BY LUIS GRONDA
While there are many popular bars Queens’ residents like to frequent every weekend, we wanted to highlight a few local neighborhood places, which may not be as well known, but they offer their patrons just as good of a time if you want to go to a smaller place.
31-19 Newtown Ave., Astoria
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday: Noon-1 a.m., Thursday: Noon-2 a.m., Friday & Saturday: Noon-3 a.m.
While this Astoria-based watering hole has a lot of competition in the popular evening destination that is Astoria, Katch holds its own, offering a boatload of amenities for its customers.
Marissa Dreesen, the bar manager at Katch, describes it as a sports bar and lounge that caters to bigger groups and bigger parties. It has a large bar that can fit about 50 people as well as two booths that can fit between 10 and 14 people at a time.
They also have a 5,000-square-foot event space in the back of the establishment, which allows them to host large parties and events. Among the private parties they hosted is a luau party, she said. You can also host your fantasy football draft at Katch in that room. Dreesen said there is no set package they offer for the drafts. Instead, they personalize it to whatever the group needs and requires. Katch does offer three hours of unlimited beer and wings for your draft.
Dreesen said Katch attracts a bit of an older crowd. Usually people in their late-20s or 30s frequent this establishment. The type of music they play in the bar, according to Dreesen, is older and more recent rock music, instead of hip hop and house music. They also offer brunch every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m.
Hangar 11 Bar and Grill
119-11 Metropolitan Ave., Kew Gardens
Hours: Noon until 4 a.m.
Although this spot in Kew Gardens had a change in ownership last year, it has established itself as a nice neighborhood spot for the locals in central Queens to go to when looking to grab a brew and watch the game or sit outside in its sidewalk café.
Hangar 11 offers daily specials from Monday through Thursday, including karaoke night on Tuesdays, and flight night on Wednesdays. During karaoke night, they offer a beer and a shot for $5 and flight night offers a hot dog and a beer or a mini pizza pie and a beer, also for $5 dollars.
When asked how he would describe Hangar 11 to someone who has never been there, Arthur Bolper, the manager at Hangar 11, said it is a great neighborhood bar with a good set up to watch sports and a very good menu.
“In the six years I’ve been here, I’ve always strived to provide good service and I try to make sure everyone else is doing the same,” he said.
Their happy hour goes from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursdays and it goes on until 8 p.m. on Fridays.
87-48 78th St., Woodhaven
Although it touts itself as “the best bar you’ve never heard of,” its food and drink offerings combined with its cozy atmosphere and its storied history should make it one of the best bars you have definitely heard of.
Neir’s has been in existence for 185 years, serving its first brew in 1829.
Although it has modernized to attract the current clientele, including adding a small stage for musical performances, it has kept much of the old school flavor that makes it a unique place to visit.
“It gives people more options. They can still stay local and have a good time,” Neir’s Tavern owner, Loy Gordon, told the Tribune earlier this year. “We really wanted it to be a Woodhaven meeting place.”
A scene in the classic mob movie “Goodfellas” was also filmed at Neir’s.