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Best Outdoor Cocktails

2020 has been a year. At this point, those are all the words I have left to say about the last nine months. One thing that has been keeping me (semi) sane is the prevalence of outdoor and to-go drinks. Fortunately, there are plenty of options around campus to grab a drink with classmates to try and have some sense of normalcy. Due to new regulation, you are required to purchase a food item with alcohol but if this bar crawl turns into a food crawl, I’m not mad about it….all in the name of investigative journalism!

Dame Summer Club

Not sure if this is a new place or I’d just never seen it but this cute walk up bar sits on MacDougal between Bleecker and Houston. True to its name, Dame feels like a poolside bar with a short but creative cocktail list. I decided to go with the hatch chile margarita (can you tell I like spicy margaritas?), which I would highly recommend. Dame has created a name for itself with its fish and chips and drink menu, and I would definitely pay this place a visit before it becomes too cold for a “Summer Club.”


I have passed Roey’s several times walking down Greenwich and finally decided to give their to-go cocktails a shot. I tried the Bobo Epice Margarita in the larger size (about 2 drinks) and the total was around $30. Although I was not initially pleased with the price point, the spicy margarita packed a punch. Two of us split the drink and both of us were in our happy place for quite some time. Roey’s has happy hour prices all night on Margherita Mondays with the purchase of an entree, putting the Bobo Epice Margarita at $9, a steal in NYC!

La Lanterna di Vittorio

Although not a typical drinks location, La Lanterna di Vittorio is too cute to not add to this list. Boasting a long list of delicious pizzas and lasagnas, this Italian restaurant has limited outdoor seating and is right around the corner from campus. The drink menu spans several pages and even the pickiest drinker can find a martini to their taste. This restaurant is ideal for a small group dinner or, thanks to the espresso martini, lunch.

Blind Tiger

A West Village staple, Blind Tiger is famous for their expansive craft beer list and currently has extensive outdoor seating on Jones street. Between Blind Tiger and the many lively bars on Bleecker street, Friday and Saturday nights are a great time to feel like you’re at a (socially distanced) outdoor party. 

The Little Owl

This corner cafe sits under the Friends apartment in West Village and has something we don’t see that often anymore, happy hour! They have happy hour specials from 3-5 pm including a 2-for-1 wine special. They also serve select tapas plates for $1 during happy hour, making this a perfect post-class drink spot. The Little Owl also serves brunch from Friday to Sunday, which is why we don’t have classes on Friday right? 

Amity Hall and Half Pint

These two places need no introduction for a Stern MBA but I would like to point out that both of these places have outdoor dining and to-go drinks available. Half Pint also has frozen mimosa pops and other spiked sweet treats, which are great to grab-to-go on the way to class (kidding. Well, it depends on the class. Kidding.)

If you’re anything like me, you go to the same 5 spots on rotation for drinks. Hopefully this list gives you a couple new places to grab a drink and support local businesses during this time. Drinks for local businesses, it’s a win-win!

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