to the first annual Metroland Bar Guide. The list below
was compiled by editorial staff from a variety of sources,
including forms returned by the establishments themselves;
any sentence or phrase surrounded by quote marks is the exact
wording from the form. We have divided the region into 21
geographic areas and the arranged the entries alphabetically
within those categories (see Contents, page 4). If your bar
is not listed here, and you would like to be included in future
editions and our online edition, please fill out the Bar Guide
Form on page 31 and send to: Metroland Bar Guide, Metroland,
419 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12210.
The Ginger Man
Western Ave., Albany
Year established: 1983
Ambiance: cozy, classy
If the Ginger Man were a painting, it would be Edouard Manet,
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère
Michael and Pat Byron purchased the building known today as
the Ginger Man, they did so with the idea of becoming the
first wine bar in the Capital Region. Today, the family-owned
and family-operated establishment offers more than 50 wines
by the glass and double that number by the bottle. “With varying
price ranges, we can accommodate the simplest to the most
sophisticated palette,” says manager Julie Byron, the daughter
of Michael and Pat.
In addition to the extensive wine list, The Ginger Man offers
18 beers on tap—five of which are seasonal feature beers—as
well as a selection of scotches and bourbon. Not sure what
you fancy? The bartender will be happy to serve you up a flight—three,
three-ounce samples—of wines, single-malt scotches, small-batch
bourbons or beer. “We really do try and focus on education
and expanding your knowledge and your pallet,” Byron says.
“It doesn’t have to be snobby. It can be fun, and it can be
The building itself dates back to the 1800s, when Albanians
would come to what was then the Horton Heating Company in
horse-drawn buggies to purchase coal. After the Byrons purchased
the structure, it was renovated and expanded to keep the historical
character intact. Today, the Ginger Man welcomes a regular
crowd of professors, legislators and state workers, and also
sees a lot of couples on their first date, Byron says.
Tess’ Lark Tavern
Madison Ave., Albany
Ambiance: Traditional pub with flair
If the Lark were a song, it would be “The Theme From Cheers”
was end of a dark time in U.S. history in 1933—Prohibition.
For 13 years, honest, god-fearing Americans had been forced
to buy rotgut liquor of questionable provenance from unscrupulous
characters. There was no sense of community. When beer, wine
and spirits became legal to produce and sell again, the Lark
Tavern was born—and a sense of neighborhood and community
Since Tess Collins took over the Lark a few years ago, she’s
managed the delicate trick of keeping the down-to-earth neighborhood
atmosphere while bringing in things both new and funky. There
are the popular events like the monthly Brew Ha-Ha comedy
shows, saucy Lipstick Lovelies revues, and fashion shows.
The Lark’s musical horizons have expanded, too, with hip-hop,
big band and rock shows—not to mention the popular Wednesday
open mic, and the singer-songwriter competitions. With frequent
performance tie-ins to local events like 1st Fridays and the
annual Lark Fest, Collins has ensured that the Lark Tavern
remains at the center of things.
Caroline St., Saratoga Springs
Year established: 1976
Ambiance: Wood-paneled rec room
If it were an episode of The Simpsons, it would be
night, went out with my friends/Tonight I’ll do it again/Desperate
Annie’s is waiting there for me,” sang Saratoga Springs band
Dryer in their ode to this unpretentious Caroline Street watering
hole, known affectionately as “D.A.s” to the regulars. If
you live in Saratoga Springs, chances are you’ve spent inordinate
amounts of time here among the wooden booths, the pool table,
the Simpsons pinball machine, the longtime bartenders Rock
and John, and the motley assortment of locals and Skidmore
students who fill the place. The jukebox, which owner Travis
calls the “the best damned jukebox in the state,” plays everything
from the MC5 and the Shins to the Figgs and the Kamikaze Hearts.
Desperate Annie’s inspires great loyalty among its customers,
whose vacation postcards line the ceiling above the bar. That
loyalty is reciprocated through non-gouging drink prices,
friendly staff and a legendary New Year’s Eve party for regular
patrons and friends. “We go out of our way to make people
feel safe and welcome, which fosters a very family-like atmosphere,”
says Travis (he goes by just “Travis”), who took over the
bar in 1993 and is a regular fixture. “Yes it’s a business,
but there’s more than just a monetary investment. It’s also
my life as well as the livelihoods of my employees, and it’s
where we live and make our friends.”
The Parting Glass
40-42 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs
Year established: 1981
Ambiance: All Irish, all the time
If the Parting Glass were a dance, it would be the Irish jig
town needs an Irish pub, it seems: an oasis of Guinness taps,
Celtic decorations, fiddle players in kilts, and green beer
on St. Patty’s Day. Saratoga Springs is no exception. Founded
on St. Patrick’s Day 26 years ago by the Diblasio family,
the Parting Glass is one of the oldest continuously run bars
in the city. A family vibe predominates: It’s a place where
you can take your kids for pub food, play games of English
darts and hear traditional Irish and American folk music,
including local favorites the McKrells. The beer, of course,
is for the adults, who can choose from an assortment of 40
beers on tap and another 60 domestics and imports in bottles.
Not much has changed over the years, says Linda Diblasio,
who started working at the family business when she was just
18. “I never thought we’d still be here after 26 years, but
I hope we’ll still be here 25 years from now.”
The Ale House
River St., Troy
Year established: 1970
Ambiance: casual, neighborly
If the Ale House were a song, it would be Elvis Presley’s
“A Big Hunk o’ Love”
beauty of this Troy institution is that on any given night,
when you walk through that front door, you know exactly what
you are going to get: breezy, attentive service; delicious,
rib-sticking grub; and friendly, easygoing drinking companions.
Brian Gilchrist has been running Ale House since 1990, after
working there off-and-on for about 10 years. “I got to a point
where I had to decide if I was in or I was out,” he says.
So he bought the bar.
Ale House has a way of making new friends, and keeping old
ones close. Gilchrist says he has regulars that have been
around for decades.
a pretty diverse crowd,” he says. “We have regulars who are
here several times a week and never cross paths.”
It’s that diversity that keeps the regulars coming back. One
night, you’re rubbing elbows with RPI students and profs in
the crowded bar. Another, you’re singing along with blue-collar
rockabilly in the backroom nuzzled next to a Hell’s Angel
And the bartenders are no slouches—Booie got Metroland’s
Best Bartender nod last year.
Central Ave., Albany
Year established: 1983
If Waterworks were a song, it would be “It’s Raining Men”
you ask your gay friends what the gayest gay bar in Albany
is, the answer will likely be Waterworks. For more than two
decades, Waterworks has been an unwavering support to the
gay and lesbian community. The huge dance floor, patio and
downstairs bar provide plenty of room to commiserate. A consistently
entertaining schedule of events, live music and entertainers
has contributed to why Metroland has repeatedly bestowed the
coveted Best Gay Bar title to the establishment. Gay, straight,
bi, or even heteroflexible—if you haven’t experienced Waterworks,
we suggest you give it a go. Trust us: A romp across the dance
floor is an adventure in itself.
The Silver Slipper
Henry Johnson Blvd., Albany
Year established: 1980
Ambiance: unpretentious and welcoming
If the Silver Slipper were a song, it would be Eddie Kendricks’
“Keep on Truckin’ ”
unassuming but attractive building on Henry Johnson Boulevard
houses one of Arbor Hill’s quaint gems, the Silver Slipper.
The inside of the bar isn’t quite as whimsical as its name
might suggest, and that’s a good thing. It’s a tidy, broken-in
type of place—a corner-situated spot that has seen it all
and keeps on truckin’. This is the kind of place where if
the walls could talk, they’d have your ear for days. On a
typical evening you can find the owner, Phil, behind the bar,
ready to serve you with a kind smile and a gentle manner.
The regulars are likely to chat you up and invite you into
their intimate haunt as if you were one of the family, and
the jukebox supplies the background music—mostly new and old
R&B. It’s comfy, cozy, and, in an odd way, soothing. This
landmark neighborhood bar just celebrated its 27th birthday
on Saturday (April 7), and here’s hoping for at least 27 more
healthy, happy years.
Washington Ave., Albany
Year established: Wouldn’t you like to know?
Ambiance: downtrodden, gritty
If Iffy’s were a song, it would be “Waiting For the Man” by
is a drinking-persons bar. No frills attached, except for
the pool table, a couple of TVs and a dart board. The patrons
at Iffy’s tend to proudly remind strangers that their bar
is featured on sleazybars.com. They also like to offer their
bar as a place you can always come when you are feeling down,
because someone in the bar will always be worse off than you.
The truth is, Iffy’s provides a safe haven for those who want
to spend more time talking to themselves than they do the
opposite sex. Iffy’s itself is a survivor, as its original
location was demolished to make room for parking. If you want
to drink at a bar that will put hair on your chest, Iffy’s
is an Albany institution you cannot afford to miss.
Central Ave., Albany
Year established: 1889
If Pauly’s Hotel were a book (in 1907), it would be John Dos
Passos, The 42nd Parallel.
you walked into Pauly’s Hotel just once in your life and walked
out again 10 minutes later, you would have no idea what a
rich history has unfolded within these walls over the last,
oh, 118 years—or even how vastly different the saloon is today
on a Monday afternoon as opposed to a Friday night.
On a recent Thursday evening when several area colleges were
on Spring Break, the only customers seated at the long Pauly’s
bar were three men who have been of legal drinking age for
at least 35 years. With the spacious room virtually empty,
it was easy to look around and take in the various details:
lots of original woodwork, especially around the bar, which
is well-preserved and beautiful in a big-mirrored, old-timey
way. The intricately detailed red ceiling, too, apparently
is original. But much of the room looks old and faded, and
only the ghosts of once-up-and-coming bands and cooks frying
up food haunt the deserted back area.
Close your eyes, enter the time machine, open again—now it’s
a Friday night with college in session, and you can barely
get from the door to the bar through the sea of drunken young
bodies. To some, this is hook-up heaven; to others, it’s heave-up
hell, like the Internet poster who decried the “drunk morons
from St. Rose and SUNY.”
Enter the time machine again, and go back to the ’80s: The
room is full of Albany hipsters swaying to live music from
local and national acts du jour. A few of the details are
different, like the bowling game and the chicken wings, but
the place is otherwise the same.
Once more into the time machine, into the ’90s, where we see
gentlemen in sack coats, ascots and handlebar moustaches slugging
back ale, debating the Sherman Anti-Trust Act and listening
to . . . Nirvana? No, try Scott Joplin, stupid. We’re in the
1890s. Back where it all began.
Quackenbush Square, Albany, 447-9000. Full bar includes a
wide array of award-winning microbrews. Food served until
10 PM Mon-Thu, 11 PM Fri-Sat, 8 PM Sun.
Lark St., Albany, 463-2881. A unique and relaxing old-world
wine bar, voted Best Wine Bar by Metroland. Tapas and
appetizers served until 10:45 PM.
Howard St., Albany, 598-1800. “Three floors, four DJs, 15,000
feet of adventure.”
N. Pearl St., Albany, 462-9033, bayoucafe.com. Full bar with
a full line of microbrews, 32 beers on tap and at least 30
types of bottled beer. The menu features Mexican, Southwestern,
and Cajun goodies.
N. Pearl St., Albany, 445-8082, blue82albany.com. An upscale
downtown lounge. Trivia. Live music.
Lark St., Albany, 463-9636, bombersburritobar.com. Popular
Center Square hangout specializing in specialty margaritas,
premium tequilas and lots and lots of beer. Karaoke, trivia,
Win, Booze & Draw. TexMex served until 1 AM.
S. Pearl St. (in the Times Union Center), Albany, 432-5637.
“Fun, entertaining atmosphere with many TVs for your sporting
event pleasure.” Darts, basketball, trivia games, Quick Draw,
OTB. Pub fare served until close.
Lark St, Albany, 472-9043, hollywoodonlark.com. “Lights, drinks,
food, action!” Touch Tunes Digital Music Jukebox. Pool, darts,
Megatouch. Pub food served until 2 AM.
Washington Ave., Albany, 434-1616. “A cool bar with a cool
vibe, great food, great music, and Courtney.” Live music.
Darts, Megatouch. “Upscale” pub food served until 3 PM Mon-Fri.
Broadway, Albany, 432-0486, cirosplace.com. “We have go-go
Restaurant & Pub
Lark St., Albany, dejohns.com. Fun neighborhood restaurant
and bar with a friendly staff. Spacious outdoor patio. Entrees,
sandwiches and salads served until 11 PM Sun-Thu and until
An American Brasserie
Chapel St., Albany, 436-7747, dpbrasserie.com. Bar/lounge.
Serving Continental-Indonesian food.
Lark St., Albany, 449-ELDA (3532), eldasonlark.com. A chic
bar on Lark Street.
Pine St., Albany, envyalbany.com. Cocktail lounge, bottle
service, and Latin dancing.
Broadway, Albany, 431-1920, franklinstower.com. “High-end
pub and restaurant, great food, music and catering on all
three floors.” Live music, karaoke. Serving Continental fare
until 11 PM.
Central Ave., Albany, 432-4472. With swing dancing on Thursdays,
DJs on Fridays and Albany’s original ’80s night on Saturdays,
this old White Tower hamburger stand is Albany’s most unique
club. DJs, live music. Video games. Cash only.
Madison Ave., Albany, 462-3544, hill-street-café.com. “Your
friendly neighborhood bar since 1983.” Pool, darts. Serving
pub fare until 3 AM.
Washington Ave., Albany, 463-9066. “Your friendly neighborhood
bar.” Live music. Pool, Quickdraw, Pac-Man. Pub food served
until 11 PM.
N. Pearl St., Albany, 432-1997, jilliansbilliards.com. Three
floors of eating, dancing, entertainment and games. Pool tables,
dartboards, video arcade and big-screen TV. Live music, DJs.
Pub food served until midnight Mon-Thu and 3 AM Fri-Sat.
Lark St., Albany, 436-7008, justinsonlark.com. Restaurant
and jazz club offering specialty martinis and wines by the
glass as well as eclectic fare. Live music. Late-night fare
served until 1 AM.
and Lodge streets (in the Crowne Plaza Hotel), 462-6611. Live
Lark St., Albany, legendsonlark.com. Trivia every Wednesday.
Pub fare served until 11 PM Sun-Thu and until midnight on
Madison Ave., Albany, 436-9530, lionheartalbany.com. “Truly
a beer lovers’ paradise with the absolute best of American
micro-brews and quality imports ever to slide past your lips.”
Patio. Pool, darts.
Clinton Square, Albany, 463-1455, mcgearyspub.com. An Irish
sports pub celebrating over 25 years in downtown Albany. Trivia
on Tuesdays. Live music.
Madison Ave., Albany, 434-1938. An unpretentious neighborhood
pub. Jukebox. Pool, darts.
Quackenbush Square, Albany, 465-1111, nicolesbistro.com. French
bistro, quaint bar. Bistro food, tapas, desserts served until
Broadway, Albany, 434-4540, nochealbany.com. Sophisticated
downtown bar and lounge. Live music, DJs. Tapas and party
platters served until 1 AM.
Lark St., Albany, 463-9004. Where gays, straights and heteroflexibles
chill at the bar and lounge on the patio. DJs, karaoke. Pool,
darts, video games.
Jefferson St., Albany, 432-1970. “Albany’s original neighborhood
bar and grill, featuring good food, good spirits and good
atmosphere.” Pool, darts, Pac-Man, video games. American,
Italian and Spanish tapas served until 2 AM.
Restaurant and Lounge
Steuben Place, Albany, 433-0011. Two bars, two dance floors,
two dining rooms, patio overlooking Pearl Street. Live music,
DJs. Continental food served until 10 PM.
Dove St., Albany, 426-4900. Comfortable tavern serving pub
fare and dinner entrees. Darts.
North Pearl St., Albany, 433-8338. “NYC nightlife.” DJs.
Broadway, Albany, 465-0444, redsquarealbany.com. “Great live
music local art and good quality beer.” Live music, DJs.
Bar & Grill
Preserve, Albany, 433-8005. “Albany’s only waterfront restaurant
with daily specials.” Live music, DJs.
Central Ave., Albany, 472-3588. “Albany’s premier gay bar.”
Daily happy hour 2-8 PM. DJs.
S. Pearl St., Albany, 426-9647. “Downtown’s best-kept secret.”
Live music. Pub food served until 10 PM Mon-Thu and until
midnight on Fri and Sat.
Fish & Jazz
S. Pearl St., Albany, 396-3474. “Upscale jazz and multicultural
club and restaurant.” Live music, DJs.
Pit Bar & Grille
Washington Ave., Albany, 465-6744. A friendly neighborhood
Delaware Ave., Albany, 449-2988. “A warm neighborhood bar
that’s like your home away from home.” Jukebox, darts, trivia
night every Tuesday at 7 PM.
Madison Ave., Albany, 463-9779, larktavern.com. “Good friends,
good food and good music—an interesting establishment with
character throughout.” Live music, DJs. Pub food served until
2 AM Sun-Thu and until 3 AM Fri-Sat.
Thatcher St., Albany, 456-2493. Fine spirits and food. DJs,
Jukebox. Pool, darts. Pub food served until closed.
Broadway, Albany, 431-8300, trystalbany.com. “Miami’s hottest,
trendiest lounge comes to Albany.” DJs.
Music Hall & Beer Joint
New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572, valentinesalbany.com.
“It’s a dump, but it’s our dump.” Live music, DJs. Pool, darts,
video trivia. Cash only.
Sheridan Ave., Albany, 463-9113, thevictorycafe.com. Located
in the heart of downtown Albany.
Central Ave., Albany, 465-9079. “Albany’s premier gay local
pub and dance club with table and booth seating, a bunch of
televisions and projection TV, and online jukebox.” Live music,
DJs, karaoke. Pool, video games, darts.
Alibis Martini Bar
Madison Ave., Albany, 489-0606. Trendy martini and margarita
bar. DJS Wed and Fri. Sushi, Chinese, Thai and American fare
served until 1 AM daily. Darts, Megatouch.
Central Ave., Albany, 463-9402, cagneysofalbany.com. Your
quintessential Irish pub.
Finn’s Pub & Grill
Yates St., Albany, 459-4263. New owners and completely remodeled;
open for lunch with an outdoor patio. Megatouch, darts, bowling
Central Ave., Albany, 462-4862, albanyclubphoenix.com. “We’re
having fun. . . . Are you?” Serving the gay community; everyone
welcome. DJs, karaoke. Pub food served until 10 PM.
Quail St., Albany, 436-7740. Bar/dance club. DJs. Cash only.
Delaware Ave., Albany, 257-7300. Pool, darts, video games.
New Scotland Ave., Albany, 482-9898. Good food, good folks.
Ginger Man Wine Bar & Restaurant
Western Ave., Albany, 427-5963. A casual wine bar and bistro
with fine dining. Continental menu served until 11:30 PM Mon-Thu,
12:30 AM Fri-Sat (closed Sunday).
Bar and Restaurant
Watervliet Ave., Albany, 438-0069. A laid-back bar. Serving
pub fare until close.
Bar & Grill
New Scotland Ave., Albany, 453-3299, graneysbarandgrill.com.
Irish sports bar, plenty of parking in rear. Live music, karaoke.
Golf game, darts. Pub food served until 4 AM.
at the Garden Grill
Second Ave., Albany, 462-0571. “A comfortable, friendly traditional
Irish neighborhood tavern offering great food, drink and an
eclectic mix of the best in live music.” Live music, DJs.
Pub food served until 3 PM Sun-Thu, and until 11 PM Fri-Sat.
N. Manning Blvd., Albany, 482-5677, orchardtavern.com. “Wonderful
atmosphere.” Patio. Quick Draw, Sports trivia.
Central Ave., Albany, 426-0828. A landmark bar in midtown
Albany. Live music.
Quail St., Albany, 436-7740. “Where good people gather.” Patio.
Pool, darts. “High-end” pub food served until 10 PM.
Pub at 869 Madison
Madison Ave., Albany, 689-2039. “The old Partridge Pub, but
cleaned up and much nicer with better specials.” DJs. Darts,
Megatouch. Pub food served until midnight.
Madison Ave., Albany, 459-8099. Pool, darts, video games.
Western Ave., Albany, 427-0091. Newly remodeled Albany staple
with a business atmosphere by day and a college atmosphere
by night. Golf game, darts. Irish pub fare served until 1
Olde Tavern Sports Bar
Jeannette St., Albany. “Great atmosphere, lots of TVs with
all the sports and inexpensive drinks.” Pool, darts. Pub food
served until close.
Everett Road, Albany, 482-2333. Relaxed neighborhood Irish-themed
tavern catering to a professional and casual clientele. Diverse
beer selection; 18 brews on tap. Live music, patio, darts.
Pizza and pub fare along with more upscale entrees served
until 10 PM Mon-Thu, 11 PM Fri-Sat, 9 PM Sun.
Road House Grill
Fuller Road, Albany, 489-3180. Full bar with lots of drink
specials. Live music on weekends. Burgers, salads, etc.
Watervliet Ave., Albany, 438-0069. “Great food, low prices,
unforgettable moments.” Live music, DJs, Darts, Quick Draw,
Megatouch. Italian-American pub food served until closing.
Central Ave., Albany, 454-0870. “Friendly neighborhood bar
with great food and drink prices—not just for old-timers any
more!” Darts, Megatouch, Quick Draw. Serving American pub
food till closing.
Colvin Ave., Albany, 453-1566. Satellite TV, live music, darts,
pool table. Popular wings and other pub food served until
Gate Restaurant and Catering
Watervliet Ave., Albany, 482-8179. Friendly, low-key neighborhood
bar with live music, jukebox, pool table, darts. Serving pub
food until 3 AM.
Mill & Mining Co.
Western Ave., Albany, 489-4910. A classic college/neighborhood
bar famous for its burgers. Karaoke, bar games. Pub food served
until midnight or so (10 PM on Sundays).
Central Ave., Albany, 489-4252. Sophisticated dance club with
a twist. Classics and urban grooves.
Maple Ave., Voorheesville, 765-4163. Neighborhood tavern and
family restaurant in a famous landmark. Jukebox, occasional
live music. Serving pizza and pub food till 10 PM Sun-Thu,
11 PM Fri-Sat. Cash and checks only.
Church St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-8800, bistrozinc.com.
Upscale restaurant and bar catering to locals and tourists;
spacious room in the back with authentic zinc bar and red
leather banquettes often attracts a bar crowd well past dinner.
Wide selection of single-malt scotches, rums and wines by
the glass. Bistro menu available in the bar until 10 PM.
Steak and Ale
S. Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-5959. Live
music, DJs, pool table, TV trivia and poker. Serving dinner
(steaks, seafood, pasta, etc.) and pub menus until 9 PM Fri-Tue,
9:30 PM Wed-Thu.
Road, Becket, Mass., (413) 623-8725. If you can find it, there’s
no place quite like it on the planet, especially when the
high season clicks in after Memorial Day. Live music, eclectic
clientele, rich history, surreal good times.
Church St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-2700. An eclectic crowd
frequents this establishment, decorated in wood and warm colors
with a beautiful mahogany bar. Live music. Restaurant menu
features creative American cuisine with Asian and Spanish
accents; this and the lighter tapas menu are served in the
bar until 9 PM, 10 or 11 in summer.
Main St., Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-5545. Venerable Berkshire
watering hole downstairs in the historic Red Lion Inn. Pub-like
atmosphere with live music nightly. American pub-style menu
served Sun-Thu until 10 PM, Fri-Sat until 11 PM.
Bank Row, Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 499-1994. Warm, casual
pub with lots of exposed brick and archways attracts a mix
of young and old, families and singles, locals and tourists.
Live music. American fare served until 11:30 PM weeknights,
12:30 AM weekends.
Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-9345. The
motto—“food, spirits, conversation”—pretty much captures the
vibe of this laid-back bar-restaurant where locals have been
gathering since before Great Barrington got hot. American
pub menu served till 10 weekdays, 11 on weekends.
Bar & Grill
Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-6228. An upscale
crowd gathers in this Soho-inspired bar-restaurant with loft-like
design and plenty of steel and aluminum. Contemporary American
menu served until 11 PM (closed Wednesday).
Sand Creek Road, Colonie, 869-2448. The menu, specializing
in steaks and seafood, is available until 10:30 PM.
Central Ave., Colonie, 382-1110. Full bar, DJs, karaoke.
Central Ave., Colonie, 459-8440. One of the area’s best-known
and longest-running gentlemen’s clubs. DJs, light dining until
Wolf Road, Colonie, 453-2FOX. English pub with 22 beers on
tap and more than 50 bottled beers. Ten flat-screen TVs, daily
entertainment including live music and tarot-card reading.
Daily food specials.
Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-1551. Upscale bar and grill. DJs,
karaoke, golf, darts. A wide variety of tavern food served
until 3:30 AM.
Central Ave., Colonie, 382-8786. Gentleman’s club with full
bar, open till the wee small hours. American pub fare.
Park Place, Hudson, 822-9902. Hip, handsome, historic bar
catering to trendy 20-somethings and business clientele. Live
music, DJs, karaoke, trivia. American bar food served until
Main St., Chatham, 392-2337. Welsh-inspired pub, handsomely
refinished with dark-stained wood and full of eccentric decorative
touches such as broadswords, taxidermied animals and helmets
from ancient warriors. The 15 or so beers on tap range from
local to international. Live music, designated upstairs smoking
area. Pub food served until 9 or 10 PM. Cash only (ATM inside).
Hancock Drive, Glenmont, 229-2342. sports bar and pool bar
with outside area and Caribbean theme. Live music. Ringo.
Delaware Ave., Delmar, 475-1111. Friendly neighborhood tavern
catering to a diverse crowd of locals and professionals. Extensive
beer selection with 36 available on tap. Patio. Pizza and
pub fare along with more upscale entrees served until 10 PM
Mon-Thu, 11 PM Fri-Sat, 9 PM Sun.
New Scotland Ave., Slingerlands, 439-6022. Full bar at both
locations of this authentic Italian restaurant.
New Scotland Ave., Slingerlands, 475-2060. Pub and family
eatery with live music.
Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
Glen St. (Route 9), Glens Falls, 743-9026. Full bar including
10 beers handcrafted on site, four guest bottled beers. Pool
table, golf game, pinball, arcade games, Megatouch. Food served
Across the Street Pub
Western Ave., Guilderland, 482-9432. Sports bar and family
restaurant with 10 TVs including a large-screen. Good selection
of domestic and imported beers, with 10 on tap. Quick Draw,
darts, video game. Pub food available until 1 AM Mon-Sat (closed
BBQ & Restaurant
Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-0940. Full bar, menu served
until 11 PM daily.
Plaza, Albany, 689-7777. Traditional Southern French and Mediterranean
restaurant with spacious, elegant bar area. Live music. Serving
food Sun-Mon till 9 PM, Tue-Thu till 10 PM, Fri-Sat till 10:30
Plaza, 489-1661. Lively bar in the middle of this now-famous
chain restaurant. Food served until 1 AM.
Diamond Eight Billiards
Johnson Road, Latham, 786-8048. Full bar and 17 pool tables.
DJs. Light pub fare served until 1 AM.
River Brewing Company
Circle Mall, 786-MALT. Spacious restaurant and bar offering
more than 50 draft and bottled beers from around the world.
Live music, pool table, darts. Acclaimed American menu available
until 10 PM.
New Loudon Road, Latham, 785-7739. Adult nightclub with more
than 60 exotic dancers on staff. Music by DJs.
Bar & Grill
Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, 785-9559. Bar-restaurant featuring
“authentic” Philly cheesesteaks (the owner, Rocky, is from
Philadelphia), as well as live music, DJs, karaoke and darts.
American menu served until 11 PM.
Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, 220-9900. “Straight-up or on
the rocks, Santino’s always comes out on top.” Live music,
DJs, karaoke. Italian-American menu served until 1 AM.
Farms, 786-TAPA. Elegant wine bar and restaurant featuring
tapas and small-plate cuisine. Live music. Serving food until
11 PM Mon-Wed, midnight Thu, 1 AM Fri-Sat
Oneida St., Cohoes, 238-2133. “Something’s always happening
at Big G’s.” Three dance floors, restaurant, live music, DJs
and bar games. Open Thursday through Saturday.
Cat Ale House
White St., Cohoes, 235-3199. Neighborhood pub atmosphere,
serving “pub food plus” until 10 PM.
N. Pearl St., Menands, 427-9355. Irish pub with light fare
and full meals available.
Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-6345. “Fun, friendly bar” featuring
$2 bottled beer. Jukebox, darts, ring toss. Come for free
pizza on karaoke night every other Friday.
Broad St., Waterford, 237-2829. Authentic Irish pub with traditional
fare, as well as “pub grub.”
Lincoln Ave., Watervliet, 273-9892. “A five-star establishment
under the same ownership for over 40 years, with all the legal
vices which include OTB and topless girls.” Pub food. Pool,
golf game, trivia machine, darts, lotto. Karaoke nights. Food
served until closing.
Cohoes Road, Watervliet, 273-9646. Full bar. Italian and American
fare, daily specials, “renowned pizza.”
Route 146, Clifton Park, 383-1205. Extensive beer and wine
list includes more than 40 beers by the bottle and 400 wines—50
by the glass. Vegetarian-friendly Italian food. Cash and checks
Grill and Bar
Park Ave., Clifton Park, 383-2004. Full bar in this restaurant
featuring American fare for lunch and dinner.
Family Style Restaurant & Bar
Church Ave, Ballston Spa, 884-8600, augiesrestaurant.com.
Full bar in this family-style Italian eatery.
Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, 348-2090. Full bar at
this authentic Italian restaurant.
Main St., Ballston Lake, 399-9926, carneystavern.net. This
traditional Irish pub offers a variety of beers and ales on
tap and in bottles. Full dinners and light fare available.
Route 9, Clifton Park, 877-7353. There’s a full bar in this,
one of the largest gentlemen’s clubs in upstate New York.
VIP lounge, couch dances. Pub fare coming soon.
Factory Eatery & Spirits
Prospect St., Ballston Spa, 885-0500. Two-level establishment
with 40-foot mahogany-and-black-granite bar, 12 large high-definition
TV screens, two brick fireplaces and a large courtyard. Live
music, DJs, darts. Pub fare served until 1 AM.
Times Lakeview Restaurant
Lake Road, Ballston Lake, 399-9976, goodtimesrestaurant.com.
Full bar at this continental restaurant with a panoramic view
of Ballston Lake.
Route 146, Halfmoon, 664-6164. Wide selection of pub food,
including pizza, wings, clubs, chili, clams, shrimp and steaks.
Pool, darts, racing. Food served until closing.
Route 146, North Country Commons, Clifton Park, 371-0015.
“The area’s premiere night club featuring the biggest and
best club shows in the region.” Live music, pub food. Darts,
pool, MegaTouch and more.
Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park. 688-1548, park54restaurant.com.
An extensive wine selection, top-shelf liquor and a variety
of beers. Restaurant serves seafood, steaks, lamb and duck.
Check the Web site for special events.
House Pub and Restaurant
9 and 9P, Malta, 587-5981. Full bar at this popular pizza
and pasta restaurant. Full menu until 11 PM.
Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-8771, ravenswoodpub.com. Full
bar at this American fare restaurant. Serving food until midnight
on Friday and Saturday.
Pub & Bistro
Dollar Shopping Plaza, Guideboard Road, Halfmoon, 371-1120,
371-1694. Full bar in this neighborhood bistro known for its
E. High St., Ballston Spa, 885-4311, spabrauhaus.com. A variety
of light and dark German beers are available at this German
eatery’s full bar.
Southside Drive, Clifton Park, 383-7148. Full bar at this
well-known chain restaurant featuring American fare. Bar open
Plaza, Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-5672. Full bar at this steak-and-seafood
Alcove Marina & Pub
Route 4 South, Schuylerville, 695-6079. A “great four-season
destination.” Serving pub food and drinks. Live music, DJs,
karaoke. Pool, video games. Serving food until closing (2
Canada St., Lake George, 668-9808. Seasonal bar and nightclub
with outdoor deck and state-of-the-art sound system. DJs.
Food served until 4 AM.
New World Home Cooking Co.
1411 Route 212, Saugerties, (845) 246-0900, newworldhomecooking.com.
Full bar in this new-American-style restaurant. Serving food
until 11 PM Friday and Saturday.
Main St., Sharon Springs, 284-2105. A restored hotel with
guest rooms available. Serving food until close Wed-Sun. Live
5, Little Falls, (315) 823-3000. Eclectic wine and beer selection
in an historic Central New York castle. Serving food Thu-Sat
until 9 PM, Sun until 8 PM.
Union Place (Routes 29 and 67), Johnstown, 762-3210, union
hallinnrestaurant.com. Full bar in a late-18th-century tavern-restaurant.
Serving food until close Tue-Sat.
Route 20, Richfield Springs, (315) 858-3500. Rustic tavern
featuring local brew and Old World Italian specialties from
a wood-fired brick oven. Serving food till 9 PM weekdays,
10 PM weekends.
Snyder’s Corners Road, Wynantskill, 283-6080. Gentlemen’s
Crooked Lake House
Route 43, Averill Park, 674-3894, thecrookedlakehouse.com.
Historical site with beautiful lake views and a 25-foot mahogany
bar. Live music, DJ, karaoke. “American eclectic” menu served
until 9 or 10 PM.
of West Sand Lake
Mall, Routes 150 and 43, West Sand Lake, 674-5938. “A great
place to eat, dance, see old friends and meet new ones.” Live
music. Pool, darts, tabletop games. Pub food served until
East St, Rensselaer, 463-9233. Classic neighborhood pub atmosphere.
Live music, bar games.
9 Maple Avenue
Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-CLUB. Huge single-malt scotch
selection and martini menu, Victorian ambiance. Live jazz
Fridays and Saturdays.
Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-2720. Full bar at this award-winning
American bistro. Serving food until 10 Wed-Mon.
and Putnam streets, Saratoga Springs, 583-6060. Inside café
and outside patio bar and grill. Live music. Serving food
at the Holiday Inn
Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-8944. Full bar. Serving food
until 10 PM daily.
Restaurant and Bar
Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-6262, brindisis.com. 1930s
New York City-themed bar with a huge picture window overlooking
Saratoga’s main street. Serving food Mon-Thu until 10, Fri-Sat
until 11, Sun until 9.
Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-3333. Right across from
the track, with racing-related memorabilia crowding the walls
and an Italian-inspired menu. Serving food Sun-Wed until 9,
Thu-Sat until 10.
Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1106, circuscafe.com. Festive,
yet classic. Serving food until 10.
Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-3632. Right in the middle
of Saratoga’s happening late-night scene. Serving food Sun-Thu
until 10, Fri-Sat until 4 AM.
Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2455. Unpretentious pub
that inspires great loyalty among regulars, a motley assortment
of locals and Skidmore students. Full bar, pool table, pinball.
at Saratoga Gaming & Raceway
Gaming and Raceway, Crescent Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 581-5790,
saratogagamingan draceway.com. Bar and restaurant overlooking
live harness racing. Serving food Tue-Thu until 10, Fri-Sat
until 11, closed Sun-Mon.
Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-7359. A popular late-night
destination. Serving food Sun-Mon until 9:30, Tue-Thu until
10:30, Fri-Sat until 11.
Gelding Bistro & Bar
Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-0957, greygelding.com Extensive
wine list with emphasis on small vineyards from around the
world. Serving food Fri-Sat until midnight and during Monday
Inn Bar & Grill
Gridley St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4909. Serving food until
Hotel & Restaurant
Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 587-0108, longfellows.com. Serving
food Mon-Thu until 10 PM, Fri-Sat until 11 PM, Sun until 9.
Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 587-2990, oldebryaninn.com.
Full, cozy bar, great for a cocktail or after-dinner drink.
Serving food Sun-Thu until 10, Fri-Sat until 11.
Caroline Street Bistro
Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2026. A wine list that
won the 2004-05 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
Serving food Mon-Thu until 9, Fri-Sat until 10.
Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-1916. Irish pub. Live music,
Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-5981. Sip a cocktail amid
Sherlockian memorabilia. Serving food until close daily.
at Saratoga National Golf Club
Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-4653. An extensive wine
list and outdoor terrace. Serving food until 9 PM Mon-Sat.
1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-9618. Extensive wine
list in a “casual upscale” atmosphere. Serving food Mon-Sat
until 10, Sun until 9.
Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 226-4437. Family-friendly sports
bar. Serving food Sun-Thu until 11, Fri-Sat until midnight.
Vodka Bar & Lounge
Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 581-1316. Hip-hop bar and
lounge featuring more than 175 unique vodkas. Live music,
Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-7777. Extensive wine list,
secluded smoking lounge to enjoy a cigar. Voted best wine
bar three years in a row. Live music. Contemporary American
cuisine served until 9 PM Tue-Sat (closed Sun-Mon).
9, Saratoga Springs, 584-7640. A Saratoga “landmark.” Serving
light fare Tue-Sat until 10, Sun until 9.
Saratoga Road/Route 50, Glenville, 384-7226, bayoucafe.com.
Full bar with a full line of microbrews, 32 beers on tap and
at least 30 types of bottled beer. The menu features Mexican,
Southwestern, and Cajun goodies.
Pub & Grill
Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 382-8909, olearyspubonline.com. Serving
pub food until 10 PM Sun-Thu and 11 PM Fri-Sat.
Jay St., Schenectady, 382-9277, ambitioncafe.com. Featuring
a full bar and “light fare with a gourmet flair.”
State St., Schenectady, 374-3048, bangkokbistro-ny.com. Chic
ultra lounge, “Housexxy Saturdays.” DJs, karaoke. Serving
sushi until 2 AM.
Front St., Schenectady, 372-4562. Newly remodeled corner pub.
Pub food served, and a bowling machine. Cash only.
Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, 382-1616. A full bar with pizza,
burgers, steaks and more.
Wall St., Schenectady, 395-5999. “Irish pub serving great
food, pints, and smiles.” Live music, food served until 11
PM Sun-Thu, midnight Fri-Sat.
Union St., Schenectady, 374-5930. “The friendliest pub in
town,” featuring nightly dinner specials. Serving until 10
Mon-Thu, 11 Fri-Sat, and only the lounge is open on Sunday.
Lunch Bar and Grill
Curry Road, Rotterdam, 355-7777, newestlunchbarand grill.com.
“Great neighborhood bar” featuring live entertainment, DJs
and the establishment’s famous hot dogs. Bar food served until
9 PM. Darts, video games.
Union St., Schenectady, 372-2590, nightskycafe.com. “A WiFi
equipped bistro with an appreciation of music and an enjoyment
of good food, good drink and good company.” Light fare served
Michigan Ave., Schenectady, 382-9468. Neighborhood sports
bar serving pub food until 11. The wings are very popular
here. Cash only.
N. Broadway, Schenectady, 346-6431. “All of your Irish favorites
from beer to pub food with a family-friendly environment and
adult nightlife.” Food served until 10 PM, with live music,
and bar games. Thursday night is trivia night.
N. Church St., Schenectady, 346-3400. Full bar and restaurant.
Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 382-9759. Neighborhood sports
bar with “famous” deli sandwiches and pub food. Golf and video
games. Open daily until 2 AM, serving lunch Wed-Fri.
Union St., Schenectady, 382-9264. One of the oldest neighborhood
bars in Schenectady, featuring live music, other events, and
an outdoor patio. Pool, darts. Pub food served until midnight.
River St., Troy, 272-9740. Voted Best Pub Fare by Metroland.
Homemade soups, burgers, and daily specials served until
midnight, with rock bands on the weekends. Dart board. Cash
River St., Troy, 273-beer (2337), brownsbrewing.com. “This
Troy landmark is the Capital District’s original craft brewery
and restaurant, specializing in homemade beer infused with
multi-American faire located in a carefully restored 19th
century factory on the mighty Hudson River front.” Darts,
pool table, and foosball, with food served until 11 PM Mon-Thu,
midnight Fri-Sat, and 10 PM Sun.
J.P. Cruise Line
River St., Troy, 270-1901, captainjp.homestead.com. Seasonal
music cruises, dinner yacht, private charters, weddings and
more. Serving brunch, dinner and private functions.
Second St., Troy, 266-9200, daisybaker.com. Beautiful historic
space located across the street from the Troy Music Hall.
American food served until 9 PM Mon-Thu, 10 PM Fri-Sat.
Southwest Restaurant & Bar
River St., Troy, 687-0737. Full bar and Southwestern fare.
Broadway, Troy, 273-8526. A full bar with more than 100 beers,
ales and stouts, and 24 on tap. Plus a wide menu and outdoor
WiFi Café & Lounge
4th St., Troy, 268-1111, troyhotspot.com. Authentic Peruvian
cuisine, hand-tossed pizzas, French-pressed coffees, freshly
squeezed juices in a laid back, inviting atmosphere. Food
served until 10 PM. Bar games include chess, cards, and others.
2nd St., Troy, 266-8915, theirishmist.com. “Warm, friendly
atmosphere. Extensive wine list. Great food.” Food served
until 10 PM. Darts.
Malone’s Mexican Irish Restaurant
River St., Troy, 273-2196, josemalones.com. A Mexican Irish
restaurant with more than 45 100-percent Agave Tequilas. Margaritas
made from fresh-squeezed limes, never any sour mix, and a
variety of Scotches and hard-to-find beers. Dinner served
until 10 PM.
4th St, Troy, 687-0064, p4th.com. “Rock, rock and more rock.
Canned beer and cheap women.” Pub menu with darts and touch
River St., Troy, 274-0553, revolutionhall.com. “A gorgeous
live-music venue featuring the best touring and regional artists.”
River St., Troy, 270-wake (9253), Ryanswake.com. Classic turn-of-the-century
Irish-American pub serving large deli sandwiches, shrimp cocktail,
cheese boards, and more. Full bar. Large outdoor deck overlooking
the Hudson River. Closed Sundays.
Burden Ave., Troy, 272-9661. A South Troy mainstay since 1934,
featuring a full bar and “comfort” food.
729 Pawling Ave., Troy, 283-6766. “Legendary” Troy pub featuring
live bands every Saturday night and DJ/karaoke every Friday
night. Pool, darts. Offering pub food including pizza and
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