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Summer drinks in NYC

Find the best outdoor drinking spots in New York, including rooftop bars, outdoor beer gardens and more

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The skies are sunny and hot weather is here, which can mean only one thing: The season for summer drinks is upon us. Check out our guide to NYC’s best boozy things to do outside—including New York bars near the best parks, rooftop bars, the season’s best new cocktails and the best spots for day-drinking—as well as indoor bars where you can cool off.

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Best bars and restaurants for summer drinks

NYC’s best rooftop bars
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NYC’s best rooftop bars

Have a cocktail high above the city and take in spectacular views at one of the best elevated bars in NYC

Here’s a map of all the best rooftop bars in New York
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Here’s a map of all the best rooftop bars in New York

Consult our easy-to-use map to find out where you can sip a cocktail or beer with a gorgeous view of the city

The best outdoor bars in NYC
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The 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.

The best waterfront restaurants and bars in NYC
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The best waterfront restaurants and bars in NYC

Take in the city’s stunning views the best way we know how—by grabbing drinks or dinner at these waterfront spots

The best boat bars in NYC
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The best boat bars in NYC

What better way to take advantage of New York’s gorgeous waterfront views than by actually getting on the water at one of the best boat bars in NYC? From docked summertime icon the Frying Pan to sailing-the-Hudson dinner cruises, get your outdoor drinking and outdoor dining on aboard one of these lively boat bars. A day spent with a cocktail (or three) on the sea is one of the best things to do in summer in NYC. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best bars in NYC

The best tiki bars and beach bars in NYC
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The best tiki bars and beach bars in NYC

New York City’s best tiki bars and beach bars evoke the tropics with breezy vibes and rum-packed drinks

The best outdoor happy hours in NYC
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The best outdoor happy hours in NYC

We’ve got the best outdoor happy hours in NYC for a well deserved post-work drink that won’t break the bank

The best boat parties in NYC
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The best boat parties in NYC

The best place to get trashed this summer in NYC is obvious: On a booze cruise! NYC has plenty of boat parties equipped with a full bar, great food and music to keep you entertained on the water. So grab your tickets, hit the pier and prepare to get drunk! As you know, New York has no shortage of places to drink outside, so make sure to check out our favorite outdoor dining spots, rooftop bars and boat bars for sipping cocktails in the open-air. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to things to do in the summer in NYC

The best beer bar NYC has to offer
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The best beer bar NYC has to offer

NYC’s beer bar scene stretches from the Bronx to Bed-Stuy–here are the beer bars that every hops-head needs to try

The best beer gardens and beer halls in New York City
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The best beer gardens and beer halls in New York City

Brewhounds can keep the suds flowing at these drinking destinations

The best wine bars in NYC
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The best wine bars in NYC

New York is in the middle of a wine-bar renaissance. Spend your time sipping and swirling at the best of the bunch.

Booze tours in New York City
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Booze tours in New York City

Get your buzz on with a tour of these New York City alcohol purveyors, including breweries, wineries and distilleries

The 12 best boozy frozen drinks in NYC

The 12 best boozy frozen drinks in NYC

It’s the Sophie’s Choice of many a summer afternoon: Should you get something cold and refreshing or boozy and fun?

The 5 best outdoor gay bars
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The 5 best outdoor gay bars

These gay bars offer alfresco options for your summertime drinking adventures

10 non-douchey rooftop bars
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10 non-douchey rooftop bars

Looking to sip sangria or a craft beer out in the sun? We've compiled a list of the top 10 non-douchey rooftop bars.

Beat the heat: four indoors bars where you can cool off
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Beat the heat: four indoors bars where you can cool off

When it’s too damn hot to be outside, head to these four indoor bars that offer a cool respite from hot weather.

Summer drinks in NYC

The best boozy milkshakes in NYC
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The best boozy milkshakes in NYC

Looking for a great boozy milkshake in NYC? Check out our picks for this adult take on a childhood indulgence.

The best piña coladas in NYC
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The best piña coladas in NYC

New York is full of tiki bars and rooftop bars serving up some of the city’s best piña coladas, that summer-friendly quaff of pineapple, coconut and, most importantly, rum. From traditional serve-ups of the tropical cocktail to frozen riffs, there’s an island-inspired drink for every taste. Sip through these tasty piña coladas at some of the best bars in NYC and indulge a brain freeze you won’t be mad about. RECOMMENDED: Find more cocktails in NYC

The best margaritas in NYC
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The best margaritas in NYC

Frozen, fruity or on the rocks—no matter how you stir them, these are the best margaritas in Gotham

The best micheladas in NYC
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The best micheladas in NYC

A Cinco de Mayo staple, Mexico’s unsung beer cocktail is enjoying a resurgence in NYC bars and restaurants

The best daiquiris in NYC
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The best daiquiris in NYC

The daiquiri deserves an upgrade from spring break staple—here’s where to find the city’s best frozen concoctions

Here are the best rosé bottles you need to buy this summer
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Here are the best rosé bottles you need to buy this summer

Rosé—the effervescent pink wine is as much a harbinger of summer as a faint Mister Softee jingle playing down your street 

Summer drinks in NYC neighborhoods

Long Island City bars near MoMA PS1
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Long Island City bars near MoMA PS1

Brooklyn bars near Prospect Park
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Brooklyn bars near Prospect Park

Williamsburg bars near Smorgasburg
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Williamsburg bars near Smorgasburg

Bars near Governors Island
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Bars near Governors Island

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Best bars for day-drinking
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Outdoor bars where you can find a seat
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Outdoor bars where you can find a seat

Bars with outdoor activities and games
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Bars with outdoor activities and games

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3 comments
Rita A
Rita A

Kind of sick of the Brooklyn kiss ass on a regular basis, and the fact that the address for anything in Queens is listed as Queens, NY, not Astoria, or LIC, which would indicate a bit better where the tasty joint is located. Queens is not the "wilds of Astoria" anymore...(doubt your writers would know where that quote comes from without googling it)... Queens is not some vast morass  or such... Get to know your town or don't write about it. 

Daniela
Daniela

Hi! I just bought Time Out to read about the best new outdoor bars but only to find out that the majority are located in Brooklyn or Queens. Quite disappointed about that. You should have headlined the title differently, then I would have saved $5. Daniela Upper West Side