Endless summer, here we come.
The official season may be over, but when temperatures are still hovering near 70 and the sky is so flawlessly blue, you've got to hold on to the feeling as long as you can. Luckily, pretty much every bar owner in NYC with outdoor space and common sense feels the same way we do — most are keeping their gardens and patios open until at least the last week in October. That means there's still time to post up, rosé in both hands, until the absolute last call. Here are a few of our favorite places in Brooklyn to do just that.
This giant outdoor bar on the edge of Bushwick feels like a field trip to a really cool suburban BBQ: It has brightly-painted picnic tables, a bocce ball lawn, ping pong tables, grassy knolls, and lots of yummy grilled food. It's barely ever overrun, making it the perfect place to sip wine in the sun while eating vegan beet burgers and playing backgammon. You can even bring your dog. Take the L train to the Halsey stop and walk away from civilization on Wycoff Ave until you see a lot of trees and a corrugated fence decorated with triangles. Open daily until October 26th, check Instagram for weather-related closings. (Pictured above)
Brooklyn Barge Bar
We were anxiously awaiting the opening of this floating waterfront bar all summer, but some kind of permit bureaucracy kept it closed until just a few weeks ago. Better late than never, though — it's finally up and running and was well worth the wait. Located right next to Transmitter Park in Greenpoint, it's basically a less douchy, smaller version of the Frying Pan, with a sweet neighborhood vibe and really, really good sunset views of Manhattan. Don't worry if you're prone to motion sickness: There's plenty of seating on the stationary dock, too. Open daily at 11:30am through the end of October.
Nestled behind The Green Building on the edge of the Gowanus Canal, this 10,000 square foot pop-up spot boasts excellent Pimm's Cups, local beers, reclaimed wood decor, and a tasty menu of smoked barbecue treats. Open through October 31st.
A Williamsburg staple, complete with string lights, corn hole, and its own taco truck. The backyard beer garden (which used to be a police car repair-shop) is massive — 9,000 square feet total. Visit on a Monday evening for a movie screening while you still can: next on the schedule are Magnolia (Oct. 19) and The Shining (Oct. 26).
This freshly-opened Bushwick corner restaurant has an airy indoor-outdoor vibe, with street art on the walls and huge glass garage doors that open right out onto Wycoff Ave. The latin-tinged menu features whole rotisserie chicken, grilled corn, and fried platains, while the cocktail menu is filled with cheeky-sounding tropical drinks like the Mo Mango, Mo Problems (rum, grilled muddled mango, and lime) or the crazy-strong Take Off My Pants and Jacket (tequila, mezcal, lemon, and ginger).