45-48 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Long Island City is on the verge of becoming the worst kind of popular, but thanks to a laissez-faire attitude towards dogs being allowed in more than just parks, it’s still a pretty cool place to hang out—for now.
Think young couples starting real businesses, single folks with money but a disdain for living in New York, and gay guys with more gusto than glitter and you’re getting the idea. Enter the LIC Bar, our favorite LIC spot to spend summer sessions with our four-legged designated walkers.
Two blocks off of the water and almost unassuming, this brick-and-wood-themed watering hole provides much more than what you see when you first walk in—which is already pretty impressive. A cozy vibe combined with a hearty beers-on-draft offering greets you, as do most of the happy staff, but it’s their outside space where we want to hang.
A massive-by-New-York-standards backyard, complete with industrial picnic tables and well-behaved off-leash pups, almost makes you forget that the space inside often plays host to the occasional celebrity appearance or digestible live music troupe.
But you’re here for the dogs and a few too many pints and possibly some good neighborly banter, and you’re in good company.
It ain’t cheap, but it also doesn’t feel cheap. Which, in our book—and especially when it comes to being dog friendly—makes it a place to both visit, and return to.