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10 Nightlife Hotspots to Explore on Your Next Evening Out in Albany

Are you looking for a great night out in Albany but don't know where to start? The capital city has a daunting number of options, each of which provides a different ambiance, scene, and experience. Regardless of what you have in mind, from live music to great food and drinks to fun events, we've rounded up some of Albany's top bars, restaurants, and venues for your next night out.

Spend a Night Sampling Local Craft Beers

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Looking to find your new favorite spot for craft beer? Capital City Gastropub has an extensive drink menu that features a wide rotating selection of craft beer from around the world. Their bistro also serves a menu full of unique takes on classic pub fare with locally-sourced ingredients.

If you feel like a local brew, The Albany Pump Station features 11 of their own creation. The restaurant and brewery is the home base of C. H. Evans Brewing Company, which has been making quality "Albany Ale" since the eighteenth century. The restaurant also features a large menu to go along with your local craft beer.

Another obvious choice is City Beer Hall. Sample their selections in their historic building or outside in their beer garden. They not only have an extensive list of beer from which to choose, but also a large menu that changes seasonally. They're not just for good drinks and eats, however - their second floor hosts live music, DJs, trivia and game nights, and themed parties.

Dance All Night to Live Bands and DJs

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If it's music you're looking for, look no further than these three hotspots.

Looking for a dance club with top-notch sound and light systems? The second floor of Waterworks Pub, Albany's top LGBTQ pub, hosts one of the best Capital Region dance clubs. They have state-of-the-art sound equipment and professional regular and guest DJs.

Craving some killer live music? The Hollow Bar + Kitchen is known as one of the top concert venues in the Capital Region. Check out their lineup of great alternative bands, their award-winning menu, and their wide selection of drinks on your next night out.

Want to find the perfect combination of live music venue and cocktail bar? Savoy Taproom on Lark Street has live music ranging across genres, from jazz to acoustic to rock and beyond, as well as live comedy events and open mic nights. They also have a full menu and weekly food-themed nights.

Have Fun with a Trivia or Open Mic Night

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Looking for a hotspot with a variety of events to choose from? LAX on Lark Restaurant & Lounge hosts weekly theme nights every day of the week, with karaoke, open mic, live music and comedy shows, trivia, bingo, painting, and poker. They also offer a unique combination of Italian and Asian cuisine to dine on as you participate in their nightly events.

If you want a traditional pub atmosphere for your night out in Albany, McGeary's Irish Pub is home to weekly trivia, open mic, live music, and blues jam nights. Enjoy traditional pub fare, Irish cuisine, and a wide selection of wine and beer while spending a fun night out with friends.

Go Out for an Evening of Great Food

burger fries and a beer from lost and found

If you want your night out to revolve around great food, Albany has plenty of bars and taverns with an emphasis on fantastic culinary choices. If you're looking for a menu with an experimental spin, check out Lost & Found Bar & Kitchen. They put unique twists on their dishes, such as their carbonara fries, pork burgers, deviled egg dip, and duck poutine. They also offer indoor/outdoor seating and live music events.

Looking for traditional favorites and comfort food? Try Orchard Tavern for its large menu of classic tavern fare, and especially for its signature pizza. With a choice of indoor or outdoor dining and a historic atmosphere, Orchard is the perfect place to relax with friends and good food.

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