During the summer months, there is nothing like escaping the heat of the Manhattan streets. Enter the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria Queens; the last original Beer Garden in all of NYC. Only a twenty-minute subway ride into Queens, it has the ability to make any New Yorker feel like they have travelled halfway across the globe and ended up in beer and brat heaven. A Czech and Slavic run joint; the Hall is overseen by the Bohemian Citizens Benevolent Society who bind together to preserve this historic venue. The old-fashioned feel of the hall and the diverse neighborhood of Astoria transplant you into old world Eastern Europe.
The hall boasts two indoor bars and a restaurant, but it is the outdoor Beer Garden that really brings the crowds. Large trees encompass garden and ample picnic tables set the stage for hours of drinking and feasting on traditional Czech dishes. Bring your favorite drinking buddies and clink your mugs together in honor of the summer ahead. Sample pints of Staropramen, Czechvar, Brouczech, Erdinger, Hoegaarden, Krusovice, Stella or Spaten and order grilled kielbasa from the Bohemka Grill. Other tasty choices are potato and mushroom Pirogi’s, Chicken Schnitzel (breaded chicken cutlet) and Szegediner Goulash & Dumplings (pork cooked with sauerkraut and double cream and seasoned with sweet red paprika). Although not traditional, order a side of onion rings. Trust me; you will not be disappointed. Pivo Proism!
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
Cuisine: Traditional Czech and Slavic
Price Range: Inexpensive to Moderate
29-19 24th Avenue
(near 29th Street)
Astoria, NY 11102