Centre Street Pub, Schenectady


Centre Street Pub, Schenectady


Everyone always seems to be asking online about the best pizza locally but did you know about the amazing oven hidden inside of Centre Street Pub.

Centre Street Pub opened in March 2013 and, according to the Times Union, “The pub, built in a former printing plant that, during the late 19th century, was a brewery.” Centre Street Pub has come a long way since its opening in 2013. They offer both an outdoor and indoor bar, both outdoor and indoor seating, and new reservation-only spaces.

The Upper Garden Lounge (about $75) is open for 2 hour reservations Thursday-Saturday for you and up to 9 other people. It includes 3 brick oven pizzas and a fire pit table to keep warm. The Starlight Garden Lounge (about $75) is a little bit more private in a tented, more secluded space. It’s also a 2 hour reservation Thursday-Saturday with you and up to 9 of your friends and 3 brick oven pizzas. All reservations are THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE.

Also, Centre Street Pub is an ‘order at the bar’ establishment, that means there’s no waitstaff. As they say on their website, “Seat yourself and order at the bar! You’ll get your drinks right away, and a pager for your food. The second it’s done, you can pick it up in the kitchen. Fast & Fresh.” They also offer live music, a Birthday Boot, daily weekday happy hour, and a full delicious menu.

We heard a lot about the pizzas so there was no decision to be made, we knew what we wanted. They have a couple of different pizza styles: The Parma ($15), Ultimate Buffalo Chicken ($15), The Settecolli ($15), Margherita de Savoy ($11), and The Americano ($11). We ordered the Margherita de Savoy, a 6-cut with Roasted Garlic Puree, Roma Tomatos, fresh house-made mozzarella & shaved Romano. It was SO good! A 6-cut pizza was the perfect size for the two of us and we could tell while we ate it that there was something special about that dough.

Not only is the dough homemade but the oven that it’s cooked in is something special. The science behind how it’s built creates the perfect crispness without getting overly burnt. It was perfect. To pair with it, you can always check out their draft list online, along with wine and cocktails, but I do recommend the frozen drinks (Miami Vice was dangerously delicious).

Overall, it’s a really chill place to hang out with friends with great beer choices, delicious food, live music – can you ask for anything more?

Note: My food and drinks were comped in return for my honest review. The opinions are honest and my own.

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