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Explore Like a Local: Where to Drink on the Beach in New York

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It’s no secret that New Yorkers will take any excuse to get out of dodge and escape the city heat. From Long Beach to the Hamptons and beyond, there’s no shortage of great beachfront bars and restaurants to sip on a cold beer or cocktail. Need some summer road trip inspiration? Check out these little-known beach bars outside New York City.

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Ruby's Bar & Grill

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Premium ocean views make this family-run establishment a Coney Island institution. It’s the perfect spot for a beer break and some people watching after an afternoon spent soaking in the sun. As the longest continuously operating business on the boardwalk, this legendary dive is filled with history. Repurposed planks from the original 1920s boardwalk make up the ceiling and bar.

Jetty Bar & Grill

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You can sum up summer in one meal: fish tacos and a cold beer. Enjoy the season’s signature dish at this modern tapas-style bar with an international twist one block from the beach. This laid-back Long Beach restaurant is known for its live music and extensive craft beer menu that features more than a dozen drafts.

SwingBellys BBQ

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Locals gravitate to this Long Beach joint just steps from the Atlantic for barbecue with a side of ocean breeze. Arrive early because they occasionally sell out of their most popular menu items like the Famous Mac N’ Pete, burnt ends topped with mac and cheese. But don’t worry, they never run out of beer.

Schooners

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This bay-front beach bar is just steps from the ferry in Ocean Bay Park. A Fire Island favorite, city dwellers love to come here to enjoy a beer accompanied by live music and gorgeous views. Depending on the night, you might walk into a heated Bingo match or hermit crab race.

Monarch Beverage

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On your way to the beach, why not pick up your own beverage? Monarch Beverages in Long Beach is the perfect quick stop for a chilled six-pack or a growler or two. Warning: You may get lost in the aisles of their extensive selection and never make it to the ocean.

Maguire's Bay Front Restaurant

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Boats, the bay, and booze: What else are you looking for? The outdoor patio at Maguire’s is a fantastic spot to wind down after a long day exploring Fire Island, and the “Countdown to Sunset” happy hour makes it even better. But if you happen to get tuned up while winding down, the dance floor stays open until 4 a.m. on weekends.

Island Mermaid

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If you’re in the mood for dockside drinking and dining, this bayside shack is centrally located right on Ocean Beach. Arrive early to score a table — and a beer — with a sunset view. Just a few sips later and even the most extreme Manhattanite will forget that city life is only two hours away. Seafood dishes like fried calamari and a yellowfin tuna BLTA will complete the illusion.

Danny Mac’s Ocean Bar and Grill

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Overlook at the Beach has been replaced by this Long Beach newcomer, but the same patio ocean views remain. The deck hovers over the beach, so this is as close as you’ll get to feet in sand, beer in hand. With summer staples like fish tacos, clams, and calamari — or a New York slice, if you’re so inclined — this casual bar is a great place to soak in the sun, sip on a pint, and escape city life, if only for a day.

Buoy Bar

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It’s every sun seeker for themselves at this popular no-reservations restaurant. Be prepared to throw elbows for a prime patio spot with views of Reynolds Channel. Although hidden in an unsuspecting residential area of Point Lookout, the festive atmosphere is anything but quiet. With live music and gorgeous views, it’s the perfect place to grab fish tacos, fried clams, or a grilled seafood entree.

Beach Hut at Cedar Beach

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This full-service beach bar and restaurant has everything a city escapee is craving on a hot sunny day. Unbeatable panoramic views of Cedar Beach can be found from an expansive outdoor patio. Whether you’re watching the sunset, the beach volleyball, or the live music and dancing, your thirst for summer will surely be quenched.

This advertising content was produced by Vox Creative without involvement from Vox Media editorial staff or Ballast Point.

Ruby's Bar & Grill

Premium ocean views make this family-run establishment a Coney Island institution. It’s the perfect spot for a beer break and some people watching after an afternoon spent soaking in the sun. As the longest continuously operating business on the boardwalk, this legendary dive is filled with history. Repurposed planks from the original 1920s boardwalk make up the ceiling and bar.

Jetty Bar & Grill

You can sum up summer in one meal: fish tacos and a cold beer. Enjoy the season’s signature dish at this modern tapas-style bar with an international twist one block from the beach. This laid-back Long Beach restaurant is known for its live music and extensive craft beer menu that features more than a dozen drafts.

SwingBellys BBQ

Locals gravitate to this Long Beach joint just steps from the Atlantic for barbecue with a side of ocean breeze. Arrive early because they occasionally sell out of their most popular menu items like the Famous Mac N’ Pete, burnt ends topped with mac and cheese. But don’t worry, they never run out of beer.

Schooners

This bay-front beach bar is just steps from the ferry in Ocean Bay Park. A Fire Island favorite, city dwellers love to come here to enjoy a beer accompanied by live music and gorgeous views. Depending on the night, you might walk into a heated Bingo match or hermit crab race.

Monarch Beverage

On your way to the beach, why not pick up your own beverage? Monarch Beverages in Long Beach is the perfect quick stop for a chilled six-pack or a growler or two. Warning: You may get lost in the aisles of their extensive selection and never make it to the ocean.

Maguire's Bay Front Restaurant

Boats, the bay, and booze: What else are you looking for? The outdoor patio at Maguire’s is a fantastic spot to wind down after a long day exploring Fire Island, and the “Countdown to Sunset” happy hour makes it even better. But if you happen to get tuned up while winding down, the dance floor stays open until 4 a.m. on weekends.

Island Mermaid

If you’re in the mood for dockside drinking and dining, this bayside shack is centrally located right on Ocean Beach. Arrive early to score a table — and a beer — with a sunset view. Just a few sips later and even the most extreme Manhattanite will forget that city life is only two hours away. Seafood dishes like fried calamari and a yellowfin tuna BLTA will complete the illusion.

Danny Mac’s Ocean Bar and Grill

Overlook at the Beach has been replaced by this Long Beach newcomer, but the same patio ocean views remain. The deck hovers over the beach, so this is as close as you’ll get to feet in sand, beer in hand. With summer staples like fish tacos, clams, and calamari — or a New York slice, if you’re so inclined — this casual bar is a great place to soak in the sun, sip on a pint, and escape city life, if only for a day.

Buoy Bar

It’s every sun seeker for themselves at this popular no-reservations restaurant. Be prepared to throw elbows for a prime patio spot with views of Reynolds Channel. Although hidden in an unsuspecting residential area of Point Lookout, the festive atmosphere is anything but quiet. With live music and gorgeous views, it’s the perfect place to grab fish tacos, fried clams, or a grilled seafood entree.

Beach Hut at Cedar Beach

This full-service beach bar and restaurant has everything a city escapee is craving on a hot sunny day. Unbeatable panoramic views of Cedar Beach can be found from an expansive outdoor patio. Whether you’re watching the sunset, the beach volleyball, or the live music and dancing, your thirst for summer will surely be quenched.

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