Three bar crawls near parks

Spend a day in the sun at either Central Park, Prospect Park or Astoria Park, then hit up three drinking holes nearby.



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  • Hell Gate Social

  • Club 21 Bar & Lounge

  • MexiQ

Hell Gate Social

Astoria Park

Hell Gate Social

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Free

After taking in Astoria Park’s incredible views of Manhattan, get ready to savor something just as good. Exit the park on its southeastern edge and mosey over to Hell Gate Social’s back garden, where you can relax with an ice-cold Red Stripe ($5) or a summery cocktail such as the Blueberry Fusion ($8), a blend of rosemary-infused blueberry vodka and limoncello. Something that’ll help you relax even more: Drinks are two-for-one from 7 to 9pm daily.

  1. 12-21 Astoria Blvd between 12th and 14th Sts, Astoria, Queens (718-204-8313)
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Club 21 Bar & Lounge

For a change of scenery, migrate three blocks to this Czech beer garden. Snag a seat at one of the patio’s umbrella-covered wooden picnic tables and ask for the $15 bucket of five domestic beers (available daily 4–9pm), or stick to Czech beers such as Krusovice Dark for more authentic imbibing. Stay grounded with a kielbasa ($8) from the outdoor grill (opening late March/early April), which the barkeeps diligently fire up daily during warm weather.

  1. 30-09 21st St between 30th Ave and 30th Rd, Astoria, Queens (718-728-0305)

MexiQ Kitchen & Draught

  • Price band: 2/4

Walk off that growing beer belly with a 17-block stroll down 30th Avenue to MexiQ (or keep the paunch and hop on the Q18 bus). Tex-Mex barbecue and 48 taps await you. Grab a seat at one of the sidewalk tables and then order any draft you like in a 64-ounce growler for the table (yours to keep, $18–$55), or opt for the ever-changing $3 daily half-liter draft special. Tequila drinkers should pop in during weekend brunch, when bottomless margaritas (and Bloody Marias, mimosas and Mexican brews) are just $7 on top of an entrée price.

  1. 37–11 30th Ave between 37th and 38th Sts, Astoria, Queens (718-626-0333)
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