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 a Pop-Up Beach With Real Sand: La Playa NYC

Ok, not everybody's jazzed about NYC's newest urban beach (some of its neighbors are hoping to put the kibosh on it), but we have to admit it does sound kind of fun. The Rockaway Brewing Company is scheduled to open La Playa NYC, a pop-up urban beach at the border of Ridgewood, Queens and Bushwick in Brooklyn the first weekend in June. The plan is to cart in 140 cubic yards of Long Island Sand to a vacant lot, and outfit the place with all the trappings of the shore: lounge chairs, umbrellas, grilling stations, and even kiddie pools. And you know: beer.

La Playa NYC
176 Woodward Ave.
Ridgewood, Queens

photo: via Rockaway Brewing Facebook page