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Tucked away underneath Astoria’s elevated subway line lies an unlikely hybrid. This cabaret/go-go dancing/sports bar is not a gentleman’s club per se, but the atmosphere might suggest otherwise. Dancers gyrate to Greek and Latin beats on a narrow stage at the center of the circular oak bar, while bartenders pour strong, high-priced cocktails, such as a Seven and Seven or a rum and Coke. Mermaids may not be a treasure in an ocean of bars in Queens, but it is definitely a different world.

Venue name: Mermaid’s
Address: 31-06 31st St
Cross street: between 31st Ave and Broadway
Opening hours: Daily 8pm–4am
Transport: Subway: N to Broadway
Price: Average drink: $8. Cash only
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