We love beer, but we love it even more when it's paired with cloudless skies and sunny summer afternoons at a suds-focused outdoor bar. Lucky for us, beer garden season is here and with it comes a crop of new al fresco beer bars for the season. We don't know about you but this is where we'll be glugging ale this summer.
The Dazzler Beer Garden
Dazzling, indeed—this Downtown Brooklyn newcomer on the second floor of the Dazzler Brooklyn Hotel boasts 3,200-square-feet of indoor-outdoor space, set with communal tables, oversize barrels and strung lights. Along with brews both local (Brooklyn Brewery, Blue Point) and otherwise (Lagunitas IPA, Carlsberg), the menu features neighborhood-themed cocktails (a vodka–and–ginger-beer Greenpoint, a tequila-jalapeño Sunset Park) and Austrian-American bar snacks like beer brats with onion marmalade. 85 Flatbush Ave Ext, Brooklyn
Steeplechase Beer Garden
Soft-opened this weekend at the former home of Peggy O'Neil's, this Coney Island pavilion sports a large outdoor garden encased in hops vines, as well as a music stage. The open-air bar taps into the neighborhood's history—it's named after the Steeplechase Amusement Park, which stood on the same site from 1897 to 1964—with hyperlocal brews (Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner, Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat) and vaudevillian accents like fun-house mirrors, arcade games and live entertainment. 1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn
Blue Ribbon Beer Garden
The chicken-loving restaurant group's Lower East Side beer garden reopened for the season this past weekend, bringing with it frozen pints of Kirin Ichiban, ping-pong matches, board games by the dozen and beer-sopping sandwiches (lobster, pulled pork). Tucked inside the Thompson LES Hotel, the garden is festively fitted with paper lanterns and strung lights. 187 Orchard St