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Outdoor Bar Hopping in Manhattan and Brooklyn

Get a drink and fresh air at these New York City bars
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.1 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  Outdoor bars are a treat in New York City, where people sit outside at the first whiff of warm weather. Since outdoor space is at a... more »

Tips:  Take the subway or cabs between Manhattan bars, then the subway to Brooklyn.

While you can't smoke in bars in NYC, you can smoke in... more »

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Points of Interest

Southwest Porch at Bryant Park has porch swings and comfy chairs, plus a bucolic midtown setting. The only downside--drinks are served in plastic cups.

Drink one of the three local beers on tap: Sixpoint IPA (Brooklyn), Ommegang Witte (Cooperstown) or the signature Southwest Brew (Blue Point, LI).

The full bar also has specialty cocktails... More

Bryant Park Cafe, at the other end of Bryant Park, is open mid-April to November. The cafe, larger than the Southwest Porch, offers a much greater selection of wines by the glass (alas, also served in plastic).

The cafe is an ideal setting for the free movies shown in Bryant Park on Mondays in summer.

You can hop on the B, D, F or M train on... More

The Yard at Soho Grand Hotel has an outdoor grill and plenty of greenery. It is on the side of the hotel, reached by its own entrance, and is dog friendly. DJs or live music provide the backdrop.

Sink into a lounge chair with the Perfect Ten: a concoction of vanilla vodka, pineapple juice and fresh lemon. This is the most expensive outdoor bar on... More

This bar (there's also a branch in New Orleans) specializes in single malt whiskey, small batch bourbon and rare tequilas. There is also a huge selection of bottled beer and beer on tap, and hand-drawn ales. Drink in the huge rear patio.

The best way to your next stop is by cab.
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Address: 41 First Avenue
Phone: 212-475-5097
Hours: Open Daily... More

5. Beekman Beer Garden

Feel the sand between your toes at Beekman Beer Garden, where a brew or a margarita (frozen or on the rocks) is de rigueur. The South Street Seaport bar, open May-October, has live music or a DJ at night, a boardwalk, flat-screen TVs, and pool, foosball and ping-pong. Early in the day, families come for the nine-hole miniature golf course. There... More

The Cherry Tree has a brick-walled garden down a couple of steps in the back. Sit at a picnic table or around a fountain in the smoking corner.

The bar offers a huge selection of beer on tap and in bottles, and cheap pitchers of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
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Address: 65 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn
Phone: 718-399-1353
Hours: Daily 11am - 4am

7. The Gate (Brooklyn)

Sip a craft beer and watch Park Slopers walking their dogs and kids going to the playground from the Gate's large fenced in patio. Since the bar serves no food, people get dinner delivered through the fence.

There is a revolving selection of beer on tap and bartenders are happy to give a taste of unusual ones.

Check out the Revolutionary War... More