Party Earth Review An unexpected outdoor oasis in the midst of the Meatpacking District, The Standard Biergarten – located on the street level of the trendy Standard Hotel and directly under The High Line – plays host to a... ... read full review
The Standard Hotel, 848 Washington Street
New York, NY 10004
A, C, E, L: 14th Street-8th Avenue
M–W 4pm–midnight, Th–Su 2pm–midnight
Meatpacking District, New York –
An unexpected outdoor oasis in the midst of the Meatpacking District, The Standard Biergarten – located on the street level of the trendy Standard Hotel and directly under The High Line – plays host to a sociable clientele of young business people, college students, tourists, and fashionistas just off a day of shopping, all looking for a relaxed place to grab a beer, chat with old friends, and hopefully meet new ones.
After navigating the slightly inconvenient process of purchasing tickets to be exchanged for pretzels, sausages, and a selection of golden, wheat, and dark German beers on tap, patrons enter an open brick-walled space filled with picnic tables and benches, where groups gather for relaxed conversation as a staff dressed in amusing T-shirts with iron-on dirndls serves rounds of beer.
The communal tables add to the room’s festive vibe and make mingling and flirting that much easier, while two free ping pong tables provide a great ice breaker for meeting other trendy but laid-back neighborhood regulars and upscale hotel guests.
Although the place gets packed wall to wall and the noise level can rise considerably once an afternoon or evening of serious beer drinking gets fully underway, the vibe remains more playful and carefree rather than rowdy, which – combined with the outgoing crowd, open-air space, and casual atmosphere – makes The Standard Biergarten a solid, upbeat hangout for those looking to while away the hours over a favorite brew.
Trendy young urban professionals, students, and tourists, 20s to early 30s.
Free use of two ping pong tables.
Selection of grilled wursts and salted pretzels. Heat lamps provided in colder weather.
Wursts $8, pretzels $8. Beer $8, wine $13+, cocktails $12+.
Casual: sundresses, flip-flops, fedoras, jeans, T-shirts, button-downs, loosened ties.
Warm days and nights from late spring until early fall. Thursdays for a busy but not overcrowded scene, weekend afternoons, or any day after work.
The High Line, an elevated park just above the bar, is a good place for a stroll to work up that appetite for beer and pretzels.