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The Best Cocktails of Queens, Astoria 2023!

Updated: Jul 30

Photo: Neille Caroline

Nestled in the vibrant borough of Queens, Astoria is not only known for its history & diverse culture but also for its unparalleled craft cocktail scene. This neighborhood has become a playground for mixologists & enthusiasts who celebrate the art with fervor.

Recently, the prestigious Queens Cup Competition, which seasonally takes place at The Bonnie, where premier Queen's bars competed for the coveted "Queens Cup!" Among the fierce competition, Bar Dalia shone brightly, leaving a permanent mark with their innovative approach & unmatched creativity using the events spirit of choice TEN TO ONE RUM.

Yet, the Queens Cup Competition only scratches the surface of the Best Cocktails of Queen’s, Astoria. With a myriad of bars, each possessing its distinct charm, from chic & contemporary to timeless & classic, Queen’s cocktail landscape overflows with creativity and unique libations that cater to every palate.

Join us below on an exciting journey through the remarkable world of Astoria & beyond in Queen’s craft cocktails.

(Please note: specific cocktails shown may not be available, click links to see their new seasonal drinks!)

Bar Dalia

Photo: Lisa McGurn

Discover Bar Dalia, nestled in the heart of 31st Avenue in Astoria. This intimate cocktail tapas bar blends Latin inspired themes with refined elegance. The captivating ambiance sets the stage for unforgettable evenings, while the spacious enclosed backyard accommodates larger gatherings & celebrations. Their standout creation, the "Healing Touch," is the reigning Queens Cup Winning Cocktail in May, 2023. Crafted with precision using Ten to One dark & white rum, Smith & Cross Jamaican rum, Velvet Falernum, allspice dram, lime, orgeat, rosemary sage simple syrup, & Angostura bitters, it's a must-try for cocktail enthusiasts. 

Weekly specials include, Taco Tuesday, Sunday night Trivia & happy hour Monday to Friday until 7pm. Visit Bar Dalia at 33-17 31st Ave., call (347) 507-1218, or explore for more.

Dutch Kills

Any cocktails of Queens Article would be amiss to not mention the great & legendary Dutch Kills Bar. Here, their renowned Old-Fashioned is featured -always known as the best in New York City. We hope you enjoy breaking the ice on the wonderful libations & cocktails Dutch Kills has offered since its iconic founder, Sasha Petraske, one of the prominent pioneers of the second cocktail revolution, began it with the Milk & Honey bars.

Lower Quality (at Top Quality)

Photo: Jason Kilgore

The “Peanut - Washed Old Fashioned” cocktail by Jason Kilgore is made with Evan Williams BIB Rye Whiskey, Peanut - Washed Novo Fogo Colibri Cachaca, Kaffe Anme, Temps Fugit Crème de Banane, & Heirloom Pineapple Amaro.


Photo: Leslie Mateos

“Last Call” by Lead Bartender Kymberly Priego using Dos Maderas 5+3, Yellow Chartreuse,

Lemon Juice, Pineapple Juice, Simple Syrup

The Highwater

Photo: Noel Luna

“The Pickled Sailor” by Ella Gill - a seaworthy take on the classic dirty martini:

sea bean infused Titos vodka, served cold & up with Ximenez sherry, house made pickle brine,

& a splash of Dolin Blanc dry vermouth. Garnished with a pickled sea bean.

The Sparrow Tavern

Photo: Evan Roumeliotis

The “Sparrow 75” - a riff on a French 75 done the Sparrow way by Bartender Alice Lipping with

Misguided Spirits “Bath House John’s Well Dressed American Dry Gin, Campari,

housemade butterfly pea flower tea syrup, fresh squeezed lemon juice. Served on the rocks,

topped with a prosecco float, & garnished with a lemon twist claw.

The Bonnie

Photo: Gerard Pietrafesa Jr.

The “Concrete Jungle”cocktail by bartender John Warren is made with Breckenridge Gin,

Lemon, Agave, Ume Plum Liqueur, & Mint


Photo: Lisa McGurn

Mosaic opened in 2011 in Astoria NY and has been a hot spot for locals and industry professionals. This award winning bar is a one of a kind neighborhood cocktail, craft beer, and wine bar passionately conceived and designed to be a departure from the average nightlife scene.  Mosaic provides a stylish setting with an experienced staff that treat guests as friends and family. The beautiful decor is not to be missed and provides a great spot for small groups. Try the “Lavender French 75” which is a delicious twist on the classic. It has been a staple on the menu for years. Bar Industry Professionals can attend the "How to Use Grappa in Cocktails" Class at Mosaic on Aug 7, 2023.

Diamond Dogs

Photo: Vincenzo Dusovic

The “Holy Mountain” by co-owner, John Elezovic is made with Misguided Spirits Hinky-Dink Working Man's Rye, Cinzano Sweet Vermouth, Becherovka, Fee Brothers walnut bitters.

Upcoming Cocktail Events in Queens New York!

New York's Premier Cocktail Festival Returns Aug 20, 2023 to Melrose Ballroom in LIC, NY!

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