555 7th Avenue
(Between 19th and 20th)
What it is: Greenwood Park brings the long-awaited beer garden to South Brooklyn, complete with an bocce courts and heat lamps for outdoor drinking well beyond those summer ni-ights. Boasting a food menu, seasonal bocce league, and weekly specials, Greenwood Park is an easy sell to get your non-neighborhood friends to come drink by you for once.
Why we love it: What’s not to love? Whether it’s the occasional free pig roast they throw during the summer, a $12 pitcher and 50-cent wing special during NFL games, March Madness and the World Cup or the locally sourced beer, Greenwood Park is finally a rebuttal to Astoria’s beer garden claims, and they actually have more fun things going on. The outdoor bocce courts stay true to South Brooklyn’s stake in lawn ball sports, while the scene ranges as far as Sunset Park and Bay Ridge locals.
Who to bring: Grab those friends of yours who keep talking about how quiet and boring your neighborhood is, to shut them up. This is a bustling place for multiple pitchers and making new friends all over the borough. Be sure to check in periodically, as Greenwood Park constantly throws parties for everything from the Kentucky Derby to Oktoberfest.
What to order: Check out the German Wurst platter with Spaetzle, sauerkraut and mustard for the authentic biergarten experience, and wash it down with any of the 24 craft, local, domestic and imported beers on tap.
Fun fact: Greenwood Park is named after its well-known neighbor, Greenwood Cemetery, home of some of NYC’s most famous dead residents including Boss Tweed and Basquiat. Makes for some spooky outdoor drinking!—Eric Silver
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The only thing wrong with this place? Cash only. Anyone that can set up a 2000 sq foot biergarten can afford the fees that come with credit card use. I get that some people like shadow economies and dodging taxes (and it may be better for the staff), but when I have to pay a $5 atm fee to merely buy beer, I’m not enthusiastic about coming back.