June 19, 2014 By Michael Florio
More than 20 Astoria bars will be kicking off summer by offering food and drink specials on Saturday—in part, to help to support a worthy cause.
The first ever Astoria Tour De Bar Summer Solstice will be taking place on June 21, where participants can get a host of specials at the 20-plus establishments upon buying a ticket/wristband for $30, or $40 at the door.
Those who participate in the tour will receive a visor, backpack, shot glass, a map of the participating Astoria bars and the specials each establishment will be offering.
Chelsey Pendock, who started the Bronx Bar Tour last year, and Dana Humphrey have put together the event. Pendock recently moved to Astoria and Humphrey has lived in the neighborhood for six years.
The event will kick off at Katch Astoria, located at 31-19 Newtown Avenue, at 12 p.m. Participants can buy tickets/wristbands there and pick up their event gear. The participating bars will be offering discounted food and drink specials to those with a wristband, with many offering $3 pints of Blue Point beer.
“We want a really fun day to kick off summer,” Humphrey said. “We want to showcase the neighborhood.” (see list of bars)
Bourbon & Vine, located at 36-05 30th Ave, will be hosting the first public tasting of Astoria Distilling Company’s Queens Courage gin. The tasting is free to those with wristbands, from 12:30 until 4 p.m.
“We are thrilled to be part of this, and to introduce people to Queens Courage,” said Astoria Distilling Company founder Christopher Murillo.
Rocky McBrides, a bar located at 27-01 23rd Ave, will be providing participants with free barbeque all day.
Ten percent of ticket proceeds will go to the Childhood Cancer Society, a Tri-state nonprofit that raises money for families struggling with childhood cancer.
The event will end at Break Billards & Bar, located at 32-04 Broadway, where prizes–such as a mixology gift basket and $50 gift cards to an array of different bars and restaurants–will be raffled off.
Humphrey said they plan to make this an annual event, and are thinking about creating one for winter solstice.
They are expecting over 300 participants Saturday.
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