Woodside Pub Crawl

Posted on January 24, 2008. Filed under: Bar-Hopping in Queens, Burgers, Cheap Dining, Pubs |

Weekend in Woodside- by Dora Naughton

Thinking about visiting this Irish Queens community for a drink or eats? Here are some great places to go.

Donovan’s Pub (5724 Roosevelt Ave. Woodside, NY)

Sporting the heartiest cheeseburgers and sassiest Irish waitresses in town, Donovan’s Pubis a great place to start a Woodside pub crawl.  As soon as you set foot in Donovan’s you get the warm and jovial feeling from the staff and patrons that any good Irish establishment should emit. Although it’s famous for the juicy cheeseburgers and savory hand-cut French fries, the menu also offers an extensive selection of American cuisine and traditional Irish dishes, such as Shepherd’s Pie. The bar is usually packed with drinkers who come to socialize and watch a soccer match or two. From the outside, Donovan’s looks like a small place, but once you reach the back of the bar, you find a restaurant that is deceptively large.  It carries an authentic Irish Pub appearance right in the middle of Woodside. A cozy fireplace is tucked in the middle of several dining rooms that abut one another in almost a maze-like fashion.  Each dining room has its own rustic look.  If you’re looking to throw a celebration, Donovan’s also has a party room resembling a quaint library which can be rented for just about any occasion. However, with the exception of learning about fine ale and beef, there will be no studying here!

Saints and Sinners (59-21 Roosevelt Ave.Woodside, NY http://www.saintsandsinnerspub.com) There are many aspects to Saints and Sinners that make it a favorite amongst the locals.  For starters, several highly skilled and attentive bar tenders occupy the uniquely shaped circular bar. They never miss you standing there waiting for a pint or an excellent Hot Toddy, complete with cloves embedded in lemon.  It’ll warm you up real fast.  It’s fun to sit at the bar and people-watch the folks sitting across from you.  At the front of the pub is a very cozy room separated from the rest of the bar adorned with benches and a fireplace.  This area is very romantic, but is also a good place to put your feet up and watch a game with your mates.  If you prefer chow with your drinks, the rear of the bar offers a sit-down area where you can order traditional Irish meals and tasty “bar food”.  On Fridays and Saturdays there is usually live, acoustic music.  The music is anything from traditional and modern Irish folk music to singer-songwriter covers and is usually a man or a woman with a guitar and a charming voice.

The Dugout (39-76 61st St.Woodside, NY) The Dugout is a small bar decorated with various knick knacks and a nautical theme. It lives up to its name by providing several good views of televisions airing various matches.   The service is excellent and the drinks are cheap. The crowd is outgoing and friendly, excited for the next game of soccer or Australian Rules Football.  As a plus for the smokers, they have a comfortable set-up outside with benches.  They occasionally have live music, as well.

Sean Og’s Tavern (60-02 Woodside Ave.Woodside, NY)

This pubs exterior is inviting, painted fire engine red, practically begging you to check it out.  It is a beautiful pub with wood from floor to ceiling.  The bar is very long and offers many good views of several televisions.  During the week the vibe is chill and laid back. Fridays and Saturdays get a little nuts when they roll the pool table away to reveal a make-shift dance floor. Though, truth be told, Sean Og’s is a hit or miss establishment. The music is typically Top-40 and hip hop, which is a popular favorite for people who want to cut-a-rug.  The usually young and mixed crowd can make for a fun and festive night after-hours.  However, the louder and drunker people get, the more claustrophobic is seems. Sean Og’s is not for the faint of heart during the later hours, but overall, it’s a good place to wrap up the evening.

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HORRIBLE SERVICE!!! THE WAIT STAFF IS THE RUDEST!!! AVOID THIS PLACE!!! The waitress was impatient and kept asking us if we were done with our food. We overheard her telling another waitress that we were eating too slow and wanted to get home some time tonight. When we were half way done with our food, another couple (who was not ethnic) came in and she waited on them hand and foot without any of her snide comments. When we asked for the bill we were shocked that she had added a 20% gratuity to it. We were never informed that parties over six would automatically be hit with the charge. It was not stated on any of the menus nor posted anywhere in the restaurant. When we asked her about it, her only reply was, “That’s standard” and walked away in a hurry. In addition to this, her calculation on the tip was wrong (20% came out to $23.58, but apparently she couldn’t multiply and wrote $25). When we left $23.58 she ran after us and complained we didn’t pay. She then proceeded to talk bad about us in front of the other patrons saying we didn’t know how to use a calculator. We will never eat at this restaurant ever again. Their staff’s rudeness and ignorance will sooner or later shut down this establishment.

HORRIBLE SERVICE AT DONOVAN’S!!! THE WAIT STAFF IS THE RUDEST!!! AVOID THIS PLACE!!! The waitress was impatient and kept asking us if we were done with our food. We overheard her telling another waitress that we were eating too slow and wanted to get home some time tonight. When we were half way done with our food, another couple (who was not ethnic) came in and she waited on them hand and foot without any of her snide comments. When we asked for the bill we were shocked that she had added a 20% gratuity to it. We were never informed that parties over six would automatically be hit with the charge. It was not stated on any of the menus nor posted anywhere in the restaurant. When we asked her about it, her only reply was, “That’s standard” and walked away in a hurry. In addition to this, her calculation on the tip was wrong (20% came out to $23.58, but apparently she couldn’t multiply and wrote $25). When we left $23.58 she ran after us and complained we didn’t pay. She then proceeded to talk bad about us in front of the other patrons saying we didn’t know how to use a calculator. We will never eat at this restaurant ever again. Their staff’s rudeness and ignorance will sooner or later shut down this establishment.

dont know when you were last in woodside i think it time you did the rounds again not much changed but heard sean ogs is working on outdoor cafe

I am glad someone is talking about good bars in woodside. Its a great place to go out. Its a little hidden gem in queens.


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