Garden Party

Outside is the perfect setting to cure all that ales you


Somewhere amid the cliffs and sand of Germany's Baltic coast, there must be a surfside beer garden that serves seafood, and German probably has one long word to describe the hybrid. New Yorkers who crave a stein of Weihenstephan to go with their bowl of chowder have PIER 116, a meeresfrüchtebiergarten in Cobble Hill. Inside, diners down bluepoint oysters ($9) and Hofbrau ($4.75) under boat-like yellow lights. In the garden, beer lovers find a mini-Munich of communal tables, where they savor a brew from an ever changing menu and hoist their mugs to an early Oktoberfest: warm summer nights served with shrimp rolls and fries. Pier 116, 116 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 718.260.8900ADKISON


Find out what the brewhaha is all about at the Bohemian Hall and Garden.
photo: Tara Engberg
Find out what the brewhaha is all about at the Bohemian Hall and Garden.

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    The worldly collection of draft and bottled beer at D.B.A. is famous. Less talked about is the quaint outdoor deck, hidden in the back: A greenhouse-like atrium, adorned with trees, plants, wooden benches, and patio furniture, is your instant communion with Mother Nature. It's even more natural-feeling when you're slurping down some cold, great, hard-to-find tap beer: Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, Beamish Irish Stout ($5), and rare "hand-drawn cask ales" such as Old Speckled Hen. D.B.A., 41 First Avenue, 212.475.5097BOSLER


    The mission at L.I.C. is simple—just look at the windowpane outside, which reads "Cordials" and "Draughts." There's no gimmick here, just some good ol' drinking to be done: 10 beers by the bottle, another 12 on tap, and hardly any pub fare, save for grilled-cheese sandwiches for the weak in spirit. Bypass the interior and head to the backyard garden, a concrete retreat where you can while away the hours unfettered by the bustle of Manhattan. Sit back with a stein of Belgian Corsendonk ($6) in hand and just relax—you're in Queens now, and here, what you see is what you get. 45–58 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens, 718.786.5400BASTIDAS


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