“If you get thrown from a horse, you have to get up and get back on, unless you landed on a cactus; then you have to roll around and scream in pain.”


As many of you know, I work for a number of local radio stations when I’m not posting lovely blog entries for you all to read. One of my more recent events was at a relatively new bar in downtown Albany called the Barrel Saloon (942 Broadway, Albany) that opened about a year ago.

Photo Credit: Times Union

Ever since Wolff’s Biergarten opened in that area, it’s started to grow with a good number of great bars separated from the crazy Pearl St and Lark St hangouts. If you’re into a Western themed bar, this is the place for you. Not only is there a mechanical bull upstairs but the whole bar is covered in lassos, cowboy boots and hats from the front door all the way to the small patio in back. Of course, the atmosphere of a bar is one thing but if the food and drinks aren’t worth the visit, what’s the point?

One of the trends that is being picked up by many of the local bars is a special birthday drink and while I was there a table of girls were partaking in the Dirty Swamp Water served in a fish bowl. Another special drink they offer is Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, from what I’ve heard, try that in a Pepsi and you may partake in a dangerous number of them! As for food, they have what you would expect at a Western bar: burgers, pulled pork, chili, nachos, wings and some homemade dips. Since I was working, I wasn’t able to try any of the food but the list of homemade dips looks delicious so I’ll have to grab some friends and hopefully we’ll be able to agree on one!

Each Monday is Industry Night with drink specials for people who work in restaurants and bars, Tuesday is All Draft Beers at 7:00PM are 2-for-1, Wednesdays are Karaoke nights starting at 9:00PM, Fridays are Pop Culture Trivia and Happy Hour from 6:00PM-8:00PM, Saturdays is Live Music and Sundays are $1.50 PBR draft all day. Everyday, ALL cans of domestic beers are $2 from 11:00AM-6:00PM. Want to keep up on events? Join their email list and check out the LIST on their website. So pick a day with a special that peaks your interest and check out this bar. If you end up trying one of the dips, let me know how it was!

*I took a bunch of great pictures but I accidentally deleted them, I’ll most any new pictures I take to my Facebook page! *

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