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The Best Sports Bar in Astoria

By Ilija Sekulovski

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Some of our best times in Astoria have been on nights out – and often times we find ourselves at one of Astoria’s many bars. We got to thinking, and we have a lot of favorites – so we wanted to know what your favorite is. We narrowed it down to sports bars – we figure if you’re a local, you’ve been to one of these at least once!

 

We don’t want to influence voting, so instead of giving our take on each spot, we’re showing you exactly how they describe themselves. Vote all the way below!

 

Break Bar and Billiards, 32-04 Broadway
Break is LIC/Astoria’s most exciting entertainment venue. We are centrally located on Broadway between 32 and 33 streets, just steps from trains and public transportation.

 

Often referred to as an adult playground, Break offers numerous activities including billiards, Ping pong, darts, air hockey, vintage arcades, foosball and hoops.

 

 

With a 44 foot long bar that includes a rotating selection of 18 beers on tap, dozens in the bottle, as well as a full range of cocktail options there is always something new to try. We also offer a full food menu with a great selection of American comfort food.

 

With 10 true HD television displays a state of the art audio and video capabilities, Break is also the areas premier venue to watch all your favorite teams compete.

 

Whether you are out with a large group or on a first date, Break offers a perfect atmosphere that is unmatched in the area. 7000 square feet of exposed brick, massive industrial heating vents, and soaring 12 foot ceilings, give the space a cool industrial feel that is sure to impress.

 

Katch Astoria, 31-19 Newtown Avenue

 

Katch Astoria opened in May 2013 with one goal in mind: to serve the good people of Astoria & beyond exactly what they want. Whether it be hoppy beer, tasty cocktails, or a quality meal made fresh & in-house, Katch has it for you in a timeless, yet modern setting.
Our drink menu brimming with brews from the five boroughs, cross-country, & across the pond too. We’ve marked off territory on two full pages of the menu for both beer hounds and beer geeks alike, with selections from Guinness, Samuel Adams, & Blue Moon, as well as Lagunitas, Victory, Dogfish Head, Astoria’s own SingleCut Brewsmiths, even Wells & Young from England & the über-niche Gulden Draak from Belgium.

 

All 50 of our lines tap strictly craft beers that are in constant rotation with 5 Kurrent Attractions that change about every week and 45 others updated every 90 days. We also offer buckets of your all-time favorite bottles. Our expert mixologists contrived the Kocktail menu, which now features many classics with a Katch twist. For example, the Katch 22: a traditional cosmopolitan with pomegranate, topped off with apple cider & served in a 22-oz. glass. All of these soothing beverages can be enjoyed indoors or in the comfort of our intimate boutique Katch Kourtyard that spans 4,500 square feet—the perfect party spot for you & your suds-centric friends & family.
With great attention to detail, Executive Chef Chad Bowser put together a diverse, high-caliber menu. Chad’s credentials include the Manhattan spots Gastorate & Barraca, as well as one of California’s top studio catering companies, Feast, where he would conceive dishes of a wide variety, pulling from a myriad of cuisines for prolific clientele. We pushed the limits of what a local bar can serve, including bunches of Buffalo Wings, but also duck poutine, for starters. We have a unique Krispy Kale & Garlic Shrimp, along with German Pretzels, Mini Brats in a Blanket, & an extra-large portion of Tater Tots.

 

The Katch menu also sports plenty of burgers, sliders, sandwiches, & vegetarian options too. The ridiculous 4-6 Pastrami Sandwich’s meat is brined for 4 days, then smoked for 6 hours & topped with Gruyere cheese & beer mustard. Our Triple Decker Cheezy Mac Burger Sandwich has become a fan favorite, along with the Philly Cheesesteak Sliders. The Arrogant Skirt Steak, marinated in Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, will fill your carnivorous cravings, while the Greek 13 salad with traditional Mediterranean fixings is available for greenies. We know that everyone’s favorite meal of the week is brunch, and our special weekend menu is another reflection of our vision and dining experience. The Brunch Burger has corned beef hash. The Blueberry Crunch Pancakes come topped with honey yogurt. There’s also Chicken & Waffles, Eggs Benedict, and a “Hangover Helper” dish, not to mention the unlimited beverage options that includes two hours of bottomless PBR draft beer. None of our ingredients are ever frozen. They are always fresh, ensuring that you experience unmatched flavor.

 

Twist and Smash’d Sports, 34-02 Steinway Street
Twist and Smash’d was created by a father and daughter(s) tag team that all started on a family vacation to Ecuador in 2010. While traveling in Ecuador we found a small café that sold twisted potatoes. We were enchanted by this idea of a potato on a stick and brought it back to New York with us. Robert Cano, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, is the president of RCano Events off premise catering company.

 

 

He tested the new potato item at several events and it was an instant hit. He paired this twisted potato snack with his own mini smash’d burger and that’s when the dream of twist and smash’d was born. After months in the test kitchen the chain was born. Taking inspiration from the idea of a pop-up box shop, including early morning breakfast options and a late night menu, creates a fun and inviting atmosphere. After testing the product on multiple demographics, the response is always the same; “Where can I get these?!”.

 

Sweet Spot, 22-72 31st Street

 

Located in the heart of Astoria on 31st street, between Ditmars Blvd. and 23rd Avenue, Sweet Spot fills a void for the up-and-coming neighborhood, presenting a lustrous sports lounge experience. With over 7,000 square feet in floor space, Sweet Spot features a festive main bar room, a separate dining area and can still accommodate two large private events; it’s the perfect setting for private parties, dinner-for-two or just a night out to watch the big game. 43 HD-TV’s ranging from 80” in the main dining room to 27” screens in the restrooms means you won’t miss a second of the action and the two DJ booths promise that the party will never stop.

 

 

Designer Chris Kofitsas (Provocateur, ABC Kitchen, Asselina, Gansevoort Hotel) has created an engaging environment for the lounge arena with his extensive use of reclaimed lumber, glossy tin ceilings and mirror glass tiles. A bridge then connects the main room to the rear dining area, which, with its 25-foot skylight and custom backlit fireplace, is charming and inviting and unlike anything seen in a modern sports bar. The luscious menu is can’t miss, ranging from upscale pub grub (Truffle Mac n’ Cheese) to ethnic delicacies (Wine Battered Fried Zucchini) to haute cuisine worthy of a night out (18oz Prime Boneless Rib Eye). There are also 18 beers on tap, 14 bottles, a list of top-shelf specialty cocktails and full bottle service.

 

Sweet Spot is the brainchild of George Dimou and Harry Panagiotopoulos, the local entrepreneurs who, in 2001, helped usher in the Astoria dining boom with Igloo café. Now, after years of visualizing their model of a sleek, sophisticated, yet relaxed, sports lounge arena, they’ve created the neighborhood’s next staple.

 

 

As an Astoria native, Harry felt the flourishing neighborhood was missing something catering to its sports fans. “Being in Igloo café every Sunday, and watching hundreds of people getting onto the subways with their football jerseys on always bothered me,” Panagiotopoulos says. “I wanted to bring my neighbors a local spot for their sporting, dining and party needs, a venue where they could still feel like they were receiving the Manhattan experience they craved and deserved.”

 

SO! Now that you’ve got a feel for them all, place YOUR vote!

 

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