Astoria, Bars
Nov 22, 2017

Madam Marie’s Bar to Open on Broadway in Astoria

Madam Marie’s, an “Asbury Park/Coney Island” themed bar, comes from the folks behind Judy & Punch, opening on Broadway in Astoria.

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Photo credit: Madam Marie’s

Well, the old Scorpio Bar, a popular place historically for Croatians in Astoria to drink and watch soccer, is no more—in its place will be a new bar called Madam Marie’s. It’s from the same folks behind Judy & Punch, the very popular watering hole on 30th Avenue. They expect to be open in late November.

From what we can tell from their social media presence, the space has been totally redone, and you’ll see on trend details like exposed brick and a ceiling covered in what appears to be reused, multicolor wood slats (some of that wood is going on some of the walls, too). Lighting has a bit of a retro feel to it, too. The floors are made of wide wood pieces, and the front windows will roll up like a garage door (similar to the setup at Judy & Punch).

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Photo credit: Madam Marie’s

Local artist Danielle Mastrion has provided a number of original wall paintings to match the “Asbury Park/Coney Island theme” for the bar. She has posted photos of her work at Madam Marie’s on her Instagram account: a fortune teller with a crystal ball, “Tarot Reader,” and the words, “Madam Marie’s” surrounded by faux lights. Madam Marie (AKA Marie Castello), is, of course, the famous psychic who worked on the Asbury Park boardwalk (she was there from 1932 to 2008, the year she died) and told fortunes to celebrities like Bruce Springsteen. The whole medium/fortune teller/psychic theme looks to be strong at the Astoria incarnation of Madam Marie’s.

To match the NJ Boardwalk theme, it looks like there will also be some games, including this little bowling setup.

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Photo credit: Madam Marie’s

As for what to expect for specific food and/or drink, that’s still a mystery, though they have applied for a full liquor license. Perhaps it will be the kind of food and drink you get during the summer on the boardwalk? That’d be sweet during the heart of winter in particular. But likely there will be craft beer and cocktails. We’ve reached out to the Judy & Punch people, but have yet to hear from them; we’ll pass on any information we get from them.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Madam Marie’s!

Madam Marie’s, 35-15 Broadway, Astoria
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About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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