5pm-8pm; $4 drafts, bottles, wine
N, Q at Astoria Blvd.
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This candle-lit art bar is tucked away in residential Astoria, behind a door set deep into an imposing square-panel wall. The Modernist entrance hints at the architectural interior and its clientele of commuting creatives talking shop. Works by local artists line the walls of the long room, and a huge video screen plays black-and-white classics, seventies B-movies, and shorts from fledgling filmmakers. The stage in the back hosts alternating monthly theme parties and shows like monthly Rockabilly Burlesque. The raised cement dais, topped with grass in the creatively landscaped backyard (home of the Sunday-afternoon barbeques), and the downstairs bathroom’s spigot-free unisex sink are more welcome distinctions in a diner-a-dozen, pub-planet stretch of Queens.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.