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Sunswick 35/35

Not Rated.
Sunswick 35/35Sunswick 35/35
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.13%
Taps: 24
Bottles: 10
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

35-02 35th St
Astoria (Queens), New York, 11106-1609
United States
phone: (718) 752-0620

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sunswickastoria

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(Place added by: Imbiber on 12-04-2006)
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Reviews by slander:
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4/5  rDev -5%

Someone approved Carolyn having a birthday (wasn't me). It was inevitable, I suppose, everyone else was having them, she would want one, too. And that's fine, really, it is, 'cept for the, um, party in, well, Queens, there, I said it, Queens. I'm sure you'll remember that Phil and I were actually made to promise that we'd never, ever, try and drink again in Queens after that Ale House fiasco back in '04. I must say that except for Ben's absurd (3 borough too many) 5 borough bachelor party, I think we've kept to it pretty well, although there's now this. Well, if nothing else, it affords me the opportunity to poke my nose this far into Astoria for Sunswick...

I rolled in about 2 beers earlier than I need to be, and trekked up to this corner spot in a neighborhood I ain't never been, having parked ½ way between party there and pints here. "J" shaped bar seating 13, red wood topped with a brown trim and cool mosaic tile footrest on the far wall. Barback counter is plastered with brewery & beer stickers, and holds tiered booze over mirrored backing to both sides of a center register. Dangling glassware above hanging from framed boxes displaying wines & big bottles. Between them, a flatscreen on a single shelf showing small bottle selections over slight glassware shelved, all on deep red wood.

A wall of tall windows, each pivoting to spin open over 35th, a wall of brick to the rear on the other 35th, and the rest painted a dark purple. Framed pics, hanging hooks, macro neons, brewery signage & posters adorn the walls, and an old victrola, rocking chair and various pieces sit above the kitchen entrance nook to the rear. Drop mini glass hairdryer lamps over the bar, bell bulbs above the windows and mounted from the brick wall, and red rope light cords below the bar. A dozen short & raised 2 seat tables, some pushed together in pairs. Corner couch & love seat to the rear with roundie tables, and another couch and table along the windows. Flatscreens in 3 corners and a large projection TV in the 4th offer views of at least one of them from anywhere in the room.

25 taps on mostly brass shoehorn shaped towers in 1's and 2sies along a good length of the bar (turn around, there's a vertical board listing the tap selections and new bottles on the wall behind you). About 1/3 of them American micros (Stone Ruination IPA, Troegs Sunshine Pils, Sierra Schwarz, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Magic Hat #9, Abita Purple Haze, Sixpoint Hop Obama, Ithaca Apricot Wheat, Yuengling), another 1/3 Belgians (Cantillon Gueuze Lambic, Maredsous 8, Chimay Tripel, Blanche De Bruxelles, St, Bernardus Abt 12, Troubador Obscura, Delirium Tremens, Ichtegems Grand Cru, Lindemans Framboise), and the rest a mix of imports (Erdinger Weissebier Dunkel, Reissdorf Kolsch, Guinness) and big boys (Blue Moon, Miller Light). 2 taps kicked, and wouldn't it be my luck, they be DeRanke XX Bitter & Saison DuPont. I was eyeing up the Sierra Nevada Schwarz until I saw the Cantillon, and that was it, served in a big old pint glass (hooray!). Followed up with an intended shorty (meaning that was my intention, but I had a pint) of the Sierra Schwarz, beer was fresh, and I liked it.

They've got about a dozen and a half small bottles displayed along side of that center flatscreen, some micros (Hair of the Dog Adam & Fred, Hennepin, Spanish Peaks Crystal Weizen), some imports, ciders and macros, and then there's a bunch of specialty big bottle stuff in the boxes to each side, imports (Duvel, Westmalle Tripel, Achel, Gulden Draak, Schlenkerla Rauchbier, Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout, Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Hitachino White Ale, Unibroue La Fin Du Monde & disgusting Ephemere) and micros (Brooklyn Local 1, Stone Smoked Porter, DogFishHead Black & Blue, Ommegang, Avery Maharaja).

Having mentioned my "2 beers and out pre party activities" a while later, I think "pints of Cantillon" was all they needed to hear to garner some interest in moving back to Sunswick for din and drinx. We pushed tables together like we owned the place, and then had to go to the bar to order (service was a mix of good bartender and not-so waitress who made me come to her). Foodings, started with wings, they were hot, I became red and wept and snotted, my head buzzing and sweating, my lips numb, it wasn't much fun. And followed it up with a solid grilled chicken club. There were fries, it's true.

Seems they're doing some promos now. And did I mention pints of Cantillon? Anyway, as regards being in Queens, there's Sunswick, period. Beyond that, you're talking a train to another borough.

slander, Sep 19, 2008
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sirsteve42, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -5%

Smaller space, corner location in the getting better and better and cooler and cooler neighborhood of Astoria, in good ole Queens, NY. This place is a decent choice for a bite and a few pints before a METS game, as Citi Field is not all that far away...anyway, have to "wait till next year" for that double header of food/beer and baseball fun.

They offer up 25 quality options on tap, details on Beermenus.com, but expect a cross section of the good stuff thats thankfully quite widely available at the good beer places in the NYC general area. We're talking Victory, Stone, Smutty, Omme, DFH, Captain lawrence, Goose Island, Southern Tier, Blue Point..you get the idea..Extensive menu of tasty chow, everything from bar food, burgers, salads, real entree...low key, casual, enjoyable place with a non threatening cozy neighborhood feel...might have to become a regular customer here if I was local

Billolick, Oct 05, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -14.5%

I tried this place for the first time last week and was very impressed. It's so nice to finally see beer bars popping up in Queens.

The beer list wasn't as massive as the bars of Manhattan, but the selection was excellent and represented most of the major styles, from light to dark, mild to strong and sweet to bitter, including a few authentic imported sours and trappist ales. The menu is primarily domestic, but throws in a good handful of beer from Germany and Belgium.

I was there on a particularly crowded night with a sizable group, so we opted to avoid the bar and sit at a table. The table service was very slow, which was my one complaint. The entire bar, which had more or less every seat filled, was being run by two people. This included tending to the actual bar, tending to the tables and running food back and forth from the kitchen. The servers were very friendly and attentive when they arrived, but it took a while to get service.

However, I dug the vibe of the place. Dim lighting, crowded without being uncomfortable, and a great selection of 90s rock music.

The best thing about Sunswick is the pricing. Almost everything on the tap list, from Guinness Draught to Lagunitas Lucky 13, was $5 per serving. Rather than charging different prices for different beers, they adjusted based on the serving size. My girlfriend ordered a Brooklyner Weisse, which came in a 20 oz. Hefe glass, whereas I ordered a Founder's Dirty Bastard, which came in a much smaller portion. As someone who would prefer to drink a smaller serving of several different beers, this was perfect and a tactic I hope more bars employ.

PangaeaBeerFood, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of shaebs99
4.38/5  rDev +4%

UPDATE:
Recently Sunswick has moved to $5 pours for domestic beer, which I think is great. One of the problems previously was inconsistent pours and high pricing ($8 for a goblet of high ABV beer that probably held less then 10oz led me to always ask what glass it was served in).
Now that is a thing of the past. $5 pours for domestic beers, which are poured into what seems like 3 sized glasses, pint glass, a small 8oz pour glass, and a mid 12oz glass. Very much like Pony bar, but the 3rd size and they serve imports.

They also have beer menus available at the beer to see whats on tap (improvement from previously asking the bartender which sixpoint is on tap and not always getting a knowledgeable answer)

They also now update beermenus about once a week, so check there for an up to date tap list
So, some positive improvements and one of the strongest beer destinations in Queens

(old review)
I now go to Sunswick once a week due to trivia on wednesday.
This is a short walk from my apartment, which greatly helps.

The place is one room. To one wall is the bar with a series of stools. The area parallel to the bar has tables. On each end of these tables are couches. Not a bad setup.

The important thing. Beer selection. 25 tap setup (usually a couple slots open, but always above 20 beers on). When I first started to come her the selection was mostly of high alcohol beers (7% and up). now it's started to even out.
They have a good mix of locals, drinkable, imports, good standbys, and good nightcaps.
Breweries you can expect to see are Captain Lawrence, Sixpoint, Blue Point, Stone, Victory, Lagunitas. As for imports Lindemans Framboise, Chimay, Piraat, Nostradamus, Riesdorf(spelling?) Kolsch and a variety of others that come in and out.
Tap list and bottle list on a chalkboard across from bar, but this isn't diligently updated. Luckily the bartender doesn't mind answering questions like "which sixpoint is that?" Luckily, they have correct tap handles so that makes it easy to spot beer. As for bottles I have only browsed the list. A nice selection, but I stick to tap beer when I am out.

The food is surprisingly good. Nothing earth shattering, but nice pub food. Good burgers, sandwiches, and my favorite chicken quesadilla.

The atmosphere is great because I go with my friends for trivia. Nothing like good beer, good food, good friends, and winning money from trivia.
They have other events like Karoke and some special brewery nights. Oh and I forgot to note that they have 4 TV's (that can have 2 channels at once). Which is important for me as I usually like to watch hockey and that is never the most popular thing to turn on

shaebs99, Aug 08, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +8.8%

I can't believe I never reviewed this place here but it's a great bar to have local here in Astoria. They have a great selection of craft beer and always have great featured beers on tap. Sometimes pretty hard to find beers. They had a great event a month ago where I was lucky to attend. They had Stone, Founders!, Cigar City and Harpoon tap takeover. A lot of limited special CC brews and I triwd KBS for the first time here. The staff has always been friendly to me no matter who's working the bar. The owner seems like a reasonable and cool guy as well. As he should be since he's got such a great bar. This is THE bar in Queens to go to for Craft beer. They change the taps so often and update pretty well on beer menus. Food is pretty damn good as well. Sort of a Small bar but who cares when it's a local bar with a great tap lineup? Only issue is that there are Steelers memorablia (terrible towels) all around .. Boooo Cheers

Takeanotherswing, Apr 07, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -9%

Browsing beermenus.com I stumbled upon this place. They had Founders KBS!!! Alas, it was way gone when I visited, as were Founders Nemesis and a bunch of Cigar City rarities (Jai Alai Peach, Improvisacion Espresso).

Still, their 25 taps had some real gems when I visited: Southern Tier Choklat, Stone 14th Emperial, Nugget Nectar, Jolly Maracaibo, Founders Porter and Double Trouble, Smutty Baltic Porter... on my second visit they were having a Belgian festival with lots of rare taps.

Taps tasted very fresh, they appear to kick and rotate often. Nice glassware is used (loved the snifter I got for my Choklat)

I loved the atmosphere, cozy and neighborhood-y, not crowded on a Saturday evening. This is my kind of bar! I'm tired of trying to get into the packed, loud bars of Midtown Manhattan. Great music too, they played pretty much a whole Radiohead album...

One thing I do not like is how small the bar area is and how tables take most of the space. There is no room to stand up or linger around the bar. It's either table or bar stool or get-outta-here, kind of like at the Dogfish brewpub.

Service started out being good with a nice knowledgeable bartender. I got the feeling it'd be worth becoming a regular here. But the instant the place went from being empty to slightly packed, bartenders couldn't keep up. And there were THREE of them, at a small bar like this! hey were clearly overwhelmed, confused and not communicating with each other, even though the crowd was not super large or crazy.

My second visit confirmed my fears: service here really stinks. It doesn't matter that the place is rarely crowded when I'm there- bartenders are dumb and slow all the time.

But at least I got to try the food this time and was surprised at how delicious it was! Nothing fancy, mind you, just a spinach dip and mushroom fritters, but sooo good.

Prices are a little high, I thought: $7-$8 for the specialty brews, served in small glasses. I thought Astoria would be cheaper than Manhattan... Five beers came up to $39 after tax and tip, although server got it wrong and when I came home I realized I was charged only $27.

So... despite service and prices, I loved this place and will be going back. Beer and atmosphere are top notch.

DoubleSimcoe, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of dherling
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%

Had the look of a typical neighborhood bar with lots of memorobilia on the wall and a nice wood bar. Around 25 taps of all good to very good craft beers. i ordered a beer on the list they were out of. The bartender quickly poured me a sample of another beer he liked to see if it would be a good substitute for me. They serve food but I didn't have any. Overall I would say it's a good place to go to if you live in Queens, best beer bar I have found in this borough to date. Check their web site which is updated daily, would be worth a trip if they have something special you want.

dherling, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of rastapenguin22
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%

I came here a few nights ago with my girlfriend and another couple who were showing us around. Just like wcintula, the 4-6 craft neons in the window grabbed my attention. We got there a little early and one of the bartenders talked with is for a while and gave us a few samples and she was quite knowledgable and good to talk about the beers with. They were one of 11 bars that had a six point/ timeout new york (the publication)porter that was quite good. The selection was great with 25 taps as mainly American craft and then a few solid offerings from Germany and elsewhere. The bottle list was more heavy with imports. Now two of out party doesn't really do beer an there was a large liquor selection behind the bar that made them both really happy. We also got the seasoned waffle drys and mozzarella sticks. The fries were great and ad someone who doesn't love moz sticks they were solid too. The place started to fill up after a while to be pretty crowded. However, the music and crowd volume was never too loud that you couldn't talk normally.

One of the bartenders was great (mentioned earlier), bit the other one wasnt as knowledgeable about the selection. He was still nice and helpful. We really liked Sunseick 35/35 a lot and I'd make the trip out from Manhattan again for sure.

rastapenguin22, Feb 20, 2011
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Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria (Queens), NY
93 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.