Elbow Bend: 30 Bars of Rockaway, 2016

30 Bars of Rockaway, 2016

The annual accounting of Rockaway bars was a bit of a seesaw this year. Off the list for 2016: Pebble’s Pub and El Pasatiempo, which were both shuttered in early spring, and The BayHouse, which is still undergoing a total post-Sandy rebuild.

However, we have seen the addition of the stunning new gastro-pub Community House, and a lively new beer garden in Arverne from The Rockaway Brewing Company. The post-Sandy recovery is still underway with the reopening of the Bayview Grille & Marina in Broad Channel. And The Sugar Bowl, which had been operating out of temporary quarters since Superstorm Sandy, has finally debuted in a new, storm-resilient structure.

Last but not least, beloved local favorite The Irish Circle was resurrected yet again on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, in the old El Pasatiempo space.

That brings this year’s total to 30 bars.

Below is a listing, and here is the updated map for 2016.



West End/Uptown

Sugar Bowl Rebuilt!

Kennedy’s Restaurant

Blarney Castle



Jameson’s Pub


The Wharf

Rogers Irish Tavern

Kerry Hills Pub

Brendan’s Bar

The Irish Circle Reincarnated!

Dalton’s Seaside Grill

Healy’s Pub

Community House New!


Playland Motel

Thai Rock

Bungalow Bar & Restaurant

The Rock NYC

Rockaway Beach Surf Club

Rockaway Beach Inn


Sayra’s Wine Bar

Connolly’s Bar

Rockaway Brewing Company New!

Broad Channel

Ruffle Bar

Grassy Point Bar and Grill

Bayview Grille & Marina Rebuilt!

Beach Concessions

Low Tide Bar

Caracas Arepa Bar


Coming Soon

 BayHouse Breezy Point is scheduled to open Summer 2016.

BayHouse, Breezy Point

BayHouse, Breezy Point

Harbor Light Pub and Restaurant is under construction and will hopefully be open in 2017.

Harbor Light Pub and Restaurant

Harbor Light Pub and Restaurant

Previous Elbow Bend coverage

30 Bars of Rockaway slideshow on flickr

Google Map of 30 Bars of Rockaway

Summer 2016 coverage on Rockawayist

All photos copyright of Rockawayist