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Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

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Bohemian Hall & Beer GardenBohemian Hall & Beer Garden
BA SCORE
88
very good

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Taps: 16
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

29-19 24th Ave
Astoria (Queens), New York, 11102-1129
United States
phone: (718) 274-4925

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In late September:
Moderately-sized inside bar when you walk in with maybe 15 seats at the bar, along with 5 or so booths. This was mostly empty, as most people were outside in the back, which seats a couple hundred on many picnic tables.
The 20 or so taps were primarily Eastern European, mostly pilseners, some darker ones as well, and some wheat beers. It was September, so there were a handful of Octoberfests on hand, 2 or 3 (I went with Blue Point). There were some other domestic brews, including Sixpoint, but the tap lineup was dominated by the Eastern Europeans.
The bartenders seemed to not be too knowledgeable on the beer, and getting their attention (mind you, on an off night) seemed to take a bit too much effort, but once I did, they were very generous and forward with samples. I probably had an extra pint in me just from sampling, and I don't usually do that.
The beers are served in large mugs, probably 20 oz, which I must say feel quite prominent in hand. There's something just gratifying about holding a huge mug of beer. The taps all seemed to be relatively fresh and in good quality.
Even though it was September, already getting a bit cold, and a sparse crowd outside, there was still live music on the stage which the outdoor tables surround.
All in all, it was a cool place, rather mellow, and I'd definitely check it out again, and hopefully on a nice afternoon sometime. I don't remember which, but there's a train line right above, so finding it is easy, even though it's up in Astoria (so probably the N). If you're into pilseners, all the better.

dudecandle, Nov 24, 2009
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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

(From notes)

I've had the opportunity to visit this old school beer garden a couple of times before basing this formal review on my most recent visit yesterday.

Overall, this place is not a destination for beer geeks per se. Meaning that there is not a laundry list of Eastern Europe's best brews. That being said, they do offer a solid lineup of draft brews, most notably Czechvar, Krusovice, Brouczech, Staropramen, and some other standards. All mentioned provide solid beer garden drinking...meaning the brews are solid but you don't have to think too hard.

The atmosphere is pretty chill during the afternoon hours (which is when I tend to visit) with the focus on the outside picnic table seating. Decent amount of space, but it does tend to get crowded pretty quickly.

The larger crowd definitely slows up service a bit, but I have to say that the service is pretty slow no matter the crowd size. Not sure if we just caught new wait staff or what, but it took forever to have our drink order (i.e. just a couple of pitchers) filled. After a while, one and his/her friends might just have to resort to going straight to the bar to place your order.

I haven't stayed late night, so I can't comment on the less chill atmosphere mentioned in a couple of other reviews. I can recommend this place for a nice afternoon with a few friends and some solid enough brews. The traditional beer garden atmosphere is definitely there, and sometimes that's just right. Check it out, but don't expect beer nirvana.

Nickls, Apr 07, 2009
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Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria (Queens), NY
88 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.