Biergartens (or beer gardens) are becoming more and more popular in New York due to their expansive and communal environment (a novel concept where space is at such a premium), great food, and, most importantly, beer. And since the Big Apple has so many spots to choose from, even those who say no to hops and ale will be sucked into these bustling scenes. From traditional German-style venues to trendy, reinvented joints, there's bound to be a biergarten for everyone.
We've mapped out a hit list for you, so scroll on through to find your new haus away from home.
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Black Forest Brooklyn For the trendiest of biergartens, stop by Black Forest in BK. An ample indoor space with fresh touches, lots of light, and fine brews. The atmosphere is nothing short of energetic and the beer chilled to perfection — not to mention their menu is worthy of writing home about (we'll have about 5 of those perfect pretzels, please). Black Forest Brooklyn, 733 Fulton Street (between S. Elliot Place and S. Portland Avenue); 718-935-0300.
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Bier International Bier International is one of Harlem's first biergartens. And as a founding brewer, it's well-seasoned in representing the tastiest of cuisine and beers from countries around the globe. Playing reggae tunes and screening a plethora of international fútbol games, the crowd here buzzes with eclectic energy. Bier International, 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd (at West 113th Street); 212-280-0944.
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Zum Schneider NYC Built by German owner Sylvester Schneider, Zum ("to the") Schneider has majorly historic biergarten touches. From the 100-year-old handmade beerhall chairs to authentic festivals and events, this NYC brew-haven is almost as good as catching a direct flight to Bavaria. And we haven't even gotten to the schnitzel and weisswurst...das ist gut! , 107 Avenue C (at East 7th Streets); 212-598-1098.
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West End Hall This UWS spot is spacious, vibrant, and filled with good eats and even better brews. During the warmer weather, the backyard garden is a fresh escape from the heat of the city streets. And if it happens to be the dead of winter? No worries, the indoor hall is always bustling with jovial heat and boisterous vibes. West End Hall, 2756 Broadway (at 106th Street); 212-662-7200.
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Harlem Tavern Bringing biergarten life to Harlem, HT is a spacious indoor plus outdoor venue. With upscale bar-food offerings, live music, sweet service, and a bustling crowd, this spot brings the heat to the beloved borough. Whether you're enjoying a Monday night game or just a few drinks and bites with friends, you'll want to spend that time and cash right here. Harlem Tavern, 2153 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (at 116th Street); 212-866-4500.
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La Birreria La Birreria, the rooftop restaurant and brewery at Eataly, offers delicious food and quality brew. Unlike most uncovered biergartens in NYC, this spot stays open through rain, shine, snow, or sleet. Hosting different pop-up restaurants each season, the scene here is always fresh and the vibes very Italian. Mangia bene! La Birreria, 200 5th Avenue (between 23rd and 24th Street); 212-937-8910.
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Union Pool Stop by Union Pool to hangout, drink brew, and maybe even grab a taco (or two). Don't let the limited bar space fool you, there's ample outdoor space to cushion any indoor crowding. Known for drawing a bustling crowd, this spot is the simply the best for grabbing afterwork drinks — or even just dancing your night away. Union Pool, 484 Union Avenue (at Meeker Avenue); 718-609-0484.
Bohemia Hall and Beer Garden Calling all beer connoisseurs! You absolutely cannot leave NYC without stopping by Bohemia Hall and Beer Garden. With super cheap pitchers filled with the best brew, this is the place to indulge in your beer obsession. And because of the low prices and ample outdoor seating, it's on point for group gatherings when the weather's fair. Bohemia Hall and Beer Garden, 2919 24th Avenue (between 29th and 31st Street); 718- 274-4925.
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Threes Brewing Once a swampy no man's land, Gowanus is now home to some bustling Brooklyn nosheries — and Threes Brewing takes the cake. This sprawling spot serves up affordable eats and house made brews in a renovated warehouse. With a back garden to boot, you'll have space to sip your pale ale in moderate peace. Threes Brewing, 333 Douglas Street (at Butler Street) in Brooklyn; 718-522-2110.
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Radegast Hall & Biergarten Nestled in the heart of Williamsburg, Radegast Hall & Biergarten offers a wide range of brews that you can drink sidled up to the large bar, or at a picnic table in the indoor beer garden. Come enjoy a pitcher (or two...) with as many friends as you can squeeze in at a long, communal table. Radegast Hall, 113 N. 3rd Street (at Berry Street); 718-963-3973.
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Zum Schneider If you want your fill of Bavarian beer and German cuisine, Zum Schneider is the place for you. With a festive vibe and splashy decor, this East Village german beer hall promises to celebrate every day like it's Oktoberfest. So put on your lederhosen, order some bratwurst, and drink up! Zum Schneider, 107 Avenue C (at 7th Street); 212-598-1098.
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The Chester Biegarten Any biergarten bucket list is not complete until you add The Chester Biergarten. The outdoor space, which is an extension of the trendy Gansevoort Hotel, is great for a casual after-work drink with friends. Come thirsty, leave happy. The Chester, 18 Ninth Avenue (between W. 12th and 13th street); 646-253-2284.
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The Standard Biergarten Hidden under the High Line, this venue is surprisingly affordable and über trendy. The space comes complete with ping pong, food, and, you guessed it: beer! While The Standard may not resemble most traditional German beer halls, it's still a must visit for biergarten neophytes. The weekend lines just go to show, it's worth the wait. The Standard, 848 Washington Street (at 13th Street); 212-645-4100.
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Loreley Have you ever longed to pop over to your local biergarten, only to come to the cold realization that it's the middle of winter? Well, the folks at Loreley have you covered. Their large outdoor space is fully heated — so you can cozy up and enjoy your schnitzel, whatever the season. Loreley, 64 Frost Street (at Meeker Street); 718-599-0025.
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Clinton Hall Fidi finally has its own biergarten — 4,000 square feet of it to be exact. And every week its draft list changes up, keeping visitors on their toes (so they never get beer-bored). With a rustic feel and classic German eats, you'll never have to ask yourself: To beer or not to beer? Clinton Hall, 90 Washington Street (at Rector Street); 212-363-6000.