Radegast might get a little crowded sometimes, and it might draw a lot of tourists, undergrads, and interns - but we still don’t hate it. If you ever need to drink with a big group in the daytime, it’s a good spot to know about. Inside, you’ll find a of a big picnic tables where you can hang out and drink an obscure European beer, and if anyone gets hungry, they serve things like sausages, burgers, and pretzels. They also host a lot of live music, so check the schedule if that’s what you’re looking for.
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Cafe Katja feels like a European tavern, and it’s a good spot on the Lower East Side to get some wiener schnitzel and steins of beer.
Bierocracy is a big beer hall that’s close to the 7 and G trains in LIC if your crew is looking for an alternative to Radegast or Houston Hall.
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Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten
Loreley is a traditional-feeling beer garden on the Lower East Side, and it’s a good place to get some day drinking done.
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