Pitcher Perfect

Outdoor drinking and grilling courtesy of a bar near you

Moonshine regulars say it's only a short hike from the F/G train, but after a few James Gangs—a shot of Jameson with a PBR—your quick trek from this diamond in the rough becomes a slow stumble through Red Hook. If you forget to bring your own meat for the two grills—including a divine charcoal smoker in the sunken courtyard—satiate yourself with one of the 25 different kinds of $1.50-to-$2 canned beers and two-for-$2 nuked White Castle sliders.

Red Rock West Saloon
457 West 17th Street, 212-366-5359

A happy meal at Gowanus Yacht Club
photo: Kate Lacey
A happy meal at Gowanus Yacht Club

There are hot and sweet sausages on the grill and hot and sweet girls dancing on the bar at the Red Rock West Saloon. Every Sunday, grillmaster "Sausage Bob" treats the working-class fans of Red Rock to a feast of free sausages and burgers, and downed by $4 Buds. Customers of this biker bar spills onto the streets to ogle the Harley Fat Boys and Softails that rumble past as their riders check out the pieces of tail serving up sausage.

Rock Star Bar and Pies & Thighs
349 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-599-1936

The gritty, cavernous Rock Star Bar now has a Southern kissin' cousin. Grab a $4 Blue Moon and walk to the back of Rock Star to meet Pies & Thighs. The kitchen-counter spot leads to a backyard BBQ with an area containing quaint, checkered tablecloths. Order the homemade fried chicken, collard greens, and a biscuit for $8. Or bring your $3.50 slice of homemade key lime pie back to the bar for a fantastic punk 'n' pie experience.

Water Taxi Beach
2-03 Borden Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, 212-742-1969

When beach babies need their fix, a five-minute boat trip from East 34th Street to the Water Taxi Beach in Queens can satisfy their sandy cravings. Made from more than 400 tons of Jersey sand, this 20,000-square-foot oasis has picnic tables, volleyball nets, occasional live entertainment, and shaded areas for additional SPF. Beach bums can bring chairs and towels, but food and bevvies must be purchased at Harry's Bar & Grill at the beach. Along with the usual $2 hot dogs, the grill has two-for-$8 fish tacos and $8 elk burgers. Beers start at $2, and an all-natural tropical-drink bar will let you get your vitamin C while the sun takes care of your vitamin D.

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