Astoria, Bars
May 29, 2014

Crehan’s Pub Becomes The Local

Earlier this month, we got a question from a WHA reader about Crehan’s Pub and what the heck was going on there. Other Astorians are starting to wonder what is up (…)

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Earlier this month, we got a question from a WHA reader about Crehan’s Pub and what the heck was going on there.

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Other Astorians are starting to wonder what is up with the place, which will now be known as The Local (still a bar). Case in point this tweet from yesterday:

Here is what our friend Matt of the Windsor Garden Facebook page had to say about The Local:

A new bar called The Local is opening soon on 31st Avenue and 41st St after a complete renovation and a new draft system. There’s even a modest but nice back garden!

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Photo credit: Matt Archambault

Matt also tells us that the new owners—who’ve owned the space for about a year now—are nice guys looking to make the place a little more appealing to a broader population in Astoria. Some of the aforementioned renovations include a total re-do from floor to ceiling, and installation of a commercial AC unit to replace the window A/C units that have been in place for a while. One of the reasons they did that is to cut down on noise for their neighbors (plus, it’s probably more efficient).

They’ve also installed 10 draft lines, which means a likelihood of craft beer. Previously at Crehan’s there were only a few taps.

I had walked past Crehan’s over the years and always wondered about its dive bar status. I always thought it was in the category of great divey local spots like Veronica’s, Kelly’s, and O’Hanlon’s—which, by the way, was the only spot within a 5 block radius that showed one of Mariano Rivera’s last games with the Yankees. Props to them, and I will always love them for that. Anyway, looks like The Local is moving past the dive bar vibe. We look forward to checking it out.

The Local, 41-04 31st Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102

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.

5 Comments

Pauline

Has the new bar opened yet? As of two weeks ago it still has the permit in the window. What gives??

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tony

That was a great Bar ! sorry to see it go and become another lame hipster bar!

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eric

Creehan’s was a great bar, now they got hipsters ruining the Hood, with their spoiled high attitudes. They got money but not enough to live in Manhattan, so they ruin Astoria and LIC.

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Erin Smith

When I first moved to 41st Street 9 years ago, my aunt specifically told me to NEVER go to Creehan’s. Like Mo, I often saw people throwing up outside, people obviously selling drugs, and even a woman bleeding after falling down drunk from the top step. That place was a sh*thole. I am glad that I eventually moved from around the corner and that it closed down. Let’s hope the new bar doesn’t attract the same clientele!

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Mo

I used to live around the corner from Creehan’s and it was gross. There were frequently people puking out front on the sidewalk. My roommate and I went there shortly after moving in and we didn’t even stay to order drinks. Place was nasty. Glad to see it got a face-lift!

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