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Outdoor Drinking in NYC: A Map of 21 Alfresco Bars

By Kelly Dobkin
July 16, 2014


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Terroir on the Porch: Located on the High Line, this outpost of the popular wine-centric bar is a perfect spot for a post-work glass of bubbly.

Grand Banks: Dockside rosé and oyster boat that's this summer's hot ticket, but expect a wait for a table or barstool to order food.

The Beach at Dream Downtown: The frozen drinks at the poolside bar and eatery The Beach include a ginger slush colada as well as a variety of cooling cocktails.

The Standard Biergarten: Knock back European beers and German fare at this outdoor beer garden next to The Standard Hotel and the High Line.

Battery Harris: Frozen dark and stormy, anyone? This outdoor restaurant and bar in Williamsburg will have you feeling island vibes with its Jamaican cuisine and frozen drinks.

Zombie Hut: This Carroll Gardens tiki bar features tropical drinks like frozen zombies and scorpion bowls.

Lavender Lake: This Gowanus go-to featuring a small food menu has a giant outdoor patio space complete with string lighting once the sun goes down.

Sheltering Sky: The newly named rooftop bar atop the McCarren Hotel (formerly King & Grove Williamsburg) offers up views of the park and signature cocktails as well as bites from chef Paul Liebrandt.

The Ides: Take the elevator up to the sixth floor of the Wythe Hotel and you'll find this bar, which features a giant patio with stunning views on a sunny evening.

Royale: Alphabet City dive bar known for its burgers also has a backyard patio that's perfect for late-afternoon beers.

Zum Schneider: Now that the World Cup is over, Zum Schneider will go back to its old ways — serving up German fare and giant beer in its outdoor garden. Note: cash only.

230 Fifth: This Flatiron classic rooftop bar gets packed early, but is a summer classic for after-work drinks.

Roof at Park South: This new restaurant and bar atop the Park South Hotel from Boston chef Tim Cushman offers up small plates and killer cocktails.

Salvation Taco: April Bloomfield's take on a taqueria features a rooftop patio for pitchers of margaritas and sangria.

Northern Territory: This new Greenpoint restaurant features a large rooftop patio with views of the East River.

Sonny's Soda Shoppe: Rooftop cocktail and gelato bar atop the Mondrian SoHo that features pizza from downstairs eatery, Isola.

The Gorbals: The multilevel Urban Outfitters department store, Space Ninety 8, may finally be opening its restaurant, The Gorbals — an outpost of Ilan Hall's LA concept — soon, but meanwhile you can enjoy rosé on the roof with plenty of seating.

Frying Pan: This summer classic, located on a docked boat, is known for its buckets of Coronas and bro-y vibes, but that doesn't mean it's not worth a visit.

White Horse Tavern: West Village outdoor drinking go-to, this cash-only joint is great for burgers and beers any old night of the week.

The Grill at La Piscine: Sexy rooftop cafe and bar atop Hotel Americano complete with pool and stunning views of lower Manhattan and Hell's Kitchen.

Boat Basin Cafe: Great for burgers and beers, this UWS alfresco bar is a summer staple.

 
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