Our 10 Best Bars for Drinking Outside

Spuyten Duyvil's idyllic backyard.
Spuyten Duyvil's idyllic backyard.

On this fine Friday, we turn our thoughts to bars where you can drink outdoors. We've gathered up our 10 favorite places to enjoy an adult beverage in the sun, and hope you'll be inspired to sneak out of work early today to check one out.

The focus is on places that are primarily drinking establishments, since restaurants with outdoor seating are another kettle of fish. And this list isn't about which place has the best beer selection, or the best value (although we've tried to take those things into consideration) -- it's about the quality of the bar's outdoor space. You can't get too worked up about a mediocre sauvignon blanc if the view is mind-bending.

So we've got your rooftops, your backyard gardens, your riverside perches. As always, a list of 10 is sure to have left out some worthy candidates, so let us know what we've missed.

Winners 10 through five, right this way ...

The view from Alma's rooftop.
The view from Alma's rooftop.

10. Sycamore Bar (Bar-slash-florist has a secluded backyard garden.) 1118 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, 347-240-5850

9. Iona (Large, leafy back garden strung with lights, plus ping-pong.) 180 Grand Street, Brooklyn, 718-384-5008

8. 79th Street Boat Basin Cafe (Outdoor bar and cafe situated right on the Hudson, overlooking docks. Best at sunset; open summers only.) 79th Street and the Hudson River, 212-496-5542

7. Alma (The food is terrible, but snag a drink and a table on the roof for an incredible, so-close-you-could-touch-it view of the downtown skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. If they make you order something, get guacamole.) 187 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, 718-643-5400

6. The Standard Beer Garden (Large outdoor beer garden underneath the High Line with ping-pong tables and excellent people-watching. "Clop-clop-clop," say the stilettos on the cobblestones.) 848 Washington Street, 212-645-4646

Sponsor Content


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >