Slideshow: Where to Drink Beer Outdoors in Queens, NY

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
NYC’s oldest beer garden, Bohemian Hall has been a fixture in Queens’ Czech and Slovak community for over 100 years. There are a handful of American craft beers on tap, but the focus here is on central European lagers and rib-sticking traditional food. It’s old school in all the right ways. There’s a massive outdoor space filled with tents, tables and stage, and plenty of room to spread out. It gets crowded on the weekends, and expect that to amplify with Oktoberfest around the corner. Your best bet is a stein of some of the freshest Pilsner Urquell we’ve found in the city.

Bohemian Beer Hall & Garden: 29-19 24th Avenue, Queens, NY 11105 (map) 718-274-4925;

Alewife NYC
Alewife NYC
Sweet Afton
Sweet Afton
The reclaimed and repurposed industrial aesthetic inside Sweet Afton spills over into the patio out back. There isn't a ton of seating, but we found it to be a quiet and pleasant spot for afternoon beers. There's a dozen offerings on tap and as many bottles, supported by a menu of pub fare that promotes local ingredients.

Sweet Afton: 30-09 34th Street, Queens, NY 11103 (map) 718-777-2570; sweetaftonbar.com

Studio Square
Studio Square
Studio Square has all the amenities of your local watering hole—baseball on the TV, White Stripes on the radio, even pitchers of beer—with one big difference: a massive beer garden. The 30,000-square foot. space is a fresh breath amidst the concrete-laden streets of Queens.

Everything at Studio Square is aimed toward drinking and socializing, not sipping and contemplating. The tap list is split between German staples (Hofbrau, Spaten, etc.) and some of the better mass-produced American beers (think Sam Adams and Blue Moon). We were excited to see local favorite Captain Lawrence on tap and gladly grabbed a Kölsch to break the 90º heat. We're told it gets crazy in here on nights and weekends but we found it jovial and relaxing on our afternoon visit. —Chris Lehault

Studio Square: 35-33 36th Street, Queens, NY 11106 (map) 718-383-1001; studiosquarenyc.com

Astoria Brewhouse
Astoria Brewhouse
Astoria Brewhouse is exactly what I wish I had in a neighborhood pub. With over twenty beers on tap ranging from Founders Dirty Bastard to PBR, there is something for everyone and even the most discerning drinker will find resolve in the few stray Belgian beers in bottle. The music, like the beer, is a bit of everything ranging from Elvis Presley to Rage Against the Machine.

The small, outdoor patio at Astoria Brewhouse is open year round thanks to a retractable roof and built in fireplace. This is one space you can enjoy well into the late fall. —Chris Lehault

Astoria Brewhouse: 28-50 31st Street, Queens, NY 11102 (map) 718-728-0050; astoriabrewhouse.com