) from the bar menu. 19-minute walk
This neighborhood bar in the East Village offers Southern fare and ample drinks to its patrons. Come for brunch to score unlimited mimosas or Bloody Mary’s for just $12 with any entree. Mama’s Bar partners with Root & Bone for the food menu, which includes crispy chicken biscuits with root chips and tabasco pepper jelly ($12), a waffle benedict with pork belly bacon and lemon hollandaise sauce ($15) and a farmer’s omelette with mushrooms and bell peppers. Even the late-night crowd can try some of the Southern bar bites, like deviled eggs ($7), crispy chicken wings with spicy honey ($9), pimento cheese biscuits ($8) or short rib biscuits with tomato jam and pickles ($10). In addition to full bar service, Mama’s Bar also serves signature cocktails like Dick’s Cucumber Cooler with cucumber-infused gin, lime, bitters and tonic, the Hot Mama with jalapeno tequila, cilantro-flavored vodka, Malibu rum and pineapple juice and a Manhattan Iced Tea with rye, lavender bitters, lemon juice and chamomile (each $10).
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