Long Island City has become a craft beer, cocktail, and wine bar destination; Court Square is the hottest area, with its bars and lounges giving Manhattan a run for its money. Court Square and Queens Plaza residents don’t even need to take an Uber home – they can walk! – to enjoy handcrafted cocktails, artisan beers, and fine wine.
Wells Steakhouse; 43-15 Crescent Street
Sure, you knew that M. Wells is a restaurant and has a Michelin star, one of the fine dining world’s most prestigious awards. But did you know that M. Wells also has cocktails that range from traditional (Old Fashioned) to inventive (how about a beer cocktail?)? Best of all, residents of 43-10 Crescent Street simply have to step outside – and voila! – it’s cocktail (or wine, or beer) time.
The Baroness; 41-26 Crescent Street
Opening a bottle of champagne with a sword makes opening a bottle of champagne any other way seem, well, boring. Don’t dismiss this dramatic scene as a gimmick on The Baroness’ end; the wine list and the beer menu, which features local LIC microbreweries, are every bit legit. And what goes great with a microbrew? Burgers – and The Baroness has plenty of those on the menu, too.
Dutch Kills; 27-24 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City’s most famous cocktail bar Dutch Kills has the intimate speakeasy vibe that all cocktail fanatics have come to expect, without the Manhattan claustrophobia factor. Whiskey fanatics will rejoice upon viewing the expansive selection at the bar. No matter what type of liquor you prefer, there’s something for everyone on the cocktail list. You can also go off-menu and ask The House for whatever you’re craving.
LIC Beer Project; 39-28 23rd Street
The LIC Beer Project brewery, which also has a taproom with a modern and sleek feel, is home to some of Queen’s most innovative and creative microbrews. There’s plenty of space to hang out, so you never have to worry about the crowds who are in on one of Queen’s best breweries. Be sure to try the Ardent Core Saison and play cornhole (yes, there is a cornhole setup).
Have you grabbed a drink (or several) at any of the venues we’ve mentioned? What did you think? Are there other bars around Queens Plaza or Court Square that you consider your local watering hole? Leave us a comment and let us know!