The best speakeasy in Queens! Came here with a bunch of friends not too long ago for the first time and realized it’s the kind of cozy, dark, and mellow place that can suck you in for hours and not have a clue as to what time it is before your stumble out. It’s not often that I venture out to Long Island City for a cocktail, but would happily go on another adventure to this little hideaway for another libation.
Love the classic hidden speakeasy vibe Dutch Kills has going on here. It’s in a desolate strip along Jackson Ave that can get kinda sketchy late at night. At least the subway stop is only a block away for quick access. You wouldn’t know it’s here at all except for a small nondescript white neon sign that says “bar” above the door. It’s in a small building surrounded by a few other businesses. Once you open the brown metal door you enter into a terrific hidden den of mixology.
The first room features a long row of booths and tables to sit at in dark brown woods, and dimly lit lighting. I immediately notice the music playing is more punky and punk surfer rock. Sounded cool and was a different selection from the normal speakeasy 20’s-40’s classic tunes. We passed through and entered the bar area where we were greeted by the bartender who handed us a beat up brochure of cocktails to choose from. The bar is long and impressive. Behind it on blackboards written in chalk were lists of their liquors and prices. Nice touch and wonderful ambiance to get all close and personal with your drink of choice, or delve into quiet conversation with your partner in crime.
Oh, and just tell the bartender what your taste buds are craving. Bartender’s Choice is the way to go. Just trust. I said bourbon and was treated to a Gold Rush. A few in our group tasted mine and immediately ordered it. For $11 it was an expertly made cocktail that tasted delicious. Bourbon, honey syrup, fresh lemon juice, over ice and just so simple. Our group took a booth and one of the staff brought us silver cups of ice water with cucumbers in them. Another classy touch. This is one of those hidden gems that is perfect for a group, a date to impress, friends out for a drink, after dinner cocktails, or if you just want to hang out at the bar by your lonesome sipping a quality drink while pondering the mysteries of life.
I could have pounded down about ten of those Gold Rush’s but was dragged out as we had to go to dinner. Sitting at Dutch Kills is like entering a black hole of wonderful drinks in an environment that makes you lose all track of time – but it’s a good thing! Did we really have to leave? Le sigh…….
Dutch Kills – http://dutchkillsbar.com/main/