Food & Drink

19 Essential Heated Outdoor Spots for Drinking in NYC

Winter in NYC means you are either cold, cold, or cold, and that means you're either looking for somewhere to drink, looking for somewhere to drink, or, um, looking for somewhere to drink. But with bars packed to the brim (especially the ones with epic fireplaces), you're gonna need to go where very few winter men have gone before to enjoy a not-crowded drink this season: outside. Here are 19 NYC spots where you can enjoy an al fresco brew (don't worry, they're all tented and/or heated, we wouldn't make you go OUTSIDE outside).

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
29-19 24th Ave
Beers, sausage, and a heated garden make for the perfect winter drinking destination.

261 Moore St
The infamous pizza parlor’s pies & casual drinks can be enjoyed year-round on its heated and tented outdoor patio.

East Village
157 Avenue C
Cheap brews, awesome burgers, and a heated outdoor garden with TVs. "What is, everything you need to get from here to summer?" -- Jeopardy contestant.

230 Fifth
230 5th Ave
Thanks to the free red robes, multitude of heat lamps, and private igloos (yes, they're a thing), boozin’ it up with epic city views is now a year-round thing.

Eataly’s Birreria
200 5th Ave
Enjoy craft beers atop the Italian food mecca all year long, courtesy of a retractable glass roof and an array of heat lamps.

Lavender Lake
383 Carroll St
Oh, you want awesome burgers, a large selection of craft beers, and a giant bi-level patio full of heat lamps? Good, 'cause that's exactly what they've got.

Harlem Tavern
2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Over 80 different beers to choose from and a large outdoor patio that's tented and heated for the winter. Boom.

The Delancey
Lower East Side
168 Delancey St
This urban oasis’s roof is open year round, with heaters cranking not-year-round-but-instead-just-the-cold-times-like-now.

Studio Square
35-33 36th St
Access to this beer hall’s 30,000sqft courtyard is year round thanks to an enormous fire pit and scattered heat lamps.

Hudson Terrace
621 W 46th St
If club-thumping music isn’t your thing, the more relaxed terrace lounge is open every day from 5-10pm, and comes armed with heat lamps.

Press at Ink48
653 11th Ave
The main bar is fully enclosed during the winter, but the large outdoor patio has enough heat lamps to make this an indoor/outdoor destination.

The Wheeltapper at the Fitzpatrick Hotel
141 East 44th St
An under-the-radar rooftop, this spacious outdoor bar comes with extra-strong drinks and full-blasting heaters for comfortable drinking any time of year.

The Cannibal
Murray Hill
113 E 29th St
It's got some of the best beer in the city, pig’s head, and an outdoor tented and heated patio.

Courtyard Ale House
40-18 Queens Blvd
What has two thumbs, huge flat screens, cheap brews, and an outdoor patio that is kept heated? THIS GUY.

Upper East Side
1057 Lexington Ave
Enjoy al fresco entrées at this Parisian bistro even in the dead of winter with heat-lamp speckled outdoor seating.

The Empire Hotel
Upper West Side
44 W 63rd St
Thanks to a retractable glass roof and adjacent heat lamp-equipped patio, the Empire’s rooftop parties are happening year round.

Da Silvano
West Village
260 6th Ave
The famed Italian eatery has outdoor heat lamps for year-round al fresco dining, meaning you can celeb-spy even in the coldest months.

Battery Harris
64 Frost St
Caribbean-inspired eats & drinks can be enjoyed all year long on the beach-themed, heated patio.

Sheltering Sky at the McCarren Hotel & Pool
160 N 12th St
Soak up impeccable city views and artisanal cocktails at this popular Brooklyn rooftop, heated and tented for winter.

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Christine Fischer is a freelance writer dedicated to a strict diet of Champagne, cookies, and the occasional pizza. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.