ASTORIA — Bottoms up.
The original Queens location of the growing mini-burger chain Bareburger got a makeover recently, and now boasts a full-service bar and a new cocktail menu.
The eco-friendly eatery at 33-21 31st Ave., near 34th Street, previously only served beer and wine but is now offering an array of cocktails, made with a focus on organic and all-natural ingredients whenever possible, a rep for the company said.
Many of the new drinks are named after notable historic figures, including the Eli Whitney, the inventor of the cotton gin, with Uncle Val's Gin and iced tea. The cocktails cost $11 each.
Bareburger will also offer suggested pairings for its cocktails and food. The Johnny Appleseed, for example — a bourbon, apple and ginger-infused drink — is recommended with the Maui Wowie burger, a wild boar patty served with smoked mozzarella, grilled pineapple, fried onions, red piquante peppers and turkey bacon.
In addition to the original 31st Avenue location, the new cocktail menu is being offered at the chain's Hell's Kitchen, Forest Hills and Cobble Hill restaurants, as well as locations in Westchester County and Connecticut.
Bareburger was launched in 2009 by Astoria native Euripides Pelekanos, who wanted to offer unique burger options made with organic or all-natural ingredients.
The growing chain now has 17 different locations, including a second Astoria restaurant on 31st Street.