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Bar Review: Studio Square Beer Garden and Art Space

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Studio Square Beer Garden and Art Space
35-33 36th Street
Long Island City, NY
Tel: 718.383.1051


Monday-Thursday: 4pm-4am

Friday-Sunday (during the summer) noon-4am

Best Time to Come: 4-9pm most days.

studio square 7809 (3)(2)Opening earlier this year, Studio Square with its clean and somewhat industrial feel offers a bit of Williamsburg hipster cool to this portion of Queens – all while fitting in perfectly with its surroundings. Unlike its competitor and counterpart, the Bohemian Beer Garden, located about 15 blocks away, there’s a concentrated focus on the modern as Studio Square is the one of the few beer gardens which also offers sushi, sangria and some decidedly American-based fare such as burgers and hot dogs. Several TVs are around the grill, the bar and other areas so you can actually halfway follow a ballgame or catch a few moments of Sporscenter which is a big plus for huge sports fans who want to catch up on their favorite teams or on the big sports news of the day. The beer list is decent, but not terribly exciting as it includes a few choice German selections, along with selections from Denmark and Belgium, as well as a couple of nationally known domestic microbrews. However, the bartenders will let you try samples before you buy and most importantly they offer your choice of beer at the half liter, the liter and pitcher for reasonable prices that won’t put a hurt on your wallet. Of course, what’s truly important is that beer gardens are fairly egalitarian as you have a chance to bump elbows with frat boys, artsy girls, financial managers, office drones, artists and families in an unpretentious fashion; after all, who doesn’t like to have a good time when the weather’s nice? And with its location being close enough to Manhattan to stop by after work and out of the way enough to prevent huge crowds of morons, it allows the space to be devoid of the usual bunches of morons that ruin nights and good times – at least for now. Although do yourself a favor, come early and plan to go someplace else as the place’s popularity is growing and any weekend night after 9pm makes the place highly intolerable. After 9pm, it becomes a madhouse of desperate single women and equally clueless men looking to hook up and looking for any space they can get – when there just isn’t enough. However, Studio Square has a few nights where they host local musicians and other events.

There are some niggling issues with the space and they may be due to the fact that Studio Square is so new. Naturally sushi and German beer seem a bit – well, odd. And occasionally the music selection is extremely bizarre. One Wednesday afternoon, the music slipped from cheesy 80s pop in the form of Phil Collins’ “Sssudio, to DMX’s “Ruff Ryder’s Anthem” within a few minutes before going into some terrible late decade R&B. Outdoors, the din of conversation seems much more appropriate and much more comforting. However, the spot is a great spot to chill out with a small group of friends on a summer evening with your favorite beer and some good food. As far as some of the beers they offer by tap, Studio Square has Spaten Oktoberfest, Spaten Lager, Sam Adams Lager, Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, Höegaarden Original White Ale, Carlsberg, Franziskaner Hefe Weiss, Stella Artois, Pilsner Urquell, Blue Moon Honey Moon Summer Ale.

Pros: Lots of Space, Good Food, Cost, Local Musicians

Cons: Crowd, Sushi, Cash Only, Music, Beer List Could Be a Bit Better

Rating: 3.5 out of 5