Happy Hour Bars - Astoria
Best Bars and Happy Hour in Astoria. There is absolutely no excuse to skip out on Happy Hour in Astoria. Some of the best bar options to help you cool down and forger the everyday politics are right around you. You know the deal, it's only 11 AM, but you already feel as though you've put in a full day at the office.
The emails just keep coming and with a big afternoon meeting to prepare for there's no time for lunch. And to top things off it's only Wednesday which is way better than Monday but it still isn't Friday!
But as the Jimmy Buffet song says "IT'S FIVE O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE." After all that's the chance to hit-up your local bar or pub, enjoy a beer or cocktail and cut loose from the cares of the day.
If you work in Manhattan and live in Astoria, the great news is that most of our neighborhood's bars and pubs are within a block or two of the N/Q or the R/M Subway lines. So there's absolutely no excuse to skip out on Happy Hour. The establishments covered in this article are certain to become your new favorite after work hangouts. And most are probably within walking distance to your apartment.
Oliver's - Astoria
The friendly atmosphere at Oliver's will make you want to extend your stay beyond their fabulous Happy Hour and sample some of the delicious food being served here. Located at 37-19 Broadway, Oliver's offers 16 rotating draft lines of your favorite brand name beers as well as beer from local craft breweries.
Imported brews are available, as well. If a glass of wine is your personal recipe to relax the bar has a really delicious tasting Enzo Prosecco from Italy, a Bonterra Organic Reisling White (California) and a Misterio Malbec Red from Argentina.
Signature cocktails are highlighted by Oliver's Old Fashioned (Maker's Mark and Regan's Orange Bitters), the Brooklyn Bramble (Dorothy Parker Gin, sliced cucumber, blackberry, fresh mint, tonic) and the Georgia Peach; a blend to sip and savor every drop (Ole Smoky Peach Moonshine, Tito's vodka, orange juice and fresh peaches).
Oliver's takes good care of their customers with a variety of "All Night" drink specials. Every Monday you can order 2 for 1 Blue Point Brewery Drafts. On Thursdays, select cocktails are half price. The house even has a late night happy hour (for all you night owls and those who work night shifts). From midnight to 4 AM, Oliver's offers special deals including select $5 shots. Going to Oliver's straight from work? The happy hour goes up to 8 PM! Pinot Grigio or a glass of Malbec goes for only &5 a glass. A bottle of Bud light, Miller Lite, Coors or Shiner Bock will set you back just 5 dollars.
Best of all the genuine smiles and welcomes you get from the hostess and servers at Oliver's are free of charge.
Sweet Afton - Astoria
When you enter the Sweet Afton, you'll swear you left Astoria and somehow ended up in an Irish Pub, thousands of miles away. The ambience at Sweet Afton is super friendly. The decor is cozy with a touch old-fashioned charm. The crowd is hip, quite cool, full of energy and the cocktail menu is cutting edge. Just try the bar's sweet tea (a blend of Earl Grey infused Vodka, lemon and honey-ginger syrup). Beats the Long Island Tea anytime.
The Lucha Libre, which is named after the Mexican style of Pro-Wrestling, will definitely knock your socks off. The Lucha is a fiery blend of Blanco Tequila, lime, honey, cilantro, habanero and a pinch of togarashi salt. The drink packs a punch, but it's also quite refreshing.
Sweet Afton's mixologists enjoy showing off their skills. And why not? They've redefined what being creative truly means. Their Sweet Afton Punch is not for kids. It's a mix of light and dark rum, seasonal fruit juices and an array of spices. If you can't decide between soda and alcohol, then the Rye Roor Beer glass has your name on it. It's a smoother than you'd think, yummy blend of Rye Whiskey, home made root beer and a touch of vanilla. Happy Hour at the Afton starts from 4 PM till 7 PM, Monday-Friday. Wine goes for $6 a glass, well drinks are $5 and just four singles will get you a Draft beer. Whether you're drinking during Happy Hour or any other time, Sweet Afton is sure to have your favorite beer behind the bar. They even carry the hard to find, but well worth the search, Abita Purple Haze and Rekorderlig Pear cider.
The owners of Sweet Afton ask Astorians to drink local. And with the food, drink and service you'll find here, the chefs and barkeeps give you every reason to do so. Conveniently located at 30-09 34th Street, (between 30th and 31st Avenues), Sweet Afton is in the heart of our neighborhood and just three blocks from the 30th Avenue-31st Street N/Q Station. You can give the helpful staff a call at (718) 777-2570.
Always remember... when you drink, it's always better to eat a little something. Nothing goes better with a pint or a draft than the juicy burger and great fries served every day at Sweet Afton.
Raven's Head Public House - Astoria
Sometimes you are in the mood to party, other times you just want to watch the game on TV, beer in hand. And there are days when all you want to do is unwind after a long, hard day and sip a satisfying, hand-crafted cocktail. Well, the good news is, you can do all that and more, simply by heading over to Happy Hour at Raven's Head Public House. Located at 38-04 Broadway, the Raven's Head Public House has all the ingredients to ensure a good time for all. They have 14 big screen TVs at strategic locations throughout the restaurant so that you can cheer your favorite team on to victory. The kitchen turns out some great food and the drinks are out of this world.
To make things even better, the Raven's Head attracts a nice fun crowd, both at Happy Hour and their awesome weekend brunch. After all, you can't get the party started with people you'd rather not be around. The regulars at Raven's Head contribute to the convivial atmosphere. There's plenty of chairs and tables around and in nice weather they throw open the front windows. Get there early during Happy Hour, so you can swag one of those coveted tables that look out onto Broadway. Stay a little later on Fridays and Saturdays to enjoy their house DJ, spinning the beats for your listening and dancing pleasure.
At Raven's Head, there's a wonderful selection of draft beer from Newcastle Brown Ale, Guinness Stout, Stella Artois Pale Lager and Sam Adams, to Six Point Sweet Action Cream Ale and Yuengling Lager. Their cocktail menu is highlighted by the Citrus Twist (absolute citron, mandarin, fresh lime juice, sprite and soda water, shaken, not stirred, in a martini glass.) Got a sweet tooth? Then you'll love the Guinness Swirl (vanilla vodka, creme de cacao topped with guinness and fresh whipped cream).
With the Mets and Yankees still playing and football just around the corner, make Happy Hour at the Raven's Head your personal "luxury bar."
DiWine - Astoria
Expect the unexpected when you do Happy Hour at DiWine, Astoria's premier wine bar and restaurant. At DiWine their motto is "something different everyday." They certainly live up to their promise. Offering a menu of domestic and international wines, infused cocktails, all complemented by locally sourced, artisan food, the drink and appetizer/entree specials change constantly throughout the week. The restaurant itself is stylish in its decor and very hip. A few steps lead up to a nook-like private space, for romantic dates or small dinner parties. Comfy sofas and couches abound, with small tables in front. The long bar is charming in its Victorian elegance. There is ample room for your glass and appetizer. You won't feel crowded as you socialize with those around you.
But most important of all, the liquid in the glass at DiWine will positively delight you. The attentive bar keeps actually care about your order and, if you're not sure just what to imbibe, DiWine's mixologists will make helpful suggestions. It depends on your taste in liquor and what kind of food you're having. They'll point you in the right direction. The bartenders here call the Pimms Cup, England in a glass. And so it is, a luscious blend of mint, cool cucumber, ginger ale and, of course, Pimms. The house is justifiably proud of their Basil Gimlet: a fresh and tasty blend of basil infused gin, lime juice and syrup. Your soon to be favorite Happy Hour cocktail is DiWine's Berry Martini, (strawberry infused vodka, fresh berry puree, prosecco and creme de cassis).
In addition to one of the better wine lists in the neighborhood, DiWine stocks a formidable selection of bourbons, whiskey, rye, and single malts. Your pleasure is their business. DiWine is located at 31st Avenue and 42nd Street. The phone number (718) 777-13545. They open at 5PM weekdays and weekend brunch is at 11 AM.
Tru - Astoria,NY
Happy Hour at Tru is the best time of the day for local Astoria residents. From great food and drinks, a professional, welcoming staff to a friendly crowd of regulars, you will not want for anything. After all, good company is the key to having fun when you go out.
Just a short walk from the Ditmars Blvd. Train station, Tru is the perfect excuse to delay going home , with the stylish décor, comfy lounge chairs and refreshing drinks. It's the place to be , especially during happy hour. Whether you are famished and craving a delicious meal or are just in the mood for something light, Tru's extensive menu is available from Happy Hour through the night.
Their gourmet appetizers pair up well with a glass of beer, wine or sangria, which is a particular favorite.
The kitchen's most requested appetizers are their delectable Greek meatballs, zucchini croquettes, pimiento cheeseburger sliders and the shrimp Saganaki, which comes in a tomato and feta cheese sauce, with a touch of ouzo. Also highly recommended are Tru 's creative and satisfying salads like the baby arugula with mixed berries , a hearty traditional Greek salad and the grilled skirt steak with pineapple salad. Really, really hungry? Then their succulent lamb chops, swordfish kabob, pork chops and salmon filet will certainly do the trick to curb your appetite. All entrees are served with two sides. Hint, hint, go for the tasty rice pilaf or oven roasted potatoes.
Tru's fantastic drinks, cocktail and beverage selection will exceed your expectations.
Tru has curated a list of delectable reds, whites, blush and sparkling wines, both imported and domestic. Whiskeys and single malts are also available including Johnie Walker Gold and Maker's Mark bourbon. Happy Hour beers are very reasonably priced at only $5 a glass and the bar even carries Estrella Damn, which is a gluten-free lager. Their signature cocktail list will take you back to the glamorous days of the Jazz Age and prohibition. Happy Hour was, indeed, never like this. Taste one of their prohibition-era inspired cocktails and your evening will take on an extra-special fizz. Tru's bar has seven great selections to choose from including the Classic Tru, which blends fresh cucumber, basil and pear juice with vodka. Another can't miss is the Blueberry High Life, which consists of muddled blueberries, lime, sugar, vodka and cranberry juice.
Frozen drinks are one of the many reasons why the Happy Hour here is a cut above the rest. A bargain at just ten bucks, these fruity, slushy arctic wonders include daiquiris, margaritas, pina coladas , mudslides and their signature peach sunrise. Don't forget to check out their bottomless brunch weekends. Available from 9 AM to 4 PM, this deal gives you two full hours of unlimited brunch cocktails for $15.
With it's cool and chic decor, Tru is the definition of destination dining and a fun night out .
Location and Hours
35-19 Ditmars Blvd.
Astoria NY 11105
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