The Stag’s Head
The Stag’s Head has 16 rotating drafts that pour nothing but the country’s best selection of craft beers. This bar’s cozy lodge-like interior and outdoor space offers a much-needed respite from hectic Midtown office life. The outdoor garden is a great place to unwind with a beer, along with one of their popular cast iron skillet-baked mac and cheeses.
You’d never know from just walking past, but located in the heart of Murray Hill is a lush beer garden crawling with vines and dotted with potted plants. The outdoor space is a labyrinth of dark wood tables and booths, making Tuttles a refreshing break away from the packed bar scene Manhattanites have grown all too familiar with. Though the beer list offers all the typical beers you’d expect from an Irish pub such as Guinness, Sam Adams and Yuengling, the all-day dollar Blue Point oysters are certainly a welcomed surprise.
Port Authority is an unlikely location for a great beer bar but don’t let that deter you from checking out Beer Authority. The bar is decorated wall to wall with brewery insignia, flags and flat screen televisions. Head upstairs and you’ll find a spacious room with views that overlook Times Square, as well as a rooftop garden with long communal tables and benches, in true beer garden fashion. The sheer size of Beer Authority makes it a great place to grab a few drinks with a larger group.
The Jeffrey is the kind of bar that every neighborhood wishes it had. This Upper East Side gem located under the Queensborough Bridge is a serious craft beer destination without any of the pretentiousness. The bartenders are knowledgeable about their brews, so don’t be afraid to ask them if they recommend a certain beer. There is an ever-rotating, expertly-curated craft beer selection, so a little direction navigating the extensive menu is helpful. While the rustic interior of the bar is a great place to pull up and watch a game, the best feature of The Jeffrey is their outdoor garden. The quaint outdoor patio with picnic tables and umbrellas lends to the neighborhood feel of the bar.
You don’t need to board a plane to get a taste of Germany because Hallo Berlin offers the real deal. This Hell’s Kitchen beer garden offers an impressive selection of German beers such as Hofbräu Hefeweizen and Warsteiner Dunkel. Don’t expect your average bar food here, either. Be sure to try their famous wursts, which come served with red cabbage, sauerkraut, onions and mustard or their pork schnitzel on rye bread. If you’re coming with a group, grab a table in the beer garden, which is open all year round, and a party platter that features bread, a variety of sausages, and dipping sauces.
With 18 beers on tap and over 30 by the bottle, invariability is hardly a word associated with Bier International, Harlem’s first beer garden. Though the beer menu is heavy on the German beers, there are some great domestic offerings too, such as Bronx Pale Ale, Six Point Sweet Action and Doc’s Draft hard cider. The meat is supplied from local farms via the beer garden’s local butcher, Harlem Shambles.
Bavaria Bier Haus
Tucked away on a cobble street in the Financial District is German beer garden, Bavaria Bier Haus. The beer list might come across as overwhelming for those unfamiliar with German beers, which makes the $12 flight a great option to test the waters before committing to a frosty pint.
Blue Ribbon Beer Garden
Strings of tea lights and draped textile ceilings give Blue Ribbon Beer Garden the ultimate adult treehouse feel. If you’re feeling competitive, show off your skills at the ping-pong table or break out a game of Jenga or Sorry. While the beer list sports a fair share of German and domestic beers, perhaps the biggest surprise at Blue Ribbon Beer Garden is its selection of Japanese beers. Few things beat a frozen Kirin Ichiban beer on a hot day.
If you’re a Hofbräu fan, Bierhaus is the place to be. This Midtown German bar has 24 draft lines that serve all Hofbräu beer. Though this isn’t a “beer garden” in the traditional sense, the ceiling is made up of giant skylights that flood the room with light and make it feel as if you’re sitting outside sans the bitter cold or unbearable humidity.
Houston Hall has a packed calendar of events and on any given day you can expect a DJ set, beer pong games, or a themed party. Something needs to fuel all the high energy this place exudes, which is where the bar snacks come in. The menu has ideal bar grub such as pulled pork sliders, spicy homemade potato chips, flatbread pizza and fried dill pickle spears.