Think you can’t go out for drinks with kids? Think again! NYC’s beer gardens have it all: good food and plenty of space for the kids, their strollers, and great beer for the…older kids. Most of the city’s outdoor kid-friendly beer gardens open for the season in May, so read up head out to enjoy a good family outing, some excellent BBQ and wonderful fresh air. We’ve rounded up some of the best spots around the city that welcome kids. Check them out below!

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

This beer garden has plenty of history. It was founded in 1910 to provide a space for Czech immigrants and it's stayed true to its roots with various special events and authentic food. Visitors rave about the potato pierogies and smazak (fried Muenster cheese). There are plenty of beer and wine options for the adults, while kids and adults alike will get a chance to sample good food in a great atmosphere.

Unlike many other beer gardens, this one stays open year-round, though the outdoor space can get very empty in the colder months. Kids are allowed until 9, and the enormous space provides plenty of wiggle room, but keep in mind that kids must be closely supervised.

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

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Berry Park

Berry Park is a beer garden for adults, soccer playground for kids. Really! Every Sunday in the summer from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., kids can play for free in the garden's large indoor soccer field. Padded walls and turf ensure that no little one will get hurt, while parents can sit and enjoy a good drink while they watch the little ones use up all that energy in a productive way. And if the kids get hooked, the space holds soccer classes (drop-in or register for eight or 10 classes) — and if your kids are older than four, you can enjoy some brunch at Berry Park while they play.

If you just want to sit and enjoy, the space has two floors with bars and a rooftop bar with views of the Manhattan skyline. It's also a great place to come and watch sports, as the main floor has a cozy fireplace and three large screens.

Berry Park
4 Berry St.
Williamsburg
Online: berryparkbk.com

Zum Schneider

This Bavarian Biergarten is as authentic as they come. It was created from scratch by the owner, down to the hand-picked trees and 100-year-old Beerhall chairs imported from Munich. The down-home charm extends to the waitstaff (who all speak German) and the food, which is based on family recipes passed down through generations. Devour German dishes like Schupfnudeln im Sauerkraut, which are perfectly hand-rolled, pan fried potato dumplings tossed in sauerkraut and seasonal specials like Spanferkel — suckling pig on a spit. Trust us, these dishes are as delicious as they are fun to say!

There's always something happening here, so come for festivities like Oktoberfest or just to listen to the house band, Moesl-Franzi and the JaJaJas, and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. While other beer gardens are primarily for adults, Zum Schneider is truly a space for the whole family. There is no curfew for children and you can even ask for some chalk for the kids to draw on the floor.

Zum Schneider
107 Avenue C
East Village
Online: zumschneider.com

The Brooklyn Barge

This place is more than just a beer garden — it's a floating community. During its open season between May and October, the Barge regularly hosts educational activities where visitors can learn about the environment and the waterfront. Occasionally, visiting ships provide additional education, events and more.

The food consists of the usual suspects: hamburgers, nachos, some grilled options, and plenty of other pub-like options. There are no reservations so be prepared for a potential wait! The great view is worth it.

The Brooklyn Barge welcomes the whole family — even your furry children! Children of all ages and leashed dogs can come enjoy the Barge any day of the week until 7 p.m. After 7, the space turns into a 21-and-over affair, so schedule your outing accordingly.

3 Milton St.
Greenpoint
929-337-7212
Online: thebrooklynbarge.com

Bierocracy

Bierocracy is an indoor beer garden whose mission is to "raise the standard for beer halls in New York and elsewhere in the world." It's a pretty lofty goal, but they are trying to accomplish it through a huge selection of local and imported beer options, great European-inspired meals and even a regularly published magazine that you can access from their website.

Despite all this, the one food item everyone raves about is the pretzel, so be sure to give it a try.

Bierocracy
12-23 Jackson Ave. at 47 Rd.
Long Island City
Online: bierocracy.com

Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten

As soon as you're greeted by the odd but charming horse (donkey?) statue here, you know you're in a good place. This hidden gem of a beer garden takes the "garden" part of the description very seriously. Enjoy a beer and some great German and American cuisine in a "lush paradise." Trees, flowers, and even a waterfall make this a quiet spot to get away and relax for a bit. And don't worry if the weather isn't on your side: you can always sit in the glass-enclosed winter garden and watch the great outdoors, instead.

This beer garden closes in October and reopens in May and kids are welcome until 7. This is a great choice if you want to come out in a group, as the space can seat 500 people. Just make sure to call ahead and make a reservation!

Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten
263 Prospect Ave.
Park Slope
Online: brooklynbavarianbiergarten.com

Greenwood Park

This spacious outdoor and indoor spot used to be a gas station and mechanic shop, but is now home to a restaurant, bar, beer garden and 3 bocce ball courts. Start a friendly competition with the kids or chow down on seasonal menu items with vegetarian and vegan options and sample from a whopping 60 beers on tap.

Be advised that after 7 p.m., the space is strictly 21 and over. Although it's open in the fall and winter, it operates on different hours, so be sure to check the website for the correct times.

Greenwood Park
555 7th Ave.
Windsor Terrace
Online: greenwoodparkbk.com

Pig Beach

Pig Beach, formerly known as Swan Dive, is a BBQ lover's paradise located on the banks of the Gowanus Canal.. Here, you can find meats prepared using styles and seasonings from all over the world, including Italian, French, Middle Eastern, Asian, down-home American and more — all grilled by award-winning grill-masters over a wood fire using local and sustainable meat sources. Considering all this, the prices are reasonable and there are often specials happening.

The space is pet- and kid-friendly so stop by with the whole family!

Pig Beach
480 Union St.
Gowanus
Online: pigbeachnyc.com

Radegast Hall and Biergarten

If you're in the mood for live music and a good beer, come to Radegast Hall on the weekend! Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday feature different bands — usually of the toe-tapping brass band variety — so take a peek at their calendar to see who's up next. It's a festive good time and usually packed with kids during these live band events, so you're sure to find good company. Visit for brunch to enjoy some organic eggs or other breakfasty fare like shakshuka or vegetable latkes.

Note that strollers are allowed every day except Saturdays after 2 p.m. (though you may be asked to fold your stroller if it is blocking the space). Kids are welcome until nightfall, after which the space becomes 21 and over only.

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

Harlem Tavern

The Harlem Tavern is a perfect stop during a full-day excursion, since it's only a few minutes' walk from Central Park. They regularly host "jazz brunches," which feature live performances by some of the neighborhood's best musicians. You can find a great selection of beer, wine and cocktails here, and the little ones can order from the kids menu. More than a dozen HD screens also make this a great place to watch sports with the family.

This space is pretty popular (in part thanks to its proximity to the park) so be aware that tables fill up quickly!

Harlem Tavern
2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Harlem
Online: harlemtavern.com

Mission Dolores

Don't let the exterior fool you: This industrial looking little spot is a great place to sit down and relax. Mission Dolores doesn't have a kitchen, but it does have something other beer gardens don't have: pinball machines! Unlike most spaces, you're also allowed to bring in outside food (but not drink). So grab a pizza nearby and enjoy it in the small outdoor seating along with a choice of 20 beers on tap.  

Although kids are allowed until 6 p.m. and strollers are allowed (as long as they don't take up too much space) Mission Dolores states explicitly on their website that this is a bar for adults and that visitors are expected to respect that. That means no exploring little tikes and no yelling or running — in other words, this might be a better spot for the older kids or well-behaved little tykes. Dogs are also welcome in the outdoor space.

Mission Dolores
249 4th Ave
Park Slope
Online: missiondolores.com

Gowanus Yacht Club

The Gowanus Yacht Club is pretentious only in name — in fact, it's a friendly and affordable little beer garden. It's located across the street from Carroll Park, so it's the perfect spot to grab some drinks and a simple lunch like hot dogs and other pub fare. The low prices are another reason to stop by: a burger will set you back a mere $5 and you order two cans for $5. In fact, pretty much everything on the menu is $5 or less, so enjoy!

This is a fairly small space, so leave the strollers at home for this one.

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

Loreley Beer Garden

Loreley is, by its own account, the "largest heated outdoor beer garden" the LES, so you can bet it's open year-round! The communal tables and excellent selection of imported beer and other drinks make it a great spot to bring the family. The menu selection is vast and includes everything from slider and nachos to soups, house special salads and the infamous "sausage party," which is a sampler platter of a five to seven sausages served with beer-marinated sauerkraut. 

The space tends to fill up with younger beer-drinker later on so come for brunch or during non-happy-hour times with the kiddos.

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

—Yuliya  Geikhman

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feature photo: Zum Schneider