It’s been a treacherous year in weather for New York City, suffering through those crippling snow storms and enigmatic tornadoes. Most evenings this side of twenty-twelve has seen consistently warmer nights unleashing that hibernating desire to imbibe in the open metropolis atmosphere. Finding the best bars with outdoor seating can be strenuous and time consuming, so here are a few ideas to get you started.
The Crown Victoria
60 S. 2nd St., Brooklyn.
Voted NY Mag’s 2012 Best Outdoor Bar, this former cop car repair shop now harbors a 7,500-square-foot side patio, an impressive trove of beer, whiskey, and cocktail selections with a modest food menu.
W 15th and 10th Ave, Manhattan.
Located on the High Line, this alfresco eatery is less than a year old, ideal for day drinking with friends. Overlooking the Hudson, this 40 seat café offers local alcohol and food menu from Chelsea Market’s Green Table.
Beekman Beer Garden
89 South St., Manhattan
This fantastic beer garden opened last summer and will have you reaching for your sun tan lotion as you look down to find nothing but sand under your feet. Is this really Manhattan? Get there early enough to watch the sun set and relax on an illuminated chair by an open fire.
200 Fifth Ave, Manhattan.
Overlooking Madison Square Park, this roof-top beer garden offers their very own Cask Ales brewed on premises. Don’t get discouraged as you stand on line and make your way up the elevator, as you’ll find the atmosphere to be well worth the wait.