Roger Clark's Favorite New York Dive Bars

The Sparrow Tavern

Neighborhood: Astoria, Queens
Address: 24-01 29th St.
Website: thesparrowtavern.com

Roger Says: The Sparrow is right across the street from the beer garden, Bohemian Hall, making it a good overflow place. The must surprising thing about the bar is the great food. I think Guy Fieri actually visited there with his show, and patrons weren’t happy about it because they didn’t want to draw attention to the bar. It has an East Village feel—it's dark and they play metal and punk. When I was living in Queens, if I didn’t feel like schlepping all the way downtown, the Sparrow was a good alternative to catch that same feel. And the bonus was, if you ordered a hamburger, it was actually good.


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