The Narrows

The Narrows

A trend-bar located within the Old Forge building of Flushing Avenue, The Narrows most certainly lives up to it’s name. The interior is little wider than two conjoined train carriages, however the real gem lies to the rear. A patio-garden of exquisite beauty sits within a walled vineyard to the back of The Narrows. Access is via the bar only, cutting down the prospect of bohemian drifters staking out all of the seats. Patrons categorize The Narrows as a “cocktail bar”, however the comely hangout also serves up a selection of dark inviting ales, ranging from the popular Victoria Prima Pils …continue reading

4th Avenue Pub

4th Avenue Pub

Capturing the essence of it’s park-side situ, within a patioed space of tended shrubs and picnic tables, 4th Avenue Pub is one of the few native American wonders you don’t have to venture off the beaten track to find. The Subway’s “Pacific Stop” is less than two blocks away, connecting this homely corner of Brooklyn with the buzz of uptown – although you might not want to move on at all. A total of 25 world-class ales, ranging from craft to cask offer guests a chance to sample the fiery creations of microbreweries. Several of these are produced by local brewing …continue reading

Hot Bird

Hot Bird

Once a buzzing chicken joint and the hub for local dining, Hot Bird has transformed itself into a lounge bar befitting of the upscale Gramercy district. An industrial, brick-clad interior, ‘old school’ beer taps and a flourishing twenty-something client base has pushed Hot Bird’s popularity, since it underwent it’s transformation around four years ago. The rear garden is by all intents an extension of the interior, enlivened by a few strategically placed shrubs and wall murals. Frothy craft ales are Hot Bird’s specialty, along with a selection of European gins such as New Amsterdam. Locals may miss the old food truck …continue reading

Mad Hatter Saloon

Mad Hatter Saloon

The rise and rise of the Bavarian idyll has pretty much dominated the press when it comes to beer gardens – often overshadowing the old faithfuls, whom have propped up the New Yorker’s love for outdoor schmoozing with their own quaint courtyards. Nestled within a former “1920’s tenement building”, the Mad Hatter Saloon proffers a welcoming, cozy space where you’ll find sport, sport and beer on the menu! Lunch specials run from Monday to Friday, with no-nonsense sauteed chicken and cod options, paired with seasonal vegetables and fries – all for a mere $7.95 per person. Happy hours are a major …continue reading

The Garden @ Studio Square

The Garden @ Studio Square

Snuggled within a bounded courtyard just off 36th Street, a distinctly American take on the classic German bierhaus has become a must-do on the list of bar attractions to be seen in Gotham City. Fringed by the Kaufman Astoria Studios and Contemporary Art Center, the chill-out space has attracted the attention of art lovers, eager to check out the acclaimed collection commission especially by Louis Gasparro. Craft ales are of the choicest variety, with standard offerings including Radeberger and Hofbrau Dunkel, coupled with distinctly American lights, like Sam Adams and Bluepoint Toasted. Get in early of a Friday evening, for Studio’s …continue reading

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