Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
Taps: 16 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Sixpoint:
4.13/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is a classic. Granted, they don't have what I generally look for in a good beer bar - a lot of domestic microbrews - but that's not what they're going for.
What they have here is an abundance of European taps - as a matter of fact - exclusively European taps - with an emphasis on Czech and German Pilsners. Luckily there are a variety of flavors as well, including some Doppelbocks, Oktoberfests, etc.
The crowd is very boisterous. Expect hipsters, locals, immigrants, and just plain ole revelers.
The biergarten is legendary, and it should be checked out during the warmer months.
You should definitely see this place just to see the enormous capacity - they empty dozens of kegs on a daily basis when it's busy.
06-03-2005 03:22:06 | More by Sixpoint
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3.56/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
11-24-2009 20:06:27 | More by dudecandle
District of Columbia
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I've had the opportunity to visit this old school beer garden a couple of times before basing this formal review on my most recent visit yesterday.
Overall, this place is not a destination for beer geeks per se. Meaning that there is not a laundry list of Eastern Europe's best brews. That being said, they do offer a solid lineup of draft brews, most notably Czechvar, Krusovice, Brouczech, Staropramen, and some other standards. All mentioned provide solid beer garden drinking...meaning the brews are solid but you don't have to think too hard.
The atmosphere is pretty chill during the afternoon hours (which is when I tend to visit) with the focus on the outside picnic table seating. Decent amount of space, but it does tend to get crowded pretty quickly.
The larger crowd definitely slows up service a bit, but I have to say that the service is pretty slow no matter the crowd size. Not sure if we just caught new wait staff or what, but it took forever to have our drink order (i.e. just a couple of pitchers) filled. After a while, one and his/her friends might just have to resort to going straight to the bar to place your order.
I haven't stayed late night, so I can't comment on the less chill atmosphere mentioned in a couple of other reviews. I can recommend this place for a nice afternoon with a few friends and some solid enough brews. The traditional beer garden atmosphere is definitely there, and sometimes that's just right. Check it out, but don't expect beer nirvana.
04-07-2009 01:25:54 | More by Nickls
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
How my friend who organized our most recent pub crawl found this place is beyond me. We never crawled-just stayed here 8 hours.
Like sitting in a European beer garden-we were totally isolated from the streets and the rest of the city. A lot of trees and big umbrellas for plenty of shade. Mainly just picnic tables in a large courtyard but very well done.
Service was fine-we never had a waitress really. Most of the beer and sausage is self order and carry to your table. If you do want to order off the menu you just find a waitress, place your order and tell her where you are sitting. Pretty standard as far as service goes.
Beer selection isnt bad. Chechvar, Pilsner Urquell, Spaten Ofest, Hoegarden and a killer dark lager Ruskjoyvoice maybe? Yummy and dark....This isn't generally a "beer bar" per se but being a Chezc beer hall in NYC I would say you will do ok.
Food was great-several kinds of sausage at the grill stand. Great looking other menu. I had some great goulash and dessert crepes. I saw some awesome looking pierogies go by.
We had a group of roughly 10 to 15 people at any given time. The easiest thing to do was people took turns going and getting 2 pitchers at a shot. $14 a pitcher was reasonable for NYC. Food was moderately priced as well. 8 hours here cost me $80-that was beers and food included.
A great spot to spend a lazy day with friends. Off the beaten path for sure. I wouldnt make it part of a crawl per se. Get a group of friends and hang out for a while. The place was packed by 3pm and rocked till we left at 9. Never a line for the bathroom and I didnt see any of the drunken goings on mentioned in other reviews. Been there for like 100 years, hopefully it will be there for 100 more.
07-21-2008 01:23:48 | More by lackenhauser
2.33/5 rDev -37.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | $$
Hey, the Astoria beer gardens are a great concept, but the execution just isn't there. The outdoor gardens is a good space, but its just all picnic tables, not too much character, When I first heard about this place I imagined an outdoor maze filled with luxurious greenery, and a tapped keg of a different beer around every bush, with flowing fountains and alike. Most of the time all I can find here is a bunch of loud and exceedingly drunk low to midlifes, all too willing to turn a misstep and a spilled beer into an all out brawl.
Most of the beer moved there is macro stuff, pilsner and stella. The more esoteric beers on tap were old and not well cared, I ordered a pitcher of Erdinger Hefe-Dunkel and I couldn't rouse a millimeter of head from it, and I was being as persuasive as possible.
If you have a huge party of people, and want to have an outdoor keg party but don't have your own space in which to do it, this is the place to go, but otherwise save yourself the trip to queens.
11-19-2007 02:12:03 | More by Cadyfatcat
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria (Queens), NY
87 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.