Astoria is a Queens neighborhood that can feel suburban at first, but after spending some time here, you’ll find out that it has a vibrant community of artists and cultures. It’s also home to a number of high-quality bars, which serve a range of cocktails and beers.
Astorians should already have 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, plump bratwurst and huge outdoor space, Bohemian Hall is one of New York’s best-loved beer gardens (as well as its oldest – the place opened in 1910).
The vibe of Sek’end Sun may be playful, but it does not joke around when it comes to its cocktails – just try The Hobbit’s Cobbler, which features apple brandy, Scotch, cherry, lemon and honey, and the Staycation, a mesh of vodka, cucumber, lemon and pineapple. In the backyard you’ll find a red-neon sign proclaiming “QUEENS,” so you can let all your Instagram followers know exactly which borough you are partying in.
Sunswick 35/35 claims to take its name from the Native American word sunskisq in homage to the creek that used to run from the East River to Astoria. The bar’s name references the focus on community, a critical part of its ethos. With a rotating selection of beers running from 25 taps, plus mouthwatering burgers and wings, Sunswick 35/35 is the perfect place to chill out with friends.
Parrish Turner contributed additional reporting to this article.