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Discover 7 Cozy Bars in Albany, NY and the Nearby Area

Enjoy Delicious Drinks and a Welcoming Atmosphere

When the temperature drops, there's no better place to be than a warm, cozy bar where you can escape the cold. The perfect cozy bar offers exceptional drinks, comfort food and pub favorites, and a warm and friendly atmosphere. Here are 7 of the coziest bars located right in Albany, NY and the nearby area.

Restaurant Navona (Albany, NY)

tables and view of a bar

Restaurant Navona in Albany is home to a nice cozy bar where guests can order their favorite drink. The menu includes a huge selection of craft beers, wines, and cocktails, as well as high-quality Mediterranean and modern Italian cuisine. Plus, a fireplace in the corner of the main dining room helps warm up the restaurant on chilly evenings.

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Risotto (Albany, NY)

red chairs around a bar

Editor's Note (1/12/2021 8:00am): Evening and dining room table service is currently paused Tuesdays - Saturdays, but there is limited bar seating available from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Menu items and cocktails are available for pickup.

While many know about Risotto for their comfortable and elegant dining room, everyone should be aware of their cozy bar, which is one of the city's best. They offer an outstanding selection of craft beer, wine, and cocktails at the bar, and for food, the restaurant specializes in a fusion of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Order some tapas to share with your friends while you relax at the bar together.

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Jack's Oyster House, Inc. (Albany, NY)

tall chairs at a bar

Editor's Note (12/30/2020 8AM): Please note that Jack's Oyster House is temporarily closed for indoor dining, but they are offering takeout and curbside pickup.

Since 1913, Jack's Oyster House has been a key part of Albany's restaurant scene and remains family-owned and operated. The dining room has a very welcoming atmosphere, and visitors can sit at one of the tables or right at the bar for a tasty drink. You can't go wrong with one of their expertly crafted cocktails.

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City Beer Hall (Albany, NY)

tables in a room and a bar in the back

Editor's Note (12/30/2020 8AM): Please note that the City Beer Hall is temporarily closed.

Although City Beer Hall in Albany is well known for their outdoor Beer Garden, if you step inside, you'll find a beautiful cozy bar. In addition to their unique gastropub menu and wide selection of beers on tap, City Beer Hall's main dining room features a rustic atmosphere and a fireplace to warm up by.

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Scarboroughs Restaurant (Latham, NY)

wooden bar with chairs along one side

As soon as you step inside the unassuming Scarboroughs Restaurant in Latham, you'll find yourself surrounded by an authentic rustic atmosphere. The bar area is reminiscent of an Adirondack tavern, and a fireplace warms the entire main room. For fine food, friends, and an ever-changing craft beer selection at the bar, Scarboroughs is the place to be.

The Olde English Pub & Pantry (Albany, NY)

wooden bar with taps and bottles in the back

Editor's Note (12/30/2020 8AM): Please note that the Olde English Pub & Pantry is planning to close their doors for the winter months this year.

Built in the 1730s, the Olde English Pub & Pantry in Albany offers a relaxing atmosphere inside a historic building. At the bar, you can order everything from cocktails to quality English beers and wine. Experience the comforts of an old English pub as you sit at the bar or next to the fireplace.

Savoy Taproom (Albany, NY)

people at bar with bartender nearbyNote: This photo was taken prior to 2020 and does not reflect current social distancing requirements

Editor's Note (12/30/2020 8AM): Please note that Savoy Taproom is currently open for takeout and delivery only.

Head over to historic Lark Street in Albany and check out Savoy Taproom, a cocktail bar and restaurant that features an upscale yet casual environment. The bar area is a great spot for you and some friends to hang out at, and you'll find a number of creative cocktails on the menu. Chat with the bartender if you're curious about any, and don't miss out on Savoy's take on gourmet pub grub.

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