Best Beer Gardens in NYC
Pop 5: Best Beer Gardens in NYC
In an attempt to have our cake and eat it too, we got the cocktail lowdown from you last week. Today, we forge ahead into beer garden territory. And, oh, how delightful it is to have an awesome list of outdoor Summer suds to hit up! From a traditional Bavarian beer hall and massive rooftop beer emporium to a quaint, Lower East Side beer-happy backyard and a High Line food court/beer lot, your Pop 5 certainly puts the "hops" back in hoppin'.
- Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten (7 Rivington St., 212-253-7077) This Lower East Side bar is authentically German in its extensive beer selection and food menu, right down to its German furniture. Sip giant mugs of beer amongst an always-packed backyard scene. It's still worth a visit, especially because you have the downtown nightlife at your fingertips post pints.
- La Birreria (200 Fifth Ave., 212-229-2560) The Flatiron got a much-needed boozy boost with the addition of Batali's Eataly rooftop brewery. The 8,000-square-foot beer garden emulates old-world Italian style, dons a retractable roof for rain-or-shine drinking, and doles out unfiltered house brews made on the premises.
- Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden (29-19 24th Ave., 718-274-4925) While Wiliamsburg's Radegast came in as a close second for ultimate New York beer garden staple, top honors go to Astoria's beer-everything haven. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden has been around for more than 100 years, serving up Czech and Slovakian brews in addition to German and domestic labels. Draft pitchers come to $16 a pop and with that, let the good times roll.
- The Lot on Tap (W. 30th St. and Tenth Ave., 212-206-9922) While this newer breed of beer "garden" isn't the most aesthetically pleasing, the Colicchio & Sons-operated Lot on Tap provides tasty food truck options like Kimchi Taco and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream along with an extensive local wines and seasonal beer list from Brooklyn Brewery right under Phase II of the High Line.
- The Biergarten at The Standard (848 Washington St., 212-645-4646) This Meatpacking District version of a German beer garden still sparkles on the Summer city scene even though it's no longer the new kid on the block. The biergarten's all-German and Austrian lineup of beers paired with a high-energy, after-work crowd make this an always-desirable drinking destination. Don't forget to try the currywurst while there!
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