B Bar

B Bar

The verdant canopies of sky-scraping trees, combine with the whiff of wisteria and manicured shrubs, within a garden that steals the top spot for New York’s most romantic retreat. Nestled behind the popular B Bar and Grill, the walled garden is a year round space with a pull-over roof for when the weather turns. What better place to get cozy with your date during the chilly winter months? Hearty warming ales are complimented by a sophisticated grill menu, with favorites like cod and chips featured alongside more decadent plates – the grilled Florida Mahi-Mahi continually recommended.

Bar Reis

Bar Reis

Some of New York’s best kept secrets lie in Brooklyn – the home of thriving Big Apple breweries. Bar Reis, in the Park Slope area is one of them. Beset within a walled courtyard, that seems as old as the 19th Century buildings on either side, the Bar Reis garden is a romantic retreat, far from the madding crowd and the uptown bar queues. Set across two tiers, the garden is every inch the Italian vineyard idyll, complimented by wild Ivy and timber framed awnings should the weather get a bit much. Bar Reis originally opened back in 1999 as a …continue reading

The Sixth Ward

The Sixth Ward

Despite being named after the old Irish gangster neighborhood on the Lower East Side, Sixth Ward is surprisingly congruous within its present setting. A yellow-lit hive of activity greets you at the entrance, where there’s nearly always a maitre’d or staff member to follow up with a heart-warming “hello.” Clad in old brick and understated timber, the interior carries through a rustic theme, on into the deceptively spacious enclosed beer garden. Sixth Ward’s Celtic vibe and casual atmosphere influence a relatively mixed age crowd, many non the happier than soaking up a sunset out back. Ales run the gamut of choice …continue reading

The Diamond

The Diamond

There’s not many a bierhaus famed for selling ‘sensible’ beer, especially within the popular Greenpoint district of Brooklyn. Its Gothic interior has been likened to that of Spuyten Duyvil, while the extensive beer list comes in at a close second with Mission Dolores for diversity. The Diamond combines the best of both, with a beer garden fit for sun-worshipers and lazy Sunday lounging. Set across two spacious tiers, the enclosed courtyard is delightfully minimalist, with just a few strategically aligned potted shrubs and glass worked panels separating the levels.

Lady Jays

Lady Jays

Why even contemplate Texas, when the heart of country folk music beats rhythmically right here in downtown Brooklyn? Lady Jays is possibly one of the only bars of it’s kind in the entire downtown district. With a convivial saloon boozer vibe and dollar-stretching prices, Jays forms the hub for natives of all ages in this up-and-coming Northern corner of Brooklyn. The rear garden carries on the cowboy charm with wooden decking and curious ‘horn-ornamentals’ cladding the walls. The decor might be quirky, but it’s the Lionshead Pilsner on a permanent two-for-one and the East Coast Oyster special putting Lady Jays on …continue reading

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