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Best Outdoor Bars in New York

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Honorable William Wall Bar

Located amidst the waters of New York Harbor, this beautiful open-air bar is part of the floating clubhouse that belongs to the Manhattan Sailing Club. Operational during summers, this bar is located on the top deck of the boat, and serves a decent range of drinks and pub bites. Usually filled with people who come to watch the sailing races, this bar also allows patrons to get their own food whilst ordering drinks from the bar. A perfect place to chill during warm summer evenings, the bar offers magnificent views of the New York skyline.

New York, NY, United States
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Loreley

This old world German restaurant has an abundance of continental charm. It's a touch of Bavaria on the Lower East Side. At Loreley, no one goes home hungry and be sure to bring your appetite because the fare is hearty and filling. Whether it's the schnitzel sandwiches, liverwurst on German rye, herring in cream sauce with onions or apples and salt potatoes, you will be sure to exceed your daily calorie quotient and be left with barely enough room for a dessert of baked Camembert with loganberry sauce. They also have a DJ Lounge in the basement which frequently features international talent. Sit in their garden for a lovely setting in which to enjoy your food.

New York, NY, United States
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The Delancey

This three-story club and lounge attracts the most hip and happening crowds in New York and is a great venue to host theme parties. There is a DJ most nights, playing fast and peppy songs to get the crowd grooving. The lounge on the first floor has a relaxed atmosphere and sleek wooden decor. The rooftop bar is the perfect place to enjoy the LES breeze and unwind after a hard day at work. The basement space hosts live band performances, and is frequented by 20-something music aficionados. It's definitely a great place to socialize and enjoy a drink with friends.

New York, NY, United States
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Plunge Rooftop Bar & Lounge

On the list of swanky bars to visit while in New York, Plunge is a necessity. Located high on the rooftop on Gansevoort Hotel, it offers its customers nothing short of a brilliant time. Music, cocktails, an open-air pool and an ultra late last call all make for a great night out on the town. The first thing that strikes visitors as they enter is the glittering New York skyline, spread out in all its glory. The hip ambiance and amazing view makes it a popular destination for NYC celebs.

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Biergarten

Located within the The Standard High Line, Biergarten packs in a solid punch when it comes to German beers and food. The interiors are handsomely decorated with exposed brick walls and candle-lit lanterns providing much of the charm the bar exudes. But the real draw and the bar's namesake is the outdoor seating area for people who prefer an airier setting with a bonus of great city views. You can catch a game on one of their screens or play ping-pong to unwind.

New York, NY, United States
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PH-D Rooftop Lounge

Dream Downtown is synonymous with luxury, style, and class, and PH-D Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown is no exception. Classically chic and sumptuous, this rooftop lounge is preferred by those who savor understated elegance and refined taste. Sprawled across 2900 square feet (270 square meters), this lounge offers a splendid unobstructed view of the celebrated New York skyline and incorporates a lot of greenery in its outdoor seating area creating a breezy and a laidback vibe. Decorated with comfortable couches enrobed in silken cloth, sparkling chandeliers, and luxurious marble finishing, patrons can revel in the atmospheric vibe while sipping on their inventive and potent cocktails. Whether you want to enjoy a relaxed evening out with friends or dance the night away, a visit to PH-D Rooftop Lounge turns out to be one of those nights that stays with you long after you've left.

New York, NY, United States
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Maison Premiere

A timeless standout in New York's ever-changing nightlife scene, Maison Premiere enjoys a distinguished patronage for its New Orleans French Quarter-inspired elegance. Located in Williamsburg, this cocktail den and oyster house is one of the premiere places in New York for absinthe. Patrons can sit around the ornate marble counter with the centerpiece absinthe fountain or find a spot in the beautiful canopied garden area; the maitre d’ will happily help you get settled in. And if you're averse to trying the exquisite absinthe, then they also have a superior menu of selected beer, wine and classic cocktails that go very well with the oysters.

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230 Fifth

This famous Manhattan hot spot offers a great ambiance in a priceless rooftop location. The Penthouse Lounge, the Rooftop Garden and the indoor restaurant can together fit a huge number of people, part of why its such a popular destination. The kitchen churns out deliciously done American favorites like sliders, chicken strips and salads, with a few international surprises. Many diners come for the rooftop view of the Empire State Building, which is almost unbeatable.

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Gallow Green

The Gallow Green in Chelsea offers a chance to enjoy some great cocktails while soaring above it all at this rooftop garden. The bar offers splendid view of the skyline and incorporates a lot of greenery in its decor- a botanist's delight! Live music also plays in the background. The cocktails are strong and tasty, like the signature Gallow Green Punch that can be easily shared by four. Bar snacks are also available. Reservations are necessary here.

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Frying Pan

Visitors can experience the mysteries of being aboard a sunken boat while also enjoying fresh seafood onboard the Frying Pan. The Frying Pan was a former lightship, but eventually fell into disrepair and sunk due to a broken engine. It was bought by its current owners and repaired in the 1980s and now serves as a popular bar and grill. However, the ship still retains its sunken look in the lower levels in order to acknowledge the Frying Pan's long history.

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Union Pool

This Brooklyn institution that was once a run down old pool shop is now converted into a kitschy neighborhood bar. Blue booths, green tiles and tin walls give this place an old time charm. If the pub gets too crowded, just saunter out into the outdoor terrace area and enjoy the relaxed party atmosphere. DJs spin some crazy tunes while you sip on innovative drinks concocted by the imaginative bartenders. You can also catch live performances and other events here. This place also has a photo booth, so you can click a few pictures and take home some memories. Cheers!

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Huckleberry Bar

Trailblazing the cocktail movement in a neighborhood riddled with dreary and garish dive bars, Huckleberry Bar has become a classy spot for the after-work crowd in East Williamsburg. The owners take much pride in their eclectic lineup of stylish and artisan cocktails, wines and beers. Their private kitchen is also open till wee hours and specializes in some amazing dishes that are above your normal grub. The resplendent interiors exude warmth and elegance; while the lovely patio area is kept simple, perfect for enjoying the New York temperate weather while it lasts.

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