Croxley's Ales

Croxley's AlesCroxley's Ales
Croxley's AlesCroxley's Ales
Bar, Eatery

129 New Hyde Park Rd
Franklin Square, New York, 11010-2932
United States

(516) 326-9542 | map

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Rated by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Nov 10, 2014
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Reviewed by rodney45 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I always enjoyed a night out at Croxleys, whether its ten cent wing night, or just going by to check out the game or grab some pretty hard to find brews on tap. Croxleys has never let me down. Its a good solid bar, with some pretty good bar food offerings. Their wings are really great, a little small, but for 3 dollars, you can pack in 30 wings and call yourself a real man. Theyre ussually really busy on wing night, and fri sat nights. When i mean packed, i mean stuffed to the gills, cant get a table for 45 minutes packed.

-has a ton of hard to find draft beer, and bottle choices. 60 beers on tap.
-good food.
-good value on wing night.
-best selection of on tap craft brews in nassau county.

-no parking
-crazy busy sometimes
(the usual for a good place, but if you go on an off peak hour for dinner and some drinks, you wont have to worry about those things.

Beer brands ive seen there recently(on tap),
Dogfishhead, bear republic, arcadia, excelsior, southern tier, Stone, abita, gooseisland, magic hat, spaten, hofbrau, green flash, harpoon. and many more, changing regularly.
Dec 05, 2011
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Reviewed by Brianmerrilyn from New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I had been to this gin mill a few years back and decided to return after visiting Long Island for my Mothers birthday. This was the place where I learned of a beer cocktails called "Dark Side of the Moon" which at the time was Hoegaarden and Guiness. now it's Blue Moon instead. Nonetheless, a good sign of the owners creativity.
The website is quite funny in telling you that Bud, Coors and Miller are "NOT FOUND HERE".

Wooden vener paneling, solid oak stick, old time London red telephone booth and interesting old school beer plaques and posters. Bar is in the middle, Irish style but half opened on Tuesdays. Booths on walls and tables with stools around front window. They keep the lights down low to create a cozy feeling. Classic rock pumped from satellite radio.

Food is basic pub grub and if not for the corn feed increases effecting almost all protein products, I would say the place would have been too expensive. Waitresses are friendly.

Glassware from what I could see were pints, heffe's and tulips. Not impressed when served a German Weissen dobbelbock in pint glass but I'll take an Aventinus anytime.

I was impressed to see Unibroqu's Maudite on tap, Slyfox fromPhonexville Pa 's helles Golden lager, Spaten Mai Bock. All seasonals are Sam, Brooklyn or Bluepoint, Sierra, no imports. Croxley's makes their own blonde, Anchor Liberty Ale, Dogfish 60m IPa, leffe blonde, Hofbrua, Flying Dog PA, Languitas, sixpoints (righteous ale and Sweet Action) Goose Islands Honkes Ale, Boddington and Speckled hen. Woodchuck Pear cider was something I had not seen, i suspect this is for the old men in the area, Youngs choc stout, Abita Purple Haze, and Lndeman's Framboise.

Bottles of note were Aventinus Dopple bock, Rogue Hazelnut Brown and Mocha Porter(Nice!) SS Taddy Porter, Brooklyn Local 1, Hennepin, all 3 Chimay's, He'Brew's RIPA, and Green's gluten free amber ale.

THEY ONLY TAKE AMEX. but quickly point you to an ATM within the establishment. No 10 cent wints, that's only the city joint.

Great place to have fine beer and quality pub grub.
Jul 16, 2008
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Reviewed by KATE12 from New York

3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
I love coming here. The atmosphere is great. Dark with little candles and wooden tables. It really gives you a pub feel. It gets pretty crowded but usually the wait isn't too long and it's nice to have a drink at the bar and check out the dozens of taps.

Looking at their beer menu is always fun. They have an impressive selection all the time and carry some of my favorites (lots of IPAs!) They're pretty good at changing the menu frequently which is always appreciated.

The food is great. I LOVE their wings. Super crispy and just the right amount of hot sauce. They're awesome. Plus during happy hour and football games you can get them for 10 cents. A pretty good deal! They have great burgers as well.

Croxleys is one of those places that you inevitably end up craving every few weeks. I can't wait to go back!
Jul 10, 2008
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Reviewed by greebsnarf from New York

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
It's weird; 60+ taps from around the world and a respectable bottle selection, but still I'm never really excited when I look at Croxley's drink menu. Don't get me wrong--they've got plenty of great beers for good prices--but nothing ever quite grabs my attention... maybe if the menu rotated more?

That said, it is, overall, a great place, and Long Island could use a lot more like it. The food is delicious (but stay away from the desserts); the staff is not always prompt but always very friendly; and the atmosphere is usually very laid back even on crowded nights. And, most importantly, the beer is always very good even if it's never the most exciting. The draught beers are sorted to give a fair amount of information: they're grouped first by "Light / Amber / Dark / Wheat / Fruit" and then by country of origin; there are certainly better ways to organize a beer list but it's pretty effective.

Check it out if you're in the area and in the mood for a relaxing evening with solid beers.
Sep 05, 2006
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Reviewed by pmatz2 from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Visiting family in Queens, and my brother-in law saws you need to try the wings at this place, and oh by the way they have a lot of beer on tap. Nice smokefree bar with tables on both sides. 60 + beers on tap, including Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA a great match for there wings. A well rounded food menu, and a great selection of beers (Beer Menu states we don't carry Bud, miller etc.) Overall Great seelction, Great wings. I now have a excuse to visit my mother more often. I'd put this on par with Hopleafs in Chicago (go there for mussels!)
May 29, 2006
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Reviewed by plaid75 from New York

3.98/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
A great beer bar. Over sixty beers on tap, both imports and micros. They are careful in keping track of the dates in which the kegs were tapped, so you always know how old your beer is.

A nice wrap around bar to accommodate the large selection and an easy to read beer menu, broken down by style and country.

A very cozy atmosphere ans a nice English pub motif as you enter.

Usually a good pub menu with a few specials thrown in here and there. Wings are pretty good as well.

This is a true oasis on what is an otherwise craft beer challenged island.
Apr 21, 2006
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Reviewed by mdavis31481 from Maine

3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
Re-review 8/24/2005

Soon after relocating to New York I joined my cousin for dinner at Croxley's. Before looking at the food menu I grabbed the beer menu to decide on the first beverage of the evening. I perused the 60 or so choices and to my dismay only came across a couple that truely appealed to me. I tried the Bluepoint Hoptical Illusion and the Oatmeal Stout, both were enjoyable. Beyond that I went looking for another IPA and found only Harpoon in addition to Hoptical. Croxley's does offer a few bottle selections, but most are grossly overpriced.

My cousin and I shared a plate of nachos as an appetizer. They were decent, but nothing to rave about. The cheese was reminiscent of melted Kraft singles. My cousin followed that with mild buffalo wings. The wings were tasty but a bit more than mild. I had a grilled chicken sandwich that hit the spot.

Original review 2/23/2005

Interestingly I became aware of Croxley Ales at the Maine Brewers Fest. While there I came across a publication promoting various beer establishments throughout the Northeast. As I perused the paper I noticed an article detailing the success of a local beer bar chain on Long Island. Having family on the Island, I scanned for the location and was amazed Franklin Square played host to such an establishment. After a quick check on mapquest I was delighted to find Croxley's was just a mile or so from my grandparent's home in Garden City. I decided a visit was a must the next time I was in New York.

I found myself in New York the previous July to attend a Mets game with a few friends. The evening before the game we made our way to Croxley's. I was elated to find 70 beers on tap and nary a Bud, Miller, or Coors tap handle in the bunch. I did find Victory Golden Monkey and HopDevil, Anchor Steam, Tetley's English Ale, Rogue Dead Guy, Brooklyn Brown, and Young's Oatmeal Stout scattered among other fine English, Belgian, and American selections. The bartender was jovial and knowledgeable. He was quick to replace an empty pint and willing to converse when not busy.

The pub, while bustling, was not so boisterous as to preclude conversation. The food was outstanding. I quickly devoured the delicious London Broil sandwich I had ordered. In another, non-beer related category, Croxley's gains extra points for choosing to tune to the Mets game rather than the Yankees game.

I am looking forward to a return to Croxley Ales this summer as I visit family and return to Shea. It is a worthy establishment and Long Island is lucky to have it.
Aug 24, 2005
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Reviewed by TheLongBeachBum from California

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
After a long day which included a trip out to the Southampton Publick House, a bevy of Pilsners Pitchers at the Bohemian Hall and a stop at a noisy Irish Bar in arse-end Queens to see a great band [whose name also eludes me] I ended up in here in the wee small hours of the morning sharing a final few Labor Day weekend beers with djgonzalez and Rokotgirl. Surprisingly I was still awake and managed to completely avoid the Sumerian Beer trance at this later hour, in fact I had got a second wind and had a few beers in here.

Inside, the U-shaped layout is like two rooms either side of the Bar joined at the far end. Crowley doesn’t carry Bud, Millers or Coors, so it gets a Bum thumbs up for that alone! Advertises 60 Ales and Lagers, not that I counted them all but the range of taps around the central bar makes for some interesting “just looking” eye candy to the Out-of-Towner, as I was.

Central island bar on the inside, booths to the outside, some other tables and chairs in a very dark bar, late at night, made it hard to make a full assessment except for the fact that it felt very friendly and cozy. Lots of dark wood abounds, and it did indeed exhibit a ‘slight’ UK Bar feel at times, but not enough to get me carried away.

Beer range is diverse but not exactly exciting, such that you can look at the taps and still find it hard to see something that really grabs your attention. That is not a bad thing, and it is not meant to be negative, but the 60+ beers are regulars more than specials, this doesn’t bother me too much because I don’t live here, so as such I found plenty to choose from. Running through the list, the Beers of the World are the usual offerings. Some notable exceptions are the Specialty beers of Quebec, Belgium and the USA. Has a decent selection of Scottish Single Malts also. Seasonal beers are also on sale; during my visit they included Summer Ales from Blue Pt., Sam Adams and Harpoon. I also spied Blanche de Brooklyn and Spaten Mai Bock. Also does ‘Beer Cocktails’, <shudder>, nuff said there then, though the Black Magic [Magic Hat #9 and Guinness] sounded vaguely interesting.

Service here was superb. OK, it was the grave yard shift and we arrived something like an hour before closing. But I had a beer in no time it seemed from asking. Once we had taken to a corner booth we sampled a few brews but for some reason, and I forget why, we moved to another booth. Whence a funny thing happened, the woman behind the bar came over to our booth and told us that if we wanted another beer we should order soon as she was going to “call last Orders at the Bar”. How very polite I must say, so often late at night Bars call last orders as quickly as possible in an effort to get rid of you, but not here, I like that! However, as I had drunk a few beers at that point and couldn’t resist having some Limey fun, I asked her “why she could not call last Orders at our Booth instead of at the Bar”. Much to everyone’s amusement she promptly stood on the wooden seat at our Booth and shouted out last Orders. As we both worked our collective ways back to the bar, I duly ordered my last Pint and had it “on the house” for my English audacity. I still paid though, leaving the full cost of the beer as a tip. I like this kind of Service.

I have no idea where the hell this place is, having been driven here by Rokotgirl and dj late at night, but no doubt I will get back here one day, hope so, a thoroughly enjoyable sort of place that is great fun and offers an excellent, if static, beer selection.

Thanks for dj and Rokotgirl for the ride here, much appreciated.

Last Visit: Sunday 5th / Monday 6th September, 2004.
Sep 20, 2004
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Reviewed by medic25 from Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
It must be a testament to this place that I still occasionally travel down from Connecticut for Wednesday night 10 cent wings. The first true "good beer" bar I frequented, this is the bar that introduced me to Belgian beers. The selection on tap is quite impressive, with a nice mix of imports and micros.
The staff are outstanding (with a great buyback record for regulars), and the menu has some great options. I've spent many nights here enjoying the Irish Nachos and a nice pint of Victory Storm King or a Maredsous. Also a nice atmosphere to relax, with tin ceiling tiles, lots of TV's for sports, and an authentic English telephone booth!
Aug 14, 2004
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Reviewed by Quaffer from Nevada

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Croxley's was the first bar that I went to on my very first night in New York. After living in a beer wasteland all my life, this place had me grinning ear-to-ear. There I was, sitting at a table with a beer menu infront of me that was full of beers that I had only heard or read about. Beers that are leegendary to those of us stuck in the midwest.

The place really was beautiful, with a lot of wood and tin ceilings. It definitely had the feeling of an English pub (like I have even been to one). I sat in the back room becuase I was having food as well as beer. However, anytime that I walked through the front part with the bar, everyone seemed to be having a great time and the atmosphere was very comfortable.

As I said before, the selection blew me away. I was as giddy as a school girl in this place. All the beers were great and served in the appropriate glassware. That never happens in Wichita (I've had Guinness served to me in a frosted pilsner glass before).

Everyone that I dealt with there was very nice, from the guy who took us to the table to the waitress that was about as friendly and helpful as a person can be. Top notch staff, in my opinion.

The food was good, though I did only have appetizers.

Overall, Croxley's is a wonderful place. I will definitely pay them another visit on my next trip to New York.
Oct 08, 2003
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Reviewed by slander from New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
You know, I passed this place once. It was about 2 and a half years ago. I had (amish) Bob's wedding reception in some joint a few miles down the road and I was trying to talk some people into a small excursion to "that ale house we passed back in Franklin Square" before the cocktail hour. But the rest of the wedding party said "no" and that was that...
Um.... a great little English pub with 60 beers currently on tap. The menu reads "Beers we do not carry: Bud, Coors, Miller, anything French". A very solid and diverse beer selection, but not anything madly rare. From Belgium, for example: Stella Artois, Leffe Blonde, Corsendonk Pale Ale, Maredsous, Hoegaarden & Lindeman's Framboise. The standard Belgium representation, and not exactly the Rodenbach Red.
They carry a good number of the standard imports (Fosters, Grolsch, Harp, Bass, Boddingtons, Pilsner Urquell, etc.) and also some nice stuff you don't see too often (Dinkelacker Dark, Young's Oatmeal). As to the American beers, mostly bigger brewery standards (Saranac, Yuengling, Anchor, Harpoon, Brooklyn, Sam Adams, Magic Hat, Sierra Nevada, Otter Creek, Rogue), some representation of Long Island breweries (Blue Point Oatmeal & Toasted Lager) and some things on the lower end of the beer chain (Abita, Dundee's, Mcsorley's) but it makes for a good diverse selection overall. Additionally, they do stock a handful of bottles (the Ommegang trilogy, Corsendonk Brown, La Chouffe, Maudite).
They need to bring in some of the smaller regional breweries like Heavyweight, Victory, Ramstein, Dogfish head, and such, me thinks.
Service was good, no complaints there. The place is done up as a horseshoe shaped bar run between two rooms. Tables running the length of one side and a back counter the other. The back room has an eating area with about a dozen + tables and some nice glass doors separating it from the rest of the bar. Mad wings special on Monday & Wednesday nights.
And I read somewhere that they're fanatical about cleanin' them lines, which is never a bad thing. I'm sure I'll be back when I'm on the (dirty) Island, and I need to kill some time having a few, waiting for the high tides of the LIE Westbound to subside.
Jun 12, 2003
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Reviewed by Denali from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
Went on a Sunday evening.

Very English oriented place, from the decor to the beer selection.
As many patrons were seated at tables eating as there were at the bar.

Service was very good. Bartenders were extremely friendly and attentive and were more than happy to discuss and impart their knowledge about English beers. They were also more than happy to make suggestions, since my experience with English beers is rather limited.

They now have 60 taps, no Bud/Miller/Coors. Tap selection focused on English beers, a few of which were nitroed (i.e. Young's Oatmeal Stout, Old Speckled Hen). They also have other imports and American beers on tap as well (the Paulaner Hefe-Weizen was excellent, and like all good beer bars, they asked first if I wanted a lemon). They had only a few bottles available (10 or so) but the bottle selection was focused on Belgians and was excellent, and included Hennepin, Ommegang, and Maudite to name a few. Unfortunately, they no longer have any cask selections because they didn't sell well enough. They also cut back from 70 taps to 60 taps because due to the larger selection, the beers didn't sell quickly enough and went bad (a credit to their focus on beer quality).

The food is outstanding. I was in the mood for a simply a burger, but it was one of the best hamburgers I have ever had (no joke).

A warning about getting there by Long Island Railroad. When I got to the nearby train station, no taxis were there and I had to wait 1/2 hour for one to arrive.
Mar 13, 2003
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Reviewed by AaronRed from New York

4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
What can I possibly say about a bar that has 70 beers in tap? So I will say nothing, except that this bar prides itself in not serving Bud, Miller or Coors (they say this on their menu). Beers from all around the world; freshly cleaned lines and just an awsome cask conditioned pump, makes this an exceptional bar. You cannot go wrong- ever. There is so much to love if you are a beer drinker, you will always find something you have never had, and it will be fresh and good. Also, the food is great as well (in case you need another excuse to go).
Jul 05, 2002
Croxley's Ales in Franklin Square, NY
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