If you want a bar on the water that’s big enough for large groups, but don’t want to wait behind half of Dartmouth’s Sig Ep chapter at the Frying Pan, check out Anable Basin, an all-outdoor drinking spot located behind some warehouses on the water in Long Island City. They play pretty loud trance music from speakers at the bar, so if that’s not your thing, just bring your drinks and food to the picnic tables at the far end of the space. Wherever you sit, you’ll get a nice view of Midtown.
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Court Square Diner
Court Square Diner is a 24-hour neighborhood spot in LIC for pancakes and chicken parm at 4pm or 4am.
Studio Square is a big indoor/outdoor bar in Astoria where they play sports games on movie-theater-sized projector screens.
The Green Street LIC
The Green Street LIC does kind-of-healthy Korean with optional Korean barbecue.
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The Dead Poet
The Dead Poet is a solid neighborhood bar with both daytime and late-night Happy Hours.
District Social is perfect for when you’re in Midtown and you need a not-terrible place to drink with a group.
Pete's Tavern is an unpretentious old tavern in Gramercy where you can get a beer with friends and watch sports on TV.
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Bierocracy is a big beer hall that’s close to the 7 and G trains in LIC if your crew is looking for an alternative to Radegast or Houston Hall.
Merchants River House
When you want to drink on the Hudson someplace more low-key than Grand Banks and City Vineyard, check out Merchants River House.
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