t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | June 6, 2014| Updated June 24, 2014
Visited May 30, 2014.
So this is interesting. From the outside it’s unsuspecting and it looks semi authentic. I was hungry after visiting four breweries that don’t serve food and doing a fair bit of hiking, but if you’re going to sit out in the “beer garden” this NOT the place to eat. You don’t know it from the street because it’s so quiet but outside is a very large area which is in actuality a “silent dance club”. I feel like I should know what this is but I’m ignorant, and I can’t 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 isn’t very impressive. Half European beers and half American beers. And it’s not clear exactly what nationality they’re claiming here. Not that it really matters but all the beer advertisements they had (umbrellas, banners, and coasters) were of Czech beers and there wasn’t a hefe on the menu. The Lagunitas IPA wasn’t 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 I’ll 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 didn’t try the food. If I was a local I would probably swing by with groups for some afternoon beers, but it isn’t a beer drinker destination.
It’s famous and so worth the journey or to drop by if you are in Astoria. It’s a beer destination but not of the craft beer kind...it’s just a real out door beer garden. My Czech girlfriend felt right at home, food beer and all. Get friends. Go. Don’t 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 didn’t try the food.
I wanna’ 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 you’d 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 that’s 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 aren’t 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 didn’t 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 can’t 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.