Summer drinks in NYC

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

Photograph: Caroline Voagen NelsonHabana Outpost

After hibernating all winter, summer is the time for New Yorkers to emerge from our 10ft by 10ft caves to enjoy some warm air and summer drinks. That means downing strong margaritas, pina coladas, rosé and frosé on sky-high rooftops, docked boats and in the city's best parks. So go ahead, lounge in one of the best parks in NYC, find a boozy thing to do outside or just camp out in a  New York bar to gulp down this year's summer drinks.  

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Best bars and restaurants for summer drinks

The 30 best outdoor bars in NYC
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The 30 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 22 best rooftop bars in NYC
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The 22 best rooftop bars in NYC

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

The 19 best waterfront restaurants in NYC
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The 19 best waterfront restaurants 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

From the Frying Pan to sailing-the-Hudson dinner cruises, get your sailing game on!

The best rooftop happy hours in NYC
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The best rooftop happy hours in NYC

Get a brew and view at one of NYC’s best rooftop happy hours, from the top of fancy hotels to kitschy dives

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 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 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!

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 24 best beer gardens and beer halls in NYC
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The 24 best beer gardens and beer halls in NYC

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

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.

Summer drinks in NYC

Everywhere you can find frozen rosé in NYC this summer
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Everywhere you can find frozen rosé in NYC this summer

Order the unofficial drink of the summer

The best new summer cocktails in NYC
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The best new summer cocktails in NYC

These latest warm-weather cocktails will snap you into a sunny mood

The best frozen cocktails in NYC
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The best frozen cocktails in NYC

New York’s best frozen cocktails include slushed margaritas, tropical piña coladas and refreshing frosé

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

Here are the best rosé bottles you can buy
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Here are the best rosé bottles you can buy

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

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

Drink up piña coladas from classic takes on the form to spicy newfangled renditions

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

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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Here’s a map of the 30 best bars for outdoor drinking in New York
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Here’s a map of the 30 best bars for outdoor drinking in New York

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Comments

4 comments
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

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