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Piña colada and frozen pink lemonade at Connolly's

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Frozen pink lemonade at Connolly's

Photograph: Virginia Rollison


With a name like Connolly’s, you’d expect the booze of choice at the dark-wood bar to be Guinness. But the draw of this by-the-surf Irish pub is, of all things, a piña colada. Tucked beneath an old Victorian beach house, the beloved basement tavern lures off-duty lifeguards, neighborhood firemen and fresh-from-the-swell surfers with its coladas and vodka-spiked frozen pink lemonades. The potent icy drinks come discreetly in Styrofoam cups—easy to sneak onto the beach—with a boozy floater for a buck extra, but the friendly bartenders are known to pour the added shots with a smile and an “on the house.”
Venue name: Connolly's
Address: 155 Beach 95th St
Cross street: between Rockaway Beach Blvd and Boardwalk
Opening hours: Daily noon-4am. Memorial Day-Labor Day
Transport: Subway: A, Rockaway S to Beach 98th St
Price: Average frozen drink: $6. Cash only
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Tazi Phillips

This is the perfect stop after a day at Rockaway Beach, when you’re sunburned and parched and only a tropical tipple will give you the energy to take the A train back to the city. The bartenders here pretty much only serve one thing during the summer months, and it’s the frozen Piña Colada. Only novices order it without a sinker or floater shot, so pony up.