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11 Great Outdoor Bars for Beer Lovers in New York City

Cold beer and outdoor views ahead.

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It's that beautiful time of year, the season of long, sunny days, and cold, cold beer. And sure, sitting at the local watering hole with a cheap pint is great, but for those who love beer, there are better options out there. Whether you're looking for a secluded patio, prime street-side people watching, or a killer view, here are 11 great places to drink outside that have good views and better beer.

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1. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

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29-19 24th Ave
Astoria, NY 11102
(718) 274-4925
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If you like Czech beer and want to bring your kids, this is your spot. 100-year-old Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden calls itself the oldest beer garden in New York and it's certainly the most old-school of all the beer bars on this list. Drink a light pilsner like Krusovice or Staropramen and pair with hearty Czech fare like fried cheese and sausage.[Facebook]

2. Radegast Hall & Biergarten

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113 N 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 963-3973
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This Williamsburg beer bar is fashioned after a classic German beer hall. Radegast offers a varied beer selection, with everything from porter to trappist ale to doppelbock to lambic. The bar has the added benefit of a retractable roof, making it a good choice even in poor weather. [Yelp]

3. Zum Schneider

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107 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009
(212) 598-1098
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Sylvester Schneider opened this Alphabet City Bavarian beer bar after a bout of homesickness for his native Germany. The sidewalk seating makes for prime people watching and the massive steins of beer are almost too easy to finish. Warning: this bar is cash only. [Official Site]

4. Hot Bird

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546 Clinton Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 230-5800
This beer bar housed in a former auto shop offers outdoor seating well-removed from the bustling Atlantic Avenue by high walls. The beer selection leans towards fancier domestic brews like Dogfish Head, Ommegang, and Sixpoint. There's plenty of seating in the form of long picnic tables. [Yelp]

5. Spuyten Duyvil

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359 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-4140
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Spuyten Duyvil's lengthy beer list offers a nice mix of American and European beers as well as cider and mead. So it's a good place to experiment with more esoteric styles like Japanese red rice ale and Wallonian Blaugies, all in a beautiful garden setting. [Yelp]

6. Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten

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7 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 253-7077
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A hideaway on the Lower East Side, Loreley offers outdooor seating in its garden and flights of Bavarian beer. It would be a mistake to visit without also trying some traditional German food— spaetzle, sauerkraut, and all manner of potatoes. [Foursquare]

7. d.b.a.

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41 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-5097
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Beer geeks love this place and for good reason: with over 250 options, it's easy to find a beer for anyone. The outdoor patio is small, but well laid out. There's also a decent selection of whiskey, in case you want to drink something a bit stronger. [Foursquare]

8. Birreria

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200 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 937-8910
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The killer view from the rooftop bar above Eataly makes it a great place to drink a cold beer on a hot day. And though the beer is good, the food might even be better—Mario Batali's influence can be felt on the menu of elevated Italian bar snacks like cotechino and shiitake fritti. The bar gets crowded quickly, so show up early. [Yelp]

9. Alewife

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5-14 51st Ave
Queens, NY 11101
(718) 937-7494
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This Queens bar specializes in hard-to-find beers that the pub showcases in its rotating draft selection. Currently on tap are some seasonal beers flavored with wheat or strawberries, and even a fruit beer made with Xarel-lo grape must. [Facebook]

10. Mission Dolores

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249 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 399-0099
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A popular Park Slope neighborhood hang for drinking beer and playing board games. Options range from easy-to-drink lagers to more funky, brett-infused saisons. [Yelp]

11. Union Pool

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484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 609-0484
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Part taco truck, part beer garden, part late night pick up scene, Union Pool wears many hats. Even if you're not on the prowl, the beer's cheap, the garden large, and the tacos do a good job soaking up alcohol. [Yelp]

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1. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

29-19 24th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102
If you like Czech beer and want to bring your kids, this is your spot. 100-year-old Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden calls itself the oldest beer garden in New York and it's certainly the most old-school of all the beer bars on this list. Drink a light pilsner like Krusovice or Staropramen and pair with hearty Czech fare like fried cheese and sausage.[Facebook]
29-19 24th Ave
Astoria, NY 11102

2. Radegast Hall & Biergarten

113 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
This Williamsburg beer bar is fashioned after a classic German beer hall. Radegast offers a varied beer selection, with everything from porter to trappist ale to doppelbock to lambic. The bar has the added benefit of a retractable roof, making it a good choice even in poor weather. [Yelp]
113 N 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

3. Zum Schneider

107 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009
Sylvester Schneider opened this Alphabet City Bavarian beer bar after a bout of homesickness for his native Germany. The sidewalk seating makes for prime people watching and the massive steins of beer are almost too easy to finish. Warning: this bar is cash only. [Official Site]
107 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009

4. Hot Bird

546 Clinton Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238
This beer bar housed in a former auto shop offers outdoor seating well-removed from the bustling Atlantic Avenue by high walls. The beer selection leans towards fancier domestic brews like Dogfish Head, Ommegang, and Sixpoint. There's plenty of seating in the form of long picnic tables. [Yelp]
546 Clinton Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238

5. Spuyten Duyvil

359 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Spuyten Duyvil's lengthy beer list offers a nice mix of American and European beers as well as cider and mead. So it's a good place to experiment with more esoteric styles like Japanese red rice ale and Wallonian Blaugies, all in a beautiful garden setting. [Yelp]
359 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

6. Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten

7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
A hideaway on the Lower East Side, Loreley offers outdooor seating in its garden and flights of Bavarian beer. It would be a mistake to visit without also trying some traditional German food— spaetzle, sauerkraut, and all manner of potatoes. [Foursquare]
7 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

7. d.b.a.

41 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
Beer geeks love this place and for good reason: with over 250 options, it's easy to find a beer for anyone. The outdoor patio is small, but well laid out. There's also a decent selection of whiskey, in case you want to drink something a bit stronger. [Foursquare]
41 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003

8. Birreria

200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
The killer view from the rooftop bar above Eataly makes it a great place to drink a cold beer on a hot day. And though the beer is good, the food might even be better—Mario Batali's influence can be felt on the menu of elevated Italian bar snacks like cotechino and shiitake fritti. The bar gets crowded quickly, so show up early. [Yelp]
200 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010

9. Alewife

5-14 51st Ave, Queens, NY 11101
This Queens bar specializes in hard-to-find beers that the pub showcases in its rotating draft selection. Currently on tap are some seasonal beers flavored with wheat or strawberries, and even a fruit beer made with Xarel-lo grape must. [Facebook]
5-14 51st Ave
Queens, NY 11101

10. Mission Dolores

249 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
A popular Park Slope neighborhood hang for drinking beer and playing board games. Options range from easy-to-drink lagers to more funky, brett-infused saisons. [Yelp]
249 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

11. Union Pool

484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Part taco truck, part beer garden, part late night pick up scene, Union Pool wears many hats. Even if you're not on the prowl, the beer's cheap, the garden large, and the tacos do a good job soaking up alcohol. [Yelp]
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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