Beer Halls and Beer Gardens of NYC

Beer Halls and Beer Gardens of NYC

OK, so you are a beer lover and want to visit some of New York City’s best beer halls: or would you rather visit a beer garden? What, really is the difference? Beer halls are large indoor venues that specialize in serving beer and often have open, communal seating at long, benched tables. Beer gardens are fenced-in outdoor spaces where of-age patrons can enjoy their brews with a side of fresh air.

Both types of establishments originated in Munich, Germany, but they certainly have found homes in NYC. In fact, one of the first beer gardens in the United States was (supposedly) Castle Clinton, which opened in 1824 and in Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan. NYC beer gardens are a great way to spend a warm (or warm-ish) afternoon and evening, with lots to drink and eat. And beer halls are equally jovial, as liters upon liters of beer are enjoyed each day all around town.

In addition to the three places below, here’s a link to several other spots around town to get your drink on.

Imagine these tables filled with friends, food and lots of beer. (Courtesy Beirhaus NYC)

Manhattan - Midtown

Bierhaus NYC: Authentic German cuisine (pretzels, a variety of wursts and schnitzels, potato salad and more) and Hofbräu beers (Premium Lager, Hefe Weizen, Dunkel and Dunkel Weizen) imported from Munich make this beer hall a year-round Oktoberfest. Seasonal brews have limited availability depending on when you visit, but flavorful lagers and wheat beers are always on tap and ready for imbibing.

Queens - Astoria

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden: One of NYC's largest outdoor drinking venues, and the oldest beer garden in New York, this beer hall and garden offers two fully stocked bars serve beer by the mug or pitcher. Beer selection ranges from Blue Moon and Stella Artois to Hofbräu Summer Ale and Schofferhofer (a grapefruit beer from Germany). Grilled burgers, chicken, portobello mushrooms and bratwursts round out a menu that highlights traditional Czech dishes like beef goulash and roast pork with sauerkraut and Czech-style dumplings

Brooklyn - Greenpoint

Spritzenhaus 33: In addition to two dozen draft beers (including Ithica Flower Power, Ayinger Celebrator and Anchor Steam Beer), this beer hall offers a generous range of canned or bottled beers, haus cocktails, wines and whiskeys to wet absolutely anyone's whistle. For food, enjoy gourmet sausages (choose from pork, beef, chicken, duck, rabbit, vegan and more) topped with tasty offerings like chorizo chili or jalapeño-jicama coleslaw. Soft pretzels or belgian fries with choice of dipping sauces make great snacks while you and your friends make your way through the beverage menu.


Reichenbach Hall is way better than the Irish owned Bierhaus NYC. And you don't have to climb the stairs!

Best German experience in the city! The food and bier is always delicious and authentic. The single flight of stairs is totally worth the view and outdoor seating on their huge balcony! My friends and I can't wait to try their new 100oz mimosa towers for brunch.

I've been to a bunch of German restaurants in NYC and Bierhaus NYC is by far the best. I would have to say their food is the most authentic and reminds me of home cooked meals back in Germany. Blows Reichenbach Hall and Bohemian Hall out of the water. (Cant speak on Spriztenahaus though, haven't been there)

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