Places to drink all day
Start tippling and stay awhile.
Mon Mar 21 2011
Like the appearance of spring's first robin, the sight of tables and lawn chairs outside this Carroll Gardens fave is a sure sign that lazy, laid-back afternoons are once again on the way. Order a basket of pulled pork ($8) and cheese fries ($6) or nachos ($7) while kicking everyone's ass at Connect Four, refilling often with pints of Brooklyn Lager ($5). When temperatures drop in the evening, move your gang inside and park on one of the well-loved, mismatched couches, and continue to party into the wee hours. 442 Court St at 3rd Pl (718-522-6900). Daily 11am--4am.
Blind Tiger Ale House
The menu at Blind Tiger—an eclectic hideaway on a trendy stretch of Bleecker Street—is what makes it a blue-ribbon standard for all-day drinking. Choose from 30-plus varieties of American-craft, Belgian and cask ale on tap. People-watch through the tall windows while nursing a Nebraska IPA ($6.50). Snag a table early—and order bowl of beanless boar chili ($9)—for a calm, casual afternoon before the evening revelers descend. 281 Bleecker St at Jones St (212-462-4682, blindtigeralehouse.com). Daily 11:30am--4am.
Indian Road Caf
If you can't escape the city for the weekend, this rustic bar and caf at the tip of Manhattan is the right place to spend the day pretending the Adirondacks are right outside the door. A straight-from-the-garden Hudson Valley vibe pervades the locavore-centric food-and-drink menus, featuring specialties like sausages from Vincent's Meat Market on Arthur Avenue; Kingston, New York's Keegan Brewery Hurricane Kitty IPA ($6); and Hudson Baby bourbon ($20) from Tuthilltown Spirits. The longer you relax at this earnestly welcoming spot, the harder it becomes to rejoin urban life. 600 W 218th St at Indian Rd (212-942-7451, indianroadcafe.com). Mon--Thu, 7am--10:30pm, Fri--Sat 7am--11:30pm, Sun 8am--10pm.
The well-shaded biergarten in the back is a day-drinking mecca, lined with communal wood tables that provide ample opportunity to chat up strangers. A dozen German drafts are served in bulky liter steins ($12--$16), though slower drinkers might sip their way through a beer flight ($30). If you're at a loss for what to order, try the signature Gaffel Klsch, a light and hoppy brew served in a traditional 0.2-liter glass ($3). It goes down especially smooth on spring weekends, when the tightly packed garden stays buzzing throughout the day and night. 7 Rivington St between Bowery and Chrystie St (212-253-7077, loreleynyc.com). Mon--Thu, Sun noon--2am; Fri--Sat noon--4am.
Wait, an industrial 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. During happy hour, all beers are $1 off and pitchers of Yuengling or Genesee are $10 (Mon--Thu 4--7pm, Fri 2--7pm)—or spring for a craft beer on tap (most usually $5--$8). Keep yourself occupied by playing Indiana Jones pinball, listening to Jay Reatard on the jukebox and eating tacos from Oaxaca across the street. 249 Fourth Ave between Carroll and President Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-399-0099, missiondoloresbar.com). Mon--Thu 4pm--4am, Fri--Sun 2pm--4am.
The Randolph at Broome
Ease your way into a hazy-afternoon bender at this easygoing cocktail hub, which pours cups of Intelligentsia and Oslo coffee (pour-over or press-pot $4, augmented coffee $7) beginning in the early-morning hours. Come 11am, you can move on to the strong stuff. Give the Old College Try ($14), a smooth rum-and-cream concoction, a whirl—while relaxing amid the retro decor. Keep your wits about you by snacking on PBJs with bacon and jalapeo jelly ($3): You don't want to miss the daily happy hour (until 8pm), when every cocktail is half off. 349 Broome St between Bowery and Elizabeth St (212-274-0667, randolphnyc.com). Mon--Fri 7am--4am; Sat, Sun 8am--4am.