With the warm weather here and all, we've spent a good amount of time recently singing the praises of outdoor dining, outdoor drinking, daytime outdoor drinking and dining, essentially any activity you couldn't have comfortably engaged in, say, 2 months ago. We're suckers for seasonal novelty.
And you know what's even better than drinking with your friends outside? Drinking with your friends outside on a roof, gazing out at the Manhattan skyline, down at the plebeians on the sidewalk, you get the idea. As such, we've put together a list of the very best rooftop drinking options Brooklyn has to offer this summer, in the hopes that you'll never have to settle for street-level bar again. At least, not until September.
Newly redesigned and re-opening for the season tomorrow night, King & Grove's rooftop set-up gets many extra points for being located just a short elevator ride from their hugely popular (and Times style section chronicled) pool, if you really want to make a day of it. If not, we'd say Johnny Swet's cocktail menu, which includes drinks like the Tequila-lavender-and-St. Germaine-based Beehive, is more than enough motivation.
160 N. 12th St., Williamsburg
Granted, this place is a staple year-round, but in the warmer months, the spacious rooftop area is a perfect change of pace from the cozy, dimly-lit vibe downstairs. It's also the perfect environment for light, seasonal cocktails like their Orange Blossom Rum Lemonade (and a daily frozen lime margarita happy hour). They even have a stand-alone bar up there, should you happen to be especially averse to things like stairs, or brief exposure to the indoors.
667 Lorimer St., Williamsburg
Though their cocktail list is definitely unimpeachable, this place is first and foremost a haven for beer nerds, with extensive options on tap, rotating seasonal specials, and maybe most importantly, soaking-it-all-up snacks like fried pickles, bratwurst, and fries with scallion and bacon. The perfect place to camp out for many, many hours.
4 Berry St., Williamsburg
Maybe the most laid back of all the options, the Rock Shop is foolproof for pretty much any reason or time of day you could think of for going to a bar: burgers, beers, live music, sports, solid happy hour specials... the list could go on and on.
249 4th Ave., Gowanus
The other Williamsburg rooftop hotel bar heavily chronicled by the Times style section, the Ides opened up last year as an extension of the Wythe's in-house restaurant, Reynard (both are run by Andrew Tarlow), and has been a runaway success ever since. Aside from the spectacular view overlooking the East River, this one has the added bonus of an indoor and outdoor area, meaning you don't have to automatically decamp to lower floors if the wind picks up for a few minutes.
80 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg
Now, the roof at Alma isn't technically just a bar—their official bar is downstairs, and the area up top is mainly for dining—but then, who actually drinks margaritas outdoors without automatically springing for guacamole, too? No one we'd want as a day-drinking partner.
187 Columbia St., Columbia Street Waterfront District
With relatively early closing times (11pm on weeknights and midnights on Fridays and Saturdays) and a pretty excellent menu of classic French bistro fare, this place works best as a daytime (or early evening) respite from the insanity of Bedford. And of course, a place to drink white wine in the sun. Which is all we'll be doing for the rest of the summer.
135 N. 5th St., Williamsburg
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