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Take It Outside

by Dan Avery .
Wednesday May 5, 2010

Bamboo 52
344 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves),
212-315-2777, Bamboo52NYC.com.
The vast patio at this friendly Hell's Kitchen sushi bar is an oasis of calm and comfort, perfect for sipping on specialty cocktails with a Happy Hour date.

Beige at B Bar
40 E Fourth St (btwn Lafayette St/Bowery),
BBarAndGrill.com, 212-475-2220. Tuesdays at 10pm.
Though gays still flock to this East Village bar during the winter, there's nothing like sharing a Gauloise with a hot Euro boy (preferably after you kiss him) during the still-packed and well-coiffed Tuesdays in summer.

Excelsior
390 Fifth Ave (btwn Sixth/Seventh Sts), Park Slope,
ExcelsiorBrooklyn.com, 718-832-1599.
If this friendly Park Slope watering hole gets a little too crowded, regulars know they can always step out onto the outdoor deck or down to the expansive back garden. It's open till 11pm on weeknights and 1am on weekends.

Metropolitan
559 Lorimer St (btwn Devoe St/Metropolitan Ave), Williamsburg,
718-599-4444.
In the summer months, the action at this Billyburg bar moves out to the giant, two-level backyard deck, where the grill serves up burgers and hot dogs on Sundays, couples canoodle and cool hipsters bum smokes from their friends.

The Eagle
554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves),
646-473-1866, EagleNYC.com.
Even the burliest bears come out of hibernation to mate and mingle on this leather bar's breezy rooftop during its legendary Sunday beer blasts.

Rooftop at Hudson Terrace
621 W 46th St (btwn 11th Ave/West Side Hwy),
JoshWoodProductions.com. Sundays from 6pm-9pm.
Josh Wood brings back his popular summertime rooftop tea dance that's seen crazy kids like Ladyfag, Matt Tratner and Malik So Chic and guest DJs getting the gays to shake their things in the daytime. Two-for-one drinks till 7pm.

The Ritz
369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves),
212-333-4177.
Three levels and even an extra bar make this high-class outdoor refuge a destination for sun-loving homos all summer.

Summer Camp at High Bar
251 W 48th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves),
HighBarNYC.com, 212-956-1300.
Love Wednesdays at Su Casa, but feel packed like a sardine in the tiny speakeasy? Swing uptown after Sunday brunch for Michael Cohen and Kevin Wiltz's new free rooftop party at the swanky Hell's Kitchen club. Rest your bones on one of the beds, park your keister in a UFO chair or just take in the sunset from the wine table.

Xes
157 W 24th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves),
212-604-0212, XesNYC.com.
This cozy Chelsea favorite doubles in size after it opens its renovated patio for summer. Enjoy some after-work cocktails or wrap your mouth around free hotdogs at their Gays Papaya party on Sunday afternoon before Karaoke.

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