Imagine this. You’re sitting on the patio with friends, basking in the warm glow of sunshine at the end of the day. An ice-cold beer or a chilled glass of white wine rests on the table in front of you, accompanied by gourmet snacks and small bites. A summer breeze blows through the air, gently rocking the picnic umbrella above you.
Does it get any better than this?
As far as summer moments go, it’s hard to beat the simple pleasure of an outdoor happy hour. Lucky for us, the Hudson Valley has some of the best pickings around. Hit one of these hotspots for refreshing sips and an inviting ambiance.
For an outdoor happy hour in Rockland County, look no further than Don Coqui. The Haverstraw restaurant embraces summer feels in a big way with two-for-one drinks on Mondays to Fridays from 4-6 p.m., excluding holidays. There’s waterfront and beachfront dining, and the dock is open for any visitors coming in by boat or jet ski. Swing by to indulge in a frozen mango margarita or rum punch with pals, and maybe split an order of Caribbean guacamole or Don Coqui wings while you’re at it.
Situated in a stunning edifice along the Hudson River, Hudson House is a no-brainer when it comes to enjoying an outdoor happy hour. Stop by from 4-7 p.m. on select dates to enjoy a drink on the deck. Pair it with one of the mouthwatering dishes from the kitchen (the seared ahi tuna with blistered shishitos is calling our name), then sit back and enjoy the sunshine.
Trust the Jet Set to have a top-notch outdoor happy hour in the Hudson Valley. Kicking off at 3 p.m. on select days, happy hour here is all about sipping on classis tiki cocktails while admiring views of the Hudson from the expansive back patio. Whether you go for Three Dots and a Dash (run, allspice, orange, and lime) or sip on the Tanteo classic margarita (Tanteo blanco, lime, triple sec), don’t forget to pair your drink of choice with any of the delectable food offerings. The pork and kimchi dumplings are a must, and the crab rangoon nachos practically scream summer vibes.
The next time you find yourself in Hudson, do yourself a favor and swing by Lawrence Park for happy hour. The modern cocktail bar does the power hours right with discounts on its artisanal cocktails, which just so happen to pair perfectly with its comfort food bites. Pro tip: Score a spot at one of the seats outdoors to enjoy your handcrafted drink in style.
This Stewart House staple is a happy hour go-to from 4-5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 1-2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The outdoor seating setup is right along the water, and there’s even a dedicated dock for boaters to stop by for a bite. Stop by to cheers with friends while chowing down on snackables like peel-and-eat shrimp and burrata with prosciutto and focaccia.