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MAP: The Best Places to Drink Outdoors in Bed-Stuy

By Camille Bautista | June 25, 2015 7:34am | Updated on June 26, 2015 5:07pm
 Known more for its experimental food, Do or Dine also features a backyard and affordable happy hour.
Known more for its experimental food, Do or Dine also features a backyard and affordable happy hour.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Bed-Stuy is bringing the heat this summer with a plethora of spots to kick back with a cold one.

Whether you’re looking for a backyard beer garden, weekend barbecue parties, or a family-friendly restaurant, there are plenty of local outdoor watering holes to try out.

Check out DNAinfo’s map and roundup of outdoor drinking spots in Bed-Stuy. Did we miss your favorite bar? Let us know in the comments and Neighborhood Square.

► Beast of Bourbon, 710 Myrtle Ave.

Choose one of over 40 rotating drafts on tap at Beast of Bourbon’s massive indoor space, then head out to the open air to get a little reprieve from the crowds.

Chow down on some barbecue pulled pork and “Hillbilly Nachos” while relaxing at the backyard picnic tables, or take advantage of their two-for-one happy hours Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

► Bed-Vyne Brew, 370 Tompkins Ave.

Craft beer lovers may find their match at this Bed-Stuy bar.

Bed-Vyne Brew offers a front deck that’s perfect for people-watching. You can kick back on the benches and tree stumps that line the Putnam Avenue exterior, or sip one of their 16 ciders while on the patio along Tompkins Avenue.

► Bed-Vyne Cocktail, 305 Halsey St.

If you’re looking for a different kind of party, head down to Bed-Vyne Cocktail, the latest addition to the Bed-Vyne Wine and Brew brand.

The cocktail lounge features Asian-inspired décor and “specialized” craft mixers with house-made juices and syrups. The backyard space has ample seating and a rotating lineup of chefs grilling and cooking outdoors. Check out Taco Tuesdays and Togolese-inspired soul food every Friday.

Brooklyn Beso

The new mural at Brooklyn Beso's backyard space. Photo credit: Facebook/Brooklyn Beso

► Brooklyn Beso, 370 Lewis Ave.

Sip some bottomless mimosas for brunch at this tapas bar and restaurant.

Brooklyn Beso’s garden space will transport you to a tropical destination, featuring a colorful mural, lounge chairs, and extra seating. The backyard also transforms into a dance floor with live DJs spinning tunes.

► Brooklyn Stoops, 748 Myrtle Ave.

There’s plenty of room at Brooklyn Stoops, where you can choose from bar-style seating, sit-down tables or wooden bleachers.

The outdoor deck and grill is perfect for summer afternoons, and a roof provides some shelter from the heat or rain. Sports fans can also catch up on the game on the outdoor TV. Happy hour runs until 9 p.m. and they offer $1 dollar tacos, $3 Coronas and $4 margaritas all night every Tuesday.

Brooklyn Tap House

Brooklyn Tap House is a sports bar that boasts an outdoor space with games and televisions. Photo credit: DNAinfo/Paul DeBenedetto

Brooklyn Tap House, 590 Myrtle Ave.

Play foosball or cornhole at this Myrtle Avenue sports bar or camp out by the fire pit with some $3 beers.

Tap House is sure to be packed on game night, but there are more than enough indoor and outdoor televisions to watch from. Summer also brings cookouts in the yard, with live DJs, cocktails, and wing specials.

► Chilo’s, 323 Franklin Ave.

This Mexican bar and backyard food truck offers tacos starting at $2.50, which you can pair with a selection of beers and frozen drinks.

Try the Oaxaca Flaca Flame — a slushie with watermelon juice, mezcal, lime juice, and ancho simple syrup — and enjoy tortas or carnitas, chorizo, chicken, and fish tacos under the umbrella-covered picnic tables. Don’t forget to check out the colorful murals decorating the interior and exterior walls.

► Do or Dine, 1108 Bedford Ave.

Do or Dine may be known for its eclectic cuisine, but the backyard experience is a whole other animal.

It’s not summertime in Bed-Stuy without the outdoor barbecue parties, which are co-hosted by local party promoters and DJs Sound Liberation Front. Check out the graffiti along the walls and enjoy the sun while downing Spherical Backs, Do or Dine’s unique take on the pickleback shot.

► Doris, 1088 Fulton St.

Take a break from Doris’ bustling indoor scene and relax at the tables and benches out back.

There’s lots of lush plant life and shade, and you can avoid the crowds with the separate outdoor entrance to the basement bathrooms. The cash-only bar offers grilled cheese and drafts starting at $5.


The Lab, a 3,000-square-foot backyard beer garden at Khemistry Bar on Malcolm X Boulevard. Photo credit: DNAinfo/Camille Bautista

► The Lab at Khemistry Bar, 216 Malcolm X Blvd.

The new gastropub on Malcolm X Boulevard debuted its 3,000 square-foot backyard beer garden this spring, complete with a separate bar offering frozen cocktails, 10 craft brews, sliders, and Mazie’s Bites fish tacos.

The Lab is family-friendly, with free arts and crafts for kids on the weekends, and planned movie screenings and supper clubs.

► One Last Shag, 348 Franklin Ave.

Grab an afternoon drink at One Last Shag and stay through the night for the bar’s regular LGBT-friendly parties.

If you’re looking for frozen margaritas, you can have them 10 different ways at this Franklin Avenue spot. The yard’s decorated with Christmas lights and a vintage 7UP machine, with ample space for a low-key get-together or a crazy dance marathon.


There's plenty of seating in the backyard of Bed-Stuy's Project Parlor. Photo credit: DNAinfo/Paul DeBenedetto

► Project Parlor, 742 Myrtle Ave.

Project Parlor’s huge, outdoor space is lined with picnic tables, ideal for BBQ cook-offs and day drinking.

The Myrtle Avenue favorite hosts chef showdowns and silent dance parties where DJs bring jams to your wireless headphones. Soak up the sun or hang out under the canopy during the two-for-one draft happy hour.

► Sud Vino & Cucina, 1102 Bedford Ave.

Try wood-fired personal pies like bacon, egg and cheese or lox pizzas and enjoy $3 beers, $4 sangrias, and $6 mimosas during weekend brunch at this Bedford Avenue eatery. Patrons can imagine that they're in Southern Italy while chilling out with a glass of wine in the garden area.

► Tip-Top Bar & Grill, 432 Franklin Ave.

Newcomers and longtime residents alike gather at this neighborhood dive bar, where you’ll find a great collection of tunes on the jukebox.

This Bed-Stuy staple has been in the neighborhood for more than 30 years, and a drink won’t cost you more than $5. The backyard patio offers a canopied roof with shade and shelter.

► Therapy Wine Bar, 364 Lewis Ave.

Channel your inner sommelier at Therapy Wine Bar and treat yourself to their small plates including cheese, sliders, and chicken and waffles.

Sip on cocktails while catching up with friends on the patio, or indulge in the weekday $5 happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can also throw back a couple of glasses during their monthly paint nights.