by Adam Kuban, 10/22/2014 [Updated 12/18/2015]
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. Photo: Clayton Cotterell
Dating back to 1910, Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden is the granddaddy of NYC beer gardens. Until just a short while ago it was the last of a dying breed. But even though numerous biergarten have sprung up throughout the City in recent years, Bohemian remains one of the best and most sprawling. Grab a cold pitcher of Czech or German beer—or one of the craft brews on the menu—and, in clement weather, spend the day with friends at a sun-dappled picnic table under the trees. The Garden at Studio Square, a more recent upstart, is just as expansive as Bohemian and features DJs, live music, karaoke, sports viewing and 20 beers on tap. For a more intimate, beer-centric experience, try Astoria's SingleCut Beersmiths,which was among the first of Queens's burgeoning number of local breweries. Hit the taproom (Wednesdays through Sundays) to grab a pint or sample a tasting flight of brews. Not content to simply drink beer? Get all you need to make your own at Astoria Beer & Brew, a craft-beer and wine bar that doubles as a home-brew equipment store.