As warm weather and sunshine envelope Queens, locals may find themselves looking for a place to soak up the sun while sipping on a cocktail or brew.
Luckily, there are more than a few places to celebrate the heat of the summer all across the borough.
One Station Plaza, 213-10 41st Ave., Bayside
A circular bar and outdoor seating await you at this laid-back eatery, which features a rotation of brews, wine and cocktails and a gastropub menu with a Hudson Valley feel. And good news: the beer garden is operational 12 months of the year. The outdoor bar features a large illuminated umbrella and can be enclosed in the colder months.
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Jägerhaus Gastropub & Biergarten, 15-16 149th St., Whitestone
This restaurant offers patrons a taste of Germany and Austria right in northeast Queens. Sip on a pint or two in the eatery’s traditional Bavarian biergarten, which features long picnic tables that allow you and your group to have plenty of space to settle in, while enjoying traditional dishes like schnitzel, kielbasa and Bavarian pretzels.
Cobblestones Pub, 117-18 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills
This eatery’s mural-covered patio, dubbed the “Forest Hills Biergarten,” is the neighborhood’s newest outdoor dining addition. Cozy up at the bar or at a picnic table and choose from a rotating selection of drafts, wine and cocktails and German and American fare.
Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Ave., Ridgewood
Situated on the Brooklyn-Queens border, this huge seasonal outdoor beer garden is owned by Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin, the DJ duo behind the popular local dance parties known as Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday. The spacious grassy haven features local brews and a full schedule of events, including outdoor film screenings, live music and dance parties. The party also continues year-round at the spot’s indoor space.
Jack’s Fire Department, 39-46 Skillman Ave., Sunnyside
Kick back and enjoy a classic bar food menu at this cozy outdoor space. Here, char-grilled wings, loaded fries and Brussels sprout chips can be washed down with beer and flame-inspired cocktails, like the rum-based “Sunnyside Burn.” Those with enough liquid courage may even be tempted to try the eatery’s Jacked Up Grilled Cheese Challenge, where adventurous eaters who can finish a ghost pepper sandwich with 5-alarm hot sauce are rewarded with a T-shirt and bragging rights.
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Il Falco, 21-50 44th Dr., Long Island City
The patio at this western Queens eatery will have you feeling like you’ve stepped onto a veranda in the Italian countryside. Enjoy classic Italian food while enjoying a glass of vino from a diverse wine list or a cool cocktail at this formal spot.
The Bonnie, 29-12 23rd Ave., Astoria
Greenery, romantic lighting and spacious picnic tables welcome you at this American-style eatery’s outdoor patio. Pick a drink from the spot’s extensive menu of beer, wine and house cocktails, which feature attention-grabbing names like “We Were Voyagers,” “Pursuit of Happiness” and “Thanks, Pal.”