A bar full of crushed peanut shells? A one-pound burrito and build-your-own burgesr? Fourteen draft beers on tap? Yup, we've found our new drinking spot.There's something about the crunch of peanut shells under our feet as we walk into a bar that tells us we've found our new watering hole. It's been a long hard search, but the minute we walked into Mad Donkey Pub in Astoria, we knew we were home. It might be the 14 draft lines that rotate regularly or the menu of bar food staples that have been voted 'Best Of' (chicken wings, build your own burger, Happy Hour in general, etc), or the fact that the wood for every table, bar surface and floor in the joint was sourced from upstate and then beaten with chains and bats to give it a weathered look, but Mad Donkey just knows how to please us.
Grab a seat at the bar and choose from the tap list boasting brews like Dogfish 60, Shinerbock and Duvel and start shelling those peanuts like you own the place. Or head to the back and grab a table and order up some chicken wings, a build-your-own burger, or the one-pound Cindy's Famous Overstuffed Burrito. "Everything we serve here is oversized," says owner Tom who grew up in the area and opened up the bar in anticipation of the hotspot the 'hood would become. "No matter what you order, we like it when you leave fed." Yup, this is definitely our kind of place.
Cindy's Famous Overstuffed Burrito, $12
Build Your Own Burger, $11
Oversized Hot Dog, $8
Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Sunday, noon to 4 a.m.