Queens >Food & Dining > Bohemian Hall Beer Garden
29-19 24th Ave, Astoria, NY | Directions 1110240.772751 -73.916051
Neighborhoods: Ditmars Steinway
Everyone has to go at least once to this mammoth beer hall, which is also a true "sausage fest" of the highest order. On a summer day, the live music, the sounds of hundreds (if not thousands!) of fellow diners sopping up cold steins of beer and huge plates of heavy food, and the general happy vibe creates memories that last a good long time.
Best beer garden in the 5 boroughs? – You like being outside, relaxing with friends, all while you eat yummy grilled food and enjoy pitchers of your favorite beverage? Then why aren't you here? I know, Astoria is ridiculously out of the way, but Bohemian makes the trip totally worth it.
GREAT BEER AND GOOD FOOD – LOVE GOING HERE FOR THE KILBASA AND BEER. MY FRIENDS AND I FREQUENT HERE ALMOST EVERY WEEKEND. WE LIVE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. IT DOES GET A LITTLE CROWDED SO ITS HARD TO FIND A SEAT SOMETIMES. ITS A GREAT PLACE TO MEET NEW PEOPLE WHO SHARE THE SAME LOVE FOR BEER AND SAUSAGE!! RECOMMEND TO ALL WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A GOOD PLACE TO HAVE A GREAT TIME.
Best place in NYC to hang w/friends minus recent annoyances – I resisted coming here for so long because it was in Queens. But the truth is, almost everywhere that is good in Manhattan gets way too crowded (think happy hour at Frying Pan) and this place is a short subway ride from midtown.
The outdoor courtyard is spacious and doesn't get oppressively crowded post-work on the weekdays (weekends can get crowded but IMO not as bad as Manhattan places). The beer garden has a great laid-back vibe where you can hang out with your friends. Many nights they have live music too. Plus the food/drink prices are much better than Manhattan too!
The last time I went there were some changes that were annoying. I don't know if this is a temporary thing, but there were girls roving the tables selling shots. They were pretty persistent too (for instance, when we said no thank you she started questioning how much we had drank, saying we weren't drinking enough) and by the fifth time they came to our table it was just downright annoying.
There was also a bathroom attendant in the womens bathroom... this isn't a club??!!
I noticed they also started doing bag checks too... wonder if it 's a sign of times to come?
Anyway, despite the minor annoyances, I still highly recommend this place!
Too much hype, not enough quality. – We were were let down when we found out they were only serving 25% of the items on the menu because they didnt prepare their winter menu.
I know beer, and I know how beer should taste. Something was wrong because all the beer we ordered was flat and tasteless.
Service is slow, and when you need a check or want to order extra you are left waiting because one waitress is hosting more tables than she can handle.
My friend ordered the beef goulash, and by the time we got outside she was puking her guts out. She was the only one that had the dish. Im sad to say I think it looked better on its way out then in.
I regret going, but the only thing that didnt make me want to cry by the end of the night was the cheap check.
BEER GARDEN BABY!!! – Where else in NYC can you sit outdoors in huge beer garden with a 1000 other people, drinking great hard-to-find eastern european beer for a good price? It's about 2 blocks from the Astoria Blvd subway stop off the N train...Friday and Saturday nights are crowded if you get there after 7, but always a good time. The crowd is pretty easy-going and mixed but mostly people in their 20's and 30's. I live 2 blocks away and been here like 50 times at all times of the night and I've never ever seen one fight ever break out (or maybe I just too drunk to see! lol) The pitchers this year are now $15 (up from $14 last year), but that's still good for about 4 pints in a pitcher- a great deal! There's a bar inside, and at nights they open one or two bars outside in the Garden too if it gets really crowded for easier drinking access. It's more of a place to hang with friends than a meat market but its easy to meet people from everywhere. The Staropremen beer's my favorite...on tap and cold.. delicious! Ignore any negative posts here, they're mostly from clowns and amateurs. Bring some of your buddies, get a couple pitchers, enjoy the crowd and weather and have an awesome time!!!
It's still fun, no matter what – Warm-weather place to be, even if it does get a bit crowded these days. Still great prices and great outdoor garden for drinking pitchers with friends. There is always a restaurant, although I have never eaten anything here besides the sausages available at the outdoor kiosk grill, which are excellent (if a bit expensive). A side of humongous seasoned fries ($4) is a steal!
Great beer/atmosphere, don't recommend the food – Skip the food, it's expensive and not very good. The beer is awesome though and it's a very social easy going atmosphere.
How I miss those days – This place is amazing. it is such a great time we keep going back regardless of the fact it is becoming more and more like a tourist attraction. Before this place was written up on sites and in magazines, you could go there on a Friday night find a table, get a beer in a reasonable amount of time, and actually hear what the person across from you was saying without yelling. The food is great and if you like to meet new people it is the best place to go. I just wish they would make a night where only Queens and Brooklyn residents would be allowed in.
The best outdoor bar in New York – On a warm night, there is no better place to take a group of friends. Wide open, boisterous, friendly, fun.
Ignore all bad reviews! – I've never not had fun at this place, and I kind of doubt it's possible. You know about the huge drinking playground and reasonable prices, but what really makes this place special is the cross-section of people who hang out here. On any given night, you'll run into college kids, school teachers (me, for example) corporate types getting to know their colleagues better, huge Eastern European families, and maybe even your favorite great-aunt. The shared seating at picnic tables guarantees that you will mingle with them all.
So, wear whatever you want, get to the ATM, snag your table early, and prepare for something different and more fun than you'd imagine.
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