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Metroland Bar Guide Fall 2009

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 in our online edition, please contact Stephen Leon at

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.

Ballinger’s 42 Howard St., Albany, “Bumping and jumping.” Open 10 PM-4 AM Sat only.

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. Live music.

Blue 82 82 N. Pearl St., Albany, 445-8082, An upscale downtown lounge with specialty martinis. 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. Tex-Mex 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.” Karaoke, darts, basketball, trivia, 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 the wee hours.

Ciro’s Place 1118 Broadway, Albany, 432-0486, “We have go-go girls!” TV’s for the big game. A wide variety of pub fare available. Kitchen open to 10 PM Mon-Fri and Sat to midnight.

Dale Miller 30 S. Pearl St., Albany, 694-3322. “Experience Dale Miller and the art of dining.” Brand-new bar, outside terrace seating. Live music. American cuisine with global influences, served until 10 PM Mon-Sat.

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, midnight Fri-Sat.

DP An American Brasserie 25 Chapel St. (in the Downtown Hampton Inn), Albany, 436-7747, Bar/lounge serving American bistro food.

Elda’s 205 Lark St., Albany, 449-ELDA (3532), A chic restaurant, lounge, and bar in the heart of Center Square. Italian specialties and gourmet pizza. Serving food till 2 AM.

Envy Lounge 55-57 N. Pearl St., Albany, 694-ENVY (3689), Cocktail lounge and bottle service. Fine American dining serving lunch and dinner Tue-Sat 10 AM to 10 PM. Friday night Latin night.

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, 10 on the weekends.

Fuze Box 12 Central Ave., Albany, 331-4961. With 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.

Hideaway at Pagliacci’s 44 S. Pearl St., Albany, 465-1001. American/continental pub and restaurant. Live music. Menu served until 10 PM.

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 2 AM nightly.

Iffy’s Place 234 Washington Ave., Albany. “Your friendly neighborhood bar.” 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, dart boards, video arcade and big-screen TV. Live music, DJs. Pub food served until 10 PM Mon-Thu and 11 PM 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. Serving lunch, dinner, and pub fare. Pool, golf, darts.

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

Lionheart Pub 448 Madison Ave., Albany, 436-9530, “Truly a beer lovers’ paradise, with 32 taps of the absolute best of American micro-brews and quality imports to ever 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 weekends.

New Madison Grille 331 Madison Ave., Albany, 434-1938. An unpretentious neighborhood pub. Jukebox, pool, darts. Pizza and pub fare served until at least 11 nightly.

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.

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. Light pub fare along with American, Italian and Spanish tapas served until 4 AM.

Pinto and Hobbs 32 Dove St., Albany, 426-4900. Comfortable tavern serving lunch, dinner entrees and pub fare. Darts. Latin Night on Wednesday, karaoke on Thursday.

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 specials 2-8 PM. Karaoke, DJs.

Savannah’s 1 S. Pearl St., Albany, 426-9647, The reinvented Savannah’s (soon to be Dublin Underground) has live music Wed-Sat, with hits from the ‘80s and ‘90s Fri-Sat. “Downtown Albany’s best-kept secret.” Serving a wide variety of lunch and dinner entrees daily; pub food served until 11:45 PM.

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

Suzie’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, lark “Good friends, good food and good music—an interesting establishment with character throughout.” Live music, DJs, comedy, poetry and burlesque. 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, bikini barmaids, jukebox, pool, darts. Serving daily lunch and dinner entrees along with Pub fare until close.

Victory Café 10 Sheridan Ave., Albany, 463-9113, Downtown Albany café serving lunch and dinner specials with a wide variety of menu items served until 9 PM Mon, 10 PM Tue-Thu, 11 PM Fri, 10 PM Sat. Closed Sunday.

Waterworks 76 Central Ave., Albany, 465-9079. “Albany’s premier gay pub and dance club.” New York City-style dance floor with state-of-the-art sound and lighting. A smoking patio off the dance floor. Table and booth seating, a bunch of televisions and projection TV, and online jukebox. Live music, DJs, karaoke. Pool, video games, darts.

The Wine Bar and Bistro 200 Lark St., Albany, 463-2881, Award-winning, full-service, cozy wine bar with a great bistro menu and more than 250 wines from around the world, including over 50 by the glass. Food served until 10 PM Sun-Thu, 12 AM Fri-Sat. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2009.

Wolff’s Biergarten 895 Broadway, Albany, 427-2461, An authentic German beer garden specializing in bier, wurst and soccer. Food until midnight. Ping pong and darts. Cash only.

Albany (Midtown)

Casey Finn’s Pub & Grill 507 Yates St., Albany, 459-4263. Completely remodeled; serving a wide variety of lunch specials daily with an outdoor patio. Megatouch and darts. Light Pub fare available until 7 PM.

Bogies 297 Ontario St., Albany. 221-3081. This legendary live music spot is back on the map. Live music, DJs, everything from hip-hop to hardcore.

Elbo Room 170 Delaware Ave., Albany, 257-7300. Old-school sports bar/restaurant. Live music, pool, foosball, darts, table-top games. “Yings and Wings” special Wed along with College specials. Trivia Thu. 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 Spectator and Sante award-winning wine bar and bistro with fine dining. Continental lunch and dinner menu served until 11 PM Mon-Thu, 11:30 PM Fri-Sat with dinner only on Sat (closed Sunday).

Graney’s Bar & Grill 275 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 453-3299, Irish sports bar with full satellite package, plenty of parking in rear. Live music, karaoke. Video games, darts. Wi-Fi. Pub food served until 4 AM.

Midtown Tap and Tea Room 289 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 435-0202. Handsomely designed restaurant and bar with impressive wine list. Serving continental menu, including tapas, until 10 PM Tue-Thu, 11 PM Fri-Sat (closed Sun and Mon).

New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Ave., Albany, 694-0520, A neighborhood bistro near the Spectrum Theatre, featuring Ric Orlando’s “global comfort food,” with full bar, “very cool” cocktails and an extensive wine and beer list. Global bistro cuisine served until 11 PM Tue-Thu, midnight Fri-Sat, 10 PM Sun and Mon.

O’Brien’s at the Garden Grill 276 Second Ave., Albany, 451-0495. “A comfortable, friendly traditional Irish neighborhood tavern offering great food, drink and an eclectic mix of the best in live music.” Live music. Open for lunch Mon-Fri; food served until 10 PM Wed-Sat. Kitchen also open during football on Sunday.

Orchard Tavern 68 N. Manning Blvd., Albany, 482-5677, “Wonderful family atmosphere.” Patio. Quick Draw, sports trivia, live music in the summer.

Professor M. Barley’s 198 Quail St., Albany, 436-7740. “Where good people gather.” Full bar with more than 60 varieties of bottled beer. Patio, fireplace. Pool, darts. Serving “upscale pub fare” daily until midnight. Triva on Tue.

Quintessence 11 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 434-8186. Jazzy, upscale-casual nightspot with weekly bar specials, creative bar staff, and entertainment. Live music. Eclectic menu served until close.

The Pub 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. Sports grill located at the Hilton Garden Inn at Albany Medical Center. Extensive menu of pub fare available. Team Trivia Wednesday. Serving until 11 PM Mon-Thu, midnight Fri-Sat, 10 PM Sun.

Red’s Park Place 560 Madison Ave., Albany, 432-3221. Formerly Ralph’s on the Park, “where old friends gather.” Six Large HD TVs for sporting events, NFL Ticket, live music, DJs. Wings, burgers and more served until 10 PM on weekdays, 12 AM on weekends.

Sadie Klutz 849 Madison Ave., Albany, 459-8099. Pool, darts, video games. Daily happy-hour specials, 12 beers on tap. Serving pizza and pub fare until 4 AM.

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.

Washington Tavern 250 Western Ave., Albany, 427-0091, Newly remodeled Albany staple with a business atmosphere by day and a college atmosphere by night. Serving lunch and dinner, with daily happy hour, private parties, golf game, darts. Traditional Irish pub fare served until 1 AM. Sunday NFL Ticket. Karaoke Wednesday, trivia Monday.

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, outdoor patio, banquet space for up to 60 available. Extensive Pub fare and pizza along with a wide variety of affordable menu items for lunch and dinner served until 10 PM Mon-Thu, 11 PM Fri-Sat, 9 PM Sun.

German-American Club of Albany 32 Cherry St., Albany, 265-6102, munities/gaca/. An original German biergarten community center in the Capital Region. Live music and Authentic German food served during advertised events, like Oktoberfest. Cash only.

Golden Cue 1048 Central Ave., Albany, 459-9442. Enjoy 20 of the area’s best pool tables, seven large-screen TVs, music, Mega Touch, quick draw, and darts, along with a new bar serving beer, wine. Pizza, wings, burgers, sandwiches and desserts served until 1 AM.

GoodFellas 15 Watervliet Ave., Albany, 438-0069. “Great food, low prices, unforgettable moments.” Live music, DJs, darts, pool table, jukebox, Quick Draw, Megatouch. Italian-American pub fare served all day. Food served until 3 AM.

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!” Pool, darts, Megatouch, Quick Draw. Serving lunch, dinner, and American pub food till closing.

Lynn’s Uptown Sports Tavern 15 Colvin Ave., Albany, 453-1566 18 HD satellite TVs and an 8-foot screen. Popular wings and a wide variety of over 15 different appetizers and additional pub fare served nightly. Tuesday trivia. Quick Draw, Megatouch, darts, black jack bowling. NFL Ticket on Sundays.

Maggie’s Upscale Sports Bar 1186 Western Ave., Albany, 935-2661, Watch sports on 18 HD TVs. Banquet space for 100 available. Karaoke on weekends. Serving upscale pub fare and lunch and dinner specials daily.

Roadhouse Grille 27 Fuller Road, Albany, 489-3170, fullerroadhouse Full bar with lots of drink specials. Featuring a 98-foot-long bar and serving “outstanding” burgers, wings, pasta and other pub food. Live local entertainment. Darts, pool table, 10-foot video screen for wii. Open daily from 2 PM.

Shamrock II 109 Everett Road, Albany, 435-1197, Friendly local tavern with live music, karaoke, 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. Darts, video games, karaoke every Friday night. Outdoor patio, NFL Ticket. Pub fare 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. Serving pizza and pub fare till 10:00 PM on Sun and Tue-Thu, 11 PM Fri-Sat. Closed Monday. Cash and checks only; ATM on premises.

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. Restaurant menu available in the bar until 10 PM.

Bogie’s Steak and Ale 35 S. Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-5959. Live music, DJs, pool table. Serving dinner (steaks, sea food, pasta, etc.) and pub menus until 9 PM Sun-Wed, 9:30 PM Thu-Sat.

Brix 40 West St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 236-9463, Full-fledged French-bistro-style restaurant with more than 150 wines, including 20-plus by the glass. Full bar, wine flights, bottled beers. Serving food until 10 PM Sun, Tue-Thu; 10:30 PM Fri-Sat (closed Monday).

Dream Away Lodge 1342 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. Serving dinner till 9 PM Wed-Sun.

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 Thu-Fri. Restaurant menu features creative American cuisine with Asian and Spanish accents; this and the comfort plates are served in the bar until 9 PM; 10 PM Thu-Sat.

The Lion’s Den 30 Main St., Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-5545. Venerable Berkshire watering hole downstairs in the historic Red Lion Inn. Publike atmosphere with live music nightly. American pub-style menu served Sun-Thu until 10 PM, Fri-Sat until 11 PM.

Patrick’s Pub 26 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. American fare served until 11:30 PM Sun-Thu, 12:30 AM Fri-Sat.

Pittsfield Brew Works 34 Depot St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 997-3506, Central Berkshire County’s only brew pub, with 10 artisan beers on tap. Live music. Trivia, pool, darts, chess, checkers, cards. Pub fare served until 11:30 PM (9 PM Sunday).

Colonie/Wolf Road

Appletini’s Café 1118 Central Ave., Colonie, 489-2990, “Fun, friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome.” Live music Thu-Sat. Steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza and pub fare; full menu served until 10:30 PM daily, late-night menu until close.

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

Bourbon Street 2209 Central Ave., Colonie, 382-1110. Full bar, DJs, karaoke, trivia. Serving American dinner and pub menu till midnight Sun-Wed, 2 AM Thu-Sat.

Christina’s on the Avenue 1610 Central Ave., Colonie, 452-7856, “Where people meet and friends stay.” Live music, trivia, karaoke, NFL Ticket, 7 HD TVs. . Outdoor deck. Serving varied pub menu including Italian-American fare until midnight Sun-Thu, 2 AM Fri-Sat.

DiCarlo’s 1165 Central Ave., Colonie, 459-8440. One of the area’s best-known and longest-running gentlemen’s clubs. DJs, pub fare and dinner menu.

Nottingham Chop House 112 Wolf Road, Colonie, 453-2369. Steakhouse and pub with full dinner menu and bar menu. Full bar with 12 beers on tap and a growing list of high-end Scotches. Patio, pool table, seven flat-screen TVs. NFL Ticket Live Music Wed and Thu. Dinner menu served till 10 PM; pub menu till 11 PM daily.

Humpy’s 2197 Central Ave., Colonie, 370-5667. Neighborhood bar, bikers welcome, “something happening every night.”

J.T. Maxies 240 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-1551. Upscale bar and grill. DJs, karaoke, golf, darts, NFL Ticket and Direct TV Sports Package. Wifi coming soon. A wide variety of tavern food served till 3:30 AM daily.

O’Toole’s 1814 Central Ave., 464-1200, Sports bar and family restaurant with 30-plus HD TVs, NFL Ticket, Soundogs. Happy hour. Live music. Golf, Quick Draw. American menu served until midnight.

Shenanigans 2169 Central Ave., Colonie, 382-8786, Albany’s hottest adult entertainment club. Redesigned bar and full service kitchen serving lunch, dinner and late night till 4 AM.

Columbia County

Destino 1 Church St., Chatham, 392-6663. Mexican restaurant with full bar and specialty margaritas and other Mexican drinks. Live music. Outdoor Patio. Menu served until 9 PM Sun-Thu; 9:30 PM Fri-Sat.

Jason’s Upstairs Bar 521 Warren St., Hudson, 828-8787, Eclectic music club with rock, folk, soul and DJ/dance events five nights a week.

Mexican Radio 537 Warren St., Hudson, 828-7770, Sister to popular Manhattan restaurant features a full bar with specialty margaritas. Serving casual upscale Mexican menu till 11 PM daily.

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. Fifteen or so beers on tap. Five varieties of absinthe with antique absinthe drip, just like you remember from the 1880s. Live music, designated upstairs smoking area. Pub food served until 9 or 10 PM. Cash only (ATM inside).

Red Dot Restaurant & Bar 321 Warren St., Hudson, 828-3657. Eclectic restaurant and bar known for its eclectic crowd, burgers and Belgian frites, specialty martinis and Speckled Hen and Guinness Stout served in European pints. Outdoor garden. Tavern-style menu served until 10 PM Wed-Sun.

The Spotty Dog Books & Ale 440 Warren St., Hudson, 671-6006. Book and art-supply store and lounge/café in the historic former home of the C.H. Evans Hook & Ladder. Featuring eight artisan beers on tap (some from the C.H. Evans brewery in Albany), as well as wine, coffee and tea, soda and juice. Free Wi-Fi; free movies Thursday night. Open until 6-ish Sun-Wed, 8:30 Thu, 9-ish Fri-Sat.

Swoon Kitchenbar 340 Warren St., Hudson, 822-8938. Neighborhood brasserie with a 22-foot bar from reclaimed timber. Full bar featuring 10 to 12 wines by the glass, signature cocktails, and the restaurant’s own label Belgian-style beer. The menu, featuring seasonal new American cuisine, is served until 10 PM Sun-Mon and Thu; 11 PM Fri-Sat. Closed Tue-Wed.

Wunderbar & Bistro 744 Warren St., Hudson, 828-0555, “Comfort food at comfortable prices.” Full bar with local microbrews. American and Austrian dinner menu served until 10 PM Mon-Sat. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30 AM-2 PM. Closed Sunday.

Delmar/Glenmont/ Slingerlands

Bellini’s Italian Eatery 1365 New Scotland Ave., Slingerlands, 439-6022, Full bar at both locations of this authentic Italian restaurant. Dinner and bar menus served until 10 PM Mon-Thu, 11 PM Fri-Sat, 9 PM Sun. Daily wine specials.

Del Lanes

4 Bethlehem Court, Delmar, 439-2224. Bowling center with sports bar. Pool table, darts, Quick Draw, OTB E-Z Bet. Pub food served until midnight.

Glens Falls/Queensbury

Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery 184 Glen St. (Route 9), Glens Falls, 743-9026. Full bar including 10 beers handcrafted on site, eight 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-plus HD TVs, NFL Ticket, Soundogs. Happy hour. Live music. Golf, Quick Draw. American menu served until midnight. Half Price Lunch Mon-Fri Noon-2 PM.


Across the Street Pub 1238 Western Ave., Guilderland, 482-9432. Sports bar and family restaurant with 15 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 noon-11 PM Sun for football.

Chico’s BBQ & Restaurant 2490 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-0940, Full bar, BBQ menu and pub fare served until 10 PM daily. Nightly specials, karaoke on Fri. 4 HD Plasma TV’s, NFL Ticket. Half-priced appetizers during the Monday night games with beverage purchase.

Provence Stuyvesant Plaza, 689-7777. Traditional Southern French and Mediterranean restaurant with spacious, elegant bar area. Live music, cabaret. Serving food Sun till 8:30 PM, 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 daily until 12:30 AM. Happy-hour specials, free wings during NFL games with beverage purchase.


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

Enoteca by Carmine Latham Farms, 786-8272. Elegant wine bar with extensive wine list and full bar. Serving small plates and entrees with an Italian/Mediterranean theme. Serving food until 10 PM Mon-Thu, 11 PM Fri-Sat. Closed Sunday.

Philly Bar & Grill 622 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, 785-9559, Bar-restaurant featuring “authentic” Philly cheese-steaks as well as live music, DJs, karaoke and darts, with 26 HD TVs and NFL Ticket. American menu served until 11 PM.

Ziggy’s Sports Bar & Nightclub 821 New Loudon Road, Latham, 786-9238, “Excitement personified until 4 AM.” Live music, DJs, karaoke, pool tables, dart boards, nine HD TVs. NFL Ticket. Food served until midnight.


Angry Penguin Tavern 39 Broad St., Waterford, 237-2829. Old world-style European pub serving lunch dinner daily. Live Music Fri, Open Mic Wed. Closed Mondays.

Black Cat Ale House 25 White St., Cohoes, 235-3199. Family Style Restaurant featuring Bovarian menu on Mon, Polish Menu on Tue, Italian menu on Wed. $4.99 Daily lunches Mon-Fri. Sun-Mon $5.99 Steamers. Full menu available daily Kitchen open until 9 PM.

Emma’s Bar 228 Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-6345. “Fun, friendly bar”with jukebox, darts, and karaoke every Friday, DJs Thu, Sat. Daily drink specials. Ladies Night half-priced drinks Thursday. Closed Sundays.

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, including OTB and topless girls.” Pub fare. Pool, recently legalized moxie mania game, darts, lotto, and NFL Ticket. Karaoke nights. Food served until Midnight.

Poppys Place 325 Broadway, Menands, 427-8750. “Great food and drink in a friendly atmosphere.” Pizza, wings, paninis and salads served until close.

The Pub and Grill 201 Columbia St., Cohoes, 237-4011. Domestic and imported beer featuring American IPAs. OTB EZ Bet and Quick Draw. Karaoke, live music. Full menu served daily until midnight.

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

The Rusty Anchor Hudson Shores Park, Watervliet, 273-2920. Seasonal floating barge restaurant. Live music, DJs. Trivia, Quick Draw. American/seafood menu served until 10 PM.


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 until 8:30 PM Sun-Mon, 9 PM Tue, 10 PM Wed-Sat. Cash and checks only.

Augie’s Family Style Restaurant & Bar 183 Church Ave., Ballston Spa, 884-8600, Full bar with New York City family-style Italian dining “where every dish serves two or more.”

Bellini’s Italian Eatery

19 Clifton Country Rd, Clifton Park, 348-2090. Full bar at both locations of this authentic Italian restaurant with daily wine specials. Dinner and bar menus served until 10 PM Mon-Thu, 11 PM Fri-Sat, 9 PM Sun.

Bentley’s Tavern Parade Ground Village, 4 Hemphill Place, Malta, 899-4300, Locally owned tavern “where friends, coworkers and families gather for fun.” Outdoor patio, fireplace, flatscreen TVs, wireless Internet. Live music, trivia nights. Full bar, full late-night pub menu.

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 Gentlemen’s Club 1915 Route 9, Clifton Park, 877-7353, Minutes off Northway Exit 10, one of the largest gentlemen’s clubs in Upstate New York. Full bar, kitchen with pub fare, VIP lounge, couch dances, bachelor parties.

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 TVs, two brick fireplaces, and a large courtyard. Live music, DJs. Regular menu until 9 PM, late night menu until 11 PM.

Good Times Lakeview Restaurant 175 Lake Road, Ballston Lake, 399-9976, Family owned for three generations, this restaurant offers indoor and outdoor panoramic view dining and a full bar. Dinner menu available day and night. Closed Tuesdays.

The Mill on Round Lake 2121 Route 9, Round Lake, 899-LAKE, Locally owned tavern with cozy fireplaces, pool table, welcoming atmosphere. New outdoor bar, patio and bocce ball court. DJ, karaoke, live music, flatscreen TV. Full bar, full late-night pub menu.

Mr. C’s Pub 46 Route 146, Halfmoon, Mechanicville, NY 378-1937. Bikini bartenders every day 11 AM-4 AM. Booking for indoor/outdoor parties with your bartender of choice. Food and drink specials daily; a wide selection of pub food, including pizza, burgers, wings, clubs, clams, and steaks served until 4 AM daily. Featuring live jukebox, lottery games, pool, darts and live music on weekends.

Northern Lights 1208 Route 146, North Country Commons, Clifton Park, 371-0012, “The area’s premiere nightclub featuring the biggest and best club shows in the region.”

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

Rusty Nail Grill & Tavern 1781 Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-9875, Locally owned neighborhood tavern with flatscreen TVs and wireless Internet. DJ, karaoke, live music, trivia nights. Full bar; chicken wings are a favorite on the full late-night pub menu.

Salty’s Pub & Bistro 215 Guideboard Road, Halfmoon, 371-1120. Fullbar in the new Salty’s Pub and Bistro, a casual neighborhood seafood eatery. Featuring ultra-fresh seafood, bistro comfort foods and a 50-foot oyster bar with 22 beers on draft.

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. Dinner served daily, specializing in German dishes along with steaks, seafood and chops. Closed Mon-Tue.

Tailgators 1698 Route 9, St. John’s Plaza, Clifton Park, 383-8828. “The hottest tail in town!” Live music, DJs, karaoke, trivia. Bar menu served until 11 PM.

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, 1 AM on weekends. Late night happy hour available daily 9 PM to close.

Trick Shot Billiards 1602 Route 9, Clifton Park, 383-8771. Fourteen pool tables, three foosball tables, darts, live music Saturday night, DJs, karaoke. Pub food, daily specials.

Tuscan’s Grill Parkwood Plaza, Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-5672. Full bar at this steak-and-seafood restaurant. 7 high definition TVs with NFL Sunday Ticket. Over 70 bottles of wine, 10 draft beers and 26 types of bottled beer.

Zaika Indian Restaurant 54 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park. 688-1548, Specializing in Northern Indian cuisine. Deck overlooks pond. Featuring a full bar with food available until 10 PM. Live music on the deck Wed-Sat from May to September.

Outlying (South)

New World Home Cooking Co. 1411 Route 212, Saugerties, (845) 246-0900, newworldhome Full bar in this New American-style restaurant. Fish, barbecue and vegetarian specialties featuring many organic and local ingredients. Open seven days, serving till 10 PM weekdays, 11 PM Fri-Sat.

Outlying (West)

American Hotel 192 Main St., Sharon Springs, 284-2105. A restored hotel with guest rooms available. Serving food until close Thu-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 Fri-Sat until 9 PM; After May 1, serving food Thu-Sat until 9 PM, Sun until 8 PM.

Union Hall Inn 2 Union Place, routes 29 and 67, Johnstown, 762-3210, unionhallinn Full bar in a late-18th century tavern and restaurant. Serving food until close Tue-Sat.

Rensselaer County

Capital Hideaway 205 Snyder’s Corners Road, Wynantskill, 283-6080. Gentlemen’s club. Bachelor parties. Adult boutique. Closed Sunday.

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. Serving until close Wed-Sun; after Memorial Day, serving until 9 weekdays, 10 PM Fri-Sat.

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.

The Paddock 166 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 465-9266. A friendly neighborhood bar with great food and fun. Serving Italian food, pizza and wings until 10 PM. Shuffle board, darts. Cash only.

Patroon Inn 550 3rd Ave. Ext., East Greenbush, 286-3457. Family-owned neighborhood tavern established in 1951. Pool, darts, table-top games. Cash only, ATM available.

Saratoga Springs

9 Maple Avenue Jazz Club 9 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-CLUB. Jazz club with Victorian ambiance, accenting single malt Scotches, single-barrel bourbons and martinis. Live music Mon, Fri-Sat.

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

Bookmakers Lounge at the Holiday Inn 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-4550. Full bar. Serving food until 11 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 daily until 10 PM.

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

Chianti Ristorante 18 Division St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0025. Serving Italian dishes Mon-Thu until 9:30 PM, Fri-Sat until 10:30 PM, and Sun until 9 PM.

Circus Café 92 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1106, Festive, yet classic. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7 PM. Serving food until 10 PM.

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 11 PM, Fri-Sat until 4 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.

Fomo Bistro 541 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-2401. Italian specialties. Serving Mon-Thu until 9:30 PM; Fri-Sat until 10:30 PM; Sun until 9 PM.

Fortunes at Saratoga Gaming & Raceway Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, Crescent Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 581-5790, saratoga Bar and restaurant overlooking live harness racing. Serving Tue-Sat until 10 PM, Sun until 4 PM; flat track season serving food Tue-Thu until 10 PM, Fri-Sat until 11 PM, closed Sun-Mon.

Gaffney’s 16 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-7359. A popular late-night destination. Serving food Sun-Mon until 9:30 PM, Tue-Thu until 10:30 PM, Fri-Sat until 11 PM.

Grey Gelding Bistro & Bar 423 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-0957, Extensive wine list with emphasis on small vineyards from around the world. Serving food Tue-Sat until close.

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

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 PM, Fri-Sat until 11 PM.

One Caroline Street Bistro 1 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2026. Featuring a wine list that won the 2004-05 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Serving food Mon-Thu until 9 PM, Fri-Sat until 10 PM.

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

Prime 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 Tue-Sat until close.

Stadium Café 389 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 226-4437. Family friendly sports bar. Serving food Mon-Thu until 11 PM, Fri-Sat until midnight, Sun until 10 PM.

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

Vapor Night Club 342 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs, 581-5772, Stylish dance club with a “modern, casually chic atmosphere.” Plush VIP lounges; preordered hot and cold hors d’oeuvres available with lounge reservation only. Live music, DJs, 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 PM, Sun until 9 PM. Live music Fri-Sun.

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. Bar games. Music Fri-Sat.

O’Leary’s Pub & Grill 153 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 382-8909, Serving pub food until 10 PM Sun-Thu and 11 PM Fri-Sat.

Schenectady/ Niskayuna

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 Proctors Theatre; “stop in for a great drink, delicious food, and warm, inviting atmosphere after the show.”

Bangkok Bistro 268 State St., Schenectady, 374-3048, Chic ultra lounge, DJs, karaoke. Serving Sun-Tue till 10 PM, Wed-Sat 3 AM.

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

The Blythwood 50 N. Jay St., Schenectady, 382-9755. Gay-friendly bar for 60 years. DJ and bar games, including a pool table. Cash only.

Bombers Burrito Bar 447 State St., Schenectady, 374-3548, Popular Downtown Schenectady hangout specializing in specialty margaritas, premium tequilas and lots and lots of beer. Karaoke, trivia. Tex-Mex served till midnight Mon-Sat, 11 PM Sun.

City Squire Restaurant 1018 Keyes Ave., Schenectady, 377-8473. An original neighborhood tavern. Quick Draw. Serving American and pub fare until 10 PM Mon-Thu, 11 PM Fri-Sat, 9 PM Sun.

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 9 PM Sun, 11 PM Mon-Wed, midnight Thu-Sat.

Manhattan Exchange 607 Union St., Schenectady, 374-5930. “The friendliest pub in town,” featuring nightly dinner specials. Serving food until 10 PM Mon-Thu, 11 PM Fri-Sat. Only the lounge is open on Sunday.

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

The Parker Inn 434 State St., Schenectady, 688-1001. Cocktail lounge of an upscale boutique hotel located next to Proctors.

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.” Live music and bar games; Thursday is trivia night. Food served until 10 PM.

Randy Loren’s Dolce Vita Ristorante 2035 State St., Schenectady, 357-3324. Only dance floor with live music in Schenectady focused on the Baby Boomer generation and ‘70s disco music. Live music, with food served until 10 PM.

Stockade Inn 1 N. Church St., Schenectady, 346-3400. Full bar and restaurant. Live jazz 7-10 PM Thu-Fri. Food served until 10 PM Thu-Fri.

Stoney Lane Tavern 1859 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 382-9759. Neighborhood sports bar with “famous” deli sandwiches and pub. Golf and video games. Kitchen open until 9 PM Wed-Sat.

Ten Ten Vogue 1010 State St., Schenectady, 280-0976. A unique lounge experience with “spirits from Transylvania,” with a DJ and karaoke every night and Latino night on Thursdays, plus darts, Mega Touch, Quick Draw. Pub fare served until 4 AM. Cash only.

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 and light fare.


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 Sat and Sun. Dart board. Cash only.

Bacchus Wood Fired 33 2nd St., Troy, 687-0345. Specialty pizzas and pasta with beer and wine in cozy atmosphere. Serving 10 PM Tue-Thu, midnight Fri-Sat, 10 PM Sun.

Brown’s Brewing Company 417-19 River St., Troy, 273-BEER (2337), “The Capital District’s original craft brewery and restaurant, specializing in handcrafted ales and lagers infused with multi-American fare located in a carefully-restored 19th century factory on the mighty Hudson riverfront.” Outside deck dining and beer garden, live music every Sat and Trivia Wed nights. Open mic Thu. New menu served until 11 PM Mon-Thu, midnight Fri-Sat, 10 PM Sun.

Captain J.P. Cruise Line 278 River St., Troy, 270-1901, captain 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. Live music every Saturday.

Holmes & Watson 450 Broadway, Troy, 273-8526. A full bar with 24 taps, plus a wide menu and an outdoor courtyard.

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

Joey’s Bar 664 2nd Ave., Troy, 237-4846. Neighborhood sports tavern. Live music, DJs, and bar games including pool, darts, Megatouch. Cash only.

Jose Malone’s Mexican Irish Restaurant 405 River St., Troy, 273-2196, Jose Malone’s Mexican Irish Restaurant serves innovative Mexican and standard Irish-American fare, with more than 50 100-percent Blue Agave tequilas. The winner of “Best Margarita” from both Metroland and Hudson Valley Magazine. Live music. Food served until 9 on weeknights, and 10 weekends.

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

Recovery Room Sports Grill 235 Hoosick St., Troy, 272-1702. New Sports grill located at the Hilton Garden Inn Troy. Extensive menu of pub fare available. Team trivia Wednesday. 11 AM-10PM Sun, 11 AM-11PM Mon-Thu, 11 AM-12AM Fri-Sat.

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

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. Metroland’s Best Bar 2008. Full bar. Large outdoor deck overlooking the Hudson River. Closed Sun.

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

Trader Ed’s Natural Pub & Restaurant 630 2nd Ave., Troy, 237-2717. “A great place to be!” Live music, Karaoke every Wednesday, and food served until 9 PM Mon-Thu, and 10 PM Fri-Sat. Bar games, Quick Draw.

Villa Valenti’s 729 Pawling Ave., Troy, 326-9500. “Legendary” Troy pub featuring live bands every Sat night and DJ/karaoke every Thu and Fri night. Pool, darts. Offering pub food including pizza and wings.

Lounges without alcohol

Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe 1537 Central Ave., Colonie, 690-2222; 528 North Greenbush Road (Route 4), North Greenbush, 238-3781. No alcohol served, but you can smoke a cigar and relax in the lounge with a fireplace and flat-screen TV.

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

That’s a Great Cigar Shop 426 State St., Schenectady, 346-4052. No alcohol is served, but you are welcome to come and enjoy a cigar in the lounge. A fireplace and flat-screen TVs. Watch for new Erie Boulevard location.


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