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18 Ideal Outdoor Drinking Spots in NYC

From stunning waterfront views to breezy, secluded backyards

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Outdoor season is a big deal for New York, when people get to enjoy a cherry-topped margarita on a waterfront patio or a backyard surrounded by pre-war tenements. The city can be a lovely place for cocktails outside.

Some of the patios on this map are small and intimate, while others are larger in scale and filled with picnic tables, and a lot of them have bistro lights. For a list of other choice spots for outdoor hangouts, visit this map of breweries with outdoor seating; or, find some sun-soaked rooftops.

A number of NYC restaurants are offering indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery service. The type of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the NYC Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

Note: This is an updated version of a map published in 2017.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Hudson

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348 Dyckman St
New York, NY 10034
(646) 663-5886
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Inwood waterfront destination the Hudson is an ideal spot to soak up warm-weather sunsets right on the water. The expansive outdoor setup is open just on the weekends for now, with daily hours returning in mid-May. Reservations needed for groups of six or more.

2. City Winery

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25 11th Ave, at Hudson River Park
New York, NY 10011
(646) 751-6033
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Winery and music venue City Winery just opened a massive new location that overlooks the Hudson River at Pier 57 in Chelsea. Find plenty of waterfront patio seating here, an encyclopedic wine list, and stunning skyline views of the city.

An outdoor waterfront patio with tables and chairs that overlooks the Hudson River
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3. The Biergarten at The Standard

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848 Washington St
New York, NY
(212) 645-4646
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In the shadow of the High Line is this sprawling outdoor beer garden, where snagging a picnic bench can prove difficult in the warmer months. Or, plan ahead and reserve a table for Sunday night themed Bingo games.

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4. Cubbyhole

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281 W 12th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-9041

Fans of Cubbyhole, one of the city’s few remaining lesbian bars, are drawn to its friendly dive bar vibes. In the Before Times, the cozy indoor space felt like a surprise party with its over-the-top decor of ribbons, balloons, streamers, and whimsical lights. While bars can soon open indoors, Cubbyhold now has outdoor seating for the first time on an idyllic stretch of the West Village. Patrons aren’t here for fancy, handcrafted cocktails, but the laid back and fun atmosphere makes it a perfect outdoor hang.

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Cubbyhole is one of the city’s few remaining lesbian bars
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5. The Springs

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224 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 227-7114
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Transport to mid-century Palm Springs at this ultra-spacious Greenpoint bar and its massive patio, where dogs are welcome. Couches and picnic tables are arranged against bright colorblocked walls. Cocktails include kitsch-tastic spiked slushies and cutesy names (Some Like It Hot!, Coachella Valley).

6. Brooklyn Barge

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3 Milton St
Brooklyn, NY
(914) 356-6809
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After a 2020 hiatus, the Brooklyn Barge is back in action. The floating Greenpoint barge — with beers, burgers, and incredible views of Midtown and Lower Manhattan — has a planned reopening slated for May 1.

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7. Gilligan's

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310 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 965-3271
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Tucked next to the Soho Grand, Gilligan’s is a lushly planted, oasis of a bar located entirely outdoors, mere steps from Canal Street. Grab a cocktail, preferably something frozen and garnished with a giant hunk of fruit, in a tropical, nautical setting. Reservations available for outdoor seating here.

8. Sweet and Vicious

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5 Spring St
New York, NY
(212) 334-7915
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Cherry-topped frozen margaritas in Mason jars (jargaritas) as they were meant to be enjoyed: outside. On weeknights, the place is quieter and works well as a date spot.

9. Tuffet

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286 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 388-7434
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The patio at this cozy wine bar is just as lovely as any meat and cheese board on the menu. It’s fireplace-equipped if the temperature drops, and truly feels like someone’s backyard.

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10. Watermark Bar

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78 South St
New York, NY
(212) 742-8200
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The sweeping Brooklyn views at this waterfront bar are ace no matter the time of day. Happy hour runs on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and lobster rolls and fish tacos await if hunger kicks in.

11. Stone Street

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One of New York’s oldest streets boasts several options for enjoying a beverage outdoors. Bars like Underdog and Ulysses — where there’s a DJ stationed from Thursday to Saturday evenings — offer rows of picnic tables for customers.

12. Nowadays

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56-06 Cooper Ave
Glendale, NY

Nowadays resumed daily operations in April, with a reservation-only system for outdoor seating. The spots hosts film screenings outdoors every Monday through Wednesday, and DJ sets are scheduled through each weekend.

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13. Leyenda

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221 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(347) 987-3260
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This rum and tequila-based cocktail spot in Cobble Hill has serious mixology cred (it’s guided by nearby Clover Club’s Julie Reiner and helmed by Ivy Mix), a 2019 James Beard nomination, and versatile appeal. Roadside outdoor and backyard seating is available.

14. Parklife

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636 Degraw St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

This sprawling Gowanus bar and restaurant with a 4,000-square-foot patio is from the team behind nearby Littlefield. Head here for ample tables and benches, a food menu of tacos and tlacoyos, and a weekly virtual trivia night on Tuesdays.

15. Lavender Lake

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383 Carroll St
Brooklyn, NY
(347) 799-2154
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This Gowanus gastropub boasts the kind of spacious patio one can only find outside of Manhattan. Come for the fresh air, stay for double smashed burgers and glasses of rosé.

Photo: Lavender Lake

16. Branch Ofc.

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225 Rogers Ave
Brooklyn, NY

This Crown Heights bar and its wonderful patio just reopened in mid-April. It is great for socially-distant groups, and the vibe is very laid-back.

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17. Greenwood Park

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555 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 499-7999
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A former South Slope auto shop is now the neighborhood’s favorite outdoor pub. The picnic tables at Greenwood Park are spacious, there’s 20 beers on draft, pitchers of sangria, and the food is better than average for a beer garden.

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18. Judy's

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4022 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(929) 337-6252
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Judy’s is an easygoing new-ish neighborhood bar in Sunset Park that feels like the type of place where you can hang out for hours, whether its a weeknight or lazy weekend afternoon. The bar quietly stocks a killer beer and wine list, and outdoor seating is available on the sidewalk and a curbside outdoor patio. The bar is also directly across the street from the neighborhood’s sloping park, which boasts picture-perfect views of lower Manhattan on a clear day.

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1. The Hudson

348 Dyckman St, New York, NY 10034

Inwood waterfront destination the Hudson is an ideal spot to soak up warm-weather sunsets right on the water. The expansive outdoor setup is open just on the weekends for now, with daily hours returning in mid-May. Reservations needed for groups of six or more.

348 Dyckman St
New York, NY 10034

2. City Winery

25 11th Ave, at Hudson River Park, New York, NY 10011
An outdoor waterfront patio with tables and chairs that overlooks the Hudson River
City Winery’s outdoor patio
City Winery [Official]

Winery and music venue City Winery just opened a massive new location that overlooks the Hudson River at Pier 57 in Chelsea. Find plenty of waterfront patio seating here, an encyclopedic wine list, and stunning skyline views of the city.

25 11th Ave, at Hudson River Park
New York, NY 10011

3. The Biergarten at The Standard

848 Washington St, New York, NY
Photo: The Standard

In the shadow of the High Line is this sprawling outdoor beer garden, where snagging a picnic bench can prove difficult in the warmer months. Or, plan ahead and reserve a table for Sunday night themed Bingo games.

848 Washington St
New York, NY

4. Cubbyhole

281 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014
A photo of Cubbyhole in the West Village
Cubbyhole is one of the city’s few remaining lesbian bars
Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner

Fans of Cubbyhole, one of the city’s few remaining lesbian bars, are drawn to its friendly dive bar vibes. In the Before Times, the cozy indoor space felt like a surprise party with its over-the-top decor of ribbons, balloons, streamers, and whimsical lights. While bars can soon open indoors, Cubbyhold now has outdoor seating for the first time on an idyllic stretch of the West Village. Patrons aren’t here for fancy, handcrafted cocktails, but the laid back and fun atmosphere makes it a perfect outdoor hang.

281 W 12th St
New York, NY 10014

5. The Springs

224 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Transport to mid-century Palm Springs at this ultra-spacious Greenpoint bar and its massive patio, where dogs are welcome. Couches and picnic tables are arranged against bright colorblocked walls. Cocktails include kitsch-tastic spiked slushies and cutesy names (Some Like It Hot!, Coachella Valley).

224 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

6. Brooklyn Barge

3 Milton St, Brooklyn, NY
Photo: Brooklyn Barge

After a 2020 hiatus, the Brooklyn Barge is back in action. The floating Greenpoint barge — with beers, burgers, and incredible views of Midtown and Lower Manhattan — has a planned reopening slated for May 1.

3 Milton St
Brooklyn, NY

7. Gilligan's

310 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Tucked next to the Soho Grand, Gilligan’s is a lushly planted, oasis of a bar located entirely outdoors, mere steps from Canal Street. Grab a cocktail, preferably something frozen and garnished with a giant hunk of fruit, in a tropical, nautical setting. Reservations available for outdoor seating here.

310 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

8. Sweet and Vicious

5 Spring St, New York, NY

Cherry-topped frozen margaritas in Mason jars (jargaritas) as they were meant to be enjoyed: outside. On weeknights, the place is quieter and works well as a date spot.

5 Spring St
New York, NY

9. Tuffet

286 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Photo: Tuffet

The patio at this cozy wine bar is just as lovely as any meat and cheese board on the menu. It’s fireplace-equipped if the temperature drops, and truly feels like someone’s backyard.

286 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY

10. Watermark Bar

78 South St, New York, NY

The sweeping Brooklyn views at this waterfront bar are ace no matter the time of day. Happy hour runs on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and lobster rolls and fish tacos await if hunger kicks in.

78 South St
New York, NY

11. Stone Street

New York, NY

One of New York’s oldest streets boasts several options for enjoying a beverage outdoors. Bars like Underdog and Ulysses — where there’s a DJ stationed from Thursday to Saturday evenings — offer rows of picnic tables for customers.

12. Nowadays

56-06 Cooper Ave, Glendale, NY
Photo: Nowadays

Nowadays resumed daily operations in April, with a reservation-only system for outdoor seating. The spots hosts film screenings outdoors every Monday through Wednesday, and DJ sets are scheduled through each weekend.

56-06 Cooper Ave
Glendale, NY

13. Leyenda

221 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

This rum and tequila-based cocktail spot in Cobble Hill has serious mixology cred (it’s guided by nearby Clover Club’s Julie Reiner and helmed by Ivy Mix), a 2019 James Beard nomination, and versatile appeal. Roadside outdoor and backyard seating is available.

221 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

14. Parklife

636 Degraw St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

This sprawling Gowanus bar and restaurant with a 4,000-square-foot patio is from the team behind nearby Littlefield. Head here for ample tables and benches, a food menu of tacos and tlacoyos, and a weekly virtual trivia night on Tuesdays.

636 Degraw St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

15. Lavender Lake

383 Carroll St, Brooklyn, NY
Photo: Lavender Lake

This Gowanus gastropub boasts the kind of spacious patio one can only find outside of Manhattan. Come for the fresh air, stay for double smashed burgers and glasses of rosé.

383 Carroll St
Brooklyn, NY

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16. Branch Ofc.

225 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Photo: Branch Ofc.

This Crown Heights bar and its wonderful patio just reopened in mid-April. It is great for socially-distant groups, and the vibe is very laid-back.

225 Rogers Ave
Brooklyn, NY

17. Greenwood Park

555 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Photo: Greenwood Park

A former South Slope auto shop is now the neighborhood’s favorite outdoor pub. The picnic tables at Greenwood Park are spacious, there’s 20 beers on draft, pitchers of sangria, and the food is better than average for a beer garden.

555 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY

18. Judy's

4022 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Judy’s is an easygoing new-ish neighborhood bar in Sunset Park that feels like the type of place where you can hang out for hours, whether its a weeknight or lazy weekend afternoon. The bar quietly stocks a killer beer and wine list, and outdoor seating is available on the sidewalk and a curbside outdoor patio. The bar is also directly across the street from the neighborhood’s sloping park, which boasts picture-perfect views of lower Manhattan on a clear day.

4022 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11232

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