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The wait is over, folks! Beer Belly has finally opened its doors in Albany, after a much anticipated wait! The bar and retail shop opened on November 13, 2014 at 281 New Scotland Ave and is sure to be a stop on your list of great bars in the Capital Region!

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On July 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM, downtown Albany welcomed Parish Public House - A Louisiana Eatery & Drinkery - to the restaurant and entertainment scene. The venture is a re-branding and expansion of the live music club formerly known as Red Square, located at 388 Broadway.
If BM&T wasn't busy enough hiring for The Beer Belly, they are also full-steam ahead at 1110 Madison Avenue's newest two-story watering hole: the Madison Pour House. BM&T's sixth project is located on BM&T's favorite area in Albany, smack next to its sister bars The Point and Junior's, and its sister restaurant Cafe Madison.


Returning for its third year, the JazzFest Competition has become a new tradition as a predule to the Riverfront Jazz Festival! The ten bands and solo artists competing this year prove that the jazz genre cannot be limited or confined. We spoke with last year's underdogs, Doctor Magnum, a band of up-and-comers who debuted just last year at the 2012 competition.

The Capital American Eatery & Lounge invites the public to the grand opening tonight, July 25 at 5 p.m. Enjoy the best of New York State food, spirits and baked goods!


Krystal Rose Studio and Shannon DeCelle Photography are teaming up to offer Capital Region residents a unique venue - a new salon and photography studio now open in East Greenbush - just across the river from Albany.

As two separate businesses come together to offer a truly unique studio with a central location, everyone wins. Customers have the freedom to select from the services of either business according to their needs, or they can choose packages that combine services from both businesses at discounted rates.
Are you looking for a new place to have a few laughs and good food too? The Comedy Works is opening up their new location in Albany, complete with a full-service restaurant and bar.


Congratulations to the three winners of the Downtown Albany Blues Music Competition held last Friday night.

These top three blues acts get to play at Alive @ 5 this summer:
  • The George Boone Blues Band
  • Joe Lowry & The Second Miles Blues Band
  • Blackboard Blues

The 1st Annual Blues Music Competition consisted of thirteen acts playing in thirteen different venues throughout downtown Albany. Those in attendance were free to tour the venues and vote for their favorite acts.

The three acts with the most votes at the end of the competition won an opportunity to play at Alive @ 5 during the Local Blues Night on July 5. Wondering who played where? Read on...
MP900382778.JPGThe City of Albany and the Downtown BID will be holding a Blues Music Competition on Friday, May 4 from 5:00 - 9:00pm. The competition will take place in several downtown venues, and the winners will be chosen by audience members. 

A panel of judges will choose contestants to perform on Friday night, and the top three performers will win the opportunity to perform at Alive at 5 Blues Night (date TBA).

You can get an applicaton here, and these must be completed and submitted by 3:00pm Friday, April 6th, along with two songs (mp3 files) and a promotional photo (jpeg format).

Applications can be emailed to . You can also mail or drop your application off to the BID office at 40 N. Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207.

Bands that compete in the contest will be paid $100 for their performance, and the three winners that will perform at Live at 5 will be paid $500

What do you think? Want a chance to play for over 5,000 people at Live at 5? Why not?
Join us in welcoming Pamela Klinger and Uncle Bill's Tavern to the Albany area!
The Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber Of Commerce will start the festivities with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2:00 on March 23rd and that is just the beginning! The festivities will continue well into the evening! 

If you plan on being in the Albany area on Friday March 23rd, stop by and join in the fun! There will be door prizes, giveaways and much more! To read more about Uncle Bill's Tavern's ribbon cutting ceremony and the many scheduled future activities and events, read the full press release

Be sure to mark this on your events calendar and get the address for Uncle Bill's Tavern!




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