There's nothing more liberating or enjoyable than sipping summer drinks outside in New York. We're lucky to have access to so many rooftop bars with beautiful views as well as plenty of alfresco beer gardens, but since these popular haunts tend to draw in the masses, what's your plan B for a leisurely evening of outdoor drinking? We'll tell you: Cool, low-key bars with hidden outdoor drinking spaces!
You might not realize it when you first walk in, but a lot of the best bars in town have secret gardens or patios that make you feel as if you're not even in the city anymore. So here are our picks for the best bars with the prettiest and most discrete backyards. Try one out tonight!
Mulberry Project, Little Italy
Order this: Watermelon Arugula Salad ($12) and the Jenna Jameson (vodka, St. Germain, strawberry juice and Prosecco). 149 Mulberry St (646-448-4536, mulberryproject.com)
Order this: Pulled pork sliders ($9) and the Riesling ($10). 361 Graham Avenue (718-387-1245, oakwinebar.com).
Sweet and Vicious, Nolita
Order this: The frozen jargarita. (The brain freeze is worth it). 5 Spring St (212-334-7915, sweetandvicious.com).
Order this: Chilled Oysters ($18 or $36 for a dozen) and the Bill Murray (white rum, lime, basil, garden mint). 149 N 6th St (718-384-6961, midnightsbk.com).
Death Ave, Chelsea
Order this: Fried Calamari ($18) and the Cucumber Mojito. 315 10th Ave (212-695-8080, deathave.com).
LIC Bar, Hunters Point
Order this: Whatever is on tap, duh! 45-58 Vernon Blvd (718-786-5400, licbar.com).
Order this: Yucca Fries and a natural frozen cocktail. 279 Grand St (718-302-9023, maracujabar.com).
Order this: The house red or white sangria is a must. 129 E 15th St (212-253-8061, revivalbarnyc.com).
The Cannibal, Midtown East
Order this: House Beef Jerky for $6 and a Passion Fruit Kicker beer. 113 E 29th St (212-686-5480, cannibalnyc.com).
La Lupe Cantina, Bushwick
Order this: Margaritas for $5 and chips and guacamole for $7. Bargain. 9 Jefferson St (347-715-2455, lalupebk.com).