The 5 best bars in Long Island City

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Long Island City, once a stark industrialized zone, has developed quite the bustling nightlife scene in recent years. Here are Thristy’s picks for the neighborhood’s top bars.

Dutch Kills
Address: 27-24 Jackson Ave, Long Island City
Hours: 5PM-3AM

A nondescript sign saying “bar” is the only marker for Dutch Kills, the premier cocktail bar in Long island City. With decor that recalls Prohibition-era bars, small booths that provide an intimate setting, and a killer jukebox selection, its a must try for the neighborhood.

The Standing Room

Address: 47-38 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City
Hours: 5PM-1AM

The Standing Room boasts great cocktails an, Wednesday through Friday, excellent comedy shows. It is a small cozy place that fills up quickly, so don’t be surprised if you do actually end up standing for most of the time that you are there.

Dominie’s Hoek
Address: 48-17 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City
Hours: 4 PM-4AM

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Dominie’s Hoek is a dive bar popular with the locals. It has a wide selection of beer on tap and board games available to play if requested. Dim lighting combined with a jukebox that has a wide selection of music ranging from early 2000’s to mid 2000’ adds to the lively atmosphere. There is also a patio where you can sit outside during the warmer seasons.


Address: 47- 10 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City
Hours: 11AM-2AM

Woodbines is a new take on an old idea. An irish pub with a wide selection of tap and bottled beer as well as a healthy selection of whiskey to choose from. But they also serve cocktails, and be sure to sample signature drink, the LIC tea. Better yet, Woodbines has outlets underneath the booths to charge your phone.

The Shannon Pot

Address: 21-59 44th Dr, Long Island City
Hours: 9AM-4AM

The Shannon Pot is a divvy irish pub underneath the 7 train. It’s managed to stay open (albeit in different locations) despite the LIC real estate frenzy and it’s one of the only places we known offering buckets of Pabst. IStop by before or after events at PS1 MOMA.

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