Bohemian Hall And Beer Garden in Astoria
29-19 24th Ave., Astoria
Whether you are a new college graduate or longtime resident of western Queens, the Bohemian Hall is a local haunt that you’ve likely visited at least once if you live in Astoria. The beer garden is operated by the Bohemian Citizens’ Benevolent Society of Astoria, Inc. and contributes to “encourage, support and maintain schools, dramatics, lectures and libraries for Czech and Slovak children and children of Czech and Slovak parentage.”
The society was founded in 1892 and the hall began construction in 1910. The Main Hall was added and the outside bar was finished in 1919, right before the beginning of the country’s prohibition (from 1920 to 1933). The beer garden survived the hardship and, nearly 100 years later, still stands, while a majority of the city’s more than 800 beer gardens are no longer in existence.
Today, the beer garden is a gathering place for all ages and offers events both for families and those over age 21. The beer hall hosts a variety of performances of varying types and serves Czech cuisine and draft beers that change with the seasons. During the colder months, the beer hall puts up a large heated tent for patrons.