50 best New York bars: Astoria

These beer halls represent the best New York bars in Astoria, a bustling neighborhood in the northwest corner of Queens.

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  • Photograph: Courtesy Sunswick

    50 best New York bars: Sunswick 35/35

  • 50 best New York bars: Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

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50 best New York bars: Sunswick 35/35

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Outsiders think of Queens as the beer-garden borough, but locals know that they’ve got a craft-beer bar to rival Manhattan’s best. The name refers to a creek that used to run from the East River to the area that is now Astoria; today, a rotating selection of beers from top domestic and international breweries ($5–$9) rush through 25 taps. Snag shot-size samples from bartenders before committing, then settle in at a high-top table. The weekday happy hour (3–7pm) is a chance to try great beers at varying discounts, while monthly events showcase serious American hops.

  1. 35-02 35th St, (at 35th Ave), 11106
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Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

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This authentic Czech beer garden, opened in 1910, offers plenty of mingle-friendly picnic tables, where you can sit while you sample cheap platters of sausage and a solid lineup of European and domestic beers (pints $6, pitchers $16). Though the huge, tree-canopied garden is open year-round, summer is the prime time to soak up some rays over a pint. Prost!

  1. 29-19 24th Ave, (between 29th and 31st Sts), 11102
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