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What Moon Things at The Low Beat

WCDB and The Low Beat have just announced What Moon Things will play Jan 21 alongside Dirty Dishes.

“There are moments that remind me of Fugazi and there are elements of Modest Mouse and Pavement and other ‘90s indie-rock giants, but these guys are way heavier and more masculine.” – Ethan Donway, The Sound of Confusion, NYC

Have a listen below and mark the date in your calendar!

Best place to swim in Albany

Surprise surprise, the winner isn’t in Albany. It’s the obvious choice of Grafton Lake State Park. The main beach area is always packed, but walk down the trails a bit and you can find a nice somewhat private area to hang out in. There’s a little rock island you can get to from the trails which is a favorite of mine.

You could also check out Snyders Lake in Wynantskill, Mater Christi Pool on New Scotland, Peerless/Victoria Pool in Saratoga, or the Battenkill in Arlington.

And here is the full directory form the City of Albany.

Best patio in Albany

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The best patio in Albany is a hard category to find a clear winner. If you’re drinking beverages of any kind outside during nice weather, chances are you made a good decision on how to spend your time.

Regardless, our pick for the best patio is a tie between Cafe Hollywood and the City Beer Hall, with the wildcard being the Wine Bar.

Both Hollywood and the City Beer Hall patios are huge, so it’s rare that they feel too crowded and you can still enjoy a conversation at a normal volume. Both patios also have table service, so you don’t have to leave your post outside in order to get a drink from the bar. It is also very hard not to enjoy the walk to the City Beer Hall, if you take State Street down. I also enjoy the Wine Bar’s patio, which is smaller, because of the atmosphere, with exposed brick and vines overhead.

City Beer Hall, 42 Howard Street, Albany, NY
Cafe Hollywood, 275 Lark Street, Albany, NY
The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark, 200 Lark Street, Albany, NY

Best sushi in Albany

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The best sushi in Albany is Shogun on Madison Ave. They are relatively new to the area, celebrating their one-year anniversary in March. The decor and atmosphere gives the restaurant the feel of fine dining, but the prices do not reflect that category. Definitely a great date spot, with a good cocktail menu and even those weird people that exist who “don’t like” sushi will be able to find something delicious to order. Can eat in or take out, and they also have a patio, which is a huge plus for the warm months. They also are open late, which makes it a great place to begin, or end, your evening out.

Runner-up is Sushi X in Latham, which features “all you can eat” sushi and other menu items.

Shogun, 457 Madison Ave, Albany, NY

Sushi X, 710 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY

The best cheap drinks in Albany

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The best spot to get cheap drinks in Albany is McGeary’s. Especially on a Sunday, after 8pm when drinks are two-for-one and DJ Trumastr is playing music.

Honestly almost every single bar in Albany is cheap. There’s only a handful that are much higher than normal dive bar prices, such as The Point or dp. Most are the standard $4 for a pint and $5 for a mixed drink.

McGeary’s Restaurant, 4 Clinton Square, Albany, NY

The best burrito in Albany

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The best burrito in Albany is from Bros Tacos or Bomber’s. Bros is a more authentic, cooked-to-order style place, whereas Bomber’s is a bit kitschy-er. Bro’s even makes their own corn tortillas in-house.

People love to hate on Bomber’s but the reason they can score so high in this list is they have more than one vegan burrito on their menu, one with tofu, and another with great vegan chicken nuggets. So much so that my non-vegan friends get that instead of anything else on the menu. Bros also takes much longer than Bombers as it’s all cooked fresh to order, so be sure to call ahead.

Bros Tacos, 319 Ontario St, Albany, NY

Bombers Burrito Bar, 258 Lark St, Albany, NY