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Across the Street Pub

1238 Western Ave., Guilderland, 482-9432 or 438-1718. Standard pub fare with sandwiches, salads, burgers, tasty fried appetizers homemade soups, and a new expanded menu with kids’ selections. Full bar. Serving 11 AM-1 AM Mon-Sat, open Sun. MC, V, ATM. $

The Ale House

680 River St., Troy, 272-9740. Cozy Troy pub serving homemade soups and chili, clams, award-winning wings, burgers and deli sandwiches. Lunch and dinner specials. Full bar, featuring microbrews and import drafts. Off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Sat, noon-10 Sun. Cash only. $


33 2nd St., Troy, 687-0345. Enjoy pasta and wood-fired pizza in a belowground retreat. Try the pizza Margarita (tomatoes, garlic, basil, mozzarella) or one topped with clams casino—or put together your own with a host of familiar and exotic possibilities. Full bar. Serving 11:30-10 Tue-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri, 5-midnight Sat, 5-10. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Bentley’s Tavern

Parade Ground Village, 4 Hemphill Place, Malta, 899-4300, myfavorite Locally owned tavern, featuring burgers, wings, quesadillas, sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, etc. Full late-night menu. Full bar, outdoor patio, wireless Internet. Takeout available. Serving from 11:30 AM Mon-Sat, from noon Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

The Black Cat Ale House

25 White St., Cohoes, 235-3199. Considered the “miracle on White Street,” featuring an extensive menu, complete with Long Island little neck clams in a white-wine-and-garlic broth, and Delmonico steaks. Clam specials Sun-Mon, International specials Tue-Wed. Takeout, on-premises catering available. Serving 11:30-10 daily. MC, D, DC, EC, V. $$$

Café Hollywood

275 Lark St., Albany, 472-9043, Eclectic pub menu includes Guinness marinated steak skewers, Frankenburgers, Popeye panini, Jamaican jerk pineapple wings, vegetarian options and more. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout. Serving full menu 5-midnight daily; late-night menu till 3 AM. AE, D, DC, MC, V, ATM. $

The Cat’s Meow

14 Karner Road (Route 155), Guilderland, 456-1895. Newly remodeled, popular tavern serving a light menu including burgers, homemade soups, pizzas, giant fish fries, finger foods and sandwiches. Dinner specials served nightly. Patio dining available, full bar and catering for small parties. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-10:30 Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. AE, MC, V. $


1165 Central Ave., Colonie, 459-8440, Sandwiches, salads, burgers, and soups. Grilled fare, daily pasta specials. Full bar, exotic barmaids and dancers. Serving 11:30 AM-8 PM Mon-Fri. Kitchen closed Sat-Sun. AE, MC, V. $


Star Plaza, Routes 155 and 20, Guilderland, 456-5774. The easygoing menu features burgers, panini, wings, quesadillas and the like, along with nightly dinner specials. Full bar. On-premises catering. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

Elbo Room

170 Delaware Ave., Albany, 257-7300. Completely renovated pub serving pizza, wings, sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, burgers, and more. Private party rooms. Full catering available. Full bar, takeout, and daily specials. Serving 11 AM-close daily. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $


2012 Central Ave., Colonie, 869-0494, American-style menu serves up spicy pub fare. Full bar. On- and off-premises catering available. Lunchtime delivery available. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Sat, noon-midnight Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Firkin & Fox

112 Wolf Road, Colonie, 453-2FOX (2369). Casual, classy pub featuring a full bar with 22 beers on tap and more than 65 bottled beers. Full menu of signature appetizers and pub entrees including fish & chips, steaks, burgers, salads, and sandwiches. Pub lunch menu Mon.-Fri. On- and off-premises catering and takeout available. Serving Mon-Wed 11:30 -12, 11:30-1 AM Thurs-Sat. Closed Sun AE, MC,V, ATM/debit. $$

The Fountain

283 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 482-9898. Pizza, finger foods, burgers and other light fare, as well as a large selection of Italian dinners. Specials available all week. Full bar. Serving 11 AM-1 AM Sun-Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Hill Street Café

180 Madison Ave., Albany, 462-3544, Serving good pub food every day and every night. Menu includes chicken wings, pizza, grilled sandwiches, wraps, salads, hot subs and burgers. Full bar. On-premises catering for parties. Serving 11:30 AM-2 AM daily. MC, V. $


2197 Central Ave., Colonie, 370-5667. Daily specials are a highlight at this friendly neighborhood pub. WiFi. Open 11 AM-close daily. MC, V. $

Junior’s Bar & Grill

1094 Madison Ave., Albany, 935-2025, A neighborhood place to catch your favorite sports event and eat great pub food. Full bar, outdoor patio, on-premises catering, takeout available. Serving full menu 11-11 daily. AE, ATM, D, DC, MC, V. $


286 Lark St., Albany, 275-4900, legends With more than 25 televisions, Legends is a sports lover’s dream. Pub food includes personal pizzas, mini burgers and dogs, salads, and a variety of pub-style classics. Full bar, on/off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 Sun-Thu, 11 AM-midnight Fri-Sat. ATM, AE, D, MC, V. $

Lion’s Den

30 Main St., Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-1654. Favorites like baked French onion soup, burgers and wraps. Nightly specials. Full bar, on-premises catering and takeout available. Serving 4-10 Mon-Thu, 4-11 Fri, noon-11 PM Sat, and noon-10 Sun. AE, MC, V, D, DC, personal checks. $$

Maggie’s Café

1186 Western Ave., Albany, 935-2661. Newly reinvented as a sports bar featuring upscale pub food. Full bar. Small banquets, on-premises catering. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Manhattan Exchange

607 Union St., Schenectady, 374-5930. Pub fare with nightly dinner specials, two blocks from Proctors and Union College. Outdoor patio. Full bar. Takeout available; on- and off-premises catering. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, lounge only Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $


4 Clinton Square, Albany, 463-1455, Menu features hearty burgers like the patty melt. McGeary’s makes its own soups, breads and rolls, and is the home of Guinness black-bean chili. Wings, steaks, fresh seafood, daily lunch and dinner creations, full bar, 34 taps. Banquet facilities for up to 150. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Wed, 11:30-11 Thu-Sat, closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V, ATM. $$

Michael’s Lounge

43 Mall, West Sand Lake, 674-5938. Menu items include burgers, fries, chicken wings and mini hot dogs. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-4 AM daily. AE, MC, V. $

The Mill on Round Lake

2121 Route 9, Round Lake, 899-LAKE, Locally owned tavern serving classic pub fare with a full late-night menu. Full bar, takeout available. Serving from 11:30 AM Mon-Sat, from noon Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $


40 Lincoln Ave., Watervliet, 273-9892. A variety of pub food, including pizza, chicken wings, oversized sandwiches, burgers, finger food and the biggest Reuben in town. Full bar. Serving 10 AM-midnight Mon-Thu, 10 AM-close Fri-Sat, noon-close Sun. AE, D, MC, V, ATM. $

O’Brien’s at the Garden Grill

276 Second Ave., Albany, 462-0571. Full bar; lunchtime delivery and takeout available. Serving lunch from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM Mon-Fri. Open 8 AM-close Wed-Sat, Dinner served 5:00-10:00 Mon, Wed, Thur, & Fri. Sunday Brunch 10:00-2:00 and then dinner from 4:00-9:00. MC, V. $

O’Leary’s Pub & Grill

153 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 382-8909. Pub fare with lots of sandwiches, hot and cold, and entrée specials like the burrito el grande. Vegetarian friendly. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

Philly Bar & Grill

Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, 785-9559. Yes, the owners are really from Philadelphia and offer the authentic Philly cheese steak sandwiches, as well as a variety of pub foods, including quesadillas and wraps. Serving 11-11 daily. AE, MC, V. $

Pinhead Susan’s

38-40 N. Broadway, Schenectady, 346-6431. A gorgeously refurbished building just off Schenectady’s State Street. Named for local graffiti. Walking distance to Proctors Theater. Menu includes burgers, sandwiches and homemade soups. Try the house specialty Guinness burger. Full bar, with 12 beers on tap. Reservations recommended. Serving 11-10 Mon-Fri, noon-10 Sat, noon-7 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $

Professor M. Barley’s

Western Avenue and Quail Street, Albany, 436-7740. Upscale pub with working stone fireplace where the menu features black angus burgers, Jack Daniel’s steak, prime rib, steamed clams, chipotle chicken alfredo, wings and more. Daily specials. Full bar, more than 60 imported bottled beers. On-premises catering, takeout. Serving 11 AM-midnight daily. MC, V, ATM. $$

Ravenswood Pub

1021 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-8771, Light meals including homemade soups, salads, pub fare and fabulous chicken wings. Casual atmosphere. Full bar, on-premises catering and banquet facilities for up to 75. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Rusty Nail Grill & Tavern

1781 Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-9875, Known for the chicken wings, the Rusty Nail’s pub-style menu also features pizza, burgers, sandwiches and salads. Full late-night menu. Full bar, takeout available. Serving from 11:30 AM Mon-Sat, from noon Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Ryan’s Wake Pub

403 River St., Troy, 270-9253, Classic turn-of-the-century Irish-American pub serving large deli sandwiches, shrimp cocktail, cheese boards, and more. Full bar. Large outdoor deck overlooking Hudson River. Serving 4 PM-close Mon-Thu, 3 PM-close Fri, 4 PM-close Sat, closed Sun. AE, MC, V. $

Smith’s Tavern

112 Maple Ave. (Route 85A), Voorheesville, 765-4163. Open since 1945. Serving sandwiches, salads, homemade soups and award-winning pizza made with homemade dough and sauce. More than 40 types of beer and microbrews. Eat in or take out. Serving 3-10 Sun-Tue, 11-10 Wed-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. Cash, personal checks, ATM on premises. $

Smitty’s Pit Bar & Grille

138 Washington Ave., Albany, 465-6744. Pub food in a pub-style atmosphere. Featuring 18 beers on tap. Lunch and dinner specials daily. Full bar. Reservations for large parties. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 Mon-Sat, noon-11 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

Spinners Pizza

14 Picotte Dr., Albany, 482-7311, A family-owned pizzeria offering a variety of pub fare for pickup and delivery for more than 20 years. On- and off-premises catering, takeout and delivery available. Open 11-11 daily, take-out orders as early as 9 AM. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

Sutter’s Mill & Mining Co.

1200 Western Ave., Albany, 489-4910. Back-to-basics bar food and full dinners available in either the front room or dining room, or enjoy the four-tier deck. Steaks, chicken, crab legs and those legendary burgers. Full bar. Takeout available.11:30-2 Mon-Sat, 11:30-11 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Villa Valenti Pub

729 Pawling Ave., Troy, 326-9500. Pub fare, specializing in pizza. Also burgers, wings, salads, subs and much more. Full bar. Takeout and delivery available. Serving from 11:30 daily. Most major credit cards. $

Washington Tavern

250 Western Ave., Albany, 427-0091. This spot is best known for its traditional tavern fare. Now featuring a new menu with such dishes as steak and sizzling fajitas. Full bar, banquets for up to 80, on-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11:30 AM-1 AM daily. AE, MC, V. ATM on premises. $


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