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Ale House 680 River St., Troy, 272-9740. Live music many
weekends and pub fare at this homey Troy venue.
Pub & Brewery 33 Canada St., Lake George, 668-0002.
Live music on weekends.
Sports Pub 194 River St., Troy, 274-8090. Downtown Troy
venue now offering live music on weekends.
Café Phila and Putnam streets, Saratoga Springs. 583-6060.
Live local music Thursday through Saturday, with an open mike
Bayou Café Route 50, Glenville, 384-1568; 79 N. Pearl
St., Albany, 426-8550. Both locations feature live entertainment
Thursday through Saturday.
Lena 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022. Dedicated
to bringing new Capital Region folk talent to the fore, along
with national folk, acoustic and blues acts—minus the booze
Helsinki, 284 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413)
528-3394. An eclectic brew of national acts appear often at
this cozy club in the Berkshires, with a full menu available.
Comedy Works at the Quality Inn, Route 9W, Glenmont, 465-8811.
The area’s premiere comedy club with comics every Friday and
Saturday at 8 PM and 11 PM.
Brothers Restaurant & Brewery 184 Glen St., Glens
Falls, 743-9026. Wide variety of live entertainment in the
151 Menands Road, Loudonville, 463-7440. It’s an Irish bar,
complete with a leprechaun. Live music—Irish, of course—on
weekends and Sunday afternoons.
2612 Guilderland Ave., Rotterdam, 382-9329. Steak, seafood,
and light fare. Open for lunch and dinner. Try the wings.
Newly added weekly entertainment schedule. AE, D, MC, V. $
Garden Grill 276 Second Ave., Albany, 462-0571. A comfy
neighborhood joint with occassional live music weekends.
Glenville Spot 442 Saratoga Road, Glenville, 384-0004.
Newly opened club offers live music many nights of the week.
Rock Steakhouse at the Prime Hotel 534 Broadway, Saratoga
Springs, 584-4000. Live music every weekend and on some weekdays
at this pub within the hotel—previously the Sheraton.
Inn Nelson Avenue and Gridley Street, Saratoga Springs,
587-4909. Live music—mostly blues—on the weekends. With hamburgers,
barbecue ribs and chicken and the like.
Horse Music Hall 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., (413)
584-0610; tix: (800) THE-TICK. Worth the trip for the national/international
recording artists they book.
301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008. Live jazz and blues Wednesday-Friday
and Sunday night—late-night food, too. Also, live jazz brunch
Post Western Avenue and Quail Street, Albany, 436-7740.
This newly remodeled college hangout boasts a cozy fireplace,
12 TVs—including a wide-screen model—a game room and a front
patio. Also serving more than 50 imported brews.
Tavern 453 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-9779. Live music
on weekends as well as homemade soups, lunch and dinner specials
daily and a large selection of imported beer.
Lounge 519 Central Ave., Albany, 438-7300. Daily drink
specials, wet T-shirt contests, dance music and more.
Larkin Lounge 199 Lark St., Albany, 463-5225. Live music,
national and local acts, many nights of the week; open mike
on Thursdays; piano bar on Wednesdays.
River Bar & Grille 84-86 N. Pearl. St., Albany, 433-8338.
Popular nightspot featuring Monday-night football specials
and ladies night every Thursday. DJ after 10 PM most nights.
4 Clinton Square, Albany, 463-1455. Always popular with
young professionals looking to unwind after a hard day’s work.
Live music on weekends.
Maple Avenue 9 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-2582.
The specialty here is jazz. It’s a cozy spot with a mahogany
bar and more brands of scotch than you can shake a stick at.
Lights Route 146 West, North Country Commons, Clifton
Park, 371-0012. This large venue serves up top-notch live
local and national acts.
Caroline Street 1 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2026.
Hot local and national jazz and blues acts in a cozy little
Saratoga Brew Pub 14 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-3209.
Features an open mike on Thursdays, acoustic live bands on
Fridays and karaoke on Saturdays. They serve their own brews
plus a good selection of others on tap.
Capital Plaza, 1814 Central Ave., Colonie, 464-1200. Live
music on weekends.
Quaker Plaza, Queensbury, 793-3389. Featuring live music
Parting Glass 40-42 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-1916.
Lively traditional Irish pub featuring live Irish and acoustic
music of regional and national varieties on weekends and on
Street 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., (413) 584-7771;
(800) THE-TICK. Approximately 90 minutes away, national and
regional acts perform on this venue’s two stages.
11 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 434-8186. Art-deco diner
ambience with a great martini menu. Live music for Saturday
brunch and dance party every Saturday night at 11 PM.
Winners Route 9, Cohoes, 783-1010. Roadhouse ambience
with local and national rock and hardcore bands on many nights.
1 S. Pearl St., Albany, 426-9647. Live music nearly nightly
at this downtown venue, as well as an open blues jam on Tuesdays.
Pub and Brewery 417-419 River St., Troy, 273-2337. The
area’s first microbrewery-restaurant features live music in
the form of blues, folk, jazz and rock.
17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572. Two floors allow
room for some of the area’s best live offerings and national
acts, plus some of the best beer specials around.
Pub 729 Pawling Ave., Troy, 283-6766. Look for local bands
here on weekends.
Van Dyck Restaurant & Brewery 237 Union St., Schenectady,
381-1111. This Schenectady venue offers performances by big-name
national, regional and local artists. Also look for Van Dyck-brewed
beers and some fine food.
Jazz Bar 190 Glen St., Glens Falls, 792-8282. Live jazz
on weekends at this club with extensive beer and spirit selection.
Nightclub. 145 Barrett St., Schenectady, 370-9865. Occasional
live music as well as poetry, comedy and acoustic-music open
G’s 50 Oneida St., Cohoes, 238-2133. There’s something
always happening Thursday through Saturday at this club/restaurant
with three dance floors. Restaurant open all night.
at the Holiday Inn Turf, 205 Wolf Road, Albany, 458-7250.
This popular area dance spot is packed most weekends, with
tunes from the ’70s-’90s.
Fuze Box. 12 Central Ave., Albany, 432-4472. The madeover
QE2, with swanky new booths in a lounge atmosphere, is active
every night of the week. Happy hour daily as well as karaoke,
swing night, ’80s dance night, goth night, and open mike on
59 N. Pearl St., Albany, 432-1997. Dancing aplently at
this downtown establishment, which also offers TVs, pool tables
and a video arcade.
Sneaky Pete’s 711 Central Ave., Albany, 489-0000. Hiphop
dance parties, DJs, college night (Thursday) and occasional
live acts at this active area nightspot.
C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station 19
Quackenbush Square, Albany, 447-9000. A newish addition to
downtown Albany’s bar scene, with a shiny new brewery on the
1100 Madison Ave., Albany, 489-5972. This nightspot features
a smashing martini menu with names like “My Roommate Did It,”
tiki chairs and some swinging tunes, not to mention an upscale
café menu and sushi.
House Brewing Company 90 N. Pearl St., Albany, 445-2739.
The popular downtown brew pub features their own home-brewed
concoctions with naughty names like Vice Weiss, Bad Boy Brown
Ale and Al Capone Amber. The three-floor venue seats 450 and
also features a full menu, a DJ and dance club and patio.
258 Lark St., Albany, 463-9635. Every night’s a theme
night at this newly renovated Lark Street bar—play beer bingo
or partake of the many choices of margaritas. Serving food
from the burrito bar until 1 AM.
Joe’s 51 S. Pearl Street (in the Pepsi Arena), Albany,
432-5637. Now a full-serve restaurant, this downtown establishment
features many TVs and an OTB on premises.
Joe’s 86 Congress St. (Congress Plaza), Saratoga Springs,
587-5637. Sports bar with large-screen TVs and pub food.
Hollywood 275 Lark St., Albany, 472-9043. This popular
Lark Street hangout draws a late-night crowd, with a pool
table and dart board.
2 Lincoln Ave., Watervliet, 273-9660. This neighborhood sports
bar is a laid-back haven for Siena students.
Annie’s 14 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2455. Dark
and noisy, a good place for a game of pool, Foosball or darts.
And they have a kickin’ jukebox.
McCutchen’s 388 Broadway, Albany, 432-8584. Draws a collection
of young professionals ready to party after a hard week at
the office; DJ on weekends.
O’Dwyer’s 15 Spring St., Saratoga Springs, 583-9912. A
Boston-style Irish bar attracting a younger crowd. A good
assortment of beers with occasional live music.
Room 170 Delaware Ave., Albany, 432-9218. An area institution
in its own right. Happy hour weeknights from 4-6 PM, with
2012 Central Ave., Colonie, 869-0494. Cheap eats and nine
16 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-7359. With the
biggest outdoor patio in town, this place is always hopping.
Ginger Man 234 Western Ave., Albany, 427-5963. Known for
its good selection of wines by the glass, lots of beers on
tap and a classy, relaxed atmosphere.
& Watson Ltd. 450 Broadway, Troy, 273-8526. A beer-drinker’s
paradise. Featuring one of the area’s largest selections of
brews from around the world.
59 N. Pearl St., Albany, 432-1997. There’s more to this
downtown spot than the bar. There’s also a video arcade, and
plenty of pool tables and TVs.
Lionheart Café 448 Madison Ave., Albany, 436-9530. Getting
used to their new Madison Avenue location, this cozy club
offers a huge selection of microbrews.
River Brewing Company Latham Circle Mall, 786-6258. A
local brew-pub featuring a bunch of unique brews and ales,
happy hour and occasional live entertainment. Try the award-winning
40 Lincoln Ave., Watervliet, 273-9892. Sing your guts
out with karaoke Friday and Saturday.
Palais Royale 164 Jefferson St., Albany, 465-9052. Belly
up to the bar for fresh hot popcorn and affordable beverages
and take a turn on the dance floor to the Patsy Cline and
Eddie Arnold tunes on the jukebox. Or just play table bowling.
Pub 869 Madison Ave., Albany, 482-9701. You’ll find nightly
specials and great chicken wings at this popular college nightspot.
Hotel 337 Central Ave., Albany, 426-0828. Old Albany nightspot.
Pig & Pickerel 138 Washington Ave., Albany, 465-6745.
Irish pub fare and lots ’o beers on tap.
Grill 414 Broadway, Albany, 463-9439. Uniquely old Albany
but generally populated by a crowd of young professionals.
Tavern 560 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-9357. Dark wooden
booths and great wings.
Klutz 849 Madison Ave., Albany, 459-8099. A popular hangout
for the college crowd with 20-cent wings all day long (eat-in
only). Serving food till 4 AM Friday and Saturday.
Scoreboard 711 Central Ave. (located behind the OTB Teletheatre),
Albany, 459-8420. With loads of TV screens full of sports
as well as arcade and sports games. The ultimate sports lounge,
with nightly drink and food specials.
Pit Bar & Grille 138 Washington Ave., Albany, 465-6744.
Solid pub fare, 16 draft beers, daily/hourly specials and
Mill and Mining Co. 1200 Western Ave., Albany, 489-4910.
Serves some of the best burgers around.
Tavern 250 Western Ave., Albany, 427-0091. “WT’s” is probably
a popular hangout with the UAlbany crowd. When the weather’s
warm, a porch outside almost doubles capacity. Happy hour
from 4 to 7 PM and 9 PM to 1 AM every day.
Street Pub 95 Ferry St., Troy, 272-8250. The recently
opened club offers DJ/dance nights on Friday and Saturday.
Bar 304 Lark St., Albany, 463-9004. Featuring a sophisticated
urban atmosphere with great music and Thursday-night karaoke
weekly. There’s a nice pool table here, too.
Pub 76 Central Ave., Albany, 465-9079. This two-floor
establishment, with bars on each, features dancing with DJs
on Friday and Saturday and raves every other Wednesday.
Metroland's Dining Guide 2003