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

Best Bar for Atmosphere

1st Sek’end Sun

32-11 Broadway, (917) 832-6414,

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

2nd The Letlove Inn

27-20 23rd Ave, (718) 777-5683,

Google says: “Great ambiance, good drinks, cool crowd… Live music early in the week, so good!”

3rd The Bonnie

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

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

3rd Diamond Dogs

34-04 31st Ave, (929) 522-0061,

You have to know where to go because the bar is unmarked—very mysterious indeed.

Best Bar for Cocktails

1st Sweet Afton

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

11 cocktails on the menu, plus another four in the Modern & Classic section. You will not get bored with the selection.

2nd The Last Word

31-30 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 440-3378,

Survey says: “They no longer have the hardware store front (boo) but it’s beautiful inside.”

3rd Sek’end Sun

32-11 Broadway, (917) 832-6414,

Cocktails here are tasty and strong.

Best Bar for Beer

1st Sunswick 35/35

35-02 35th St, (718) 752-0620,

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 Astoria Bier & Cheese

34-14 Broadway, (718) 545-5588; 35-11 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 255-6982,

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.

3rd Raven’s Head Public House

38-04 Broadway, (718) 777-7565,

If you’re looking for a wide variety of beers, look no further. A ton of beers on draught, and more in bottles.

Best Bar for Sports

1st Break Bar and Billiards

32-04 Broadway, (718) 777-5400,

Break boasts having 10 HDTVs with state-of-the-art audio and video capabilities.

2nd Katch Astoria

31-19 Newtown Ave, (718) 777-2230,

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

3rd Oliver’s Astoria

37-19 Broadway, (718) 806-1476,

Enough big HDTVs to keep any sports fan happy.

Best Bar for Trivia

1st Sek’end Sun

32-11 Broadway, (917) 832-6414,

Trivia is every Monday at 8pm.

2nd Sunswick 35/35

35-02 35th St, (718) 752-0620,

Trivia every Wednesday at 8pm.
Survey says: “It’s a tight space, but the food is great (love that Tuna Burger) and atmoshere is fun.”

3rd The Strand Smokehouse

25-27 Broadway, (718) 440-3231,

Trivia is every Tuesday at 8pm.

Best Bar for Wine

1st Mosaic

25-19 24th Ave, (718) 728-0708,

Like red wine? They have 10 options. Prefer white? They have eight of those. There’s also sake, bubbles, ports and dessert wine.

2nd Vite Bar

25-07 Broadway, (347) 813-4702,

Google says: “Great wine bar with excellent staff and an ample wine selection.”

3rd Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar

21-02 30th Ave, (718) 545-5550,

Enjoy their wine by the shot, glass or bottle!

Best Beer Garden

1st Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

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

Survey says: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This is THE iconic Astoria beer garden.”

2nd Studio Square NYC

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

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.

3rd The Bonnie

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

Although small, The Bonnie’s outdoor area can be considered a beer garden, and in warm weather, it’s a wonderful space.

Best Cafe

1st Queen’s Room

36-02 Ditmars Blvd, (347) 987-3994,

We went here on a weekday afternoon, and could have easily stayed a long time. The vibe is chill and relaxed (chillaxed?) and the music is mellow, but not so much that it puts you to sleep—great for chatting or doing work. There’s food served for all three meals, so it could also be considered a bistro. Also, the coffee here is magical. One of the BOAST team members was tempted to drink it black. And he never drinks coffee black! It’s that good.

2nd Gossip Coffee

37-04 30th Ave, (718) 440-8792,

Nice, comfortable space. There’s wi-fi here, so it’s a good place to update your Instagram with the beautiful lattes.

3rd Astoria Coffee

30-04 30th St, (347) 410-7399,

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

3rd Madame Sousou Cafe

31-05 33rd St, (718) 710-6577,

A small space, but excellent coffee, and great pastries, including Doughnut Plant donuts. And the decorations around the cafe, even in the restroom, are A+.

Best Happy Hour

1st Judy & Punch

34-08 30th Ave, (718) 626–3101,

This hip bars boasts 15 rotating drafts, unique cocktails, and free popcorn. It’s a cool place to hang out with friends, but keep in mind that the music is loud and it can get crowded on Friday and Saturday nights (like popular bars tend to do).

2nd Sek’end Sun

32-11 Broadway, (917) 832-6414,

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.

3rd William Hallet

36-10 30th Ave, (718) 269-3443,

Monday to Friday, 4–7pm, some drinks are $5. A very good deal!

Best Hot Chocolate

1st Leli’s Bakery & Pastry Shop

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

Survey says: “Delicious baked goods and a great spot for coffee and a pastry with friends!”

2nd Martha’s Country Bakery

36-21 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 545-9737,

Survey says: “Still the best – selection, atmosphere, and taste are all top notch.”

3rd Queen’s Room

36-02 Ditmars Blvd, (347) 987-3994,

The coffee here is the bomb, and the hot chocolate is too.

Best New Bar

1st The Highwater

34-20 Broadway, (917) 745-0407,

Google says: “The decor, the vibe, the staff, the drinks were all stellar.”

2nd The Letlove Inn

27-20 23rd Ave, (718) 777-5683,

Live music Mondays at 8pm, Tuesdays at 9pm, and DJ’s on Friday and Saturday nights. Doesn’t hurt that it has a cool ambiance as well.

3rd Blend Astoria

37-17 30th Ave, (718) 606-6383,

Google says: “It’s definitely a lively, cool place with great staff and a funky atmosphere.”

DRINK Write-in

Best New Cafe: Swick2

35-04 35th St, (718) 786-6096,

Same ownership as Sunswick 35/35 next door, so if you need to sober up, coffee is just a few feet away.

Best Pub: Passage Irish Bar and Kitchen

40-11 30th Ave, (917) 832-6680,

Drinks from Ireland and authentic pub fare in wood-paneled interior.

Best Bar for Playing Pool: Break Bar and Billiards

32-04 Broadway, (718) 777-5400,

Tons of pool tables here, along with lots of other games (Giant Jenga, ping-pong, air hockey, arcades) to make the time pass quickly.

Most Fun Bar: The Ditty

35-03 Ditmars Blvd, (347) 617-1747,

Good drinks, tasty food, catchy tunes, and tons of board games. Yes, we agree it’s very fun.

Survey results from December 2017. Click here for the results from December 2016, January 2016, July 2015, January 2015.