Well, The NY Daily News hit the nail on the head when they published this review early this week. Just in time for Spring, The Big Adventure definitely agrees that Astoria's original Beer Garden has the best outdoor drinking in NYC.
The perfect day involves taking the N Train to the Astoria Blvd Stop and following the foot traffic to the 24th Avenue destinations that is as filled with history as it is with spiffy looking glassware. Show up early to claim your spot on the picnic table and to beat the crowds. Make sure to bring some cards or a game (Connect 4 will always make you some new friends) and enjoy some pitchers of fine Czech Beer on a warm afternoon. Full pitchers run in the neighborhood of $15 or so. However, if you're not so much into beer in general this might not be the place for you (beware the sneers from the bartenders inside when you order your Vodka Stoli). There is true and affordable bohemian food on the grill and always an easy going vibe. Live music often help to compliment the scene as well.
Great for large groups (if you can find space) as well as a small tight crew as well. If things get too crazy, hop across the street to the dimly lit Sparrow bar. In a city where outdoor space is as valuable as gold, The Bohemian Beer Garden manages to constantly be a hip destination without even trying.
Read the Daily News review of The Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden (as well as a couple of other outdoor bar hot spots) right here
Opens at Noon on Weekends, 5:00 PM During the Week
24th Avenue and 29th Street