NYC summer came a little late this year, but now you can make up for lost time. And what better way to spend a warm day than at a beer garden with an ice-cold pint?
Our favorite way to spend those sunny days—when we’re not hitting the beaches, of course—are at energetic beer gardens with live music, good food, and great drinks.
Here are some beer gardens that you absolutely must try this year (all with social distancing and sanitizing measures in place, COVID-19 updates are noted within descriptions!).
1. Loreley, Lower East Side
Where: 7 Rivington Street
With a long list of draft and specialty beers you’ll be sure to find something refreshing to go with your beautiful day. But don’t forget about the cocktails! If their frozen margaritas are on the menu we recommend you try one. Not only are they delicious, but they’re strong.
2. Biergarten at the Standard High Line / The Summer Plaza, Chelsea
Where: 848 Washington Street
Here you’ll find Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner whipping up some traditional German dishes (including sausages and pretzels, naturally) along with your choice of fabulous German beers. Play a game of ping pong or just hang out in the open air with some friends. *Though the traditional Biergarten is currently closed due to COVID-19, The Standard’s newly opened “Summer Plaza” features all The Biergarten’s favorites bites and beers, all in the socially-distance open air.
3. Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, Astoria
Where: 2919 24th Avenue
The open space at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden is unlike anything you’ll find in Manhattan. Grab a pitcher of the grapefruit flavor Schofferhoffer and an order of their grilled country Klobasa to share, and enjoy a perfect day under the sun.
4. Clinton Hall, FiDi
Where: 90 Washington Street
Clinton Hall prides itself on their Supercraft beer and cider rotation “served at its scientifically engineered best.” As the beers rotate, however, so do the burger options they offer—each burger matching the available beers perfectly. It’s a beer garden that’s ideal for foodies and craft beer lovers alike.
5. Radegast, Williamsburg
Where: 113 N 3rd Street
This fun space with communal seating is great for big groups. Listen to live music play around you, drink beers, be merry, and live in the moment. *During COVID-19, it appears only outdoor street seating is open, but still all the same great beers and food!
6. Bricks & Hops, The Bronx
Where: 65 Bruckner Blvd
This Bronx beer garden’s beautiful outdoor patio is now open daily from 4pm-11pm. Enjoy on one of over 40 craft beers or try one of their famous Henny Coladas.
7. Mission Dolores
Where: North Slope – 249 4th Avenue
Not only is Mission Dolores a great spot to put down some brews with friends, but it’s also basically a barcade with old school pinball machines! They feature 20 varieties of beer on tap, and have one option for canned beer: nine pin cider.
8. Threes Brewing
Where: Gowanus – 333 Douglass Street; Greenpoint – 113 Franklin Street
Depending on how far you live (or how far you’re willing to travel) into Brooklyn, there’s luckily two locations for Threes Brewing—so there’s no reason not to check it out! If you’re not sure what to get, we recommend trying their Constant Disappointment IPA, I Hate Myself IPA, or the Gender Neutral Pale Ale with lemon zest. *Currently only open for delivery during COVID-19, but they say they hope to open up the outdoor spaces soon!
Featured image source: Facebook / Loreley Beer Garden
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