Mon-Fri, 4pm-3am; Sat-Sun, noon-3am
4pm-7pm; specials vary
M, R at Steinway St.; N, Q at 30th Ave.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Astoria nightlife fixtures here—wrought iron, glistening tile—suggest just another neighborhood bar. But Blackbird’s delivers something a bit more notable: an easygoing All-American sports spot, smart enough for dinner with parents but loose enough for all-day weekend drinking sessions. The interior is lovingly maintained and immaculately clean, featuring log-cabin-style walls, flat-screens, darts, and a jukebox, and the whole space is enveloped in enormous bay windows. The staff is unpretentious even in all black uniforms and knowledgeable about the international twelve-strong tap list (mostly German beers like Hofbrau, Weihenstephaner, and Radeberger Pilsner alongside the domestic Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale.) The quasi-tapas—elegant versions of pub grub like guacamole, burgers, and sliders—impress; late at night, you even get a complimentary pint with your nosh.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.