Beer Gardens Blooming in New York City

Sure, your clients want to hit the newest and hippest cocktail bars in New York City…but sometimes, especially in summer, you just want a cold beer and some fresh air (or as fresh as the City has it). If jeans and t-shirts are more your client's style, suggest they visit one of the city's beer gardens.

The New York Times has a terrific story about this growing trend--there are now more than 54 beer gardens throughout the City, and several more are in various stages of development.

"There are classic beer gardens (Hallo Berlin), hipster beer gardens (Radegast Hall), beer gardens catering to frat boys (Studio Square) and a beer garden in a former Brooklyn auto-body shop (Mission Dolores). There are also temporary beer gardens, like the one that Colicchio & Sons plans to run this summer on the High Line in Chelsea, and another that will soon supplant the riverside bar at the South Street Seaport’s Water Taxi Beach," the article reports. For those willing to cross the East River, Bohemian Hall (pictured) in Astoria is a historic beer hall that can hold up to 800 people, but gets more when live music acts take to its outdoor stage.

These gardens are a wonderful way to unwind in a genuinely casual setting, and to get some fresh air while enjoying a communal experience. If your clients are in town solo, suggest they visit a beer garden to meet some locals and get insider tips--the shared tables inevitably lead to conversation, and the atmosphere is always friendly and relaxed.  

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Photo by Jim Henderson

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