Best patio in Albany

best patio in albany

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

The best cheap drinks in Albany

best drinks in albany

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 coffee shop in Albany

The best coffee shop in Albany is Stacks Espresso on Lark Street. Stacks features different roasters from around the country (and sometimes, beyond) each month and is the only shop constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to coffee. They had cold brew before everyone else, and now they have nitro cold brew in addition to the regular stuff. They do pour overs, iced or hot, and they do it properly.

The best coffee shop in Troy is, without question, The Charles F. Lucas Confectionery which serves Blue Bottle beans, and has a vintage piston driven manual espresso machine. The Confectionery also has the best atmosphere out of any establishment in the area, and is also not a coffee shop, but a wine bar that happens to have coffee.

Stacks Espresso Bar 260 Lark St Albany, NY 12210

Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar, 2nd Street, Troy, NY