I asked, and you answered. this is what you said was your favorite bar locally. As always, if there are any that we missed, feel free to comment below.
On Facebook, weekly, I’ll ask questions about some of your favorite things in the area and then put them in a post. These opinions reflect what you posted on Facebook (though, I’m pumped to add the new ones to my list of places to try).
Lost & Found Bar & Kitchen (942 Broadway, Albany) Not only do they have a full bar and an outdoor seating area, but they also have a full menu of food to choose from.
Beer Bones Taproom (594 Loudon Rd, Latham) “Beer Bones Taproom is a craft beer taproom that focuses on high-quality food and beverages. A rotating selection of Craft beers and menu items leads to a delicious and unique experience every time.” Plus, they have a full menu.
Tobacco Island (169 Remsen St, Cohoes) “Tobacco Island is dedicated to becoming the fan-favorite hangout for smokers and vapers to kick back, relax and connect.”
The Heritage Pub (140 Vly Rd, Albany) If you’re looking for a neighborhood bar, there’s a picture of The Heritage next to it in the dictionary. They don’t have a website and do not have a ton of information on social media.
Loch and Quay (414 Broadway, Albany) “The 24′ mahogany bar comfortably seats 18 patrons, with 10 tables available inside, and 8 more out on the patio March-October. 14 draught beers (no crap on tap), plenty of bottles and cans (domestic & craft), as well as wine, liquor, and cocktails.”
Hunter’s on Jay (50 N Jay St, Schenectady) known more for its solid beer list, Hunter’s on Jay knows their way around their kitchen too. A small space that really shows off the community spirit of Downtown Schenectady.
Mohawk Taproom & Grill (153 Mohawk Ave, Schenectady) Mentioned a couple of times. “We want our tavern to be known as the “neighborhood place to be.” You’ll find us either interacting with dining guests or pouring beers behind the bar. These owners are hands on and want to know our patrons. In fact, we sponsor many local sports teams, hosting fundraising events or just being the neighborhood meeting place. And being the neighborhood meeting place will be even easier with Mug Club membership. “
Lark Hall (351 Hudson Ave, Albany) Lark Hall offers something that these other bars don’t, it’s also a full entertainment venue. So while most of these bars host bands, this is an actual entertainment space that happens to also have a bar.
O’Slattery’s Irish Restaurant and Pub (318 Delaware Ave, Delmar) This is more of a restaurant with a bar than a stand-alone bar that happens to have food but if you’re craving some Irish cuisine, you’ll have enough Guinness that specifics won’t matter.
Corcoran’s Tow Path Tavern (31 Saratoga Ave, Waterford) “High End Neighborhood tavern serving home cooking and original cocktails in a relaxing yet sophistic” environment
McGeary’s Pub (4 Clinton Square, Albany) “Wood-paneled Irish tavern offering classic food & drink along with a patio & weekly live music.” Also, if you’re a Buffalo Bills fan and haven’t spend a Sunday here to see a game, you’re not having the full experience.
Samurai Japanese Restaurant (158 Wolf Rd, Albany) “Bright, modern choice serving creative sushi, hibachi meats & other Japanese plates, plus cocktails.” Another restaurant that happens to have a great bar. No issues with that but note it’s a different kind of experience.
The Knotty Pine House Restaurant (1216 Main St, Rotterdam Junction) They don’t have a website and its social media isn’t really kept up to date. From what I can gather, it’s a restaurant with a bar with a very neighborhood feel.
Lanie’s Cafe (471 Albany Shaker Rd, Loudonville) “Upscale establishment with live music & a patio offering a deep American menu & express lunches.”
Madison Pour House (1110 Madison Ave, Albany) this is a BMT Hospitality location that own quite a few bars and restaurants in the area. “Two-story watering hole with a rustic-chic vibe serving an extensive selection of beer & bar fare.”
The Ruck (104 3rd St, Troy) “Rustic, wood-paneled pub featuring craft beers & a menu of burgers & eclectic bar bites.” Honestly, if you’re going to The Ruck, you need to get wings. End of story.