Queens Bar Guide Queens Beer Book Bars By Catherine Wolinski || @beeraffair The following bars are featured in the 2015 Queens Beer Book, a passport to the craft beer scene featuring 30 beers at 30 bars for $30 (plus a few spares.) Even if you don’t have a Beer Book, use this guide to find your new favorite drinking spot. You can read our whole post about it here. ______________ Alewife 5-14 51st Ave. (5th & Vernon) Long Island City (718) 937-7494 Facebook || Instagram: @AlewifeNYC || Twitter: @AlewifeNYC Accepted as the most important element of Long Island City’s beer scene pre-brewery reemergence, this New York beer hall and event space serves up 28 swiftly rotating craft beers on draft, more than 100 more in bottles, and has nightly food and beer specials to help guide your palate to perfection. Grilled cheese with taleggio, fontina and a fig and onion jam create a sweet and savory burst of flavor that pairs swimmingly with the latest Barrier IPA. For those who prefer a stiffer drink or are looking to mix it up, a seasonal cocktail menu is available, along with four local wines on tap. Ideal for group drinking, Alewife features both high tables and communal style seating, as well as a space upstairs for birthdays, tastings, showers and holiday festivities. For entertainment, you may find yourself at trivia night, paint night, or in front of a local band. ______________ Alobar 46-42 Vernon Blvd. (46th Rd. & 47th Ave.) Long Island City (718) 752-6000 Facebook || Instagram: @alobarnyc || Twitter: @alobarnyc Alobar is Long Island City’s answer to the farm-to-table movement, added together with rustic charm and a whole lot of whisk(e)y. (Yes, even Pappy’s, though it’ll cost you). With hyper-local beers (Transmitter, Rockaway) to taste and house specialty sides like maple bacon popcorn and spring vegetable ragout, this three-time winner of the Michelin Bib Gourmand will not disappoint. If you’re staying for dinner (highly recommended), peruse plates large and small to satisfy an appetite of any size (Berkshire Pork Belly, Half Roasted Chicken). Charcuterie and cheese are also available with five options each, and a playful pickled section (carrots, curried apple) is inventive and tasty. ______________ Astoria Beer & Brew 21-76 21st St. (Ditmars & 21st Dr.) Astoria (718) 606-0779 Facebook || Instagram: @astoriabeerandbrew || Twitter: @astoriabeerbrew The only thing more satisfying than drinking good beer is making and drinking good beer, and Astoria Beer & Brew can help you with both. Introduced to Astoria in 2014 by Bowery Bay owner and chef, Gary Anza, the boutique bar and homebrew shop invites locals to try beers made nearby and teach customers about making their own, adding a distinct local flavor to the emerging craft culinary scene in Queens. Take your time enjoying a few pints and ponder over one of the tastiest science experiments known to humankind: fresh, microbrewed beer. ______________ Austin Public 70-28 Austin St. (At 70th Rd.) Forest Hills (718) 575-0070 Facebook || Instagram: @austinpublic || Twitter: @PublicAustin This gastropub is a meeting place for locals and visitors alike, boasting beers almost as varied as the daily and nightly specials: burger and beer or salad and wine on Monday ($10); happy hour all day on Tuesday; trivia on Wednesday (8pm); ladies night on Thursday (half off all drinks); brunch (11am to 3pm) and live music (10pm) on Saturday and brunch and karaoke (9pm) on Sunday. Pick your poison, and don’t forget to pick from the 10 beers in white lettering on the beer screens if you’re a Queens Beer Book holder. _________________ Austin’s Ale House 82-70 Austin St. (At Lefferts) Kew Gardens (718) 849-3939 Facebook || Instagram: @austinsalehousekg || Twitter: @AustinsAleHouse A bar, lounge and restaurant featuring 20 beers on draft and more than 40 in bottles to be among the ample seating indoors or beneath a covered pergola on the patio outside. The umbrella-filled location sits at the foot of the Long Island Railroad Kew Gardens station, allowing for plentiful people watching or meeting with friends on their commute. Local beers and international favorites cater to Queens’ diverse crowd. _________________ Bierleichen 582 Seneca Ave. (Menahan & Grove) Ridgewood (718) 366-5381 Facebook || Instagram: @bierleichennyc || Twitter: @bierleichennyc German for “beer corpses,” this heavy metal bar serves up German and Austrian beers, bratwurst, knackwurst and Bavarian pretzels, all while rocking harder than Rammstein. The 10 draft beers and broad selection of imported bottles are almost exclusively German and Austrian, melding appropriately with the mostly-German festival food and, oddly (and awesomely) enough, two foosball tables. If that’s not enough, some more reasons to stick around are the beer and bratwurst lunch special from noon to 4pm ($10 and two-for-one happy hour on beers from 4pm to 7pm. _________________ Blackbird’s 41-19 30th Ave. (At 42nd St.) Astoria (718) 943-6899 Facebook || Twitter: @BlackbirdsBar According to owner, Bobby Clifford, this laid-back local favorite started as a bar/restaurant but can now be more accurately described as a restaurant/bar, its beer and bourbon accompanied by burgers, sandwiches and “the best wings in town,” all made and served with love. Specials every night of the week include fiesta night on Monday, featuring homemade, bacon-wrapped poppers alongside Coronas and margs; wing night Wednesday, when wings are half priced and drafts are $4 and served in mason jars; chicken and waffles and $3 shots on Thursdays; and cajun night on Friday. _________________ Bourbon Street 40-12 Bell Blvd. (40th & 41st Aves.) Bayside (718) 224-2200 Facebook || Instagram: @bourbonstreetny || Twitter: @BourbonStQueens From the folks over at Austin’s Ale House in Forest Hills is this taste of New Orleans in Queens. The lively bar invites patrons to jazz up their night with authentic Creole food and cocktails, 20 beers on tap, and as of summer 2015, another eight to ten beers on the brand new rooftop bar–Bayside’s first, according to the bar’s marketing director. _________________ Bowery Bay 19-33 Ditmars Blvd. (At 21st St.) Astoria (718) 721-1933 Facebook || Instagram: @bowerybaybar || Twitter: @BoweryBay At Bowery Bay, everything has a story. The all-recycled decor, copious liquor options, local and unique beers on draft and original farm-to-table food options are the brainchild of chef and owner, Gary Anza, who has created an advanced yet welcoming atmosphere that brings the class without the sass. Located one block from the beautiful Astoria Park and waterfront, the boutique bar, named for a small body of water a bit further north off the Astoria coast, is a perfect escape for dreamy day-drinking or relaxed and refined dining. Choose your own adventure. _________________ Cobblestones Pub 117-18 Queens Blvd. (At 78th Ave.) Forest Hills (718) 263-9754 Facebook || Instagram: @cobblestonespub Those who know Cobblestones know the pub is Queens history. In business under the same ownership in the same location on Queens Blvd. for 30 years and counting, the sports bar redefined the genre for Forest Hills by transforming its backyard space not into a beer garden or patio, but into a basketball court, where bar-going B-ball fans can combine passions with three-on-three tournaments all summer (no drinking on the court). Inside, players’ girlfriends and pals can watch the game on any of the flatscreen TVs, or belly up to the bar with a beer and bar food. As for the brews, 18 drafts include local favorites like Finback and Singlecut, joined by 12 beers by the bottle. In the words of owner Pete Massaro, “if you’re in Forest Hills, you must come to Cobblestones.” We tend to agree. _________________ Crescent & Vine 2503 Ditmars Blvd. (At Crescent) Astoria (718) 204-4774 Facebook || Instagram: @CrescentAndVine || Twitter: @CrescentAndVine Tin ceilings, brick walls, soft candle light…this cozy space with a finely curated craft beer selection proves that a beer lover’s paradise can exist in a small, dimly lit package. Hard to find brews expertly selected by Dan Bronson, bar manager and creator of Queens Beer Week, http://www.queensbeerweek.com/ will surprise and delight even the most seasoned connoisseur’s palate, and the colorful craft beer options are giddily presented in one of the best chalkboard lists in town, or anywhere. Our senses were ablaze with the beer options, but the “fine wine, good music and decent service” (the rest of the bar’s tagline after “unusual craft beer”) ain’t so bad, either. A few words from the owner, Fernano Pena: “you deserve to stop in here.” _________________ Fatty’s Cafe 45-17 28th Ave. (At 46th St.) Astoria (718) 440-6223 Facebook || Instagram: @fattyscafe || Twitter: @FattysNY // #Fattyscafe If life’s a beach, then Fatty’s owner, Fernando Pena, has it all figured out. At first glance, the bar/cafe is simply eye-catching; upon closer inspection, an ocean-invoking, music-centric decor with incredible attention to detail is revealed: behind the bar, a draft beer system retrofitted with an amplifier base and microphone tap handles; to your left, a wall built out of boomboxes; within it, fish swim around in a tank wedged in amongst subwoofers. Splashes of color transform the space into a local art gallery, with art on the turquoise walls hugging the room, and small tables painted with maps of tropical islands that have been visited by Pena and his wife. Eclectic and original food options like Contraband Chicken and Jerk-Rubbed Island Pork Tenderloin hint at the Caribbean cabana-style outdoor area that awaits out back. Fatty’s feels like a vacation, and local beers on tap (Finback, Singlecut, Rockaway), joined by a few brews from our friends out west and a beachy cocktail lineup, enhance the occasion. _________________ Finback Brewery 7801 77th Ave. (At 78th St.) Ridgewood (718) 628-8600 Facebook || Instagram: @finbackbrewery || Twitter: @finbackbrewery The brewery that went from Kickstarter to kicking butt in one year, Finback has produced a variety of beers on tap across the city, but like any sweet (or sour, or bitter) nectar, it’s best to get it from its source. Take a trip to the taproom (on Thursday, Saturday or Sunday for Queens Beer Book holders) to see where the magic happens. A rotating selection of beers brewed on premises include IPAs, sour ales, imperial stouts and barrel aged beers. _________________ Forest Hills Station House 106-11 71st Ave. (At Austin) Forest Hills (718) 544-5000 Facebook || Instagram: @fhstationhouse || Twitter: @FHStationHouse Station House is not a stop, it’s a destination. Located directly next to the Long Island Railroad station in Forest Hills, the state-of-the-art gastropub has been seducing thirsty travelers through its French-style doors to showcase, among other attractive qualities, a thoughtful selection of craft beer and cider from across the country and around the world. Comprehensive knowledge of craft beer and cider is central here, but the beverage train chugs even further with more than 100 small batch whiskeys, and classic and bespoke cocktails mixed and shaken by friendly and knowledgeable bartenders. For growling stomachs, a wide-ranging menu with mouth-watering options for a range of tastes includes one of the best burgers in the city, featured on Eyewitness News’ “Neighborhood Eats.” _________________ Front Toward Enemy 40-11 30th Ave. (41st St. & Steinway) Astoria (718) 545-2269 Facebook || Instagram: @ftenemynyc || Twitter: @FTEnemyNYC This industrial space with style specializes in craft beers and handcrafted cocktails to “wet” the palate while bar eats whet the gut. Saturday Punch Brunch and jazz nights with live local bands keep locals coming back for more. The Irish-owned home base has unexpectedly Mexican appetizer specials like Fiesta Nachos, Grilled Mexi Burger, Quesadillas, while heartier daytime eats span cuisines from Irish Potato Cakes and Eggs to Gangsta Chicken ‘Rap to Pulled Pork Tortilla. For dinner, ocean lovers and fresh-water fiends find sauvignon blanc steamed mussels, oysters, and fettuccine smoked salmon, while salads and sides please the veg-friendly. _________________ Judy & Punch 34-08 30th Ave. (34th & 35th Sts.) Astoria (718) 626-3101 Facebook || Instagram: @judyandpunchnyc || Twitter: @JudyandPunchNYC Bustling 30th Ave. has a new a prime stop for beer experts and beginners alike. At Judy and Punch, entertainment spans the usual suspects like Tuesday night trivia and live music on Sundays (Without George, every Sunday at 8pm), but 15 rotating drafts, unique cocktails and–wait for it–free popcorn make any day a good one to go here. For a reliable, anytime treat, ask a friendly bartender to fix you up with a New York draft and sip it on a stool whilst window-watching passersby. _________________ Julia’s Beer & Wine Bar 818 Woodward Ave. (Putnam and Cornelia) Ridgewood (917) 909-1314 Facebook Of the many gems unearthing in the Queens beer scene, Julia’s brings a unique sparkle to Ridgewood. Started by the owners of cozy neighborhood coffee shop, Norma’s, this checkered-floor, board game-stacked Alice in Wonderland of a bar meets the need for hyper-local beer, New York State wines, New York cheese plates, and snacks made in-house, like crackers and turnovers. Managing partner, William Reter is an avid homebrewer, and features a rotating NYC beer on draft that at times can be a collaboration between himself and a nearby brewer. The at-present singular tap selection is supplemented with regional bottles, best enjoyed during drink and draws, local art shows, Sunday brunch or a midday sit solo. _________________ Katch Astoria 31-19 Newtown Ave. (At 31st St.) Astoria (718) 777-2230 Facebook || Instagram: @katchastoria || Twitter: @KatchAstoria If you live in Astoria, you’ve probably caught wind of Katch, a boisterous sports bar and entertainment lounge with an impressive tap selection. Fifty craft beers on tap and 10 in cans meet the needs of any level of beer drinker, with Kurrent Attractions (special beers) rotating among 18 designated taps each week. Sixty-three TVs and Pay Per View fights may seem to make the venue ideal for watching matches inside, but the Katch Kourtyard out back is where it’s at: 5,000 square feet of outdoor seating feature regular beer specials (and there’s a TV out there, too). Trivia on Tuesdays, outdoor movie nights on Wednesdays and live music on Fridays make Katch a kool place to try any night of the week. _________________ LIC Beer Project 39-28 23rd St. (39th & 40th Aves.) Long Island City (917) 832-6840 Facebook || Instagram: @licbeerproject || Twitter: @LICbp The latest beermakers to emerge in Long Island City boast a brand spankin’ new boutique brewery and taphouse built on a multi-partied effort to put a unique spin and experience on Queens beer. According to its managers, the Beer Project encompasses a “collaborative journey of insight, experience, travel, education, and the goal to achieve a beer we have yet to discover,” a recipe not unlikely to yield success for beer lovers. _________________ Max Bratwurst Und Bier 4702 30th Ave. (At 47th St.) Astoria (718) 777-1635 Facebook || Instagram: @maxbratwurst || Twitter: @MaxBratwurst Drink your bier from a .3 liter stein or 2 liter boot at this simple yet inviting eatery spotlighting German style comfort food, cold beer and sports. Mug holding contests are a possible route to prizes like $25 and $50 gift cards and definite route to drunken fun, and a party room downstairs is available for private occasions. _________________ Mosaic Craft Beer & Wine Bar 25-19 24th Ave. (At 26th St.) Astoria (718) 728-0708 Facebook || Instagram: @mosaicastoria || Twitter: @MosaicAstoria It’s all in the name at this Victorian living room-style drinking den offering up a colorful assemblage of craft beers and fine wines from around the world. No liquor to speak of, but take a careful look through the thorough book of beers, which includes more than 180 craft brewed selections from New York to Belgium to Germany, all complementing the decent lineup of local and regional drafts. Combine with paninis, crepes or meat and cheese platters and you’ll see why this easy-to-get-to, yet easy-to-miss corner spot recently celebrated its fourth year anniversary in Astoria. _________________ Ovelia 34-01 30th Ave. (At 34th St.) Astoria (718) 721-7217 Facebook || Instagram: @oveliapsistaria || Twitter: @OveliaPsistaria An award-winning Greek restaurant that will surprise you with its hidden tap selection featuring domestic drafts from Ommegang to Stone, great modern Hellenic food and an outdoor bar in the form of a sidewalk patio. Try the proprietary “Frap-Beer,” a Founders Porter mixed with Nescafe and vanilla syrup, for an eccentric and enjoyable pick-me-up al fresco. _________________ Postscriptum Pizza Shop 32-02 Broadway (At 32nd St.) Astoria (718) 685-2764 Facebook No ordinary pizza shop or afterthought, this casual corner spot with class has it all: 12″ brick oven pizzas, eight craft beers on draft and 10 in bottles, an extensive wine selection and an urban rustic atmosphere with full front windows looking out onto Broadway. Other food options range from oysters to pork belly to salads, along with a coffee and dessert menu for the sweet toothed or those looking for a multi-course experience on a date or with friends. _________________ Queens Kickshaw 40-17 Broadway (At 41st St.) Astoria (718) 777-0913 Facebook || Instagram: @theQueensKickshaw || Twitter: @QueesKickshaw It’s hard to pin down the best part of the Queens Kickshaw: there’s the ever-rotating lineup of hard-to-find and esoteric beers, four on draft, two by-the-glass and more than 30 in bottles; a selection of ciders representing the world’s cider-growing regions is the largest in NYC, aside from the hubby-and-wife owners’ just-opened cider bar in the Lower East Side, Wassail; cold brewed coffee flows from a tap; and there’s an acclaimed grilled cheese menu. In addition, the gastropub-meets-coffee shop has live music every Friday night from 9 to 11:30pm; musical acts are announced on the events page. _________________ Rèst-âü-Ránt 30-01 35th Ave. (At 30th St.) Long Island City (718) 729-9009 Facebook || Instagram: @tinasrarbar || Twitter: @RaRbar RaR Bar spells Queens versatility, attracting locals and newcomers alike with an always-rotating selection of craft beers, a vast selection of wine, and curated cocktails for an extra kick. The repertoire and following here has continuously grown over the years, thanks to quirky characteristics like a lack of televisions to help people connect and converse, weekly events including music, comedy and art shows that reflect the culturally diverse neighborhood, and shareable plates created with care from locally sourced, organic ingredients whenever possible. _________________ Rockaway Brewing Company 46-01 5th St. (At 46th Ave.) Long Island City (718) 482-6528 Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Website Representing their Rockaway roots in Long Island City digs, this brewhouse and taproom makes easy drinking beers and loves having company. Make your way through their malty lineup while ogling the wall of vintage beer cans. _________________ The Sandwich Bar 33-01 Ditmars Blvd. (At 33rd St.) Astoria (718) 777-1078 Facebook || Instagram: @thesandwichbarny || Twitter: @SandwichBarNY Family-owned, foodie-approved and perfect for a panini lover’s lunch break, the Sandwich Bar lives up to its name with a daily special that’s hard not to savor–from 11am to 4pm, any half sandwich with a side is $7.50 ($9.50 for two sides) and the package tastes even better with a brew or two. The menu, music, clientele and location steps from the N/Q train (around the corner from the Astoria-Ditmars Blvd. stop) all contribute to making this Greek-influenced shop great, but the beer selection, featuring local Queens brews and U.S. and European favorites, and the frozen cocktails for summer slurping, make it even better. _________________ SingleCut Beersmiths 19-33 37th St. (19th & 20th Aves.) Astoria (718) 606-0788 Facebook || Instagram: @singlecutbeer || Twitter: @SingleCutBeer The people behind the original Queens micro-brewery (the first to operate in the borough since Prohibition) are good at what they do and take their craft seriously–sort of. A selection of 30 board games, music-themed beers and guitar fret-shaped tap handles make SingleCut more of a seriously fun place to sip local beer, whether in the well-decorated taproom under sky-high ceilings, or on the shady sidewalk outside. If you’re here on the weekend, take a brewery tour, where you’ll learn about how the beer is made and have a chance to taste it all on tap. While you’re at it, ask about their mascot, Rulpsen, who is essentially a robot fermentation tank with a crass attitude and sense of humor. _________________ Snowdonia 34-55 32nd St. (At 35th Ave.) Astoria (347) 730-5783 Facebook || Instagram: @snowdoniapub || Twitter: @SnowdoniaPub A Welsh-inspired gastropub with gumption dishing out distinctive dinner options like “Stuffies” (clamshells stuffed with clams, chorizo, breadcrumbs, onions and peppers), “Gaggers” (half weiners on potato rolls with mustard, onions, and secret recipe chili) and the “Mac & Cheese Byrgyr” (a quarter pound burger with a bun made out of mac and cheese–yeah), deliciously joined by all the necessary craft beers and ciders for summer–Ithaca Flower Power IPA, Rockaway Extra Special/Strong Bitter, Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen (a 50/50 mix of Schofferhofer wheat beer and grapefruit juice) on draft; Founders All Day IPA and Butternuts Heinieweisse and Pork Slap in cans; Angry Orchard, Crispin and Smith and Forge ciders. On top of the bevy of beverages and unique eats, Snowdonia also offers much appreciated attributes like New York Times recommended trivia, Monday Brunch that lasts all day, and obscure movies playing almost every night. _________________ The Sparrow Tavern 24-01 29th St. (At 24th Ave.) Astoria (718) 606-2260 Facebook || Twitter: @SparrowTavernNY This dimly-lit, tin-walled, classy-cocktailed neighborhood bar and restaurant a solid selection of yearly beers (SingleCut, Ommegang, Lagunitas) and rotationals that change weekly, bottles and cans (Breckenridge, Founders, Narragansett), and grass-fed, organic and gluten-free foods. According to staff, the tavern is a quintessential stop for the neighborhood, with frequent networking opportunities for media, entertainment and and hospitality types. _________________ Sunswick 35/35 35-02 35th St. (At 35th Ave.) Astoria (718) 752-0620 Facebook || Twitter: @SunswickAstoria Astoria’s original craft beer bar planted its flag in this somewhat hidden area by providing 25 craft beers on draft, homemade sandwiches, burgers, and wings that surpass typical bar fare. According to the owner, “Sunswick” derives from the Native American word “Sunskisq,” meaning “place of the chief’s wife,” a name also given to the Sunswick Creek which ran from the East River to Astoria. Since the surrounding area has always been known as a place where community thrives, our modern-day beer source attempts to recreate that feeling of fellowship and commonality, and succeeds. See for yourself during trivia on Wednesdays, bingo on Thursdays or a laid-back vibe any day of the week. _________________ William Hallet 36-10 30th Ave. (36th & 37th Sts.) Astoria (718) 269-3443 Facebook || Instagram: @williamhallet || Twitter: @WilliamHallet All-American beers with local emphasis complement an eclectic food menu at this timeless tavern and restaurant that somehow feels concealed away from Astoria’s 30th Avenue rush. Sophistication doesn’t mean stuffy here–you’ll find yourself listening to funk and punk rock while dining, drinking, and admiring the quiet simplicity of this elegant pub. Sample the spring menu, plan a weekend brunch with friends or stop in for a late night snack that far surpasses http://www.williamhallet.com/late-night.html the usual pm-to-am fare. 2 Comments Beer corpses: Bierleichen's favorite heavy metal playlist June 30th, 2015 […] can also learn more about Bierleichen in the Queens Bar Guide, but for now, enjoy this hair-splitting top 10 created exclusively for Brokelyn. And remember, […] Reply Queens beer lovers rejoice: Here's the Queens Beer Book! June 11th, 2015 […] If you’re looking for a bar crawl, this isn’t the promo for that. But keep it in your pocket all year, and you never know when you’ll find a new favorite among our incredible bunch of participating venues, which you can also read about in more depth on We Heart Astoria: […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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