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13 Essential NYC Beer Gardens to Visit This Spring

Warm weather drinking is a thing again.

After a year of being cooped up in our tiny apartments, the idea of carefree outdoor drinking in a sprawling beer garden is more appealing than ever. But the question is—is this an attainable reality in our still-in-a-pandemic world? Turns out, the city’s beer gardens are back with safety protocols and socially-distanced setups in place, just in time to make warm weather drinking a thing again.

From German-inspired biergartens with all the Bavarian pretzels and bratwurst you can eat to outdoor spaces surrounded by NYC-style street art, we’ve rounded up all the city’s best beer gardens to choose from, including some exciting new additions.

This brewery has two locations in Dumbo and Williamsburg with industrial taproom vibes and picnic tables out front, but book a table at Randolph Beer’s Dumbo rooftop and you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the city with your suds. The brewery has about 30 beers on tap that cover its full selection, and even includes a house-made hard seltzer, available in 10- and 16-ounce pours. Visitors can also order from a full brunch menu or opt for sandwiches and bar snacks later in the day.

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Oculus Beer Garden
Oculus Beer Garden | Photo courtesy of Legends Hospitality

Oculus Beer Garden

Financial District

Now reopened for its second season, the Oculus Beer Garden is a sprawling 5,000 square foot pop-up space in the middle of the Financial District. In the shadows of One World Trade Center and the iconic Oculus retail space and transportation hub, the beer garden carries options from local craft brewers like Coney Island Brewery’s Mermaid Pilsner and Brooklyn Brewery’s Bel Air Sour alongside domestics like Miller Lite, Blue Moon, and more. For non-beer drinkers, there’s a selection of wine from small production facilities in the Finger Lakes, and the beer garden also has a food menu that includes bratwurst from Schaller & Weber, Bavarian-style pretzels, and other snacks. 
How to book: Walk in only

Alongside the sleek taproom and vast sidewalk seating, the tented yard on the side of Manhattan’s only craft brewery offers a nice respite for drinking beer in the heart of SoHo. Pull up to a picnic table and sample from a portfolio that includes pilsners, ales, fruited sours, and IPAs. Beyond beer, the brewery also has a cocktail menu using New York-made spirits like St. Agrestis Aperitivo and Greenhook Gin. In addition, a full restaurant menu helmed by chef Alex Pilas (formerly of Eataly) offers everything from classic bar snacks like pork rinds and spiced nuts to a large format feast of a whole roasted pig, several sides, and dessert for 10 people.

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Part street art gallery and part beer garden, this 10,000 square foot venue screams Bushwick. The co-founders of the space, Gabriele Maurello and Tyagi Schwartz, wanted to bring Bushwick’s street art scene into the beer garden, so every surface is covered with large-scale murals and graffiti-style art on canvas and frames hanging throughout. The community feel carries through to the menu, where the beer garden serves strictly Brooklyn-made beer and cider.
How to book: Walk in

Clinton Hall

Multiple locations

This beer garden has put down roots in nearly every borough with a Staten Island location in the works, making it a bona fide NYC classic. At the three currently open locations in the Financial District, Midtown, and Belmont, 20 crafty draft selections like Allagash Curieux and Logsdon Seizoen saddle up alongside stein-fillers like Radeberger and Weihenstephaner, making for an advanced yet comfortable beer menu to sip through on outdoor picnic tables. The spot is also known for having games like ping pong and giant versions of Connect Four, Jenga, and chess, but those are on hold to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.
How to book: website

Greenwood Park

South Slope

Greenwood Park’s layout is a summer lover’s dream. This beer garden spots 60 tap lines—at least 20 at a time are devoted to local brews like Five Boroughs and Folksbier—and plentiful pitchers, all to be enjoyed on the huge outdoor patio space at umbrella-covered tables or under the sun. Non-beer drinkers will find several cocktails including frose and a frozen Irish coffee with Jameson, and wine by the glass and bottle, plus a few house-made sangria options.

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At Harlem Tavern’s sports-bar-like beer garden, there’s plenty of room to enjoy your brews whether you want to catch the latest game or not. The huge front patio serves as this bar’s garden space, and under an umbrella, visitors can try local beers from makers like Montauk Brewery on draft or grab an option from the extensive bottle and can list. The extensive food menu includes appetizers like tacos, flatbread, and mussels, in addition to New York strip steak, Cajun pan seared mahi mahi, and bourbon braised short rib as mains.

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Loreley Beer Garden

Lower East Side

This Lower East Side spot has an unassuming restaurant inside, but venture past the bar and table area to the backyard, and you’ll find a bustling beer garden. Modeled after Cologne’s traditional Brauhaus culture, Loreley Beer Garden offers 12 imported brews available in smaller formats and giant steins, plus a selection of bottles and cans. On the food front, the beer garden serves snacks like beer, bacon, and cheese dip; schnitzel fingers; and a “sausage party” option that allows guests to choose five or seven varieties of sausage that are served atop a bed of beer-marinated sauerkraut.
How to book: Walk in or email info@loreleynyc.com for groups of 6-10.

Radegast Hall

Williamsburg

Radegast Hall exemplifies the classic German beer garden. Its selection of draft beers is a familiar round-up of the biergarten classics available in half-liter, liter, and pitcher sizes—and select Belgian and Bohemian bottles and a selection of geographically appropriate wines round out the beverage options. The outdoor space here is under a retractable roof, and when it’s open, the airy ambiance will entice you to stay all day.
How to book: Walk in only

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Greenpoint

This industrial neighborhood favorite in Greenpoint has a mix of indoor and outdoor seating just off McCarren Park with multiple bars to keep the beer flowing. Fireplaces will keep things cozy on colder days, but in the warmer months the expansive 6,000 square foot space provides ample room for groups big and small. The beer garden has dozens of brews on tap and a food menu of sausage sandwiches served on pretzel buns and shareable snacks.
How to book: Walk in

The Biergarten at The Standard
The Standard Biergarten | Photo Courtesy of BeccaPR

The Standard Biergarten

Meatpacking District

Located at The Standard, High Line hotel, this German beer garden tucked beneath the High Line has an indoor-outdoor hybrid space that’s easy to waste away an afternoon in. Expect strictly German drafts in 16- and 32-ounce size options and some buckets of locally brewed cans, plus a food menu of multiple types of sausage, schnitzel, and a giant pretzel. This always-bustling space also has a great happy hour with 25-cent wings and half-off beers and “Not Your Standard” themed bingo every Sunday night.
How to book: Walk in only

Threes Brewing
The Yard at Threes Brewing | Photo by Matt Furman

In addition to their selection of chuggable beers, Threes Brewing is also well known for its gorgeous patio. String lights, greenery-covered walls, and small pebbles come together to create a space that feels like more of a secret garden than a busy beer hall. Alongside the brewery’s hoppy ales, lagers, and mixed culture options, food offerings by The Meat Hook and coffee from Ninth Street Espresso are also available, plus some other craft breweries like Suarez Family Brewery and Other Half rotate in to make guest appearances.
How to book: website

Treadwell Park

Multiple locations

With locations in the Upper East Side and Battery Park, Treadwell Park’s two Manhattan beer gardens offer plenty of draft picks to satisfy any motley crew. About 20 brews are on draft at any given time, and the options range from local beers like United Rye, a dark spicy stout from Interboro Spirits & Ales, to international options like Radeberger Pilsner and Hofbräu Delicator out of Germany. Pair everything with dishes like smoked pork nachos, crispy zucchini shoestring fries, jambalaya, and grilled ribeye while also spending time at the ping pong tables and pinball machines.
How to book: Walk in

Liz Provencher is an associate editor at Thrillist. You can follow her on Twitter or see what she eats on Instagram.

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