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5 beachy bars to jump start your summer

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

Our long, frigid winter is finally over (yes!), but summer weather isn’t quite here yet (boo). Luckily, sunseekers can bide their time at a new wave of bars and restaurants dedicated to keeping summer going all-year-round. No need to wait until Memorial Day—here’s where to get beachy immediately.

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Bungalow Bar at Refinery Hotel

This Rockaways-inspired, pop-up lobster shack will be open through May at the Midtown hotel where they'll be serving frozen alcoholic beverages, corona, modelo, chips and some truly killer lobster grilled cheese. The entire bar is open to the sidewalk for a nice open, airy feel and live beach-ready tunes are played Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5-8pm. (Sing-a-longs are not discouraged.)

Lobster Grilled Cheese at Bungalow Bar

Pizza Beach 

Inspired by a ’90s beachside café (think Saved by the Bell), Pizza Beach opened in February and boasts hanging surfboards, twinkly lights and big posters of sand and surfers to transport you to SoCal without leaving the UES. Pie toppings are more gourmet than your average beach-shack slice— they include purple kale, Thai coconut curry and roasted beets.

Beets and Goat Cheese Pizza at Pizza Beach

Lazy Point

If your ideal beach trip involves a getaway to the Hamptons, this Hudson Square bar is for you. Named for Long Island’s Lazy Point, the space is outfitted with white picnic tables, retro-striped diner booths, anchor-themed decor and a whole lotta teal and white.

Lazy Point

King Tai Bar

A 1940s-Miami theme pervades this new Crown Heights watering hole, which started serving in March, down to the chrome barstools, white ceiling-fans and dark-wood bar. The cocktail list keeps the beach feel going with piña coladas, daiquiris and margaritas. 

King Tai Bar



The menu at this Hawaiian eatery will have you seeing coral reefs and turquoise water. Opened in early April, Noreetuh (which means “playground” in Korean) boasts tropical dishes like fresh tuna poke, brûléed pineapple and Spam tortellini—It wouldn’t be Hawaiian without a little Spam.

Garlic Shrimp over Rice at Noreetuh

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