Best Beer Garden New York 2013 - Lavender Lake
At Lavender Lake, the garden gets as much weight as the beer, where marble-topped tables and Adirondacks litter an ethereal space illuminated by twinkling lights. An elegant bar offers kölsch and cans of Tecate from the small but well-chosen beer list. (We like their brews so much, in fact, we'll forgive them for charging $4 for a 'Gansett.) While the patio occasionally plays host to strollers during the day, on weekend nights, it frequently hosts a DJed dance party. The soaring indoor space (it used to be a horse stable) and compelling food menu mean you can enjoy Lavender Lake come wind, rain, or hunger pangs, but lounging at a picnic table with a pint remains our favorite way to experience this corner of Gowanus where you can't even smell the canal.