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7 Best Places For Cheap Drinks In Albany

Bar-hopping on a budget? Here are seven options for affordable drinks in the Capital Region.

Whether you're looking for a new favorite dive bar, or planning an affordable pub crawl with your friends, check out these local favorites for beverages that won't break the bank.

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Downtown Albany

City Beer Hall - 42 Howard St, Albany

This beer hall is in the heart of historic downtown Albany. The old architecture, the cozy atmosphere, and the extensive craft beer menu are all major draws, but by making the most of City Beer Hall's drink deals and specials, you can get great beer for a great price.

New Madison Grille - 331 Madison Ave, Albany

Tucked along Madison Avenue and just a short walk from the Empire State Plaza, the New Madison Grille is known for its friendly staff and hometown vibe. The beer list is limited but affordable, and the bartenders get creative with their drinks. Guests recommend the thin crust pizza and fried ravioli for hungry visitors.

Palais Royale - 164 Jefferson St, Albany

As a low-key neighborhood favorite, the Palais Royale seems to embrace the term "dive bar." Just a six minute walk from the popular Lark Street, hit this bar for reasonably-priced drinks, a jukebox, Pac-man, pool, and a patron favorite: Jiffy Pop popcorn.

Western Ave

Side Door Cafe - 1656 Western Ave, Albany

A tavern with great pizza, live music, and reasonable prices, the Side Door Cafe is a popular hang-out for locals. A casual spot and a quick drive from the Crossgates Mall, the Side Door Cafe has been family-run since 1957.

World of Beer - Crossgates Mall, Albany

For a post-movie drink, or as an escape from the crowds of shoppers at Crossgates, World of Beer provides a haven for beer lovers in Albany. Over 50 craft brews on tap, 350 varieties in the cooler, and an extensive cocktail and wine menu offers something for everyone. For the best prices, visit during Happy Hour (Monday-Friday 3PM to 7PM).

Across The River

Footsy Magoo's -17 1st St, Troy

Sit on a swiveling stool in the front room, or wander through the back for foosball, dartboards, and even skeeball. Footsy Magoo's is a local favorite in Troy. Beers, ciders, and well drinks are always reasonably priced, but you can also shell out a few extra bucks for a Magoo special- try the Chocolate Cherry White Russian if you're craving something sweet.

June's Restaurant - 501 East St, Rensselaer

Located across the street from the Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station, June's Restaurant is housed in an old firehouse. The perfect place for a drink during your layover at the train station, June's has a good selection of beers at reasonable prices and friendly staff to make you feel at home. If you're hungry, try a burger.

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