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50 best New York bars: Long Island City

The best New York bars in Long Island City, Queens include a shadowy speakeasy and one standard-bearing beer bar

Photograph: Roxana Marroquin
Dutch Kills

New Yorkers know how to drink, and well. Whether you’re a craft-beer connoisseur, a bar food aficionado or a rooftop bar regular, our nightlife-loving city has got the booze haunt for you.

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Dutch Kills

Critics' pick

By now, bar pioneer Sasha Petraske’s formula is pretty familiar: natty bartenders, precise drinks and little (if any) signage. What separates Long Island City's Dutch Kills from the rest is space. The plentiful elbow room makes it a comfortable place to enjoy cocktails like the rye-based Garibaldi, made with lime juice, Campari and mellow white grapes. The Infante takes the familiar pairing of tequila and lime, and lightens it up with homemade orgeat (rosewater and almond syrup) and nutmeg.

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Alewife Queens

Critics' pick

A serious craft-beer selection is the draw at this bi-level beer hall, which comes from a team of hops zealots with ties to Alewife Baltimore and the cultish Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA. Sure, there’s an Anywhere, USA, vibe to the generic-looking gastropub, and we could do without the poppy soundtrack and truffle oil on our fries. But the owners come through where it counts, curating a balanced and worldly beer list (28 taps, 100-plus bottles) that can go toe-to-toe with the most pedigreed suds haunts in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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Joshua
Joshua

Ummm, I am only seeing 2, not 50.