When you hear of bars that you HAVE to go to, let’s face it, they are seldom in Queens. But that’s changing.
Long Island City is paving the way with new trendy bars and the preeminent example of that renaissance is Dutch Kills.
Dutch Kills is located at 27-24 Jackson Avenue, a nondescript street with no signage save a neon sign that says “Bar.” It’s a throwback to the minimal advertising of the Prohibition Era speakeasy. When I arrived on a Friday night around 7 pm, I was unsurprised to find that the bar was packed. But like they say, pressure makes diamonds.
The bar is dimly lit with a fair diverse crowd. A bartender named Haley greeted me soon enough and presented me with a menu, She recommended a Rabbit’s Punch ($14, like all of their cocktails), which had a generous amount of whiskey and it didn’t disappoint. Even though it was busy, she made it a point to keep coming back to fill my glass of cucumber water.
And if the drinks aren’t enough to make you come out, inside the bar there’s a sandwich shop called Hendus thats pretty great.
Ultimately, Dutch Kills is a charming space that is equally great for drink with friends or a new date.