Nothing cements summer status quite like a frosty beer and good weather. Yes, there are rooftop bars (here's our list of the 25 best in NYC) and trendy patios for you to get your drink on, but for gathering with friends to hoist huge steins, there’s nothing better than a beer garden.

Think less Martha Stewart backdrops and more along the lines of the ultimate backyard party. All it takes is an open-air area, picnic-style tables, and foreign brews on deck. Leave the dusty dive bars for the winter, and head to the garden to enjoy the cool summer breeze.

Click through our top 20 to see who in New York is best realizing this tradition.

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