t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | June 6, 2014| Updated June 24, 2014
Visited May 30, 2014.
So this is interesting. From the outside itís unsuspecting and it looks semi authentic. I was hungry after visiting four breweries that donít serve food and doing a fair bit of hiking, but if youíre going to sit out in the ďbeer gardenĒ this NOT the place to eat. You donít know it from the street because itís so quiet but outside is a very large area which is in actuality a ďsilent dance clubĒ. I feel like I should know what this is but Iím ignorant, and I canít dance, so it was new to me. They give you headphones and there is a dance floor and stage in the middle of the yard. The beauty of it is that you can actually talk to someone while sitting at the tables that surround the dance floor. Beyond the tables is the grill where I ordered a sausage plate which comes with potato salad. Never seen potato salad that had peas in it before. Weird. Not bad I suppose but this is bar food and I wanted a real meal. Oh well, it put some food in my stomach. The beer selection also isnít very impressive. Half European beers and half American beers. And itís not clear exactly what nationality theyíre claiming here. Not that it really matters but all the beer advertisements they had (umbrellas, banners, and coasters) were of Czech beers and there wasnít a hefe on the menu. The Lagunitas IPA wasnít the freshest either but it worked. Not real excited about coming back here but on the way out I noticed that there is an actual dining room so maybe next time Iíll have to check that out. Probably wont though.
This is a solid spot for an afternoon beer. The beer list is regional (Germany, Czech, etc), though not very exciting. As far as beer halls go, this place is solid. I didnít try the food. If I was a local I would probably swing by with groups for some afternoon beers, but it isnít a beer drinker destination.
Itís famous and so worth the journey or to drop by if you are in Astoria. Itís a beer destination but not of the craft beer kind...itís just a real out door beer garden. My Czech girlfriend felt right at home, food beer and all. Get friends. Go. Donít be a snob.
Pretty rad set up. Huge beer garden with a stage, all Czech beers. Food is phenomenal eastern European fare. The beer was fresh and had Czechvar on tap, served in a Budweiser pitcher. How Apropos! Would be a ton of fun to spend 8 or 10 hours on a Saturday.
zdk (96) New York, New York | May 24, 2010| Updated May 25, 2010
Loud, fun, very social. Ok beer, not diverse selection. Excellent place for chilling with friends during the warmer weather. I didnít try the food.
I wannaí like this place, just because of what it is and the long history involved. The food is also pretty tasty. The beer priced a bit high and is what youíd expect; Czech pilsners, a few Germans, Stella, and nothing more. It gets crowded and sometimes there is a line around the block trying to get in. The beer lines are equally long. A place to see for the history and thatís about it. Stay FAR away during the FIFA World Cup!
This place is more about the experience than the beer selection. That being said, they arenít serving the crap that most bars do. Now, not to sound like a lush, but one of the most entertaining things about this place was that the beers were served in rather hefty glasses. Sort of a quantity to make up for the lack of quality type of thing. This is the perfect place to go with a bunch of friends who are interested in new beer experiences.
From my recollection, the crowd was young professions, but that might have been because guys who graduated from college with me made up a decent chunk of the crowd in the outdoor seating area that night.
Went here a few years ago when a buddy lived in Astoria at the time. Really cool spot in Queens. We went with a group of about ten on a Sat. night and it was slammed, but we managed to find a table, which we didnít leave all night. Big outdoor drinking area with a bunch of picnic tables. People playing chess, flipcup, eating, relaxing, kids. Two bars serving some solid Czech and German beers, but nothing too exciting( I canít remember which ones.) The thing which killed me was $18 dollars a pitcher. Yikes. It might be even more now. But it is NYC soo whatever. Overall really fun place to hang out in Queens.