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These are the winners for the best bars, cafes, beer gardens, and coffee shops. Grab a drink!

Best Bar for Atmosphere

1st Mar’s

34-21 34th Ave, (718) 685-2480, lifeatmars.com

Mar’s is a cool place to get cocktails, wine, beer, oysters, and other tasty food. It has a great vibe for a date or just to hang out with friends.

2nd The Bonnie

29-12 23rd Ave, (718) 274-2105, thebonnie.com

The Bonnie has a nice outdoor area (when weather allows) and has been a great addition to the 23rd Ave area.

3rd Sek’end Sun

32-11 Broadway, (917) 832-6414, sekendsun.com/

Have you seen that neon “QUEENS” sign? It’s here, in the back.

Best Bar for Cocktails

1st Sek’end Sun

32-11 Broadway, (917) 832-6414, sekendsun.com/

Sek’end Sun offers great seasonal cocktails at a reasonable price.

2nd Mar’s

34-21 34th Ave, (718) 685-2480, lifeatmars.com

If you want an old school Old Fashioned from a bartender in suspenders, this is your place. The cocktail list isn’t huge but a lot of thought is clearly put into their menu.

3rd Sweet Afton

30-09 34th St, (718) 777-2570, sweetaftonbar.com

We want to try every cocktail on their menu! It includes a long list of refreshing drinks, and the prices are reasonable.

Best Bar for Craft Beer

1st Sunswick 35/35

35-02 35th St, (718) 752-0620, sunswick3535bar.com

Great neighborhood bar with nice craft beer list to boot. Come here to get a drink or two of something good before/after heading to your movie or museum outing nearby.

2nd The Strand Smokehouse

25-27 Broadway, (718) 440-3231, thestrandsmokehouse.com

Survey says: “Great music, communal tables, good drinks and food.”

3rd Astoria Bier & Cheese

34-14 Broadway, (718) 545-5588, and 35-11 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 255-6982, astoriabierandcheese.com

A wonderful place to pick out a couple of unique craft beers and smelly cheeses to bring home and eat, or sit and enjoy a flight with a sandwich or cheese plate.

Best Bar for Sports

1st Gleason’s

33-08 Broadway, (718) 626-5393, menupages.com

Sit at the bar and you can watch three or four different games going on at once on big HD TVs — a true sports fan’s paradise.

2nd Dillingers Pub & Grill

46-19 30th Ave, (718) 956-5601, dillingersny.com

Dillingers offers free wi-fi and broadcasts every single NFL game! They also serve hearty bar food.

3rd Katch Astoria

31-19 Newtown Ave, (718) 777-2230, katchastoria.com

Katch has impressive numbers: 70 HD TVs and 50 taps. They keep their beer list quirky and you can count on Game Day specials.

Best Bar for Trivia

1st Oliver’s Astoria

37-19 Broadway, (718) 806-1476, oliversastoria.com

Trivia every Monday at 8pm. Get there early for happy hour — signature cocktails are $5!

2nd Sissy McGinty’s

25-67 Steinway St, (718) 545-4286

On Thursdays at 8pm you can bring a team of up to 6 players to get schooled in trivia. Play for gift certificates and bar tabs. Prizes change weekly.

3rd The Strand Smokehouse

25-27 Broadway, (718) 440-3231, thestrandsmokehouse.com

Grab a beer, some BBQ, and put on your thinking cap. It’s Trivia Tuesday at 8pm!

Best Beer Garden

1st Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

29-19 24th Ave, (718) 274-4925, bohemianhall.com

Survey says: “Good food and great atmosphere if you love being outside!”

2nd The Strand Smokehouse

25-27 Broadway, (718) 440-3231, thestrandsmokehouse.com

Survey says: “It’s huge and their drunk food is BBQ. And their cocktails are delicious and inexpensive.”

3rd Studio Square NYC

35-37 36th St, (718) 383-1001, studiosquarenyc.com

Two indoor areas, and one huge outdoor courtyard make this spot a popular destination any time of the year. When the weather is warm, televised sports events are projected onto a huge screen outside.

Best Cafe

1st Omonia Cafe

32-20 Broadway, (718) 274-6650, omoniacafe.com
Survey says: “Great for sitting and people watching.”

2nd The Queens Kickshaw

40-17 Broadway, (718) 777-0913, thequeenskickshaw.com

Great place to grab a specialty coffee, craft beer or cider, and a grilled cheese. Certainly one of the most unique special places in Astoria. There’s a reason it’s been a multiple-BOAST winner every time.

3rd 60 Beans Coffee and Tea

36-02 Ditmars Blvd, (347) 967-3994, 60beanscoffee.wordpress.com

Survey says: “Check out the sign in the bathroom for a very cool explanation of the cafe’s name.”

Best Coffee

1st The Queens Kickshaw

40-17 Broadway, (718) 777-0913, thequeenskickshaw.com

Their pour-over coffee is life changing. Come in, order it black, and savor the subtle flavors listed in the menu’s tasting notes.

2nd Astoria Coffee

30-04 30th St, (347) 410-7399, astoriacoffeeny.com

Survey says: “The Twitter feed is amazing and the coffee is even better!”

3rd 60 Beans Coffee and Tea

36-02 Ditmars Blvd, (347) 967-3994, 60beanscoffee.wordpress.com

Survey says: “Good coffee, great atmosphere, and they even serve beer!”

Best Happy Hour

1st Astoria Brewhouse

28-50 31st St, (718) 728-0050

Survey says: “Great deals and a great place to hang out and drink with a group of friends.”

2nd Sweet Afton

30-09 34th St, (718) 777-2570, sweetaftonbar.com

Dark and inviting, this is a great spot to nurse a beer or a cocktail on a cold winter’s night and enjoy some live music on a Monday. Or come by on a Friday or Saturday night to see half of Astoria pass through on their way to the next bar of the night.

3rd Sek’end Sun

32-11 Broadway, (917) 832-6414, sekendsun.com

The happy hour is 5-8pm, and the special is $2 off draft beer and wine. There is also a late night happy hour on Monday through Wednesday from 10pm till close, for all those night owls out there.

Best Hot Chocolate

1st Martha’s Country Bakery

36-21 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 545-9737, marthascountrybakery.com

Their drink menu constantly changes, and they experiment with many delectable hot chocolate varieties.

2nd Il Bambino

34-08 31st Ave, (718) 626-0087, ilbambinonyc.com

Survey says: “Their peanut butter hot chocolate is sinfully indulgent.”

3rd Leli’s Bakery

35-14 30th Ave, (718) 626-8090, menupages.com

While popping in for a cookie, make sure to pick up a cup of their hot cocoa!

Best New Bar

1st Judy & Punch

34-08 30th Ave, (718) 626–3101, judyandpunch.com

Always something new and local to try.

2nd The Ditty

35-03 Ditmars Blvd, (347) 617-1747, thedittybar.com

This bar has a relaxed vibe, and it has a nice open space in front, which is great for groups. Bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable, and the food is tasty.

Best Wine Bar

1st DiWine

41-15 31st Ave, (718) 777-1355, diwineonline.com

Survey says: “Wish we had more of these in Astoria, but this is a cute one to go to on a date.”

2nd Crescent & Vine

25-03 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 204-4774, crescentandvine.com/

Survey says: “An intimte environment that occasionally has live music. Astoria’s own You Bred Raptors rock!”

3rd Winegasm Bar & Eatery

31-86 37th St, (718) 932-3331, winegasmeatery.com

Their focus is natural, organic, bio-dynamic, sustainable and local wines, and they are also known for their fondue.

DRINK Write-in

Healthiest Drink Spot: Ginger Organic

37-01 30th Ave, (718) 777-0626, gingerastoria.com

Survey says: “In addition to their numerous juices and smoothies, they even have organic juice cocktails!”

Survey results from January 2016. Click here for the results from July 2015, January 2015.

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