Bars, Beer bars Ridgewood
5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Photograph: Courtesy Natalie Keyssar

Mister Sunday founders Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter own this seasonal outdoor hangout. Sit among birch trees and honey locust and enjoy artisinal beer and soda specials and barbecue options for eaters of all dietary lifestyles. Ten-percent of the bar's profits benefit Robin Hood, which organizes to fight poverty in the city.


Venue name: Nowadays
Address: 56-06 Cooper Ave
Cross street: Irving Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Thur 4pm–Midnight, Fri 2pm–2am, Saturday noon–2am, Sunday noon–midnight until Oct 26
Transport: Subway: L to Halsey
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  • Dance and electronic Monday December 31 2018 - Tuesday January 1 2019

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LOVE this place, especially in July and August. It's perfect for a day-long hangout, there's no need to bar hop when you have pretty much everything you need in the immediate area.  Craft drinks, picnic tables, dancing, games and more - seriously, it's worth taking the long trip on the L.  


What an absolute GEM. Nowadays is the kind of bar you visit once and immediately want to move into or at least frequent enough to be considered a regular. It's far from a standard bar though. It's an outdoor experience of sorts as it plays host to Mister Sunday, quite possibly the best activity for winding down your weekend. 

Nowadays comes complete with picnic tables, craft beer and the best dance floor in New York. I say best because it's the only one I've come across that has a posting for no phone use, is padded, has twinkle lights and has excellent DJ sets.

I know what you're thinking--why have I never been there before? Good. Trying to keep it on the DL. 

The BEST outdoor bar in the city! It's like a cool campground vibe in the middle of the city with great beer selection and really friendly owners/staff. We LOVE it!

One thing I like about Nowadays is how easy it is to get to off of the L.It's super convenient and a quick walk from the Halsey stop. Another thing is how much fun the space is. With a ping pong table, other games, and a huge dance floor, it's a great set up - especially for the Mister Sunday party. The food is awesome, with two trucks available to chose from and lots of veggie and meat choices for any diner. One downside, and this could be just the Mister Sunday event, is the $20 cover. Kinda steep. All in all, it's a good time, and be careful with the sangria because it is delicious and sneaks up on you!

Located on the border of Ridgewood and Bushwick (quick 10 minute walk from the Wilson off the L), this hidden gem is basically a giant open space to the general public. The venue will host special events once in a while, most notably the Mister Sunday dance party series. 

Seeing as how this is an outdoor space, it makes sense that Nowadays is only open during early summer-late fall. While this place classifies itself as a beer garden, they (currently) only have a few beers on tap and spiced wine/cider. There's also a food truck here serving fries/tacos/your desired drunk food. 

All the bartenders/servers here are very friendly, but the bouncer can be a bit rude at times. With plenty of seating, open space, and a section devoted to dancing, don't be afraid to bring a group of friends, your dogs (must be leased, unfortunately), and your most comfortable shoes to party the night away!

Nowadays is unlike any other venue I've been to in NYC. When you walk through the gate, you'll be amazed at how massive it is. I haven't seen so much space anywhere else in the city, outside of public parks. The string lights create a great nighttime ambiance, and the air is fresh, as opposed to what I'm used to breathing in here. Super easy to get to, even though it's in Ridgewood. Just a 5 minute walk from the Halsey stop. Also, I had a beet veggie burger for $8, and it was one of the best I'd had in a while.