Great Big Bars in the Great Outdoors

We really are spoiled for choice in Brooklyn with an endless offering of outdoor expanses, where you can embrace daytime drinking and make the most of the summer sunshine before it is gone all too soon. While it pains us to choose, here are a few of our favorite BIG outdoor bars and beer gardens!

Nowadays-TodSeelie-4Nowadays (Ridgewood) via The Gothamist
This outdoor oasis opened up about a month ago and is the ultimate summertime paradise. With picnic tables, grassy hills, and an abundance of trees and fresh air, you’ll feel worlds away from the sprawling city metropolis. It’s just like a giant, suburban backyard where kids can run free, dogs are welcome (on a leash) and there’s ping-pong, checkers and amazing food. Sold.
56-06 Cooper Avenue near Wyckoff.

crownvic1Crown Victoria (Williamsburg) via BKMAG
There’s no denying that Williamsburg is hot property, so when you find a bar this big and this cool, you almost want to keep it to yourself! We can probably stand to tell a few people though and still get a seat, seeing as Crown Victoria has a 1,000 square foot patio AND a 9,000 square foot backyard. With 24 craft beers on tap (one for each hour? Jks!) and fun events throughout summer like flea markets, movie nights and pig roasts, this spot is the perfect setting for soaking up drinks in the sunshine.
60 S 2nd St.

tbdt.b.d. (Greenpoint) via Brokelyn
Not too big, not too small, t.b.d.’s beer garden is just right. The only thing to be decided is what to drink. Happy hour is weekdays from 4-7pm and $4 will get you a pint of any of their 12 draft beers, or a mixed drink with house liquor. Inside there are cozy couches to recline on in the cool air and big TV screens, but the great outdoors is where it’s happening!
24 Franklin St. greenwood park

Greenwood Park (South Slope) via Thrillist
Beer, bocce, BBQ wings, burgers and bratwurst? Sign us up! Created out of an old gas station and mechanic shop, Greenwood Park has a delicious menu, 60 beers on tap and happy hour noon-7pm on weekdays. This huge 13,000 square foot space is a rustic urban oasis with 3 bocce courts and kids are welcome before 7pm.
555 7th Ave.

Seriously Funny Brooklyn Comedy Clubs

We can all find Brooklyn a bit funny sometimes. All the kale, keffir and kombucha, artisanal beard oils, almond milk and mayonnaise… However if you’re looking to laugh in someone’s face without being offensive, here are our picks for the best comedy clubs in Brooklyn!

annoyance theaterAnnoyance Theatre (Williamsburg)
This legendary Chicago improv and sketch theater has fostered comedic talent like Jane Lynch, Andy Richter, Matt Walsh and Vanessa Bayer, so when they opened a theater and bar in a basement on Bedford Avenue, we almost wet ourselves out of excitement! Shows range from improv, musicals, plays and sketch-comedy from Thursday through Sunday in an “uncensored environment” – you have been warned.

knitting factoryThe Knitting Factory (Williamsburg)
Although it would be funny, or maybe just disturbing, you won’t find a dark room full of grandmas here surrounded by yarn. What you will find is a popular comedy show every Sunday night, hosted by Will Miles, Clark Jones and Kenny DeForest. The show, originally created by Hannibal Buress (Broad City’s Lincoln) features special guests each week. This is comedy at its finest and funniest, with past performers including Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Louis CK and Aziz Ansari.

night trainLittlefield (Gowanus)
They say laughter is the best medicine, and if that means we get to go to Littlefield then we want to be sick all the time. Littlefield really does do it’s best to look after everyone. The 1920s textile warehouse has been transformed into a clean, green, eco-friendly venue, running on wind power and full of recycled materials. Monday nights are home to Wyatt Cenac’s comedy show Night Train. All the best local and international stand up comedians perform here and are guaranteed to make you giggle. Just the other week John Oliver dropped by!

Freddy’s Bar (South Slope)freddy's
Having once been called a “perfect bar” by The New York Times, it’s a pretty safe bet you’re going to have a good time here. Monday night is open mic night and ESonA, Brooklyn’s longest running comedy stand up. It’s completely free so it’s a great first Tinder date spot, and if the date is so bad that you want to cry, then at least you’ll have the tater tots, the $3 PBRs, and the comedy, which might make you laugh until you really do cry!