Stein of the Times: Beer Gardens Where Kids Are Welcome

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Looking for good food, great beer and plenty of space for your kids to roam free this season? New York City is brimming with beer gardens, taprooms and breweries with large, open spaces indoors and outdoors. Most welcome kids, many welcome pets and you can even enjoy a hearty or healthy meal with your beverage of choice. Each one has its own personality and vibe, so read on for the best kid-friendly beer gardens in NYC, and then get set to chill. For more places to eat with kids in NYC, try these spots for brunch, these places where your kids can run a little wild and our favorite places to dine outside with kids

Bronx Beer Gardens & Breweries

Bronx Brewery
The founders of the Bronx Brewery hope to foster a place of diversity, culture and inclusivity. Visit the Bronx location (there is also a small outpost in the East Village) for the brewery, taproom and large backyard space featuring vibrant murals. Enjoy a full menu of beer and homemade empanadas, from their food partner, Empanology, as well as vegan options. Children and leashed dogs are welcome.

Bronx Brewery
856 E. 136th St.
Bronx
(Brewery, Taproom and Backyard)

64 2nd Ave.
East Village, Manhattan
Online: thebronxbrewery.com

Brooklyn Beer Gardens & Breweries

Greenwood Park
Once an old gas station and mechanic shop, Greenwood Park is now a large and welcoming business with indoor and outdoor seating, a restaurant and three bocce ball courts. Choose from as many as two dozen beers on tap and enjoy a seasonal menu that includes vegetarian and vegan options. This is a popular spot for local families, and children are welcome until 7 p.m. 

Greenwood Park
555 7th Ave.
Windsor Terrace
718-499-7999
Online: greenwoodparkbk.com

Radegast Hall and Biergarten
Radegast Hall will give you that authentic, Old World Biergarten feel, with a big and open interior in dark wood; steins of Bavarian, German and European imports, and grub like sausages, pretzels and schnitzels. Hang out in the main hall or head to the open-air Biergarten with retractable panels. Visit on Tuesdays for a special beer tasting at the hall’s Bier Haus. Libe music is a big thing here. Check its website for upcoming events which attract kids and adults of all ages. Note: kids are welcome until nightfall, at which time the space becomes 21 and over only. No strollers are allowed on Saturdays after 2 p.m. but are OK otherwise.

Radegast Hall and Biergarten
113 N. 3rd St.
Williamsburg
Online: radegasthall.com

Spritzenhaus33
This place is huuuge. Located on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Spritzenhaus33 is especially great for big groups. While it’s technically “inside,” large, the space’s many industrial doors are flung open, letting breezes flow through. The food menu is mostly beer hall standards like bratwurst, Belgian fries and giant pretzels, but you can choose from a  lengthy list of tasty dipping sauces. In addition to a robust selection of beers (including gluten-free) Spritzenhaus33 serves wine and cocktails too.

Spritzenhaus33
33 Nassau Ave.
Greenpoint
Online: spritzenhaus33.business.site

Pig Beach BBQ
In the mood for the “Best BBQ in town?” Pig Beach’s original location along the Gowanus Canal is a large converted warehouse with an outdoor space and both kids and pets are welcome. It has earned all sorts of accolades for “best burger,” “best brisket tacos,” and “best wings” to name a few. Perhaps one of the reasons for success? Sustainably and locally sourced meats are cooked over a wood fire. For the kids who don’t like BBQ, there’s mac and cheese, fries and even Rice Krispie Treats. Beers and wines are from local makers, and you can get fancy cocktails here, too. You’ll find another Pig Beach in Long Island City, and a  Florida location is coming soon.

Pig Beach
480 Union St.
Gowanus, Brooklyn

35-37 36th St.
LIC, Queens
Online: pigpeachnyc.com

Gowanus Yacht Club Brooklyn
Don’t be fooled by the name. This petite, but welcoming  (and popular) spot serves beer, burgers, hot dogs and kielbasas for $5 or less. It’s a great local hangout blocks from the Gowanus canal. Kids and dogs are welcome, but it’s small so leave the strollers at home. Pro-tip: Bring cash.

Gowanus Yacht Club
323 Smith St.
Carroll Gardens
718-246-1321

Manhattan Beer Gardens & Breweries

Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten
With a garden decor that changes with the seasons, Loreley offers both indoor and outdoor seating, with an indoor beer hall, an outdoor beer garden and a patio. It proudly offers “the largest heated outdoor beer garden” on the Lower East Side, so you can visit year-round. Imported seasonal and craft beers on tap include their specialty, brewed in Brooklyn. For food, we recommend the schnitzel and eggs and the potato pancakes. Or try the “sausage party,” with different sausage varieties and beer-marinated sauerkraut.

Loreley Beer Garden
7 Rivington St.
Lower East Side
Online: loreleynyc.com

Harlem Tavern
Walking distance from Central Park and Morningside Park, Harlem Tavern can please a lot of people in a group. The outdoor Biergarten delivers with umbrellas and brews; the menu is extensive, with salads, soups, mac and cheese a dozen ways and entrees, and you can watch the game or have brunch here.  has a bar, restaurant and beer garden. Kids are welcome here, but it’s popular, so reservations are recommended. 

Harlem Tavern
2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Harlem
212-866-4500
Online: harlemtavern.com

The Standard Biergarten
The perfect place to stop off before or after visiting The High Line or the Whitney, The Standard Biergarten offers a street-level beer garden that serves up German eats. Order sausages, pretzels and beer, then play a game of ping-pong. If you swing by during Happy Hour, enjoy 25-cent wings and beer for $32! The restaurant opens at Noon from Friday through Sunday; it’s open Wednesday and Thursday starting at 2 p.m.

The Standard Biergarten
848 Washington at 13th St.
Meatpacking District
Online: standardhotels.com

Queens Beer Gardens & Breweries

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
An NYC summer institution, this landmark beer garden has been around since 1910. Established by Czech immigrants, the garden serves Czech and Slovak favorites like potato pierogies, sausages and “smazak,” fried Muenster cheese as well as lighter fare. The beer menu includes both Czech and craft beers. Children are welcome, but patrons under 21 must vacate by 9 p.m. The beer garden is open year-round and during the warmer months it hosts live music and special events.

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
2919 24th Ave.
Astoria, Queens
Online: bohemianhall.com

ICONYC Brewing
ICONYC began operating out of a small basement setup on Northern Boulevard. The popularity of its signature brew soon required a bigger space. It now has a permanent home in LIC— complete with a brewhouse, a taproom and an open-air beer garden near LIC’s 12th Street Pedestrian Plaza. In addition to an ever-changing menu of beers, they serve cider, wine and non-alcoholic options. Order up some tasty Mexican fare from the on-site Sobremesa, grab a bite at a nearby food truck or bring your own grub. And not only is this place kid-friendly, it’s also dog-friendly. Follow their instagram stories for daily  updates on what’s pouring. 

ICONYC Brewing
43-63 11th St.
Long Island City
Online: iconnycbrewing.com

Nowadays
Big, leafy, lots of umbrellas and little twinkling lights. What’s not to like? Opened by two resident DJs excited to bring music to the people of Ridgewood (and well beyond) Nowadays hosts ticketed dance parties in the evenings. But you can come on by for just food and drink starting at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Noon on Saturdays. Kids and dogs are welcome. If you have a big group, make a reservation, and skip Sundays because you have to pay to enter before 5 p.m. The eclectic menu offers salads, Japanese fare, veggie options, BBQ and more. For drinks, choose from 12 beers on tap along, margaritas, wine and many non-alcoholic options.

Nowadays
56-06 Cooper Ave.
Ridgewood
Online: nowadays.nyc

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