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Best Bar for Pretending You’re on Vacation

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Shuttered by Sandy in 2012, Bungalow Bar returned to the Rockaways in record time. The waterfront bar offers stunning views of Jamaica Bay, with a large deck and a dock that allows you to arrive by boat. White patio furniture, cardboard mermaid décor, and swim-clad patrons all add to the island vibe of this local joint. But sailors aren’t the only folks you’ll meet here; the food is enough of a treat that it’s a favorite spot for local families as well. Bar classics like fried mac and cheese or calamari come with precise presentation and a friendly smile. For a more raucous night, visit on weekends, when young Manhattanite surfers flood the bar, knocking back beach-ready beverages, including a boozy lemonade. It’s the perfect place to wind down a busy day of tanning, swimming, and water-skiing (Rockaway Jet Ski is right next door). Unlike the seasonal establishments in the Rockaways, Bungalow is open year-round; during the colder months, skip the patio for the bar’s spacious interior, which boasts a large window that frames its bay view. 

377 Beach 92nd Street, Rockaway Beach, Queens

718-945-2100

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