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Best of New York 2012 • Fun

Best Outdoor Bar

  • Crown Victoria

    60 S. 2nd St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; 917-719-6072

    It’s pretty hard to open a sprawling outdoor boozing establishment that isn’t fun, but Crown Victoria doesn’t rest on that fact—it’s not just a gravel lot with kegs. The bar’s 11,000 square feet of outside space (there’s an indoor section as well) is the most of any venue in the Burg, while its location is perfect for catching summer breezes off the water. For diversion there are Ping-Pong tables, badminton tables, and bocce courts, special soul and Britpop nights, and screenings of oddball movies (a ­documentary called Satan Since 2003, for example) on a giant screen.

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