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Bar Review: Maggie Mae’s

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Maggie Mae’s

41-15 Queens Blvd.
Sunnyside, NY 11104
Tel: 718.433.3067



Best Time to Go: Friday and Saturday Nights

maggieMaggie Mae’s more than any other bar in Sunnyside is a soccer fan’s version of heaven as they proudly boast showing mostly Irish League soccer matches – live. And for the Irish expats who reside in the nearby area, this alone brings a small part of home to them in Queens. Of course with that in mind, much like the other bars in the neighborhood, hearing the familiar Irish brogue is a constant – as well as a perfectly poured pint of Guinness. During the day, you’ll encounter a mostly older, predominantly older, Irish and predominantly male crowd while during the nights – especially during the weekends – the crowd becomes a lot younger and the music is a lot louder and more aggressive. It’s by far the strangest shift in mood and tone I’ve ever seen. If you’re somewhere closer to your 30s, you may feel a bit out of place and too old to even be here (which can be an awkward and uncomfortable feeling). Even with the shift in mood, you’ll hear some of the Irish pub standards – tons of early U2, a lot of Brit pop and classic rock and on occasion you’ll hear something slightly more modern such as Queens of the Stone Age. You’ll probably have a lot more fun coming down here on a Friday or Saturday night.

Granted Maggie Mae’s décor is pretty standard Irish pub – light wood floors and dark wood bar and furniture – but the beer list is decent. On tap they have Boddington Ale, Pilsner Urquell, Samuel Adams, Foster’s, Miller Light, Brooklyn Lager, Magner’s, Bass, Guinness, Harp, Coors Light and Stella Artois. And they have Heineken, Amstel Light, Magner’s Ale, Coors, Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Miller, O’Doule’s, Corona, Smirnoff Ice, Smirnoff Ice Raspberry, Smirnoff Ice Green Apple, Red Bull and Woodpecker. Sure some of their selections are fairly standard for an Irish pub but they do offer an interesting selection of things rarely found in most Irish pubs. Of course, the soccer is a bonus but other than that, Maggie Mae’s is a lot like the countless other Irish bars across the city.

Pros: Soccer, Beer List

Cons: Crowd, Ambience

Rating: 2.5 out of 5