01 of 09
With so many bars in Manhattan, the options can seem overwhelming, but during the spring, summer, and refreshingly crisp days of autumn, there's little that competes with pulling up a seat in a good outdoor beer garden. Yes, enjoying a tall mug of cold beer while sharing conversation with your friends (or friendly strangers) is the ultimate recipe for relaxation.
Luckily, you don't have to stray outside of NYC if you're looking for a great place to enjoy a pint and some bites alfresco. Read on for eight excellent beer garden options set right here in Manhattan.
02 of 09
The Standard Biergarten
The Standard Biergarten sets a high "standard" for Manhattan beer gardens, and is an especially popular spot on weekends. Located in the Meatpacking District at The Standard, High Line hotel, just off of the High Line, The Standard Biergarten proposes a generous selection of German beers on tap, traditional beer garden food options, ample outdoor seating, and free ping pong, too. 848 Washington St. at W. 13th St.; www.standardhotels.com
03 of 09
Located in the Lower East Side, Loreley offers a dozen German beers on tap (plus, a wine selection and full bar), as well as a hearty menu of tasty German fare. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, and Loreley also has a sister location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 7 Rivington St., btwn the Bowery & Chrystie St.; loreleynyc.com
04 of 09
Bavaria Bier Haus
For a great place to grab a beer and some German eats in the Financial District, Bavaria Bier Haus hits the spot. The bi-level beer hall touts indoor and outdoor seating and a full menu of German specialties, including desserts. Furnishings and the bar come imported from Germany; and look out for the statue of the Bavarian lion, too. 19 S. William St., btwn Beaver St. & Mill Ln.; www.bavariabarnyc.comContinue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
La Birreria at Eataly
As if the Italian-influenced food emporium Eataly didn't have enough to sate your appetite, it also has a rooftop beer garden that's perfect for some open-air imbibing. La Birreria has a retractable roof in case of inclement weather, as well. Beer and cocktails are available, and the Italian menu features influences from Bavaria and greater Germany. 200 5th Ave., btwn W. 24th & W. 23rd sts.; www.eataly.com
06 of 09
Proprieter Sylvester Schneider longed to recreate the biergartens of his youth in Germany here in New York City, which is why he opened Zum Schneider in August 2000. Since it was difficult to find proper garden space in Alphabet City, he instead created an indoor Bavarian beer garden and German restaurant (though there is some limited outdoor seating). The fun atmosphere and excellent food of Zum Schneider have ensured its East Village mainstay status for some 15 years. 107 Ave. C at E. 7th St.; www.zumschneider.com
07 of 09
Not all of the beer garden action is in the lower half of Manhattan. Harlem Tavern brings the signature outdoor seating and joyous, convivial atmosphere to the upper part of the island. The tavern has a brunch and lunch/dinner menu serving American bistro favorites, along with plenty of beer (and wine and cocktails, too). 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd. at 116th St.; harlemtavern.com
08 of 09
Those on the Upper East Side craving the comforts of a beer garden can visit The Jeffrey. Serving craft beer, craft bites, and even locally roasted coffees during daytime hours, The Jeffrey has a nice back patio spot perfect for pleasant imbibing outdoors. 311 E. 60th St. at 2nd Ave.; thejeffreynyc.comContinue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Blue Ribbon Beer Garden
A terrace outdoor bar located within the Thompson LES hotel, Blue Ribbon Beer Garden is not a traditional beer garden by any means. It's located beside a sushi restaurant, for one, and has a slushie beer machine. Yet the outdoor vibe is great, and you can even get in a game of ping pong. 190 Allen St., 2nd floor terrace, btwn 1st Ave. & Stanton St.; www.blueribbonrestaurants.com