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6 Outdoor Happy Hours for Cocktails in Westchester

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Photo courtesy of bartaco
By Hannah Teligades and Dave Zucker

From Bronxville to White Plains: All the booziest beer gardens and happiest hours to while away your early evenings.

You know the old saying: “It’s not summer until someone takes a lawn dart to the face.” Or something like that; we’re sure you have your own variation. The point is after all the groundhog shenanigans, the one true way to know the warm weather has arrived is to get out of work, throw your jacket aside, and knock back some refreshing adult beverages with your friends and coworkers in the crisp, cool air.

Yes, we’re talking outdoor happy hours. Westchester is filled with venues sporting decks, awnings, patios, rooftop lounges, and back-alley bocce tournaments. We thought we’d help give you a head start with a breakdown of some of our favorite al fresco imbibing locales.

bartaco

1 Willett Ave, Port Chester; 914.937.8226

When it comes to waterfront views, bartaco is hard to beat. And while it doesn’t offer “traditional” happy hour specials, it certainly has something special hidden up its sleeve. Fans of West Coast staple In-N-Out’s ‘secret menu’ options will be delighted to find a slice of that exclusivity here in Westchester with bartaco’s secret taco. We’ll let that sink in. Secret. Taco. The taco in question changes every two to three months based on season and availability of ingredients, and must be asked for by name. The current #bartacosecret is a Mexican barbacoa-style brisket number with a spicy adobo sauce, onion, and cilantro.

BXVL Coffeehouse

2 Station Plz, Bronxville; 914.600.8139

Happy hour at a coffeehouse, you ask? You better believe it, we say! Every Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., it’s a European-style happy hour at Bronxville’s newest brew spot. The ambience of the historic Bronxville train station is the perfect setting for Apero Nights, where you can enjoy good music, cocktails, aperitifs, small plates, and, depending on the day, special events like pizza nights. Make sure to stop in by June 4, when Apero Nights come to a close in anticipation of a new cocktail bar in August.

Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

369 Lexington Ave, Mt Kisco; 845.261.3279

Now available at the Mount Kisco location, happy hour is all night after 4 p.m. on Wednesdays; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays (followed by trivia at 7 p.m.); and Friday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pair your $5 draft beer or $6 canned cocktail with $5 pickles, fries, chips and guac, dumplings, or pretzels. Or share some $10 nachos, pulled pork, brisket, or house pie. Of course, don’t forget to add on the $1 wings.

Freebird Kitchen & Bar

161 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains; 914.607.2476

“The only rooftop beer garden in White Plains” doesn’t disappoint. Look forward to views of the cityscape and clear blue skies this time of year, and a happy hour bar menu including $4 and $5 bottled beer; $5 drafts, house wine, and mixed drinks; and plenty of other drink options alongside $10 burgers and $7 bar bites. Happy hour runs Tuesday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Le Fontane

137 Somerstwon Tpke, Katonah; 914.232.9619

If you’re trying to up your happy hour game, try Le Fontane. Fit with a garden and a bubbling fountain, this patio is the perfect summer setting for $5 apps and drinks. Try the bruschetta to start, and pick from the appetizer specials next, which include a lobster and avocado roll and baked clams. For sipping, pick between $5 and $8 wines, and enjoy $3 off any cocktail.

Southern Table Kitchen and Bar

39 Marble Ave, Pleasantville; 914.618.3355

Taco Tuesdays are basically all-day happy hours, right? With $21 unlimited tacos (yes, unlimited), we had to include Southern Table’s Tuesday specials. While you fill up on tacos, you can sip on $5 Coronas, $10 margaritas, or $30 margarita pitchers.