Beer gardens draw impressive crowds of locals across New York City, especially in summer. Like the crowds they serve, beer gardens are diverse in their offerings. From traditional biergartens serving imported brews to trendy hangouts with artisanal beers, here are the best beer gardens in New York City.
A selection of more than 20 German beers and a lively atmosphere that reaches a peak on soccer game days make Zum Schneider a favorite. Beer buffs are welcome to enjoy Bavarian white sausages and freshly baked brezn in the biergarten’s sidewalk seating area.
Greenwich Village’s Vol de Nuit is a beer lover’s bar. The hard-to-find indoor-outdoor spot, tucked behind an alley on Washington Square South, is smaller and quieter than your average beer garden. With Vol de Nuit’s selection of cult Belgian drafts and bottles, however, patrons will find that they have all the excitement they need.
Visitors of The Standard Biergarten come for the atmosphere. With a High Line-adjacent address, recently opened Game Room equipped with throwback games, and high-tech touches like stammtisch, or special tables, with built-in taps, it attracts an Instagram-loving crowd. Thanks to its open-air setup during the warmer months and heating in the winter, this hot spot is always in season.
For rare Belgian brews and a large beer selection (100 and counting), locals know to visit Spuyten Duyvil. The Williamsburg bar known for its exclusive imports further stands out for its expansive backyard, which closes late at 11:30 pm. Customers can then take their drinks (best paired with a cheese and meat plate) inside until 3 am.
A local favorite in Williamsburg, Radegast Hall calls itself “Brooklyn’s first authentic biergarten in the new era.” It doesn’t just offer an extensive menu—which lists at least 70 beers and European sausages—but live music performances take place daily as well.
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden counts CNN Travel, Travel + Leisure, and Food & Wine—not to mention more than 1,000 Yelp reviewers—amongst its fans. New Yorkers can count on adding their names to that list when they sample the traditional Czech brews, including Krusovice and Staropramen, and dishes such as fried Muenster and pork with Czech-style dumplings at this circa-1910 spot.
Break from tradition at LIC Flea and Food, a monthly showcase which features two beer gardens. Visitors can sample local craft beers (including some from LIC itself) before exploring the neighborhood, including the world-famous Astoria Kaufman Studios or the riverfront facing the Manhattan skyline.
Local barflies would be hard-pressed to find any beer that’s fresher than those available at Gun Hill Brewing Company. The first brewery to thrive in the Bronx since the 1960s, this industrial-style indoor-outdoor bar has earned a following for its unfiltered, handcrafted brews, such as the Home Brew Hero Key Lime Gose and the award-winning Barrel Aged Void of Light.