While real estate prices get bid up all over Long Island City, there’s still one vestige of how things used to be in this town. A pint of beer costs roughly 25% less at a local bar than it would in Manhattan. In an exhaustive study, this reporter recently spent several weeks sacrificing his liver, well-being, and those who witnessed it also mention reputation, in order to bring you first-hand knowledge about the state of our local watering holes.
Dominies Hoek – well I don’t know what they normally charge, but it’s $4 for all pints in their M-F happy hour from 3-7pm. No TV’s, best jukebox in the ‘hood, and serious hipster drinkers: when I was there they sold a lot of “Rock n Roll Specials” = can of PBR and a well shot for five bucks. They have their core group of regulars, and I’m glad to see there’s still a little residual funk left in LIC. I’d bet that this is the bar in LIC where you’d most likely get a buyback.
Corner Bistro – $4.50 for Bud & Bud Light; $5.50 for craft beers and imports.
Woodbines – almost every draft is $6.
LIC Bar – Most pints $5, a few priced at $6, and a pint of Heineken is only $4!
Alright, I admit that I have concentrated on the Hunters Point area and also omitted a lot of bar/restaurants. In fact, I wouldn’t protest too much if you said my survey was anything but exhaustive, and was representative of the type of research one would expect from a free newspaper given out in subways. Or even worse, my investigative journalism skills are emblematic of the fact-less hysteria emanating from local blogs! That’s right, kick me when I’m down. Nevertheless you get the point, and the truth is undeniable: beer at bars in LIC is relatively inexpensive. Thus, when faced with the 7-train being shut down on weekends, and the cold weather, don’t trudge off to Manhattan or even Brooklyn to drink. Stay local. At the very least, the crawl home is easier. That’s one fact about which I am absolutely sure.
The M. Wells ‘Meat Temple’ Steakhouse to open Tuesday – Rumor??? How about you’re 72 hours late on this fact? How about some direct attribution? How about a thank you LICtalk?
M. Wells Steakhouse Opens Next Tuesday – here, this is how you do it correctly. Cheers! Now let’s see if the Times/Post/News get it right when they break the news’ on Monday.
Banksy Loses Fight to Save Graffiti Capital – the judge handed down the final ruling today
LIC Restaurant Group Wants to Skewer Brooklyn Hipster Image – is that really the rationale for forming a local industry group? Seems a little misguided, but hopefully my pitch above will help biz. I don’t think M. Wells worries much about this though.
LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market to Debut Next Month – we’re getting an indoor, pop-up version of the Flea for holiday shopping & Christmas trees
City Announces More Bike Lanes for LIC – I think we need a tricycle lane too
Hi-Rise Developer Purchases Dutch Kills Bar Building – Rockrose looking to make it an entryway so their big building has a Jackson Ave address
Not Exactly the Next Chelsea Market – Jamestown backtracks a little bit on their LIC plans
Newest Chocolate Factory Performance – one week only, next week
Queenswalk, Gantry State Plaza – everything, and I mean everything, you wanted to know about the gantries and local commerce. Cool stuff for LIC junkies like myself
WTC Spire Set to Shine Friday – ‘Look, up in the sky, it’s …visible from many LIC apartments’
LIC Gym Stages Art of Stage Fighting – bring out your inner Bruce Lee