Astoria will start the summer with a bang and a few drinks.
Friends and Astoria residents Dana Humphrey and Chelsey Pendock have come together to organize the Astoria Tour de Bar event on the first day of summer, June 21, from 12 to 8 p.m. The idea came after Pendock ran an identical tour in the Bronx last year, which brought in over 175 people
The Astoria event kicking off the summer solstice will take participants around to over 20 bars in the western Queens neighborhood to enjoy food, drinks, games, prizes and much more.
“We thought it would be fun to create the Astoria Tour de Bar event because Astoria is so culturally diverse,” said Humphrey.
Participants start the day off at Katch Astoria, on 31-18 Newton Ave., where they will pick up event gear including a wrist band, food and drink tickets, a backpack, a visor and a shot glass.
Astoria Tour de Bar is not a typical pub crawl, according to Humphrey, because although everyone begins the day at Katch Astoria there is no order to follow. Attendees will instead be able to follow a mobile app, made especially for the event by Stray Boots, giving them opportunities to find various activities at different locations, much like a scavenger hunt.
For example, the app might remind participants to pop by one Astoria bar for a gin tasting and then make their way to another establishment for craft beer.
“We really hope a lot of Manhattanites and young people of all the five boroughs take it as an opportunity to come explore Astoria,” Humphrey said. “We love the neighborhood and we just want to share these cool treasures of Astoria with other people.”
Some portions of the proceeds from the event will go to the nonprofit Childhood Cancer Society, which provides funds allowing families to get the necessary care for their children and also be by their side when out-of-town hospitalization or treatment is required.
Participating establishments include Snowdonia Gastropub, New York Dog House, Max Bratwurst und Bier, Katch Astoria, Blackbird’s Bar and Restaurant, Astoria Brewhouse, Bourbon & Vine, Broadway Station, Ovelia Psistaria Bar and many more.
Tickets are $30 prior to the event and $40 at the door. To purchase tickets visit www.astoriatourdebar.eventbrite.com.