Sure You Could Go To a Bar—Or You Could Soak Up The Sun and Feel ALIVE

To biergartens, with love.

August 15, 2017 ● 1 min read

By Priya Krishna | Image everydayAnalog via iStock and Derek Salvatore

I salute the genius who birthed the revolutionary idea of an outdoor enclave devoted entirely to consuming enormous glasses of beer.


Yes, the biergarten is truly ideal warm weather activity. It’s casual, it involves day drinking, it’s outside, it can feature games, and, most importantly, there are delicious meats and carbs (e.g., sausage and pretzels) to be partaken alongside your pints. Also, biergartens are a great place to make friends — between the activities and the long wooden tables, socializing with others is essentially guaranteed.  

Here are five of our favorites from around the country:  

Banger’s (Austin): With over 100 beers on tap and 30 varieties of house-made sausage, Banger’s enormous biergarten is a bonafide summer destination for Austin-ites.  

Sheffield’s (Chicago): Sheffield’s proximity to Wrigley Field makes it the perfect pre-or post-game destination. The tree-shaded beer garden offers not only an excellent ale selection, but also a full menu of the restaurant’s famous barbecue.
 

Zeitgeist (San Francisco): The Mission institution has long beckoned locals and tourists alike with its rowdy, punk rock atmosphere and unique sips.  
 

Prost! (Portland): A biergarten in the most authentic sense of the word, Prost! serves up rare German beers and snacks that go beyond just pretzels and wurst (think: German pâté, and beer cheese soup).
 

Radegast (Brooklyn): This enormous, oak-walled beer hall right in the middle of Williamsburg is packed almost every weekend. Don’t miss the blintzes or the apple strudel. 
 



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