Best outdoor drinking spots for fall
Berry Park, located on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, offers a cornucopia of seasonal standards—Bavarian brews, hearty bar snacks, large screens for football fans and a bird’s-eye view of Manhattan’s skyline framed by the fiery reds and golds of fall. It’s easy to stay warm in this breezy outdoor space as Berry Park’s roof has a retractable top. There are also plenty of cute alcoves with seating where you can sneak away and order a warm pretzel ($5) or a currywurst with fries ($8).
This woodland-inspired rooftop bar perched on top of the McKittrick Hotel, home of the interactive Sleep No More, packs as much whimsy as the play. Grab a seat at one of the wooden tables under the canvas ceiling draped with white bunting and twinkling lights, and sip on signature cocktails inspired by the saucy show or indulge in Bottomless Brunch (not, unfortunately, named Drink Some More).
Ditch the crowd at nearby Bohemian Hall for this modern biergarten open almost the entire year. Picture long communal tables packed with party-happy patrons and pitchers of beers that think outside the Bavarian box, such as Shiner, Goose Island and Strongbow. Live DJs and bands add to the jubilant vibe in this beer hall’s cobblestone courtyard, which is prepped for any kind of weather with heat lamps and waterproof awnings.
Perched 24 stories high in Downtown Brooklyn is Gotham’s first Asian rooftop beer garden, a 225-seat indoor-outdoor setup by the team behind Flatiron’s Mira Sushi & Izakaya. More than 300 varieties of Asian flora (wildflowers, bonsai) are potted around the wood-fitted den, which boasts a panoramic lounge with white-oak benches and fully retractable windows to showcase soaring views of the Brooklyn skyline. At the white-stone bar, choose from a 24-bottle microbrew selection highlighting Far East options, including a hoppy Japanese Ginga Kogen Hefeweizen and a chocolate-colored Sri Lankan Lion stout. For the suds averse, barkeep Dave Danger (Jeffrey’s Grocery) stirs underutilized Asian spirits like Vietnamese black pepper–infused gin and a cask-conditioned whiskey from Japan’s Nagano prefecture.
North Brooklyn gets another vaguely Latin, slushy-pouring boîte courtesy of T.J. Lynch and Richard Knapp, the crew behind Nolita cocktail bar Mother's Ruin. The 40-seat corner joint, outfitted with Crayola-bright stools, potted palms and graffiti-tagged garage doors opening onto the avenue, serves cocktails courtesy of Extra Fancy alum William Pineapple that highlight Latin-American spirits like cachaça, pisco and aguardiente. Two frozens are on offer, including the Not Too Sweet (tequila, apples, peaches, riesling), and the barman's namesake fruit is represented in the Pineapple2, mixing a rum blend with orgeat, dry curaçao and lime. Beer drinkers can find five brews on tap (Braven White IPA, Greenport Harbor Porter) as well as a single can, Tecate.
This sky bar atop the 17-story Pod 39 Hotel gifts gazers with views of the East River, the Empire State Building and delicious craft cocktails from bar manager Sam Anderson (Hotel Delmano, Freemans). The rooftop, open through fair-weather months, is lined with gorgeous terra-cotta and brick columns, strings of twinkle lights, pops of green from tables and plants and a bar that produces lovely seasonal libations ready to be soaked up with comida à la Salvation Taco, the Mexican restaurant downstairs.
Crave that warm-and-fuzzy, snuggled-in-a-blanket-watching–Dirty Dancing feeling? Then plop down on a plush couch at this Flatiron favorite and order up a gin-based Bohemian with St. Germain, grapefruit and Peychaud's bitters or a piña colada made with overproof rum. The drink prices may be as high at this rooftop lounge, but the space comes complete with fireplaces, equally warm service and exquisite views of the Chrysler Building.
This cash-only urban oasis takes its jukebox offerings as seriously as its beer. The laid-back abode includes the musical stylings of Wilco and Leonard Cohen, six revolving yet impressive drafts and a 100-plus bottle list ($5–$45) that focuses on micro European breweries as small as Monaco. Its patio, however, is not Napoleon-size: The ample space canopied by trees is open year-round and adorned with a hodgepodge of mismatched furniture, ivy and brick. It also connects with its neighboring restaurant St. Anselm.