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The Quays, located at 45-02 30th Avenue, will host Astoria’s first Battle of the Beards.

One Astoria bar is calling for the best in beards to come and duke it out in a night filled with local music and drinks.

The Quays, a corner bar located at 45-02 30th Ave. for over 40 years, will host Astoria’s first Battle of the Beards on Tuesday, April 8. All types of face fuzz are welcome.

“We were trying to come up with something outside of the box,” said Tim House, who co-owns the establishment with Dee Flattery. “I was thinking, ‘Geez no one has done that in Astoria.’ It’ll give us something fresh.”

House said the idea for the battle came from an episode of “Wild West Alaska” in which a pizza delivery man donned an award-winning mustache.

“There are a lot of beards around, so I figured we could start in Astoria,” House said.

Participants can sign up for the battle by registering with the bartender the night of the contest or via Facebook. The night will begin at 7 p.m. with performances from local bands The Green Gallows, Homesick Hound Dogs and Robbie Cook.

Judging will follow the live music, and prizes for the greatest beards in the neighborhood include an aged bottle of Jameson whiskey, a golf bag and a pair of Mets tickets.

In the past 40 years, The Quays has been the backdrop for a scene in 1993’s “A Bronx Tale” and, most recently, the pilot episode of CBS’s “Elementary.”

 

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