Food & Drink

Where to drink outside this Summer

Published On 05/01/2014 Published On 05/01/2014

You may not realize the horrible truth, but there are currently only 21 weekends between now and the Fall. So it seemed like the perfect time to unveil the Thrillist Outdoor Drinking Challenge, wherein we give you one place to outdoor drink for each of the next 21 weeks, and you try to keep up.

Some things are date-specific, and others are floaters you can feel free to mix-and-match, provided you do at least all of them -- or you fail. Also, there's no prize for conquering the challenge... except you enjoying the best Spring/Summer of your life. Let's get started!

Andrew Zimmer

May 2-4: Thrillist Taco Knockout
Prep for Cinco de Mayo with a margarita on top of an old Airstream trailer (that also sells tacos!) at Zona Rosa in Williamsburg. Or may we humbly suggest the Thrillist Taco Knockout at Tequila Park Taqueria?

May 9-11: Central Park
Get some beers, some Solo cups to pour them into so you don't get ticketed by plain-clothes police officers, and stake out a spot in Central Park. Maybe bring a football or something.

May 16-18: Greenwood Park
60 taps and three bocce ball courts. There are many worse ways to spend an afternoon.

May 23-26: The Beach
It's Memorial Day weekend! Get to the Hamptons, the Jersey Shore, or Coney Island and BBQ your ass off.

May 30-June 1: Frying Pan
Get there early, claim a table overlooking the Hudson, and order infinity buckets of beer. Then, after they tell you they can't serve you infinity, order three.

The Surf Lodge

June 6-8: Rooftop Crawl
Why not go on a rooftop bar crawl from one end of the city to another? You don't have a reason, do you?

June 13-15: Astoria Bohemian Hall Beer Garden
The World Cup starts on the 12th, so go watch a game at the Astoria Bohemian Hall Beer Garden.

June 20-22: #BDOYL
Stay tuned for details. Trust us, it's going to be amazing.

June 27-29: MoMA PS1 Warm Up Parties
This is the first weekend you can go to one of the MoMA PS1 Warm Up parties, so get on it.

Flickr/Kristine Paulus

July 4-6: Rooftop BBQ
Although this is another perfect opportunity to get out of town, if you've already checked that off your list, this is a prime rooftop BBQ weekend. If you don't have a rooftop, find a friend who does.

July 11-13: Manhattanhenge
Fill a Gatorade bottle with your favorite inconspicuous mixed drink, camp out at the Tudor City bridge that looks down 42nd St, and score the perfect #manhattanhenge Instagram pic.

July 18-20: Tiki Disco
Go to Roberta's Tiki Disco party and get weird.

July 25-27: Rockaway Beach
Take the subway out to Rockaway Beach, explore the food stands, and grab some excellent Micheladas and wine slushies.

Andrew Zimmer

August 1-3: More Parks
Remember how you handled Central Park? Do the same thing, but in Prospect Park. Or even McCarren Park.

August 8-10: Brooklyn Bridge Park
Cook yourself (and maybe some friends) an awesome steak on the public grills that overlook lower Manhattan in BK Bridge Park.

August 15-17: Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club
Brave the Seaport tourist crowds, and get to Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club for awesome views of the Brooklyn Bridge, drinking, and games.

Editor's Note: Sadly, Beekman is actually closed this Summer for renovations. Instead, hit up Watermark Bar to check "outdoor drinking at the Seaport" off your list.

August 22-24: The High Line
Take a walk on the High Line, sip some wine at Terroir on the Porch, and people-watch the crap out of that place.

August 29-31: The Met Rooftop
Head to The Met's rooftop bar, and feel supremely cultured as you survey the tree line of Central Park and smash vodka tonnies.

Kevin's Red Hook

September 5-7: Governor's Island
Did you know there's a beer garden on Governor's Island? Ferry over to Little Eva's and the King Ave food court, and then lazily make your way out to Hammock Grove, home to about 50 hammocks.

September 12-14: The Standard Biergarten
Oktoberfest starts this weekend (surprise! It actually starts in September!). If you haven't been yet, get to The Standard Biergarten for pretzels, pong, and beers.

September 19-21: A Stoop
Sit out on your stoop and have a beer. Maybe even order a pizza.

Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist's NYC Editor and 21 weekends is just not enough weekends to do everything he wants to do. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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1. Zona Rosa 571 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This rooftop bar in Brooklyn houses an old Airstream trailer and's serving up awesome Mexican eats like queso fundido, carnitos tacos, and watermelon margaritas.

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2. Tequila Park Taqueria 356 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown West)

One part taqueria, one part margarita garden, this rooftop resto is whipping up innovative bites, like shrimp kimchi nachos and Sriracha Philly cheesesteak tacos, which you can wash down with speciality margs and horchatas.

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3. Greenwood Park 555 7th Ave, New York, NY 11215

A 13000sqft auto repair shop turned American beer garden sellin' suds by the pitcher from the home country and "elsewhere." You can also play Bocce here, the great American pastime.

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4. Frying Pan 205 12th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Chelsea)

Located at Pier 66 in Chelsea, the Frying Pan is quite literally a bar on a docked boat. The boat is a historic 1929 lightship, and the outdoor bar juts far out into the pier thanks to a long barge. A center bar and grill serves up beer and bar bites like Pat LaFrieda sirloin burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and garlic fries. There's a dance floor at the end of the barge, which gets more and more crowded as the sun sets on happy hour.

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5. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria, NY 11105 (Queens)

One of the largest outdoor drinking venues in the city, this Astoria beer garden boasts a huge backyard with communal picnic tables and a stage for live music. The Czech-inspired menu features imported pilsners like Krusovice and Staropramen, and traditional dishes like grilled bratwursts, potato pierogis, and roast pork with sauerkraut and dumplings. Though summer is undoubtedly Bohemian Hall's busiest season, the indoor bar makes for a cozy winter hang spot.

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6. MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101 (Queens)

Founded in 1971, MoMA PS1 is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the US, and serves as an exhibition space rather than a collecting institution.

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7. Roberta's Pizza 261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206 (Bushwick)

Don’t be dissuaded by the gritty, graffiti-splattered cinder-block facade, Roberta’s is among New York’s most celebrated pizzerias, having made an international footprint (sauce print?) with visiting Europeans and local Bushwick loft-dwellers alike who endure long waits on nights and weekends for a table. Inside the red front door, you'll find a warm dining room and open kitchen where blistering discs of dough are pulled out of an Italian-made wood-burning oven and given names like Speckenwolf (mozzarella, crispy speck, cremini mushroom, red onion, oregano) and Millennium Falco (parmesan, pork sausage, red onion). The final product is Neapolitan-like in taste and structure, and since you probably won't have any leftovers, do yourself one last favor and buy a loaf of bread from the on-site bakery on your way out.

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8. Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club 89 South St, New York, NY 10038 (Financial District)

The closing of Water Taxi Beach left Manhattan residents few proximate options for beachy fun, meaning anyone who wanted to play in the sand would likely just be told to go pound some. Thankfully, Beekman Beer Garden and Beach Club has moved into WT's shuttered Seaport spot, and's fleshing out a beach-meets-beer-garden concept via a number of distinct, Voltron-esque components, none of which are hopefully the whiny green lion dude.

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9. Watermark Bar 78 South St, New York, NY 10038 (Downtown)

Reasons to spend your summer at Watermark Bar: burgers, cocktails, alcoholic sno-cones, and, oh, just a rooftop park. Get your mingle on at this Pier 15-adjacent hotspot -- it's one of our NYC warm-weather favorites.

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10. The Met Rooftop Bar 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028 (Upper East Side)

Situated on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum, the aptly named Met Rooftop Bar offers sweeping views of Central Park and beyond that can be enjoyed with wine, cocktails, and light bites. It's only open when the museum is and it is oftentimes overflowing with tourists, but the scenery and the special atmosphere make it well-worth the limited hours and lines for drinks. Try to come on a weekday when the crowds have thinned. If you can make it on a weekday.

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11. The Standard Hotel 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014 (Meatpacking)

A biergarten, a pizza garden, the High Line, Meatpacking, the Standard Grill, Le Bain... this hotel has so much to do, you'll probably never want to leave.



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