- 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.
Best Outdoor Bar
From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).