Beer gardens are synonymous with a good time. There's nothing like a crisp pale ale in your hand, an open air feel, and good friends. Fortunately you don't have to break the piggy bank, hop on a Lufthansa flight, and beer crawl through Germany. Nope, Joonbug's scenetracker crew is ready with the best beer gardens this side of the pond.
New York City
Bohemian Hall-The Home of the earliest beer garden in Astoria, the 800 seater (250 additional inside), boasts being the oldest real beer garden in existance in New York. The average beer is just $5 and the menu serves a Czech/Eastern European fare. With tons of festivals and open events, the Astoria beer garden is one of the most popular hang outs in the city. Grab a beer and wind down. (29-19 24th Avenue Astoria, NY; 718.728.9278)
The Beer Garden at the Standard- Setting it's own standard in the beer garden world, located under the High Line in the Meat Packing district, this particular beer garden is packed with sausage, pretzels, ping pong and of course beer. It's a trendier crowd, but definitely worth the visit as it won the Best New Beer Garden award from Time Out Magazine. (848 Washington St. New York, NY 10014; 212-645-4646)
Red Lion Tavern- Perhaps the most popular beer guzzling option, the Red Lion Tavern is located in Silverlake and is a traditional German restaurant with a rooftop beer garden-esque option. Additionally, Monday through Friday has a great happy hour and the weekend spotlights a traditional German breakfast. (2366 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039; 323.662.5337)
Happy Village- Situated in Uke Village, this is the spot to find a shit hole complete with linoleum floors, rickedy ping pong tables, and crappy food. But the beer garden. Oh, the beer garden outside. Fairy lights, tents, plastic chairs and picnic tables sets the scene for the best beer hang out in the city. Those who know it, know it well, and love it even more. (1059 N Wolcott Ave-between Augusta Blvd & Thomas St- Chicago, IL 60622; 773.486.1512)
Lou's Beer Garden- Lou's is right in Miami Beach and while much of the area is filled with tanned, beauties who could care less about actually waiting on you, despite their job description, Lou's servers are on point. Friendly, offering taste tests, and chatting up with patrons, they fit the bill perfectly. A pool, patio seating, good eats, and tons of events (a beer cook off!) make Lou's a definite stop. They even answer personal questions on their facebook page. Talk about a gem in Miami Beach! (7337 Harding Ave Miami Beach, FL 33141; 305.704.7879)