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Neir's Tavern & Steakhouse
Neir's Tavern isn't so much a bar as it is a monument to pop culture. Since opening in 1829—which, by the way, makes it the oldest bar in Queens and one of the oldest in the country—Neir's has seen a lot. Mae West gave one of her first performances on their stage (she used to live just a few blocks away); W.C. Fields frequently stopped in for a drink; and several scenes from Goodfellas were shot here (including the Christmas scene). But considering it's tucked away on a quiet residential corner in Woodhaven, it's not surprising that PBS once referred to it as "the most famous bar you've never heard of."
In respect to its own storied history, not a lot has changed about Neir's over the years. Behind its refinished, 150-year-old bar is a century-old beer system with lines packed in ice rather than chilled with electricity. The menu showcases cocktails prepared just as they were 100 years ago, including a Colden's Cough Syrup blended with bourbon and seltzer. There are steak-house favorites served nightly as well, including juicy T-bone Steak, Norwegian salmon filets, and, of course, a Goodfellas burger with coleslaw. Even though it clings to its historic past, Neir's continues to look to the future with modern upgrades, including a back room equipped with a performance stage, a 65-inch projection screen, and a sound system that speaks in binary.