So Long Status Quo Pubs, Hello Bierocracy.

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Bierocracy. Where the standard for beer halls reaches a new level along Jackson Avenue in Long Island City and beyond.

 

Here we go, again.

The status quo is taking a hit.

The market is rattled. The debates are frazzled. But one thing is not changed. A suit reaching for headlines with his rhetoric.

So, tell me Tex… Do you really believe New Yorkers lack values?

Really ?

Okay, if that’s how you feel then we need to do the old democratic heave ho and lift a few sterns. You’re a good old Ivy Leaguer. Sure you know how to tilt back a stern.

First choice ?

Bierocracy along Jackson Avenue in Long Island City.

Interesting name, huh?

Well, if you want interesting Bierocracy is the place.  Almost half a block long with a corner location. A large oval white marble bar. Good lighting, too.

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If there is an award for marble top bars then the counter top at Bierocracy gets first prize on the Queens side of the East River.

Floor to ceiling glass windows that look out on Jackson Avenue. Dark stained wooden floors. Brown ceiling fans hang from the stucco white ceiling. Black and white silent films run on screens against walls. And the noise level?  Bearable.

Four seating areas. Some with varnished wooden communal tables. Long comfortable tables, too. Who knows? If you’re lucky you might sit between two people that comprise the melting pot we brag about in Queens.

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Communal tables. A pleasant respite at Bierocracy.

Listen Tex, you’re going to have to cross the boulevard at some point, so you might as well start  at Bierocracy. Understand that the demographics at this ‘bierhall’ might leave you speechless and that’s not be a bad thing for the rest of us. If anything after lifting a few at Bierocracy you might just come to your senses and realize how nonsensical your remark was about New Yorkers and values.

Imagine this:

Hipsters lifting beer sterns with Hipsters. Women sitting with women. Asian Americans sitting with Asians and non-Asians. Latin men wearing New York Yankee caps tilted to the side. Latin women laughing and mingling with Latins and non-Latins. African Americans in sport jackets speaking to Caucasians. Men sitting with men. Overweight bald gents laughing loudly. And–can you imagine anything more valueless than a person sitting alone and reading a book?

And you want to hear something else, Tex?

Bierocracy has eleven standard beers and ales on tap along with a rotating selection of IPA’s, local and seasonal brews. They also have a vast selection of bottled Ales, IPA’s, Wheat beers, Lagers, porters/Stouts along with Cider/Sour and Lambics.

Too many choices for you, Tex?

Well. here’s your takeaway while deciding on what beer to order. It’s called farblonjet in Yiddish, which is to say confused. (Can’t imagine Yiddish rings a bell for you).

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Eric, a bartender at Bierocracy, puts a B-Dark on Bierocracy’s marble bar top.

So, to ease you’re confusion, we’ll throw you a bone:

Go with the B-Dark on tap.

Brewed off premise by a contractor. Similar in color to a Coca-Cola. Smooth first taste. Easy finish. Hint of molasses flavor. Somewhat effervescent, but in a good way. A good chice with most of the  items on Bierocracy’s menu, which is described as spin on a “Central European bierhall cuisine.”

So, what do you say Tex?

Think you’re ready to drop your theocracy and champion democracy at Bierocracy ?

And if not?

Just take note of how we vote.

Info:

Bierocracy

12-23 Jackson Avenue

(at 47th Road)

Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101

(718) 361-9333

7 to Vernon Blvd.-Jackson Avenue

G to 21st 

Hours of Operation

Monday-Wednesday: 4 pm-1 am

Thursday: 4 pm- 2 am

Friday:       3 pm – 4 am

Saturday:  11 am-4 am

Sunday:     11 am – 1 am

Live Music Thursday Nights

Website: 

http://www.bierocracy.com/long-island-city/

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Service:   Efficient. Friendly. Dressed in black and white long sleeve shirts and black pants.

Bathrooms:  Vast. Well-lit. Clean. Modern amenities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to find a Decent Man. Seek Out Saints & Sinners.

 

 

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What’s in a name ? Saints & Sinners. 59-21 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside.

You still can’t find a decent man?

“…Still we’re told, ‘seek and ye shall find.’

Buying it ?

Don’t matter, baby. Go listen to Amy Winehouse sing  ‘Someone to Watch Over Me.’  Then march yourself over to Saint & Sinners Pub in Woodside.

Rectangular bar in the middle of the room. Dining room in the back. Alcove with a fireplace looking out onto Roosevelt Avenue. A bevy of beers on draft including Sam Adams Boston Lager ($6) and Smithwicks. Dark cozy lighting. Eight Hi-def TV’s on the walls. Comfortable leather bar chairs. Framed black and white photographs from Ireland on the walls. A bartender from Dublin who wins your heart the minute she walks over: “How you doing, hun?” And a thump thump from the pub’s sound system that makes you forget everything.

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Wherever you sit you can view a Hi-def TV. Happy Hour: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Funny thing is that when #thekidfromqueens sat for his Sam Adams beer there were just two women in the pub except for the bartender and a waitress.

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Enough beers on tap at Saint & Sinners to satisfy the most discerning of beer drinkers.

So, why you sitting home and dreaming?

Inside Saints & Sinners you’ll find the types you read about. They rush into buildings to save those trapped in rooms. They hammer nails into 2 x 4’s. Their hands are coarse, but their hearts are large. They look you in your eye when they talk. You see their happiness and their sadness. And any minute, you expect one of them to turn to you and recite a line from a William Butler Yeats poem.

So, what are you waiting for, baby?

Saints & Sinners serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their dinner specials change daily. The specials go something like this: a Soup of the Day (Beef Barley, $5), Appetizers (Chicken Parmesan Flat Bread $9.95), Entrees (Lemon Chicken, $17.95), Dessert (Baileys Cheese Cake, $7).

Oh yeah, you don’t have to dress like a star. That’s not my line. It’s Amy’s.

Want to know something else?

Amy would have been happy  you stepped off Roosevelt Avenue and took a chair inside The Saint & Sinners Pub.

Want to know why? 

Because, without girls like you there would be no fun.

Happy Thanksgiving, baby.

 

What You Need to Know:

Saints & Sinners

59-21 Roosevelt Avenue

Queens, NY 11377

http://www.saintsandsinnerspub.com/

Email: Sinnerswoodside@gmail.com

Kitchen Hours: Sunday-Monday: Noon- 10 P.M., Tuesday-Saturday: Noon-11 P.M.

Bathrooms: Tight,but tidy.

Parking: First car to the meter wins.

Public Transportation: 7 Line: 61st/ Roosevelt Avenue Subway Station

L.I.R.R.: Woodside Station

Bus: Roosevelt Avenue Bus

 

 

 

 

 

Need a First Date Spot? Arriba Arriba in Sunnyside Works.

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You’re Johnny on the Spot. You texted your flirtationship all week and now you’re Under Pressure for a first date suggestion.

Here’s the move if you’re near Sunnyside. Do Happy Hour at Arriba Arriba. Middle of 40th Street on Queens Boulevard. You got parking. You got a bus stop. You got the 7 Line station at 40th Street. Honestly, you’ve got no excuses.

Mexican cuisine goes with a first date like Romeo and Juliet. Crazy? Don’t think so. Ever notice how scent of fresh corn tortilla chips puts a smile on your face? If that doesn’t do it, take a look at the Frozen Margarita machine at the end of their bar. Arriba Arriba’s got a shout out from Gothamist in 2014 as one of the ten best Margaritas in NYC.   Find a Facebook fanatic not laughing after a few sips into a Frozen Margarita and you’ve found someone in need of serious meds.

So, what do you say? It’s a Happy Hour mingle. Spend the chedda and tell yourself  ‘you got to be in it to win it.’  You work. You’ve got a paycheck, so spring for a Frozen Margarita at $6 a pop. Or do domestic beers or Sangria at the same price.

And how to dress you might ask:

Go for a business provocative look if it’s Happy Hour at Arriba Arriba or somewhere else. 

And if nobody says it: You can read it here: “You look marvelous,baby.”

Even the bartender thinks so,too.

He pins balloons in the middle and at both ends of the bar.

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Five high-def TVs on the walls. An array of imported and domestic beers on tap. A choice of Los Coladas ($10.00) and  Arriba Mojitos at the yougottabekiddingjack price of $11.

So, do the Mr. Big thing. Take a seat on the banquet. Let your friendgirl look at the mural that runs length of the wall. Drop the macho dude bit and go artsy. Start the conversation with that mural. You like it? What do you think it is? Who is the artist? You even like art?

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Latin music thumps at a decimal level that’s agreeable enough for conversation at Arriba Arriba. The lighting is low. Busboys run up the stairs carrying plates of food. Every dish is perfect for sharing. Not bad for bonding, huh?

Happy Hour runs 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., so the clock is ticking on your rap and If you can’t get it going or don’t feel Lucky Lust hovering you’ve got two plays. You can step outside and hop on the bus, Gus. Or, turn left and watch the Stephanie Sigman wannabe hostess greet customers into Arriba Arriba as they step off The Boulevard of Dreams.

But, let’s think positive, okay?

You’ve made a splash. There’s hope for a second date.

Directions:

40-15 Queens Boulevard

Sunnyside, N.Y.

(718) 349-5999

http://www.arribarriba.com/arribasunnyside/

E-mail: arribany@gmail.com   

Happy Hour: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Bathroom Quality: Serviceable

Closest Train Station:

7 Line / 40th Street

Convenient Parking