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Beer gardens on Long Island

John Boland of Long Beach (from left), Will

(Credit: Johnny Milano)

The first record of a beer garden dates to the 13th century. These lively, open-air places became staples in southern Germany in the 19th century. And by the 1860s, beer halls reached New York. Here are a few on Long Island that will make you want to hoist a stein or two.

  • Croxley Ales in Rockville Centre

    Croxley's Ale House & Biergarten (Smithtown) German-Austrian, American, Sports bar, Beer, Nightspot 155 Main St. Smithtown More than 80 lagers and ales are on draft, with German specialties sharing menu space with sandwiches and burgers, fish-and-chips and chicken wings.

  • The Dark Horse Tavern in Rockville Centre. (Jan.

    Dark Horse Tavern $$ | Pub, Sports bar 12 S Park Ave. Rockville Centre Specializing in craft beer, a hip personality and a seven-hour happy hour, it also features a large courtyard open all year.

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    A family sits down for dinner at the

    Mirabelle Tavern $$$ | New American, French 150 Main St. Stony Brook Better known as an upscale bistro, this restaurant also features an outdoor beer garden and a menu of craft and imported beer, including German-style wheat options.

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    Crispy-skinned, roasted Bavarian pork shank is served with

    Plattduetsche Park Restaurant $$ | Beer, German-Austrian 1132 Hempstead Tpke. Franklin Square The outdoor beer garden has dozens of tables, a bar, bratwurst pit, dance floor and band shell.

  • Prost Grill and Tavern offers more than 30

    Prost Grill & Garten $$ | German-Austrian, Beer 652 Franklin Ave. Garden City Beerwise, standouts are Spaten Oktoberfest and Hofbräu Dunkel. Off the menu, staples include sauerbraten, lamb sausage and potato-and-sauerkraut croquettes.

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    Plenty of beers on tap to choose from

    Southampton Publick House $$ | American, Beer, Pub, Brewery 40 Bowden Sq. Southampton There are benches on the patio at Southampton Publick House for a variation on the beer garden theme. The local beers are very good, often better, from double white and alt bier to Vienna lager and Oktoberfest. Steak frites, chicken wings, a Cuban sandwich, pulled pork, clam-and-corn chowder and fish and chips are among the selections.

  • Wash Zum Schneider MTK's Bavarian pretzels down with

    Zum Schneider MTK $$ | German-Austrian, Beer 4 S. Elmwood Ave. Montauk The offspring of Zum Schneider in Manhattan, the airy Montauk version has communal tables, brews from Hofbräuhaus Traunstein and a menu including wurst platters, sauerbraten and Wiener schnitzel. And although the Zum "garden" is actually located indoors, it hosts a very authentic Oktoberfest and other Teutonic-inspired parties.

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