It’s a potent cocktail, so to speak: NYC’s ever-expanding radius of livable/affordable neighborhoods, mixed with steamy summer temps and its residents’ hearty appetite for beer and good times. Blend it all together and you get lots of new places to chill this season. We’ve rounded up our picks from the many recently-opened spots in the city, many of which are located in formerly-industrial ‘hoods — which means there’s space for you, the stroller, and the kids to hang without disturbing fellow patrons too much. Click through to find your refresher!

For Serious Beer and A/C: Bierocracy

Beer snobs, rejoice! Yes, Long Island City's Bierocracy is an indoor beer hall, but a. on a sweltering day, that might not be such a bad thing and b. they take beer very seriously here (in a good way). The Queens spot opened with a stated goal of "rais[ing] the standard for beer halls in New York and elsewhere in the world by offering a unique place to drink, eat and meet in an 'old world' communal beer hall atmosphere, that is welcoming to everyone." In addition to a diverse and eclectic selection of beer on tap and in bottles, you can get cocktails and wine here, and a full menu of traditional Central European pub food and lighter fare is served as well. Also: people love the pretzels.

12-23 Jackson Ave. at 47 Rd.
Long Island City

photo via: Bierocracy Facebook page