Astoria Bier

The Queens Bar Guide, accompanying the Queens Beer Book, brings you the best way to discover the exploding craft beer scene in Queens. Consider this as your explorer’s guide to great food and drink spots you haven’t been to yet, as well as an incentive to revisit neighborhood favorites in:

Astoria • Bayside • Forest Hills • Jackson Heights • Long Island City • Ridgewood • Sunnyside • Whitestone

60 Beans Kitchen & Coffee. Photo credit: Stephen Pelligrino.

60 Beans Kitchen & Coffee. Photo credit: Stephen Pelligrino.

60 Beans Kitchen & Coffee
36-02 Ditmars Blvd. (At 36th St.) | ASTORIA
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Twitter: @60beans Instagram: @sixtybeanscoffee

First Glance: Craft beer and coffee live in harmony at this independent coffee house owned by local residents in Astoria’s Ditmars section. The coffeehouse-turned-New American restaurant (thanks to partnership with Chef Domenick Gianfrancesco, formerly of Craft, Craftbar NYC and Krupa Grocery) now prides itself on fresh, responsibly sourced ingredients, housemade pastas and charcuterie and a rotating selection of mostly New York drafts and bottles.

Pro Tip: If you’re starting with coffee, follow with a beer that can stand up to that roast flavor; stouts, porters and black IPAs are best. Skipping the coffee? Take a few session ales to the tables and chairs along 36th Street.

Fun Fact: “60 beans” refers to Ludwig Van Beethoven’s preferred breakfast: coffee, which he prepared himself, counting 60 beans per cup.

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Alobar Restaurant. Photo via Facebook.

Alobar Restaurant. Photo via Facebook.

Alobar Restaurant
46-42 Vernon Blvd. (46th Rd. & 47th Ave.) | LONG ISLAND CITY
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Twitter: @alobarnyc Instagram: @alobarnyc

First Glance: Rustic restobar boasting three Michelin Bib Gourmand Awards, 100 craft whiskeys and seasonal brews made in Long Island City. Fancy fare can be enjoyed in the spacious dining area, without pretension.

Pro Tip: Choose tapas-style snacks to complement your beers—the maple bacon popcorn and pickled vegetables are especially tasty and fun to eat. The whiskey list is also something to behold—wait—was that Pappy Van Winkle?

Fun Fact: Jimmy Fallon ate here.

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Astoria Bier and Cheese (Ditmars).

Astoria Bier and Cheese – Ditmars

Astoria Bier & Cheese (Ditmars)
35-11 Ditmars Blvd. (35th & 36th Sts.) | ASTORIA
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Twitter: @abcditmars Instagram: @abcditmars

First Glance: 350 varieties of bottles and cans, 150+ cheeses, 40+ charcuteries and specialty groceries complement a small selection of drafts. Stay for a beer and cheese pairing, drink and draw night, or to kick back in the relaxing backyard.

Pro Tip: Please your palate by pairing a cheese and charcuterie plate (salty, fatty) with a crisp, tart farmhouse ale or gose. And don’t be intimidated by the bottle and can selection — give yourself ample time to peruse and pick up beers to go.

Fun Fact: Astoria Bier & Cheese has a another location on Broadway in Astoria, as well as another sibling biz, Milk & Hops, on Broadway in Manhattan (East Village).

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Burgers and beers pair well at any size at Beer Belly's.

Sliders pair especially well with beers their own size at Beer Belly’s.

Beer Belly’s
39-17 Bell Blvd. (39th & 40th Aves.) | BAYSIDE
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First Glance: Relaxed sports bar with all of your sports needs covered: high-definition flatscreen TVs air MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and NCAA sports packages, as well as UFC fight coverage. Catch the action with casual dining options (wings, burgers, nachos, specialty sandwiches, salads) upstairs, or kick back down below with 50 taps, plus more than 70 bourbons/whiskies.

Pro Tip: First, order a beer flight ($10) for the opportunity to try four different beers. Then, pick your favorite for a pint.

Fun Fact: Self-serve tap beer tables accompany casual dining upstairs. Try it once to pick up some bartending skills!

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Beer Closet. Photo via Facebook.

Beer Closet. Photo via Facebook.

Beer Closet
5-37 51st Ave. (50th & 51st Aves.) | LONG ISLAND CITY
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Twitter: @licbeercloset Instagram: @beercloset

First Glance: Beer shop and bar hosting anywhere from 150 to 365 bottles any day of the year. Try something new and pair it with a selection of sandwiches, meats, cheeses, chocolates and other quick-to-grab snacks.

Pro Tip: Beer Closet hosts lots of low-key, non-esoteric events like Geeks Who Drink, Beer and Books, and ’80s/’90s-themed music nights. Check out their Facebook page to see what’s up.

Fun Fact: Go “We have created an atmosphere that welcomes you and feels like your living room—comfortable and at home, just surrounded by lots and lots of beer.” —Angel Flores, “logistics” manager

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Become a "beer corpse" at Bierleichen.

Become a “beer corpse” at Bierleichen.

Bierleichen
582 Seneca Ave. (Menahan & Grove) | RIDGEWOOD
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Twitter: @bierleichennyc Instagram: @bierleichennyc

First Glance: A metalhead’s beer hall hoisting gigantic German lagers (and craft ales, half liters also available), German fest food and foosball.

Pro Tip: Pair a schnitzel or big, salty pretzel with a chilled lager in the spacious backyard.

Fun Fact: Bierleichen is German for “beer corpses,” a reference to the drunken Oktoberfest attendees who, throughout the festival, herd to a designated field to pass out.

“You rock! We rock!” —Jake Martin, owner

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At Bierocracy, German-style beer hall drinking is updated in a polished setting.

At Bierocracy, German-style beer hall drinking is updated in a polished setting.

Bierocracy
12-23 Jackson Ave. (At 47th Rd.) | LONG ISLAND CITY
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Twitter: @bierocracy Instagram: @bierocracy

First Glance: Attractive beer hall bringing old world communal imbibing to a modern setting. Thirteen drafts and 40 bottled beers span traditional European styles and craft brews from the States, with trivia on Mondays, game night on Wednesdays, live jazz on Thursdays and a DJ spinning vinyls on Fridays and Saturdays.

Pro Tip: Go for the house beer to keep things affordable, or try to make it out for “Tapped Tuesdays,” when bartenders introduce the craft beer-curious to more intriguing microbrews on the market today. The full schedule can be found here.

Fun Fact: This branded beer hall was created with the intention of expanding into a worldwide chain. Visit and see for yourself if it’s worth the global procreation.

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Bohemian Hall has an entrance fit for a behemoth.

An entrance fit for a behemoth will greet you at Bohemian Hall.

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
2919 24th Ave. (31st St. & 29th St.) | ASTORIA
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Twitter: @bohemianhall Instagram: @bohemianhallbeergarden

First Glance: This no-frills beer bar stays true to its Czech and Slovak roots, offering a casual setting that borders on dive bar; traditional Eastern European fare; as well as American favorites. Festive events are common and the outdoor garden, seating 1,000, makes any day feel like a special occasion.

Pro Tip: The tree-lined outdoor garden seats 1,000, so you won’t have to worry about finding a seat. Bypass the bar and plant yourself at a picnic table outside in the shade.

Fun Fact: Bohemian Hall hosts a few festivals each year, as well as private events.

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Bowery Bay. Photo via Facebook.

Bowery Bay. Photo via Facebook.

Bowery Bay
19-33 Ditmars Blvd. (At 21st St.) | ASTORIA
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Twitter: @bowerybay Instagram: @bowerybaybar

First Glance: Soak in some class sans sass in this sophisticated but friendly bar and kitchen one block from the Astoria Park waterfront. The repurposed design envelopes an extensive whiskey selection (100 bottles or more); rotating local and international beers; and farm-to-table fare on a seasonally changing menu that celebrates local ingredients.

Pro Tip: The (small) location and vibe make Bowery Bay a perfect escape for dreamy day-drinking or relaxed, refined dining. Choose your adventure.

Fun Fact: At Bowery Bay, everything has a story, from the recycled decor to the name of the bar: Bowery Bay is also a small body of water off the north end of Astoria’s coast.

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End your commute at Bridge and Tunnel Brewery.

End your commute at Bridge and Tunnel Brewery in Ridgewood.

Bridge & Tunnel Brewery
15-35 Decatur St. (Wyckoff & Irving) | RIDGEWOOD
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Twitter: @bridge_x_tunnel Instagram: @bridgeandtunnelbrewery

First Glance: Bringing the tradition of brewing back to Ridgewood, Queens, this mom-and-pop, DIY brewery boasts a comfortable bar, farmhouse style tables and 12 to 16 beers on tap, brewed on premises. From floor to ceiling, everything you see in the bar and tap room was built by hand using repurposed materials by the brewer/founder himself, over the course of a year long build-out. The brewery is family-owned by Queens natives and welcomes patrons of all backgrounds with beer flights, pints, growler fills and good conversation.

Pro Tip: Order in and settle in–Bridge & Tunnel Brewery is BYOF (bring your own food), along with being kid-friendly and dog-friendly.

Fun Fact: Bridge & Tunnel Brewery is located on the former site of the pre-Prohibition Diogenes Brewing Company.

“We are forging a relaxed, yet socially engaging tap room and maintaining very reasonable prices with the goal of introducing as many newcomers to the craft beer scene with an affordable opportunity to explore a range of beer styles and flavor profiles.” —Rich Castagna, owner/brewer

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Buy a flight, then get your favorite for free with your Queens Beer Book ticket at Courtyard Ale House.

Buy a flight, then get your favorite for free with your Queens Beer Book ticket at Courtyard Ale House.

The Courtyard Ale House
40-18 Queens Blvd. (40th St. & 41st St.) | SUNNYSIDE
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Twitter: @courtyardnyc Instagram: @courtyardalehouse

First Glance: Premier sports bar and ale house with rotating draft beers highlighting local breweries, craft favorites from around the States and hard-to-find imports.

Pro Tip: Try a flight first to find your favorite beer on tap. Like it? Use your Queens Beer Book ticket to get a pint for free. Love it? Bring it home in a growler for $25 ($20 if you bring your own jug).

Fun Fact: Courtyard Ale House is BYO BBQ—you supply the meat, they’ll provide the grill, tables, chairs, darts, set-up and clean-up.

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Get your Bowie on at Diamond Dogs. Photo via Facebook

Get your Bowie on at Diamond Dogs. Photo via Facebook

Diamond Dogs
34-04 31st Ave. (At 34th St.) | ASTORIA
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Instagram: @diamonddogsnyc

First Glance: When it comes to the beer selection, less is more at this carefully curated bar with eight main drafts rotating monthly and two specialty brews switching up every week.

Pro Tip: There’s no food here, but the bar encourages that patrons bring their own bites to the backyard. Order some beers and have yourself a picnic.

Fun Fact: Diamond Dogs is a 1974 album from David Bowie that sought to conceptually combine George Orwell’s famous novel, 1984 and Bowie’s own post-apocalyptic, glittery world.

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See what's inside Jagerhaus, a tablecloth beer garden in Whitestone.

See what’s inside Jagerhaus, a family-friendly beer garden in Whitestone.

Jägerhaus
15-16 149th St. (15th Rd. & 15th Ave.) | WHITESTONE
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Twitter: @jagerhausnyc Instagram: @jagerhaus_gastropub

First Glance: Classic German beer hall gone slightly upscale. This family-friendly gastropub and beer garden is ripe for a fancy feast equipped with tablecloths and table service, or a casual afternoon of day drinking outside.

Pro Tip: Head outside for the best of both worlds—the vibe of a traditional German biergarten (tables and benches from Germany, shady umbrellas, pergola), along with two big screen TVs for those looking to catch the action.

Fun Fact: The giant pretzels are imported from Bavaria.

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John Brown Smokehouse in Long Island City. Photo via Facebook.

John Brown Smokehouse in Long Island City. Photo via Facebook.

John Brown Smokehouse
10-43 44th Dr. (At 11th St.) | LONG ISLAND CITY
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Twitter: @johnbrownsmoke

First Glance: Eight drafts and 30+ bottles and cans accompany award-winning Kansas City-style BBQ served on lunch trays, plus live music Mondays through Thursdays, with a returning blues series the last Saturday of every month.

Pro Tip: Prepare for a generous platter that features the burnt ends; they’re meat candy.

Fun Fact: John Brown Smokehouse was a 2014 recipient of the Michelin Bib Gourmand, an award signifying culinary excellence on a budget. (Alobar, another LIC Queens Beer Book restobar, received this award that year, too.)

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Sit at the bar or peek into the brewery while you enjoy your Belgian-inspired beer at LIC Beer Project.

Belly up to the bar or stand in awe of the brewery while you enjoy your Belgian-inspired beer at LIC Beer Project.

LIC Beer Project
39-28 23rd St. (39th and 40th Aves.) | LONG ISLAND CITY
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Twitter: @licbp Instagram: @licbeerproject

First Glance: A quintessential urban brewery boasting Belgian-inspired, farmhouse-style and American wild ales. Outdoor seating is set to add breezy enjoyment to the sleek, spacious interior in summer 2016.

Pro Tip: Order an Ardent Core Saison, one of LIC Beer Project’s flagship ales, or look for the Trigger Rye, which won the Peoples’ Choice for best Belgian-style ale by an American brewer at Jimmy’s No. 43‘s 2015 Battle of the Belgians.

Fun Fact: Brewery partner, Daniel Acosta, planned and built the LIC Beer Project brewery and taproom after backpacking through Europe, where he was inspired by Belgian beers. He was formerly a construction consultant.

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You won't feel far from home at the Local — that is, until you see their beer selection is way better than yours.

You won’t feel far from home at the Local — that is, until you see the beer selection.

The Local Bar
41-04 31st Ave. (41st & 42nd Sts.) | ASTORIA
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Twitter: @localbarastoria Instagram: @thelocalbarastoria

First Glance: From lip-smacking stouts to aggressively hopped ales, a range of craft beers abound at this regular neighborhood bar with 20 taps, an intimate back patio area and karaoke on Fridays.

Pro Tip: Spend some time at the bar to earn the free popcorn; for the most bang for your buck, do this Mondays through Wednesdays, when all craft drafts are $5 all day.

Fun Fact: Monday night is popcorn and a movie night on the back patio and it’s free.

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See what's behind the window at Maggie Mae's in Sunnyside.

See what’s inside Maggie Mae’s in Sunnyside.

Maggie Mae’s
4115 Queens Blvd. (41st & 42nd Sts.) | SUNNYSIDE
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Twitter: @maggiemaesbar Instagram: @maggiemaesbar

First Glance: Chill out in this warm and inviting, decades-old pub that pledges to keep regulars and newcomers comfortable. Sip on seasonal craft beers or venture into inventive craft cocktails during a recurring DJ showcase or stand up comedy night.

Pro Tip: Strike up a conversation! Maggie Mae’s is known for its friendly staff and patrons.

Fun Fact: The bar was recently renovated by its owners, receiving a full facelift from dive to rustic/industrial decor.

“Come hang out with us!” —Leanne Moore, co-owner

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Spend some quality time with Max Bratwurst Und Bier.

Spend some quality time with Max Bratwurst Und Bier.

Max Bratwurst Und Bier
4702 30th Ave. (At 47th St.) | ASTORIA
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Twitter: @maxbratwurst Instagram: @maxbratwurst

First Glance: Drink your “bier” from a stein at this casual eatery spotlighting German comfort food, beer and mug-holding contests.

Pro Tip: Try the homemade kaesepatzle for a taste of German-style mac and cheese.

Fun Fact: Max Bratwurst also specializes in exotic meats—ask about the rattlesnake and alligator bratwursts.

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The Monk consistently has 8 profiles of fine Belgian beer on tap.

The Monk consistently has 8 profiles of fine Belgian beer on tap.

The Monk
68-67 Fresh Pond Rd. (At Cypress Hills St.) | RIDGEWOOD
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Twitter: @themonknyc Instagram: @themonknyc

First Glance: Belgian beer fans’ jaws will drop at this Belgian beer cafe reminiscent of the land of the frites, where Dubbels, Tripels and Flemish Reds are abundant. In addition to a warm and inviting interior, weather permitting, the cafe also offers table seating in an attractive outdoor setting.

Pro Tip: Be your best Belgian and sample small plates while enjoying your beers. The (not necessarily Belgian) meat and cheese plates, olives with parmigiano reggiano and hot pepper strips and hummus and tzatziki with pita are all good plates to start with.

Fun Fact: The Monk has a “strict” no-TV policy, encouraging friendly conversation. Take advantage of it!

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Don't go to that place. Go to The Other Place. Photo via Facebook.

Don’t go to that place. Go to The Other Place! Photo via Facebook.

The Other Place
103-19 Metropolitan Ave. (At 72nd Ave.) | FOREST HILLS
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Instagram: @theotherplacefh

First Glance: A locals vibe, wide selection of world and local brews and bar bites including burgers, mussels and wings. The Other Place a good place to start—or end—your night.

Pro Tip: Take a world tour of beer! The Other Place offers an eclectic mix of 40 bottled beers from the U.S., Europe, Thailand and Mexico, along with eight tap beers incorporating local favorites from Queens.

Fun Fact: Music events here range from alternative rock to jazz and solo artists.

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Pair one of these bad boys with a juicy IPA at Press 195 in Bayside.

Pair one of these bad boys with a juicy IPA at Press 195 in Bayside. Photo via Facebook.

Press 195
40-11 Bell Blvd. (40th & 41st Aves.) | BAYSIDE
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Twitter: @press195 Instagram: @press195

First Glance: Create your own masterpiece or pick from the extensive menu at this sandwich and beer bar specializing in hot pressed paninis, juicy burgers, cold subs, salads and craft beers.

Pro Tip: Belgian frites serving two are best shared in the backyard garden.

Fun Fact: The Travel Channel’s Man V. Food host Adam Richman coined Press 195 “a phenomenal sandwich place.”

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Measure your admiration for locally distilled booze at The Astoria Distilling Co. tasting room and bar, Proof and Gauge.

Measure your admiration for locally distilled booze at Proof and Gauge, the Astoria Distilling Co. tasting room and bar.

Proof & Gauge
31-00 47th Ave. Unit 1150A (At 31st St.) | LONG ISLAND CITY
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Twitter: @proof_and_gauge Instagram: @proof_and_gauge

First Glance: Astoria Distilling Co.’s tasting room and bar, with New York-sourced spirits, wine and yes, beer. Seasonal cocktails are made with in-house gin along with other

Pro Tip: Start with Astoria Distilling Co.’s flagship spirit, Queens Courage Gin, a modern take on Old Tom gin, which was a style of gin very popular in the 1800’s and pre-Prohibition era.

Fun Fact: Astoria Distilling Co., the distillery that provides Proof and Gauge with its local gin and other spirits, is the first craft distillery to open in Queens.

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Make grilled cheese your steeze at the Queens Kickshaw in Astoria. Photo credit: Lauren DeCicca.

Make the grilled cheese your steeze at the Queens Kickshaw in Astoria. Photo credit: Lauren DeCicca.

The Queens Kickshaw
40-17 Broadway (At 41st St.) | ASTORIA
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Twitter: @queenskickshaw Instagram: @thequeenskickshaw

First Glance: A must-go for Astorians and those who love coffee, beer, cider and scratch cooking. Stop in for cold-brewed joe, a few ever-rotating, esoteric craft beers and refined ciders from around the world. Live music has a sense of humor: on a Friday night, catch Could Be Worse (CBW), an Astoria-based, blues-inspired classic rock cover band of theatre geeks “playing all of your dad’s favorite songs.”

Pro Tip: Don’t miss the abridged and acclaimed grilled cheese menu, featuring five delectable options. Each features upscale/unique ingredients like cornichons (fancy pickles, with the Gruyere); guava jam (on the Gouda); and sherry vinaigrette (on the Gruyere and Great Hill Blue).

Fun Fact: Cold-brewed coffee. Growlers. ‘Nuff said.

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Have you been to RaR Bar? All these people have.

Have you been to RaR Bar? All of these people have.

Rèst-âü-Ránt (R’a’R Bar)
30-01 35th Ave. (At 30th St.) | LONG ISLAND CITY
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Twitter: @rarbar Instagram: @tinasrarbar

First Glance: Rèst-âü-Ránt, AKA “R’a’R Bar,” spells Queens versatility. The friendly and lively locale features art, music and comedy that reflects the culturally diverse neighborhood and the shareable plates and selections of craft beers and wines do the same.

Pro Tip: The fun and affordable brunch menu has something for everyone, including vegetarian eggs benedict, Chicken and Waffles and the R’a’R Bar Burger.

Fun Fact: The horseshoe-shaped bar, along with much of the decor, was built by owner, Tina Stipanovic by hand.

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Get rowdy at Ridgewood Ale House.

Hop on a stool and swig some local brews at Ridgewood Ale House. Photo via Facebook.

The Ridgewood Ale House
57-38 Myrtle Ave. (Centre & Weirfield Sts.) | RIDGEWOOD
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Twitter: @ridgewoodale Instagram: @the_ridgewood_ale_house

First Glance: Booths, brews and food without the bros, feted for its 17 TVs, 12 beers on tap (served in frosted mugs) and 34 beers served in bottles. Come for sports, karaoke on Tuesdays, or trivia on Thursdays.

Pro Tip: The wood-fired pizzas are popular among a wide range of food—make it a Meat Lovers, veg out with Veggie, spice it up with Buffalo, or combine meals with the Chicken Cesar.

Fun Fact: Ridgewood Ale House offers second floor diners and imbibers a view of downtown Manhattan.

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Rockaway Brewing Company awaits you.

Rockaway Brewing Company awaits your cheerful (and thirsty) arrival.

Rockaway Brewing
46-01 5th St. (At 46th Ave.) | LONG ISLAND CITY
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Twitter: @rockawaybrewco Instagram: @rockawaybrewco

First Glance: Fun, friendly taproom offering flagship ales reminiscent of the Brits (ESB, Black Gold Nitro Stout, 1875 Pale Ale), more recently incorporating some American flare. Pop up food vendors feed you on weekends and in summer, the LIC Flea is across the street.

Pro Tip: Look for specialty brews that aren’t always available, like the Hawaiian Pizza (a tropical-leaning IPA), DaBEACH (a hopped up, sessionable wheat ale) or the crisp, light Kölsch Classic.

Fun Fact: Come on over, CAMRA fans: Rockaway always has a rotating cask ale on tap.

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You know you want it. SingleCut wants you to have it.

You know you want it. SingleCut wants you to have it.

SingleCut Beersmiths
19-33 37th St. (19th & 20th Aves.) | ASTORIA
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Twitter: @singlecutbeer Instagram: @singlecutbeer

First Glance: A bit off the beaten path, but worth the trek once you’re inside (or outside, if you have a hankering for the street and a beautiful view of the Best Market), SingleCut BeerSmiths was the first brewery to open its doors in Queens this century. Since 2010, the forgers of beer have continually churned out a solid portfolio of everyman and esoteric brews. Start with the 19-33 Pilsner, named for the brewery address (which will come in handy when you’re ordering that Uber later), and capable of changing the way you feel about lagers. By the way, pilsners are a type of lager. Tell your friends.

Pro Tip: Don’t come hungry. But if you do, head to Astoria Pizza Factory, located in the parking lot across the street.

Fun Fact: SingleCut employs many music-themed beer names, which can be obscure—bonus points if you know which John Michael they’re referring to in the rotating John Michael Dark Lyric Lagrrr. (Spoiler alert: it’s this one.)

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Beer is just the beginning at Snowdonia pub.

Your 16-ounce pint is just the beginning at Snowdonia.

Snowdonia
34-55 32nd St. (At 35th Ave.) | ASTORIA
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Twitter: @snowdoniapub Instagram: @snowdoniapub

First Glance: A Welsh-inspired gastropub dishing out distinctive dinner options and snacks, along with a comprehensive list of craft beers and ciders. Try the Welsh Rarebit appetizer or pick from the list of hand-crafted burgers.

Pro Tip: Head there early, or late: happy hour runs every day from 4-7pm and 12-1am. Pints are $4, shots of tequila and bourbon are $6 and wine bottles are half priced.

Fun Fact: The recently-instated Astoria Mondays feature Industry Brunch at 12pm (bottomless mimosas for $9); happy hour at 4pm; trivia with Trivia NYC at 7pm; and comedy night at 10pm on the first Monday of the month.

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Take a seat at the Standing Room, a bar and comedy club in Long Island City. Photo via Facebook.

Take a seat at the Standing Room, a bar and comedy club located in Long Island City. Photo via Facebook.

The Standing Room
4738 Vernon Blvd. (47th Rd. & 48th Ave.) | LONG ISLAND CITY
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Twitter: @standingroomlic Instagram: @standingroomlic

First Glance: Go-to bar for a few laughs, a few drafts and cocktails crafted by award-winning mixologists. This comedy club and bar prides itself on providing “libations, comedy and music in the heart of LIC.” Check out the schedule of live events here.

Pro Tip: New York satire is best washed down with beer from New York State: look out for New York beers on draft from breweries such as Empire (Syracuse), Southern Tier (Lakewood) or Captain Lawrence (Elmsford).

Fun Fact: Craft cocktails compete for the stage here, and they’re as inventive (and naturally flavored) as their names let on—”Tomato” for Japanese barley vodka, tomato water and lemon; “Flower” for dry gin, lavender, elderflower and cranberry; and “Cucumber” for spicy tequila, cucumber, lime and bell pepper.

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Chickens are especially delicious when they are unidentified, flying, and come with a tasty beer like this one.

Chickens are especially delicious when they are unidentified, flying and come with a tasty beer like this one.

Unidentified Flying Chickens
7122 Roosevelt Ave. (At 72nd St.) | JACKSON HEIGHTS
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Twitter: @ufcchicken Instagram: @ufchicken

First Glance: Come in peace! Enjoy Korean-style fried chicken and burgers with local and international rotating beers on draft, along with 100+ in bottles and cans. A dedicated beer bar in the basement is open every evening.

Pro Tip: Go for lunch—the generous lunch special (Mondays through Fridays, 11:30am-3:30pm) features five pieces of chicken with fries or rice for $10, plus half-priced drinks.

Fun Fact: Korean fried chicken wings are radically different from the typical American bar wings. At UFC, this includes preparation with fresh (not frozen) chicken; no trans fats; no heat lamps; and a thin, crackly, paper-like crust.

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Tap into the local/domestic selection of craft beers and whiskies at Woodbines.

Tap into the local/domestic selection of craft brews and whiskies at Woodbines.

Woodbines
47-10 Vernon Blvd. (47th Rd. & 47th Ave.) | LONG ISLAND CITY
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Twitter: @woodbineslic Instagram: @woodbineslic

First Glance: Take your pick of 12 craft beers on tap, then try a whiskey flight, if you’re feeling adventurous. Soak up the booze with daily lunch and dinner specials, ranging from traditional Irish dishes to gluten-free options.

Pro Tip: Stay for lunch! The $10 lunch special Monday through Friday offers a choice of bacon cheeseburger, Caesar salad or crispy chicken sandwich, with $2 10 oz drafts available. Prefer evening eats? Beat the mid-week slump with Wine Not Wednesdays, when wine bottles are half-priced from 6-11pm (with purchase of an entree).

Fun Fact: You won’t have to fear the dead phone here—outlets are pretty much everywhere, so feel free to tweet, Insta and selfie away. (Just remember to mention us!)

-by Cat Wolinski. Follow Cat on Twitter: @BeerAffair.

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