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New Craft Cocktail Location Named ‘Bad Ass Bar’ Opens in Astoria

Front of the Location at 26-17 23rd Ave (Instagram: @thebad_ass)

May 2, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

An American craft cocktail bar with a catchy name has opened on 23rd Avenue in Astoria.

Bad Ass Bar, located at 26-17 23rd Ave, held its grand opening party yesterday and is offering carefully curated craft cocktails.

The establishment’s logo is a donkey and its owner decided to name the bar after what the manager Maurice Sweeney jokingly referred to as “a blessed creature.”

Bad Ass Bar Logo (Instagram : @thebad_ass)

Live music comes on around 7 p.m. daily, at least during summer, and consists of bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and other types of American themed instrumentals.

The 1,000 square foot location has an industrial atmosphere with bare incandescent bulbs behind the bar, a backsplash of differently colored wood planks, and additional light fixtures made from a crate held up by chains.

The establishment does not offer food but has an extensive list of summer themed cocktails.

One of the unique cocktails offered, listed as “The Mother of Dragon,” is a gin cocktail infused with dragon fruit, strawberry, and lemon, and served in a martini coup.

The “Son of a Peach” is another summery cocktail made with peach vodka, peach puree, with orange blossom, and topped with sparkling rose.

Bartenders Maurice (left) and Ciaran (right) (Instagram: @thebad_ass)

The bar also offers a cocktail called “The Ass’ Rum” which contains pineapple rum, overproof rum, mint, lime, and ginger beer.

The establishment’s instagram also shows specialty shots that consists of chilli infused tequila with a citrus rim.

The owner of the establishment, Jason Sheridan, also owns the bar Gatsby’s which is located on Spring Street in Manhattan.

The Bad Ass Bar is open seven days a week from 5 p.m. 

Location on 23rd Avenue (Google Maps)

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50 Comments

Elissa

Oh great, another bar on 23rd, that’s exactly what we needed! There only Astoria Tavern, The Bonnie, Let Love In (or whatver their name is), and Rocky McBrides. Now all if only there were more dessert places……

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Fireman Sam

Me and some friends went in for after work beers nice atmosphere chatted to the bartender seemed nice ,I will definitely be back for another visit and wish them all the best

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Zul

I smell hipsters and gentrification isn’t far behind. I’ve seen it all too well here in Lic. Hopefully it will be a coo joint and I wish them luck.

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rikki

Sorry clear incandescent lights hurt my eyes, to me is like looking at the sun, it takes a long time to refocus…so probably not going to hang out there for long

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stevie68a

They could have made it one word to be less offensive,
“Badass”.

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EN

An ass is a donkey… there’s a picture of a donkey to help illustrate this as well.

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Danny

To many bars are opening and the small business are closing because of this ..this is not Manhattan what is happening to our small neighborhood .I don’t want to walk around Astoria and see just a bunch of drunks in the street and the noises it produces at night …

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Cris

Totally agree! Its crowded enough and the prices have skyrocketed! Miss the mom and pop shops.

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Anonymous

This is a bar, not a mom and pop shop. Don’t blame these risk takers because people in Astoria now want something different in regards to their shopping needs…

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Pat Macnamara

Risk takers? Slinging high priced drinks to an overpopulated town filled with
eager, free-spending. thirsty drunks is a risk?

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Pat Macnamaracist off his meds

Yes, it is a risk. Most places shutter within a year.

How many bars have you run?

Myrna Gonzalez

Your ABSOLUTELY correct!!!!
Too many bars. Astoria used to be a place where you can get away from all the noise in Manhattan and still have drinks without so many people around.

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Hellgate Harry

I look forward to stopping in here for a drink on my walk to, or from, Astoria Park.
Hopefully it’s as friendly and welcoming a place as is The Astoria Tavern that’s a few blocks up 23rd Ave by 33rd Street.

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Santeno

They just opened and already their loud music is an issue. They were blasting it the other day and you could hear it all the way down to the restaurant on the corner of 26th Street. If loud music is going to become a regular thing, they should expect problems with the neighbors. Let’s hope this isn’t yet another bar that doesn’t care about the neighborhood it’s in.

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RP

What about the airline themed bar Hangar Astoria??? Went there for brunch on Saturday. Great staff, airplane themes all over. Actually pretty swanky spot.

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Flash

I can tell a few people moved here to New York City from somewhere far far away.

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anonymous

JayJay
We have a problem, we can not hide things from our children we trying too hard to paint the world pink for them let them see and ask questions let them be, also I think it’s a great name
I should check the place

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BADASS

I’ve changed my stance on this and agree with you now, sir.

They should change the name to GOODASS.

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JAYJAY

how do they allow that name at an establishment especially since the name is in huge lettering for anyone to see it and read it….i dont want my young kids walking by and reading this at all….=/

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JS

You can also explain that ass means donkey, hence the logo. In this world where kids are doing active shooter drills in schools… I think they have plenty of other things that are more serious that will scar them for life.

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Esther

An ass is a donkey. It’s even in the Bible. Relax. Be more concerned about gentrification destroying Astoria and rent pricing out locals. Let’s see how that impacts your kids.

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RayRay

I agree. The word ” bad ” has such a negative association. This cannot be good for the community

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CM Bee

I have a kid and live nearby. I welcome the name and the establishment because I’m not a square, and am happy to teach the neighborhood kiddos about the joy of double entendres.

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Paul

Before I had cancer I might have complained about the name. Now I just smile and am lucky to be alive.

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BADASS

Whoever gives a thumbs down to this is a horrendous human being (says the human being calling themselves BADASS). But seriously.

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M

Hahahahahahahaha. I teach middle school, your kids are gonna hear waaay worse than that.

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Jane E. Abbey

I agree, it gives our family oriented neighborhood a bad image. I think our community board should step in & make them change that name. We should picket that place.

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Marion

I’m not going to argue that the naming is the height of good taste, but are you really going to bleat out a “what about the kids” over the word ‘ass’?

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Juan Vazquez

If you are worried about this sign you have bigger problems to attend

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David Dirr

They hear worse shit in school. The bar just opened and isn’t going anywhere. Guess your going to walk down a different block.

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Diana

Omg, I believe you don’t know the meaning of Add. Look it up before giving an ignorant opinion.

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Anonymous

You should move if your kids can’t be exposed to wording that insinuates a donkey. Pathetic

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Jon

Well, what law is it breaking?

You could , you know, maybe just talk to your kids about it.

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DJ

Cool your jets. I’m sure your kids hear worse every day. They’ll be fine.

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ASSMAN

Because an Ass an actually an animal of the horse family and not a naughty word unless in your head you think it always is a naughty word and then who is the naughty one, hmm?

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BADASS

All due respect, if you’re worried about something as simple as this living in the NYC area, you’re in for further rude awakenings. A good parent, which I am sure you are, will ensure that their child will not become impacted in a negative manner by three words in block letters that say THE BAD ASS.

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