Williamsburg’s long overdue first gay bar. I know, with hipsters sometimes it’s hard to tell. And this joint certainly is nothing like Chelsea’s gay scene, but rather uberly mixed. The perfect place to bring hetero gay-shy friends. Regardless of your sexual or social preferences, you can have a fun time here. And what’s not to love, there’s a friendly dancefloor, 2 fireplaces and even video bowling. For the warmer months there is a good-sized backyard with free barbecues on summer Sundays.
Happy Hour: Daily, 3pm-8pm; two-for-one well drinks and domestic beer
559 Lorimer St., btwn Metropolitan & Devoe, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211 tel. 718.599.4444
This is an odd and sorta cute medieval looking bar that calls itself the “temple of beer worship”. Beer connoisseurs certainly can revere the beer selection: 12 draft and 40 bottled beers from Europe, some of which are well known imported staples with around 10% alcohol, like Delirium Tremens, Duvel and Chimay. The music is Gregorian chants. The bartenders are dressed as monks and they will shush the crowd from time to time. But, in a place with “Burp” in its name, it’s kinda hard to take a silencing monk seriously.
Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 5 p.m.–8 p.m., free fries served from the yummy Pomme Frites, located around the corner.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 5pm-midnight; Sat-Sun, 4pm-2am 212-982-4576
41 E. 7th St., nr. Second Ave., NY 10003 212-982-4576
This 14th-floor roof deck is good time if you don’t mind office workers. The view is one of the best of the Empire State Building. The place is neither too fancy or trashy, it is just average, which can be just right at times, especially if you come with a large group. Half the place has tables that you can only sit at, if each person consumes $20. Did I mention there is ok food and wheat beer?
Hours: Apr-Nov: Daily, 5:30pm-11:30pm; Dec-Mar: Daily, closed
45 W. 35th St., 14th fl, nr. Sixth Ave., NY 10001 212-279-3535
The name pretty much sums it up: it is a beach-like bar, which you can get to by the water taxi on 35 st., it’s right next to the Hunters Point ferry stop. There are picnic tables and lots of sand overlooking the East River (great views of midtown) During the day you can do whatever you do at the beach (tan, play volleyball, burn, drink beer, and check out guys/gals, consider lipo and drink more beer). After 8 pm there is a $10 to $15 cover and the place turns into wannabe Ibiza rave. A nice option in a hot summer’s day, when you are just too lazy or snobbish to go to Rockaway or Brighton beach.
Water taxi $5 and free after 8 pm
Hours: Mon-Tues, 6pm-10pm; Wed-Fri, 4pm-midnight; Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, 1pm-midnight; closed during winter season
2-03 Borden Ave., at 2nd St., Long Island City, NY 11101 (877) 974-6998
On top of the Water Club restaurant, the Crow’s Nest has one o the bests views of the East River. (There are next to none waterfront bars on the east side) While the restaurant is a bit stuffy, the bottom bar is nicely and classically laid out with a fireplace and a even a piano. But it is the top part, which looks like the upper deck of a cruise ship, that makes the trek under the FDR so worth it (you have to cross through 34 st). This is a little hidden gem that fortunately never gets overcrowded. There is bar food too. The fries are really good.
Hours: Memorial Day to early October: Mon-Tue, 5pm-midnight; Wed-Thu, 4pm-midnight; Fri-Sun, noon-midnight
500 E. 30th St., nr. FDR Dr., NY 10016 212-683-3333
Once there were hundreds of Beer Gardens in the city, but now of the originals, only the Bohemian Hall remains. In 1906, the Sovak family, together with the Bohemian Citizens Benevolent Society (which had been founded in 1892), purchased three parcels of farmland along 24th Avenue in Astoria, Queens. The two-story Bohemian Hall was completed in 1911. It is still the central gathering spot for Astoria’s Czech and Slovak community and hosts several festivals during the summer. A must see place; you have to visit it at least once to drink a pint of light beer, Staropramen or the dark Brouczech and enjoy some sausages!
Hours: Mon-Fri, 5pm-1am; Sat-Sun, noon-3am
29-19 24th Ave., nr. 29th Ave., Queens, NY 11102 718-274-4925
Named after an area known as the spinning devil. The legend goes something like this:
Peter Stuyvesant, then Governor of New Amsterdam, got wind that the British Navy was going to invade the city. He dispatched Anthony Von Corlaer to ride up to the northern most point of Manhattan Island and blow his trumpet, (as means to summon the people). As he neared the shores, where the Hudson meets the Harlem River, Anthony couldn’t cross. When he called out to the ferry on the other side, no one answered. He decided then, to swim across the treacherous span of water. Halfway across, legend has it that the devil pulled Anthony under and while he was able to escape his grasp, he was too tired to continue swimming and drowned there… in spite of the devil. From then on, the little area in the Bronx, where Anthony would have come to shore is called Spuyten Duyvil.
Well, this bar is quite far from the original Spuyten Duyvil, but you can certainly get caught up in its rare beer selection (over over 100 types of beer, just don’t drown please). Although it is in Williamsburg the vibe feels more Park Slope. The outdoor terrace is one of the nicest and biggest in nyc.
Hours: Sun-Thu, 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-4am
359 Metropolitan Ave., nr. Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211 718-963-4140