Finally, summer is here - boo yah! It's officially time to be drinking outside as much as possible. That’s why we headed to the Meatpacking District to check out the Standard Hotel’s beer garden. This place is different because instead of a cash bar, you buy $8 tickets up front, and then you trade in one ticket for one half-liter of beer. It’s kind of like being at a carnival…just for beer.
Tickets also trade for food – pretzels the size of small dogs – and there is a separate cash liquor bar for the people who are too classy to drink beer. In the back there are two ping-pong tables (because people are always better at hitting balls after a few drinks), and that’s an ideal place to grab a table and survey the scene. And oh, is it a scene. Lots of beautiful people, including some sailors from Fleet Week who found their way west, and you get to feel a little exclusive because the later it gets, the longer the line. The transformation from day to night can be a little intense, so time your visit carefully (are you going with your friends? Or to hunt for a honey?).
As a bonus, you are literally a two minute walk from getting up onto the High Line. We always find stumbling home easier when you are walking in a park, for some reason. The grass is a great cushion if you fall.