- New York
- Caitrin Sneed
Astoria is a Queens neighborhood that can feel suburban at first, but has a vibrant community of artists and cultures you find out about after spending some time there. A neighborhood on the rise, it has great restaurants, reasonable rent and some fantastic bars. While not always considered a tourist destination, Astoria is a great neighborhood for New Yorkers to find their locale, get to know their bartender and drink some great beer. Here are our 10 favorite bars in Astoria to help you discover the neighborhood.
The Bonnie is a new bar that brings that artisanal quality usually associated with Williamsburg to Astoria. In addition to having a large selection of beer and wines, The Bonnie provides impressive cocktail options that you won’t want to miss. Add in their winning brunch and dinner menus, a garden to enjoy in warmer months and a hipster-chic atmosphere and The Bonnie easily becomes one of the best bars in Astoria.
Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
If you’re an Astorian then you’ve already been to Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden a dozen times, but if you’re new to the neighborhood this is where you have to start. With its superb beer list, Czech food and a Bratwurst to die for, Bohemian Hall is a great bar in and of itself. Add the outdoor beer garden, lively atmosphere and the historical element of this being the oldest beer garden in NYC, and this place becomes an Astoria landmark.
SingleCut Beersmiths / Tap Room
The SingleCut Beersmiths Brewery is a haven for Astorian beer lovers. This brewery produces year round beers that will make you a loyal fan and seasonal beers that will keep you coming in every month to try what’s new. You can take a tour of the brewery, buy a keg for your next party or enjoy a pint or two at The Tap Room, the brewery bar. The Tap Room’s bartenders also act as DJs, putting on vinyls as they see fit. This bar is filled with interesting people and quality beer.
The Sparrow Tavern
The Sparrow Tavern is a no-nonsense bar with music recognizable to people who have been out of high school for over a decade. This neighborhood staple is a more low key option than the well known Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden across the street. With a solid food menu and great drinks, The Sparrow Tavern is a great spot for locals or visitors who want to have a great time but don’t want to share their bar with a million people on Tinder dates.
Sweet Afton is a local favorite in Astoria. The bar has artisanal quality and stellar drink menu. Sweet Afton can get crowded, but for a fun night out in Astoria, this place is a must visit.
Mosaic is quintessentially Astoria: it has a comfortable neighborhood vibe with a big city cultural influence. This craft beer and wine bar has an impressive beer list featuring over 170 domestic and international craft beers. Grab a seat on one of the antique couches and enjoy the relaxed pace.
Bourbon and Vine
If you are looking for cocktails, a solid Bourbon selection, fun music and a spot prime for bar hopping, look no further than Bourbon and Vine. During nice weather, their back patio opens up, giving patrons a more quiet seating option.
The Astor Room
Located in the famed Kaufman Astoria Studios complex, The Astor Room should be at the top of your list for a special date night or celebration in Astoria. It has live music, old fashioned Hollywood glamor and a food menu that could satisfy even the most ardent foodie.
Winegasm is the perfect spot for those who prefer a Merlot to an IPA, Champagne to Bourbon and intimate conversation to yelling over music at a bar. Winegasm has a wine list full of local and sustainable wines, worthy of any wine bar in the city but outside of the pretentious trappings of wine culture that can sometimes be isolating to beginners. Expedite the discovery process of your new favorite wine by trying one of Winegasm’s many wine flights while enjoying some amazing Mediterranean tapas.
This self described American Bistro and Bar has a solid beer, bourbon and wine list, a notable weekend brunch and a fantastic late night food menu. William Hallet keeps the chill neighborhood vibe of Astoria without being sleepy, and is a welcoming spot to have a top-notch drink and a good conversation.