Best Places for Outdoor Drinking in NYC

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As the temperatures rise, New Yorkers are starting to look for places to hang out and sip cocktails al fresco – especially after the brutally cold winter we are finally getting over. So grab a rosé and head to one of these Best Places for Outdoor Drinking in NYC.

Union Square Pavilion

The newly opened Union Square Pavilion is located at the north end of the park (near 17th Street) and is the ideal location for drinking outside on a warm spring night. But get there early – this real estate goes fast. www.thepavilionnyc.com

Boat Basin Cafe

Boat Basin Cafe

With it’s breathtaking views and buzzing after work scene, the Boat Basin Cafe has been a spring and summertime hotspot for years. There is even a solid food menu to soak up all that Happy Hour alcohol. West 79th Street at the Hudson River; 212-496-5542; www.boatbasincafe.com

Merchants River House

Merchants River House

Tucked away on the Battery Park Promenade, Merchants River House is a hidden gem, with two outdoor patios (you can even see the Statue of Liberty), a large bar area and a cozy restaurant area. 375 South End Avenue; 212-432-1451; www.merchantsriverhouse.com

Bua

Bua

With it’s prime St. Mark’s Place people watching location, the outdoor seating at Bua is one of our favorite places to knock back some cocktails on a warm night (or day). 122 St. Mark’s Place; 212-979-6276; www.buabar.com

Terroir at the Porch

Terroir

Head to the Highline and grab a seat at this outpost of Terroir, where guests can sip wine and beer selections while taking in the breathtaking views of the Hudson River. On the Highline at West 15th Street; www.wineisterroir.com

Frying Pan

The Frying Pan

It wouldn’t be summertime with the raucous parties at day drinking mecca Frying Pan. But is you’re looking for a relaxing day out on the water, beware: the crowds get wild and the music is loud. Sunsets are the ideal time to go. 530 West 26th Street; 212-989-6363; www.fryingpan.com

The Narrows

The-Narrows-Patio

The outdoor patio at The Narrows is a popular open-air drinking oasis and a favorite of the neighborhood residents who come for the affordable craft cocktails and beer. 1037 Flushing Avenue; www.narrowsbar.com

La Isla Escondida

La Isla Escondida

Last month, La Isla Escondido debuted in the back garden of Mulberry Project, complete with a La Isla Escondida Slushy Machine and a weekly Sunday pig roast, making it one of the top summertime hangouts in Nolita. 149 Mulberry Street; 646-448-4536; www.projectgroupnyc.com

LIC Bar

LIC Bar

Animal lovers, this one is for you. Not only does LIC Bar have a gorgeous back patio, cheap drinks and live music – they allow dogs to hang out, too. Bonus perk: they have a water cooler so thirsty guests can stay hydrated under the hot sun. 45-58 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City; 718-786-5400; www.licbar.com

The Heights Bar & Grill

The Heights Bar & Grill

A popular hangout for the students nearby, The Heights Bar & Grill near Columbia University in Morningside Heights boasts a rooftop patio with drink specials like $6 Margaritas and $5 drafts from 5-7 pm and again from 11 pm til 1 am. 2867 Broadway, 2nd Floor; 212-866-7035; www.theheightsnyc.com

La Bottega

La Bottega

Just steps up from the busy street below, La Bottega at the Maritime Hotel is the perfect place to grab a table and order a bottle of wine with friends. The vibe is relaxed and their is pizza is hunger strikes. 363 West 16th Street; 212-243-8400; http://www.themaritimehotel.com/labottega.php

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