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Metroland Fall 2007 Bar Guide

Welcome to the 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. 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 39 and send to: Metroland Bar Guide, Metroland, 419 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12210.

Albany (Downtown)

Albany Pump Station 19 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.

Antica Enoteca 200 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 Tue-Sat.

Ballinger’s 42 Howard St., Albany, 598-1800. “Three floors, four DJs, 15,000 square feet of adventure.”

Bayou Café 79 N. Pearl St., Albany, 462-9033, 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.

Blue 82 82 N. Pearl St., Albany, 445-8082, An upscale downtown lounge. Trivia. Live music.

Bombers Burrito Bar 258 Lark St., Albany, 463-9636, 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.

Broadway Joe’s 51 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.

Café Hollywood 275 Lark St, Albany, 472-9043, “Lights, drinks, food, action!” Touch Tunes Digital Music Jukebox. Pool, darts, Megatouch. Pub food served until midnight.

Capitol Grille 142 Washington Ave., Albany, 434-1616. “A cool bar with a cool vibe, great food, great music.” Live music. Darts, Megatouch. “Upscale” pub food served until 3 PM Mon-Fri.

Ciro’s Place 1118 Broadway, Albany, 432-0486, “We have go-go girls!”

DeJohn’s Restaurant & Pub 288 Lark St., Albany, 465-5275, Fun neighborhood restaurant and bar with a friendly staff. Spacious outdoor patio. Entrees, sandwiches and salads served until 11 PM Sun-Thu and until midnight Fri-Sat.

DP An American Brasserie 25 Chapel St., Albany, 436-7747, Bar/lounge. Serving American Bistro food.

Elda’s 205 Lark St., Albany, 449-ELDA (3532), A chic bar on Lark Street.

Envy Lounge 55-57 North Pearl., Albany, 694-ENVY, Cocktail lounge, bottle service, and Latin dancing.

Franklin’s Tower 414 Broadway, Albany, 431-1920, “High-end pub and restaurant, great food, music and catering on all three floors.” Live music. Serving Continental fare until 9 PM.

Fuze Box 12 Central Ave., Albany, 432-8866. With swing dancing on Thursdays, DJs on Fridays and Albany’s original ’80s night on Saturdays, this old White Tower hamburger stand is still going strong. DJs, live music. Video games. Cash only.

Hill Street Café 180 Madison Ave., Albany, 462-3544, hill-street-café.com. “Your friendly neighborhood bar since 1983.” Pool, darts. Serving pub fare until 3 AM.

Iffy’s Place 234 Washington Ave., Albany, 463-9066. “Your friendly neighborhood bar.” Live music. Pool, Quickdraw, Pac-Man. Pub food served until 11 PM.

Jillian’s 59 N. Pearl St., Albany, 432-1997, 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.

Justin’s 301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008, 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.

Kelsey’s Irish Pub State and Lodge streets (in the Crowne Plaza Hotel), 462-6611. Live music.

Legends Sports Lounge 286 Lark St., Albany, 275-4900, Trivia every Wednesday. Pub fare served until 11 PM Sun-Thu and until midnight on Fri-Sat.

Lionheart Pub 448 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.

McGeary’s 4 Clinton Square, Albany, 463-1455, An Irish sports pub celebrating more than 25 years in downtown Albany. Trivia on Tuesdays. Live music.

New Madison Grille 331 Madison Ave., Albany, 434-1938. An unpretentious neighborhood pub. Jukebox. Pool, darts.

Nicole’s Bistro 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 465-1111, French bistro, quaint bar. Bistro food, tapas, desserts served until 10 PM.

Noche 895 Broadway, Albany, 434-4540, Sophisticated downtown bar and lounge. Live music, DJs. Tapas and party platters served until 1 AM.

Oh Bar 304 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.

Pagliacci Ristorante 44 S. Pearl St., Albany, 465-1001. Italian-style bistro with a rooftop patio bar/grill. Live music, DJs. Trivia, darts. Northern Italian food and pub fare served until “there’s no one left.”

Palais Royale 164 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.

Pearl Restaurant and Lounge 1 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.

Pinto and Hobbs 32 Dove St., Albany, 426-4900. Comfortable tavern serving pub fare and dinner entrees. Darts.

Pure Night Club 84-86 North Pearl St., Albany, 433-8338. “NYC nightlife.” DJs.

Red Square 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444, “Great live music local art and good quality beer.” Live music, DJs.

Rocks 77 Central Ave., Albany, 472-3588. “Albany’s premier gay bar.” Daily happy hour 2-8 PM. DJs.

Savannah’s 1 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.

Simply Fish & Jazz 147 S. Pearl St., Albany, 396-3474. “Upscale jazz and multicultural club and restaurant.” Live music, DJs.

Skyline Restaurant & Lounge 4 Sheridan Ave., Albany, 472-8150. Hotspot in downtown Albany’s busy Pearl Street nightlife district, with three bars on three floors. DJs, food.

Smitty’s Pit Bar & Grille 138 Washington Ave., Albany, 465-6744. A friendly neighborhood bar. Darts, pool. Pub fare served until midnight daily, wings special Saturday nights, football specials on Sundays.

Susie’s 8 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.

Tess’ Lark Tavern 453 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-9779, “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. Pub 16 Thatcher St., Albany, 463-9214. Fine spirits and food. DJs, Jukebox. Pool, darts. Pub food served until closed.

Tryst Ultra Lounge 418 Broadway, Albany, 431-8300, “Miami’s hottest, trendiest lounge comes to Albany.” DJs.

Valentine’s Music Hall & Beer Joint 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572, “It’s a dump, but it’s our dump.” Live music, DJs. Pool, darts, video trivia. Cash only.

Victory Café 10 Sheridan Ave., Albany, 463-9113, Located in the heart of downtown Albany.

Waterworks 76 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.


Albany (Midtown)

Alibis Martini Bar 1100 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.

Cagney’s 335 Central Ave., Albany, 463-9402, Your quintessential Irish pub.

Casey Finn’s Pub & Grill 507 Yates St., Albany, 459-4263. New owners and completely remodeled; open for lunch with an outdoor patio. Megatouch, darts, bowling machine.

Club Phoenix 348 Central Ave., Albany, 462-4862, “Three floors of fun” Karaoke every Friday. Phoenix Phollies drag show.

The Coliseum 198 Quail St., Albany, 436-7740. Bar/dance club. DJs. Cash only.

Elbo Room 170 Delaware Ave., Albany, 257-7300. Old-school sports bar/restaurant. Live music, karaoke. Pool, foosball, darts, table-top games. Serving classic American pub menu until 1 AM weeknights, 3 AM weekends.

The Fountain 283 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 482-9898. Good food, good folks.

The Ginger Man Wine Bar & Restaurant 234 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).

GoodFellas Bar and Restaurant 15 Watervliet Ave., Albany, 438-0069. A laid-back bar. Serving pub fare until close.

Graney’s Bar & Grill 275 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 453-3299, Irish sports bar, plenty of parking in rear. Live music, karaoke. Golf game, darts. Pub food served until 4 AM.

O’Brien’s at the Garden Grill 276 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.

Old Stadium 102½ Ontario St., 432-9745. The self-described “best bar food in town.” Karaoke night Friday. Bowling, darts, Mega Touch. Serving burgers, sandwiches, wings, etc. until close. Cash only.

Orchard Tavern 68 N. Manning Blvd., Albany, 482-5677, “Wonderful atmosphere.” Patio. Quick Draw, Sports trivia.

Pauly’s Hotel 337 Central Ave., Albany, 426-0828. A landmark bar in midtown Albany. Live music.

Professor M. Barley’s 198 Quail St., Albany, 436-7740. “Where good people gather.” Patio. Pool, darts. “High-end” pub food served until midnight.

The Pub at 869 Madison 869 Madison Ave., Albany, 689-2039. “The old Partridge Pub, but cleaned up and much nicer with better specials.” Darts, Megatouch. Pub food served until midnight.

Recovery Room Sports Grill 62 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 396-3800. New sports grill located at the Hilton Garden Inn at Albany Medical Center.

Sadie Klutz 894 Madison Ave., Albany, 459-8099. Pool, darts, video games.

Washington Tavern 250 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 AM.


Albany (Uptown)

BEFF’s Tavern 95 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.

Cheer’s Road House Grill 27 Fuller Road, Albany, 489-3170. Full bar with lots of drink specials. Live music on weekends. Burgers, salads, etc.

GoodFellas 15 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.

Joe’s Grill 1044 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.

Lynn’s Uptown 15 Colvin Ave., Albany, 453-1566. Satellite TV, live music, darts, pool table. Popular wings and other pub food served until midnight.

Shamrock II 109 Everett Road, Albany, 435-1197. Friendly local tavern. Live music, bar games. Tavern menu served until closing.

Sutter’s Mill & Mining Co. 1200 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).


Albany County

Smith’s Tavern 112 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.


Berkshire County

Bistro Zinc 56 Church St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-8800, 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.

Bogie’s Steak and Ale 935 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.

Dream Away Lodge County 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.

Firefly 71 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.

The Lion’s Den 30 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.

Pittsfield Brew Works 34 Depot St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 997-3506, Central Berkshire County’s only brew pub, “serving the best artisan beers.” Live music, open mic. Trivia, pool, darts, chess, checkers, cards. Pub fare served until 11:30 PM.

20 Railroad St. 20 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.


Colonie/Wolf Road

Appletini’s Café 1118 Central Ave., Colonie, 489-2990. “Fun, friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome.” Live music on Saturdays. Steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza and pub fare served until 11 PM Sun-Thu, midnight Fri-Sat.

Barnsider 480 Sand Creek Road, Colonie, 869-2448. The menu, specializing in steaks and seafood, is available until 10:30 PM Fri. and Sat. Mon-Thurs until 10 PM. Sun. until 9 PM.

Bourbon Street 2209 Central Ave., Colonie, 382-1110. Full bar, DJs, karaoke.

DiCarlo’s 1165 Central Ave., Colonie, 459-8440. One of the area’s best-known and longest-running gentlemen’s clubs. DJs, light dining until 8 PM.

Firkin & Fox 112 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.

J.T. Maxies 240 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-1551. Upscale bar and grill. DJs, karaoke, golf, darts. A wide variety of tavern food served until 3:30 AM.

Shenanigans 2169 Central Ave., Colonie, 382-8786. Gentleman’s club with full bar, open till the wee small hours. American pub fare.


Columbia County

Peint o Gwrw 36 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).



BEFF’s Tavern 367 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 475-1111. Friendly neighborhood tavern catering to a diverse crowd of locals and professionals. Extensive beer selection with 30 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.

Bellini’s Italian Eatery 1365 New Scotland Ave., Slingerlands, 439-6022. Full bar at both locations of this authentic Italian restaurant.

JJ Madden’s 1903 New Scotland Ave., Slingerlands, 475-2060. Pub and family eatery with live music.


Glens Falls/Queensbury

Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery 184 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 until closing.

O’Toole’s 118 Quaker Road, Queensbury, 793-3389. Sports bar and family restaurant with 30 TVs. Happy hour. Live music. Golf, bowling, Quick Draw. American menu served until midnight.



Across the Street Pub 1238 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. Open 12-11 PM Sun.

Chico’s BBQ & Restaurant 2490 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-0940. Full bar, menu served until 11 PM daily.

Provence Stuyvesant 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 PM.

TGI Friday’s Stuyvesant Plaza, 489-1661. Lively bar in the middle of this now-famous chain restaurant. Food served Mon-Wed until 12:30. Thurs-Sun until 1 PM.



Diamond Eight Billiards 9 Johnson Road, Latham, 786-8048. Full bar and 17 pool tables. DJs. Light pub fare served until 1 AM.

Malt River Brewing Company Latham 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.

Nite Moves 677 New Loudon Road, Latham, 785-7739. Adult nightclub with more than 60 exotic dancers on staff. Music by DJs.

Philly Bar & Grill 622 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.

Santino’s 183 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 220-9900. “Straight-up or on the rocks, Santino’s always comes out on top.” Live music, DJs, karaoke. Menu served until 1 AM.

Vin Santo Latham 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.



Big G’s 50 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.

Black Cat Ale House 25 White St., Cohoes, 235-3199. Neighborhood pub atmosphere, serving “pub food plus” until 10 PM.

Corner Well Pub 698 N. Pearl St., Menands, 427-9355. Irish pub with light fare and full meals available.

Emma’s Bar 228 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.

Kielty’s Emerald Isle 39 Broad St., Waterford, 237-2829. Authentic Irish pub with traditional fare, as well as “pub grub.”

Muddy’s 40 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.

Purple Pub 2 Cohoes Road, Watervliet, 273-9646. Full bar. Italian and American fare, daily specials, “renowned pizza.”



Antipasto’s 1028 Route 146, Clifton Park, 383-1209. 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 only. Bar opens daily at 4:30, closes Sun and Mon by 9 PM, Tues by 9:30 PM, Weds and Thurs by 10 PM, Fri and Sat by 11 PM.

Applebee’s Grill and Bar 18 Park Ave., Clifton Park, 383-2004. Full bar in this restaurant featuring American fare for lunch and dinner.

Augie’s Family Style Restaurant & Bar 183 Church Ave, Ballston Spa, 884-8600, Full bar in this family-style Italian eatery.

Bellini’s Italian Eatery 19 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, 348-2090. Full bar at this authentic Italian restaurant.

Carney’s Tavern 17 Main St., Ballston Lake, 399-9926, This traditional Irish pub offers a variety of beers and ales on tap and in bottles. Full dinners and light fare available.

Double Vision 1917 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.

The Factory Eatery & Spirits 20 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.

Good Times Lakeview Restaurant 175 Lake Road, Ballston Lake, 399-9976, Full bar at this family restaurant with a panoramic view of Ballston Lake and a warming fireplace.

Mr. C’s Pub 46 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.

Northern Lights 1208 Route 146, North Country Commons, Clifton Park, 371-0012. “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.

Park 54 54 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park. 688-1548, 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.

Ravenswood Pub 1021 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-8771, Full bar at this American fare restaurant. Serving food until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Salty’s Pub & Bistro Country Dollar Shopping Plaza, Guideboard Road, Halfmoon, 371-1120, 371-1694. Full bar in this neighborhood bistro known for its seafood.

Spa Brauhaus 200 E. High St., Ballston Spa, 885-4311, A variety of light and dark German beers are available at this German eatery’s full bar.

TGI Friday’s 1 Southside Drive, Clifton Park, 383-7148. Full bar at this well-known chain restaurant featuring American fare. Bar open until midnight.

Tuscan’s Grill Parkwood Plaza, Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-5672. Full bar at this steak-and-seafood restaurant.


Outlying (North)

Alcove Marina & Pub 886 Route 4 South, Schuylerville, 695-6079. A “great four-season destination.” Serving pub food and drinks. Pool, video games. Serving food until closing (2 AM).


Outlying (South)

New World Home Cooking Co. 1411 Route 212, Saugerties, (845) 246-0900, newworldhomecook Full bar in this new-American-style restaurant. Serving food until 11 PM Friday and Saturday.


Outlying (West)

American Hotel 192 Main St., Sharon Springs, 284-2105. A restored hotel with guest rooms available. Serving food until close Wed-Sun. Live music.

Beardslee Castle Route 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 Hall Inn 2 Union Place (Routes 29 and 67), Johnstown, 762-3210, Full bar in a late-18th-century tavern-restaurant. Serving food until close Tue-Sat.

Villa Isidoro 3941 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.


Rensselaer County

Capital Hideaway 205 Snyder’s Corners Road, Wynantskill, 283-6080. Gentlemen’s club. DJs.

The Crooked Lake House 2339 Route 43, Averill Park, 674-3894, 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.

Michael’s of West Sand Lake 43 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 4 AM.

Patroon Inn 550 3rd Avenue Extension, East Greenbush, 286-3457. Family-owned neighborhood tavern established in 1951. Live music, DJs. Pool, darts, table-top games. Cash only.

Wormburners 700 East St, Rensselaer, 463-9233. Classic neighborhood pub atmosphere. Live music, bar games.


Saratoga Springs

9 Maple Avenue 9 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-CLUB. Huge single-malt scotch selection and martini menu, Victorian ambiance. Live jazz Fridays and Saturdays.

Backstreet Billiards 63A Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2503. “Our bar is so much better than your bar.” Live music. Darts, pool. Pizza.

Bailey’s Phila and Putnam streets, Saratoga Springs, 583-6060. Inside café and outside patio bar and grill. Live music. Serving food until midnight.

Bookmaker’s at the Holiday Inn 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-8944. Full bar. Serving food until 10 PM daily.

Brindisi’s Restaurant and Bar 390 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-6262, 1930s New York City-themed bar with a huge picture window overlooking Saratoga’s main street. Serving food Mon-Sun 11:30-4 for lunch; dinner 4-10 Mon-Sun.

Bruno’s 237 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-3333. Right across from the track, with racing-related memorabilia crowding the walls and an Italian-inspired menu. “One step up from casual.” Serving food Tues-Sun 4-10.

Cantina 430 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-5577. Located in the heart of Broadway. New restaurant and bar that celebrates the vibrant and diverse flavors of Mexico. “Made fresh from scratch food,” fresh lime margaritas. Open 11:30 daily, serve food until close.

Circus Café 392 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1106, Festive, yet classic. Serving food until 10.

D’Andrea’s 33 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 3 AM.

Desperate Annie’s 12 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.

Fortunes at Saratoga Gaming & Raceway Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, Crescent Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 581-5790, saratogagaming Bar and restaurant overlooking live harness racing. Serving food Tue-Thu until 10, Fri-Sat until 11, closed Sun-Mon.

Gaffney’s 16 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.

Grey Gelding Bistro & Bar 423 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-0957, Extensive wine list with emphasis on small vineyards from around the world. Serving food Fri-Sat until midnight and during Monday Night Football.

Horseshoe Inn Bar & Grill 1 Gridley St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4909. Serving food until midnight nightly.

Longfellow’s Hotel & Restaurant 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 587-0108, Serving food Mon-Thu until 10 PM, Fri-Sat until 11 PM, Sun until 9.

Olde Bryan Inn 123 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 587-2990, Full, cozy bar, great for a cocktail or after-dinner drink. Serving food Sun-Thu until 10, Fri-Sat until 11.

One Caroline Street Bistro 1 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.

The Parting Glass 40-42 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-1916. Irish pub. Live music, pub food.

Sargo’s at Saratoga National Golf Club 458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-4653. An extensive wine list and outdoor terrace. Serving food until 10 PM Mon-Sat.

Sperry’s 30 1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-9618. Extensive wine list in a “casual upscale” atmosphere. Serving food daily until close.

Stadium Café 389 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 226-4437. Family-friendly sports bar. Serving food Sun-Thu until 11, Fri-Sat until midnight.

Thirteen Vodka Bar & Lounge 13 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 581-1316. Hip-hop bar and lounge featuring more than 175 unique vodkas. Live music, DJ, karaoke.

The Wine Bar 417 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-8777. 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 10 PM Tue-Sat (closed Sun-Mon).

Wishing Well Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 584-7640. A Saratoga “landmark.” Serving light fare Tue-Sat until 10, Sun until 9.


Schenectady County

Bayou Café 507 Saratoga Road/Route 50, Glenville, 384-7226, 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.

O’Leary’s Pub & Grill 153 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 382-8909, Serving pub food until 9 PM Sun-Thu and 11 PM Fri-Sat.



Ambition Cafe 154 Jay St., Schenectady, 382-9277, Featuring a full bar and “light fare with a gourmet flair.”

Backstage Pub & Grill 501 Smith St., Schenectady, 344-5120. “Backstage” from Proctor’s Theatre; “stop in for a great drink, delicious food, and warm, inviting atmposphere after the show.” Live music.

Bangkok Bistro 268 State St., Schenectady, 374-3048, Chic ultra lounge, DJs, karaoke. Serving sushi until 2 AM.

BL’s 208 Front St., Schenectady, 372-4562. Newly remodeled corner pub. Pub food served, and a bowling machine. Cash only.

Fireside Pizzeria 1631 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, 382-1616. A full bar with pizza, burgers, steaks and more.

Katie O’Byrne’s 121 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.

Manhattan Exchange 607 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.

Newest Lunch Bar and Grill 1925 Curry Road, Rotterdam, 355-7777, “Great neighborhood bar” featuring live entertainment, DJs and the establish-ment’s famous hot dogs. Bar food served until 9 PM. Darts, video games.

Night Sky Café 402 Union St., Schenectady, 372-2590, “A WiFi equipped bistro with an appreciation of music and an enjoyment of good food, good drink and good company.” Light fare served until midnight.

Park Inn 300 Michigan Ave., Schenectady, 382-9468. Neighborhood sports bar serving pub food until 11. The wings are very popular here. Cash only.

Pinhead Susan’s 38-40 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.

Stockade Inn 1 N. Church St., Schenectady, 346-3400. Full bar and restaurant.

Stoney Lane Tavern 1859 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.

Ten Ten Vogue 1010 State St., Schenectady, 372-3837. A unique lounge experience with “spirits from Transylvania.” DJ and karaoke every night. Latino dancing on Thursdays. Darts, Mega Touch, Quick Draw. Pub fare served until 4 AM.

Union Inn 517 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. Cash only.



Ale House 680 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 only.

Brown’s Brewing Company 417-19 River St., Troy, 273-beer (2337), “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 video games with live music Thurs-Sat. Open mike Thurs. New Menu served until 11 PM Mon-Thu, midnight Fri-Sat, and 9 PM Sun.

Captain J.P. Cruise Line 278 River St., Troy, 270-1901, captainjp.home Seasonal music cruises, dinner yacht, private charters, weddings and more. Serving brunch, dinner and private functions.

Daisy Baker’s 33 Second St., Troy, 266-9200, Beautiful historic space located across the street from the Troy Music Hall. American food served until 9 PM Mon-Thu, 10 PM Fri-Sat.

Fresno’s Southwest Restaurant & Bar 377 River St., Troy, 687-0737. Full bar and Southwestern fare.

Holmes & Watson 450 Broadway, Troy, 273-8526. A full bar with 65 bottled beers and 24 taps. Plus a wide menu and outdoor courtyard. Parties of six or more reservations required.

Hotspot WiFi Café & Lounge 122 4th St., Troy, 268-1111, 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.

Irish Mist 285 2nd St., Troy, 266-8915, “Warm, friendly atmosphere. Extensive wine list. Great food.” Food served until 10 PM. Darts.

Jose Malone’s Mexican Irish Restaurant 405 River St., Troy, 273-2196, 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. Winner of Metroland’s “Best Margarita” 2007. Dinner served until 10 PM.

Positively 4th Street 46 4th St, Troy, 687-0064, “Rock, rock and more rock. Canned beer and cheap women.” Pub menu with darts and touch screens.

Revolution Hall 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553, “A gorgeous live-music venue featuring the best touring and regional artists.”

Ryan’s Wake Pub 403 River St., Troy, 270-wake (9253), 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.

South End Tavern 757 Burden Ave., Troy, 272-9661. A South Troy mainstay since 1934, featuring a full bar and “comfort” food.

Valenti’s Pub 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 wings.

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