MAP: Where to Drink Outdoors in Bed-Stuy
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Summertime means fresh air, which pairs well with outdoor drinking.
Whether you're in the mood for a dance party, a quiet drink or a game of foosball, Bed-Stuy has a spot for you.
Beast of Bourbon, 710 Myrtle Ave., 347-789-9901
Sidle up to the bar at Beast of Bourbon, owned by Black Swan proprietor Sureshan Pather, or sit at one of the bar's tables to take in views of the stage for live music or the bar's televisions.
If the massive main room isn't your speed, maybe the Flying V — a smaller faux-dive bar still technically inside Beast of Bourbon — is more up your alley. The Flying V has a distinct feel, featuring a jukebox and a second-floor pool table.
During the summer, the bar's small, quiet backyard beer garden is a good escape from the noise inside.
Stop by the barbecue counter and pick up some pulled pork, brisket, ribs, chicken wings— or grab a taco on Taco Tuesday. Be sure to try at least one of the 40 rotating drafts on tap.
Bed-Vyne Brew, 370 Tompkins Ave., 347-915-1080
This craft beer spinoff of a local wine shop is a great spot to people-watch.
With a front deck and a porch that lines the store's Putnam Avenue side, Bed-Vyne offers a quiet, relaxing experience as people pass on the sidewalks of Tompkins Avenue.
The bartenders serve up craft beer in bottles or from one of 10 custom taps. From Monday through Thursday, drafts and glasses of wine are $1 off from 4 until 8 p.m., and the bar has regular DJs along with live music on Tuesday nights.
Brooklyn Tap House, 590 Myrtle Ave., 347-750-7557
With more than a dozen indoor and outdoor television screens along with two projectors constantly showing sports, it's impossible to miss even a minute of the action at the Tap House.
Inside, the bar has screens lining every wall, so you won't have to strain to watch the game while deciding on one of the 45 beers on tap — the first 20 of which are $3 during happy hour until 8 p.m.
Or you can grab a $15 bucket (five cans) of Tecate and head outside, where you can play a game of cornhole or foosball while watching your favorite team.
Do or Dine, 1108 Bedford Ave., 718-684-2290
While Justin Warner's foodie destination is more often known for its daring cuisine, Do or Dine also offers a great outdoor drinking experience that won't break the bank.
Grab a spot in the restaurant's backyard and take advantage of its $7 Rolling Rock pitcher special while you watch one of their two new outdoor televisions, which were installed just in time for the World Cup.
The yard stays open well into the night, and in the summer plays host to a series of outdoor barbecue parties co-sponsored by local party promoters and DJs Sound Liberation Front.
Doris, 1088 Fulton St., 347-240-3350
Opened last year by husband and wife team Jason Andrews and Jessica Warner, Doris features DJs three to four nights a week.
Inside, the bar gets packed from wall-to-wall with people listening to an eclectic mix on any given night — no CDs or laptops allowed.
With plenty of tables, benches, plants, shade and lights strung from end to end, Doris' backyard is a respite from the sometimes hectic scene inside. There's even a separate outdoor entrance to the basement bathrooms, so there's no need to wade through crowds by the bar.
During the day, bask in the sun and enjoy the bar's long happy hour: $5 drafts and $2 off all cocktails, from 1 to 8 p.m. on weekends and 5 to 8 p.m. on weekdays.
Marcus Vineyard, 417 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, 347-770-9798
If you like to party while the sun's still out, this place is for you.
Marcus Vineyard offers up occasional "Day Parties," on the weekends, featuring regular DJs and a Sunday brunch that includes $15 unlimited mimosas from 1 to 4 p.m.
The bar also features afterwork parties on Wednesday and Thursday nights featuring live DJs, live music once a month and a happy hour every day from 5 to 8 p.m.
One Last Shag, 348 Franklin Ave., 718-398-2472
Formerly known as Sweet Revenge, One Last Shag had to undergo a name change in 2011 because of a trademark infringement suit by the West Village cupcake shop by the same name.
Though the name may have changed, the vibe is the same. DJs and dance parties still rule the day, drawing a young crowd clutching cheap beer in custom-made pink coozies.
The bar also features regular LGBT-friendly events, including Sassy, a riot grrl and "queer punk" party, and a new monthly party called "How Pretty Can You Get?"
Outside, you can relax amidst the mid-century modern decor, featuring a vintage 7UP machine, plants and picnic tables, lit at night by Christmas lights.
Project Parlor, 742 Myrtle Ave., 347-497-0550
This Myrtle Avenue favorite, about to enter its fifth year, is another well-known destination for Bed-Stuy's younger crowd, thanks to its dance parties and two-for-one draft happy hour.
But Project Parlor also boasts a large backyard with a canopy, plenty of seating and two barbecues where local chefs often stop by to cook up food for lucky patrons.
The happy hour includes $1 off all liquor, and the bar also boasts a full cocktail menu along with affordable seasonal specials like the summer peach tea rum punch for $5.
One of Project Parlor's biggest draws is its DJ nights, and last year started throwing an indoor-outdoor silent disco — bar patrons wear wireless headphones while two DJs spin music directly to their ears.
Tip-Top Bar & Grill, 432 Franklin Ave.
Owner Junior Alston opened this bar as a club about three decades ago before closing its doors and reopening as a bar 18 years ago.
In that time, Tip-Top has seen the neighborhood around it change. But this neighborhood stalwart has remained, picking up new customers as new people moved in. On any given day, you're as likely to chat up a 30-year resident of Bed-Stuy as you are a 30-year-old neighborhood newcomer.
While most patrons belly up to the bar for cheap drinks — almost nothing at Tip-Top is more than $5 — the bar's makeshift backyard serves as a quiet summer getaway, with a canopied roof providing most of the yard with shade and shelter from the rain.
"They get back there, they don't want to leave," Alston said of his customers.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are happy hour, where the already-cheap drinks are $1 off from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday is "Happy Snacky Hour," with free snacks at the bar.