Not only on St. Patrick’s Day, but all summer long, the best place in NYC to be is Connolly’s Bar! Located at Beach 95th Street in Rockaway Beach, this local favorite venue is a summertime legend. Found in the basement of a converted, seaside-style Victorian home, this watering hole is where locals, lifeguards, rockers, and surfers head for an afternoon brew, knock off drinks after their shifts in the sun, or after playing psychedelic gigs by the shore.
In the summer after a long, relaxing day of surf and sand, there’s really no better way to spend an afternoon or evening than enjoying the frozen drinks that Connolly’s Bar is famous for. Need a pick-me-up after napping on your beach blanket? Try the frozen Red Bull-n-Vodka cocktail, which local residents swear is a winner! The friendly staff are as inviting as the pumping A/C and free Wi-Fi. For those who appreciate the heat, the outside deck is the perfect place to enjoy the summer sunshine.
If you’re looking to take your day at the shore from day to night, put a coin in the Connolly’s Juke Box and dance the night away. Around midnight things really start to pick up on summer weekends, and by about 2am the place is sure to be bouncing with enthusiastic dancers. The friendly staff here create a fun-loving atmosphere that’s a nice break from the too-cool-for-school vibe of many Manhattan nightlife venues, making it just the right fit for a beach community like The Rockaways!
Some of the highlights of Connolly’s Bar include the smiling staff, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, an ATM, Juke Box, the famous frozen drinks machine, affordable beers, and darts.
Quick Tips: Ask for a “floater” on your Piña Colada (an extra bit of rum on top) to give the famous drink an extra-special kick.
Information and Contact Details
Connolly’s Bar is a summer-only venue, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day plus Thanksgiving Eve, and during the famous Rockaways St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Learn more about the Queens County St. Paddy’s Parade on their official website.
Connolly’s Bar is located at 155 Beach 95th Street in Rockaway Beach, phone number (718) 318-1714.
At just a 5 minute drive, or 20 minute walk from Arverne By The Sea, the central location of this popular hangout is ideal.
For more info, check out the Connolly’s Bar Facebook page for details on upcoming events, musical acts, and additional details.