Experience German beer culture first-hand as you sip on Bavarian brews like Hofbräu Original paired with authentic curry
This beer garden is a great addition to Albany's dynamic pub scene. Its downtown location attracts locals and visitors for casual brunches and late-night drinks. Rows of wooden tables line the spacious bar lit with strings of Edison bulbs and antler chandeliers. The beers on tap reflect the bar's Germanic heritage with brews you'd find in a typical Munich bar, like Warsteiner or Schlenkerla Smokeb
Address:895 Broadway, Albany, 12207
phone:+1 518 427 2461
The Palace Theater
Discover world-class entertainment in a historic setting at this iconic theater designed by renowned movie palace archit
Originally built in 1931, the Palace Theater was one of Albany's foremost cinema houses, drawing crowds for its atmospheric design, elegant interiors, and top-notch entertainment. Completely renovated and restored to its original glory with a state-of-the-art audio visual system after a period of closure, the theater today stands as a prime example of period architecture. From classical concerts
Address:19 Clinton Avenue, Albany, 12207
phone:+1 518 465 3334
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Dine on authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and rustic Tuscan cuisine paired with an exceptional wine list at this award-winning eatery.
Café Capriccio has made a name for itself in the Capital District dining scene, having been featured on "best of" lists for over 30 years. Housed in an elegant brownstone, the inviting interiors transport you to Italy with cozy booths, maple-lined walls, and vintage prints. Commitment to quality is at the core of Capriccio's philosophy, perfectly expressed in sauces made from scratch, handmade pasta, and authentic Italian ingredients. Owner Jim Rua travels to Florence each year in search of inspiration for his restaurant; every dish on the menu pays homage to the region's centuries-old culinary legacy. Savor house specialties like pork osso bucco, chicken and eggplant sorrento, and slow-roasted porchetta with prosciutto, apples, and basil in a truffle balsamic glaze, served alongside a careful selection of wines.
Address:49 Grand Street, Albany, 12207
phone:+1 518 465 0439
Dove & Hudson
A favorite among local bibliophiles, the books at this independent store includes hard-to-find secondhand literary works in mint condition.
A maze of well-stocked shelves and cozy corners promise hours of relaxed browsing at this downtown bookshop. Owner Dan Wedge is committed about furnishing the store with only the best used and vintage books. One of Albany's most cherished bookstores, the shop is a haven for book lovers, covering a wide variety of genres for every kind of reader. And Dan is always on hand to answer any questions if you're looking for something specific. Within walking distance of Washington Park, this is a great place to spend time in the company of your favorite books. Please note, the shop is closed between the 1st and the 7th of every month.
Address:296 Hudson Avenue, Albany, 12210
phone:+1 518 432 4518
The Olde English Pub
Pair English ales like Newcastle or Bass with comfort fare like beer-battered cod or Old Yorkshire steak at this authent
Housed in a historic 18th-century building, this restaurant offers patrons a glimpse of old-fashioned pub culture in Quackenbush Square. The warmly lit brick walls, beamed ceilings, and wooden floors create an inviting tableau to linger over a pint. Live music, trivia nights, and even storytelling promise an evening of fun and conversation and draw an eclectic crowd of regulars and visitors alike.
Address:683 Broadway, Albany, 12207
phone:+1 518 434 6533
Take a guided tour of this elegant Georgian mansion for a glimpse into the life of Revolutionary War General Philip
Discover the history of one of Albany's most prominent families, as well as upper-class 18th-century life, at this historic site. Entrepreneur, State Senator and General, Philip Schuyler was one of Albany's most notable personalities. Overlooking the Hudson, this remarkable piece of architecture is believed to be one of the finest houses built in the pre-war period, and was the central feature
Address:32 Catherine Street, Albany, 12202
phone:+1 518 434 0834
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The Iron Gate Cafe
Housed in a historic 19th-century mansion, this casual cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed alfresco breakfast in Center Square.
This family-owned restaurant is a local favorite for its delicious breakfast and lunch menu. The beautiful garden and patio offer charming environs to savor a meal in good company. The cozy wood-paneled interiors exude a vintage vibe, with artwork-lined walls and a 1960s room dedicated to Elvis Presley, while other rooms sport floral wallpaper and classic chandeliers. Dine on garden fresh salads, hearty sandwiches, and tasty wraps - there are vegan options available too. The Vermonster sandwich, the Elvis Memphis Scramble, and the Pear Walnut Gorgonzola Salad are bestsellers. Prompt service and a friendly staff make this hidden gem worth searching out while visiting Washington Park.
Address:182 Washington Avenue, Albany, 12210
phone:+1 518 445 3555
Elissa Halloran Designs
Discover one-of-a-kind pieces by local artist and jeweler Elissa Halloran at this quaint Lark Street boutique in Center Square.
This charming boutique specializes in meticulously-crafted jewelry and artwork from local designers. Handpainted limited-edition pottery, framed paintings, silk scarves, botanical prints, and vintage perfume bottles are just some of the unique finds you'll discover here. Explore the exclusive jewelry collection made from an unusual blend of materials like ceramics, wood, and fine metal for something special to boost your personal style. Be sure to peruse the eclectic collection for special gifts and decorative items that reflect the city's art scene.
Address:229 Lark Street, Albany, 12210
phone:+1 518 432 7090
Jack’s Oyster House
Family owned since 1913, this iconic restaurant is an anchor of the downtown dining scene and has been a local favorite
One of the city's oldest restaurants, Jack's is steeped in decades of history. The original interiors retain their charm with wood-paneled walls, vintage chandeliers and black-and-white checkered flooring that creates an inviting tableau to linger over a meal. The menu is classic American cuisine done right, highlighting seafood and steak options with a smattering of vegetarian plates, served with
Address:42 State Street, Albany, 12207
phone:+1 518 465 8854
City Beer Hall
Choose from over 60 craft beers, including 16 on-tap varieties, to pair with eclectic small plates like edamame hummus a
This dynamic gastropub in downtown Albany makes the most of its prime location by offering both rustic, organic interiors and a spacious brick-lined outdoor patio. Warmly lit by modern tiered chandeliers and fireplaces, the airy beer hall has communal-style tables ideal to share a pint with old friends. The youthful energy is perfectly reflected in patrons trying to hold on to their seats atop the
Address:42 Howard Street, Albany, 12207
phone:+1 518 449 2337
Explore this 19th-century landscaped garden inspired by New York's Central Park; the summer season Tulip Festival
One of the United State's oldest public parks, the Washington Park is a true Albany landmark. Discover historic memorials, beautiful sculptures, a picturesque pond, entertainment venues, walking trails, flowering gardens and more here. The Lakehouse Amphitheater, Kings Memorial Fountain and the Robert Burns Statue are a few top park sights. Visit in summer when the park is awash with splendid
Address:State and Willet Street, Albany, 12203
phone:+1 518 434 4524
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Stocking everything from mainstream titles to niche finds, this independent comic retailer is the premier store for die-hard comic fans.
Earthworld is where Albany's comic aficionados gather to discuss their favorite comics, find the latest issues, and purchase that limited-edition comic they've been looking for. The collection is true to the art, focusing on books over collectibles with new additions each week. The friendly and helpful staff are happy to make recommendations and guide first-time visitors towards a new find. This shop has been serving locals for over 30 years with special events like Free Comic Book Day, Batman Day, author signings, theme nights and more.
Address:537 Central Avenue, Albany, 12206
phone:+1 518 459 2400
This classy restaurant is one of Albany's top picks for diners looking for a classic steak dinner.
Angelo's epitomizes sophistication with its contemporary-chic interiors and artwork adorned walls. Striking the ideal balance between elegance and opulence, the restaurant is where the city's A-listers go to appreciate a gourmet meal. While USDA prime steaks are at the core of the dining experience, there is also a fine selection of fresh seafood, salads, and sushi.
Address:677 Broadway, Albany, 12207
phone:+1 518 427 7463
Choose from 16 on-tap beers and over 100 bottled varieties to pair with authentic Belgian dishes like Moules Meuniere at
The Merry Monk brings a touch of Antwerp to Albany with its Belgian cuisine, traditional brews, and relaxed vibe. Polished wooden floors, exposed brick walls, and cheerily burning fireplaces in winter accentuate the pub's cozy atmosphere. Opt for a beer flight to truly appreciate the diverse selection of beers that are offered; top picks include Chimay, La Chouffe, and Corsendonk Pater Dubbel. Exp
Address:90 North Pearl Street, Albany, 12207
phone:+1 518 463 6665
C. H. Evan’s Brewing Company
Sip house-brewed ales like the Evans Wit in an atmospheric historic setting in downtown Albany at this spacious gastropu
Established in 1786, the Evans family has been brewing ales in their American-crafted brewery for over 200 years. The enormous restaurant is characterized by industrial high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and warm lighting that creates a sense of coziness even in the huge space. The gleaming barrels of the brewery are visible from the main dining area, and it is the in-house beers that keep patron
Address:19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 12207
phone:+1 518 447 9000
New York State Museum
This interactive museum takes you through the Empire State's history from past to present; the century-old carousel is a
Learn about New York's cultural and natural history at this museum, regarded as the country's earliest state museum. Located at the Empire State Plaza across from the New York State Capitol, find the museum in the modern Cultural Education Center. Explore the museum's four levels as you walk through exhibitions like "The Adirondack Wilderness," "Native Peoples of New York," "Beneath the City: An A
Address:260 Madison Avenue, Cultural Education Center, Albany, 12230
phone:+1 518 474 5877
Designed by renowned architect Wallace K. Harrison, this iconic landmark is home to two world-class venues
Located in the heart of downtown Albany, The Egg is a paragon of 20th-century design. This marvelous structure is both an architectural landmark as well as one of the city's top performing arts venues. Constructed over 12 years, this ovoid building's two intimate theaters offer a unique cultural experience, blending top-notch technology and avant-garde design.
Address:Empire State Plaza, Albany, 12220
phone:+1 518 473 1061
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The Excelsior Pub
This lively downtown pub promises an exclusively New York experience highlighting the state's best microbrews, wines, and craft spirits.
Locals and in-the-know tourists make their way to this hidden gem to sip some of the finest New York brews. Owner Jason Bowers is passionate about searching out little-known, small-batch brews, artisan wines, and liquors to promote at the pub. These include beers like Wolf Hollow from Schenectady and Rare Form from Troy. Though small, the curated wine list showcases such labels as Brotherhood Winery, the country's oldest and Amorici Vineyards, known for their sustainable blends. Craft distilleries like Long Island Spirits and Tuthilltown Spirits are featured here too, ensuring that there is something for every palate. Within walking distance of the New York State Executive Mansion, Empire State Plaza, and The Egg, this local pub is great for a quick snack or relaxed evening pint after a day of sightseeing.
Address:54 Philip Street, Albany, 12207
phone:+1 518 462 0690
With a selection of 32 draft beers, dartboards, pool, and an outdoor patio this bar has patrons flocking here for the great happy hour menu.
Lionheart is the perfect neighborhood pub, with a vibrant ambiance, live entertainment, and plenty of fun games to draw in a younger crowd. Buzzing with local flair and joie de vivre, this is a great spot to catch up with old friends or make new ones. Located across from Washington Park in one of midtown's busiest neighborhoods, this is the place to be on a Friday or Saturday evening. Karaoke, trivia night, DJ performances, and a jukebox only add to the high-energy vibe. Beer aficionados will love the selection of American craft beers from Founders, Crossroads Brewing, and Ithaca Flower Power as well as imported brews like Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse or Guinness, to name a few. A carefully-chosen selection of wine and premium liquors round out the bar menu, promising something for everyone.
Address:448 Madison Avenue, Albany, 12208
phone:+1 518 436 9530
Opt for the Deck-by-Deck Tour and explore this historic World War II naval vessel with the help of an expert guide.
The last remaining afloat war era destroyer escort in the United States, the USS Slater is a must visit for history enthusiasts. The vessel saw action on both the Pacific and Atlantic, protecting merchant boats and defending naval forces from enemy submarine and air attacks. These ships were an integral element of the Allied Forces war strategy. Post World War II service, the destroyer was transferred to Greece in 1951 and remained with their navy till 1991, when it was returned to America. Restored to its former glory, the boat today acts as a naval museum and offers interactive tours, exhibitions, and overnight camping facilities to visitors. Tours depart every 20 minutes.
Address:Broadway and Quay Street, Albany, 12201
phone:+1 518 431 1943
Shaker Heritage Society
Discover the cultural legacy of the first Shaker settlement through craft fairs, concerts, and educational tours hosted by this society.
Located in the heart of Watervliet or the modern day Colonie neighborhood, the SHS works towards the preservation of this historic site. The non-profit organization seeks to provide a first-hand view into the unique way of life and cultural contributions of the Shaker community that made their home here. Visit the 1848 Meeting House, 1915 Barn Complex, and the historic Shaker Cemetery within the Church Family site and note the unique brick and wood architecture that characterize the simplicity and rural way of life. Walk over Shaker Creek and take a stroll through this heritage block with its traditional farm, herb garden, and beautiful grounds; you're sure to feel like you've stepped back in time.
Address:25 Meeting House Road, Albany, 12211
phone:+1 518 456 7890
Albany Institute of History & Art
Explore the Upper Hudson Valley's cultural heritage from the 17th-Century to the present day at one of the country's oldest museums.
Established in 1791, the Albany Institute has dedicated itself to the preservation of art, culture and history. The comprehensive collection explores various periods and influences of the area's development from craft works to fine art and historic documents and photographs. The permanent exhibitions highlight 19th-century sculptures by artists like Erastus Dow Palmer and Charles Calverley, as well as colonial trade and cultural identity. Art enthusiasts can find works from the prestigious Hudson River School as well as from modern regional artists. Within walking distance of the city's major landmarks, this is a must visit for an in-depth view of the Capitol Region's unique contribution to world culture.
Address:125 Washington Avenue, Albany, 12210
phone:+1 518 463 4478
Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Discover over 45 rare wildlife species at one of the world's last pine barrens ecosystems; keep an eye out for the Karner blue butterfly.
Start your visit at the Discovery Center, complete with interactive exhibits, expert guides, and fun activities before exploring the reserve. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike, mountain bike, bird-watch, and ski through the park. From sandy dunes to hardwood swamps, the reserve hosts a variety of microenvironments that are home to diverse flora and fauna from the red fox to the eastern hognose snake. Open through the year, each season brings its own discoveries and natural wonders to investigate. Look out for events like guided hikes that highlight some of the park's hidden gems in a fun, engaging manner - the Discover the Pine Bush and Sensory Night Hike are popular picks.
Address:195 New Karner Road, Albany, 12203
phone:+1 518 456 0655
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The city's A-listers visit this historic bank-turned-restaurant for its old-world elegance, top steaks, and private booth dining.
Formerly the Denver National Bank, this restaurant personifies style and class. The beautiful restaurant retains the building's original charm, converting the century-old subterranean vaults into romantic dining destinations and well-stocked wine cellars, complete with 23-ton circular doors. Plush carpeting, carved cherry wood booths, and leather banquettes add an extra touch of luxury to the dining experience. Savor house specialties like the Filet Wellington and the Tournedos Oscar served alongside an esoteric wine list. An eminently reasonable business lunch menu attracts a well-heeled midday crowd while towards evening couples can appreciate a glamorous meal.
Address:821 17th Street, Denver, 80202
phone:+1 303 292 5065
El Loco Mexican Cafe
Dine on tasty dishes like tostadas grandes loaded with toppings like pinto beans and machaca at this eatery with festive flair.
This local restaurant takes the usual Tex-Mex and Mexican fare up a notch with its healthy eating philosophy, fresh ingredients, and made-from-scratch sauces. The warm interiors showcase Mexican art with rustic flair and create an inviting space to enjoy a casual meal or after-work drinks. Shrimp fajitas, beef enchiladas, and the chimichangas are top choices and full of great flavors and authentic spices. Gourmet frozen margaritas pair well with tapas like fried queso blanco, esquites, and chorizo served during happy hours, and a wide selection of tequila and mezcal serve as the perfect aperitif. Located at the corner of Washington Square Park, this is a historic district favorite.
Address:465 Madison Avenue, Albany, 12210
phone:+1 518 436 1855
Bob And Ron's Fish Fry
Few places are better than Bob And Ron's for straightforward, down-home seafood dishes served with heart; the seasonal fried cusk is a hit.
Not much has changed at this traditional seafood joint since it opened in 1948. The retro vibe and fresh seafood specials are what keep diners returning time and again. Generations of locals claim this eatery as their go-to spot for quality comfort food. Both ocean and freshwater fish are available here, and regulars swear by the grilled haddock, clam dinner, and the shrimp basket with fries. Wash it all down with an old-fashioned chocolate milkshake and soak in the nostalgic atmosphere at this iconic Albany favorite.
Address:1007 Central Ave, Albany, 12205
phone:+1 518 482 5112
New World Bistro Bar
This award-winning bistro highlights local produce in fresh, seasonal plates with global flair; try the pecan-bourbon braised pork belly.
This cozy bistro blends old world charm with modern accents to create an inviting space. Here, a 1939 Art Deco bar, bare-brick walls, and historic beamed ceiling add to the appeal of the space. Rooted in a farm-to-table philosophy, the chef-driven menu highlights such ingredients as grass-fed beef, sustainable seafood, and free-range chicken, all from regional suppliers. Each dish is an innovative blend of quality ingredients, culinary expertise, and international inspiration. Here you will find everything from Chilean to Indian flavors on the menu conceptualized by chef Rico Orlando. Savor dishes like Thai BBQ Faroe Island salmon, blue corn-crusted seitan, and Korean seafood and kimchi stew paired with craft cocktails and wines.
Address:300 Delaware Avenue, Albany, 12209
phone:+1 518 694 0520
This trendy boutique brings NYC style to the heart of Albany showcasing top labels like Lafayette 148, Veronica Beard, and Ella Moss.
Boost your style with chic clothes with sophisticated flair from this upscale boutique. Circle carries everything from casual denim jeans and sportswear to fashionable evening gowns and elegant accessories. If you're looking for a more personalized experience, the professional staff are always on hand to offer style tips and to help you adorn your outfit. Get a perfect silhouette each time with a custom tailored fit courtesy of the in-house seamstress. Browse the cosmetics section for top brands like Nars, Natura Bisse, Primal Elements, and L'Occitane. Look through their collection for labels like Joie, Equipment, Rag and Bone, and Carmen Marc Valvo. Glam up or dress down, it's up to you!
Address:1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 12203
phone:+1 518 482 2554
Discover over 1600 beers, on tap and bottled, at this award-winning beer store with an evolving local and global selection.
Craft beer lovers should make it a point to visit this independent store that has something for amateurs and connoisseurs alike. Besides the usual bottled variety, the shop also offers draft beers for growlers and kegs. The rotating selection highlights seasonal brews like the Southern Tier Brewing Pumking and the Spaten Oktoberfest, and especially focuses on New York breweries like Adirondack Brewing, Ithaca Brewing, and Other Half Brewing. From ales to stouts and lagers, the extensive collection caters to every palate. If you're feeling overwhelmed by choice, the friendly staff are happy to offer informed suggestions. Browse the aisles (they're arranged by state or country of origin) in search of a new favorite and discover first hand why Oliver's has won so many accolades.
Address:105 Colvin Avenue, Melrose, Albany, 12206
phone:+1 518 459 2767
Mark Thomas Men's Apparel
Find timeless, stylish pieces from labels like Canali and Remy that will grace your wardrobe for years at this boutique for men.
This independent clothier has garnered accolades for its impeccable service and made-to-order attire. Purveyors of some of the finest European and American-made clothing, the shop is a joint endeavor from Mark Goldfarb and Tom Fagan and reflects their decades of experience in the business. From sleek European silhouettes from Pal Zileri to hand-sewn shirts from American fashion house Robert Talbott and shoes from Cole Haan and Magnanni, this long-standing shop caters to clients with sophisticated taste. Mark Thomas Men's Apparel promises a world-class shopping experience in the heart of the Capitol Region.
Address:5 Metro Park Road, Albany, 12205
phone:+1 518 438 7887
Last Vestige Music Shop
Peruse the stacks of new and secondhand records and discover a new favorite at this hidden gem.
Originally begun as a mail order business, this brick-and-mortar storefront opened in 1989. For over 25 years, this store is where music lovers and vinyl collectors go to find that limited-edition record they've been searching for. The eclectic collection covers the spectrum from out-of-print records, new LPs, to rock and roll 45s. Find all the accessories necessary to keep your hobby alive, including protective sleeves, cleaning supplies, and second-hand turntables. A music connoisseur's haven, this is one of the only places that still stock vinyl in Albany.
Address:173 Quail Street, Albany, 12203
phone:+1 518 407 5819
Pearl Grant Richmans
Discover exclusive American-made gifts from companies like Georgetown Pottery at this 50-year old local department store.
Pearl Grant Richmans is a local department store with a global spirit. The collection spans everything from one-of-a-kind products made in the States to the finest gourmet chocolates, vintage jewelry, beauty essentials, and accessories from around the world. Here you can explore the jewelry from Swarovski, accessories from Baekgaard, Lollia spa products, Godiva chocolates, Reed and Barton tableware, Portmeirion glassware, and Hilborn Pottery. Each gift is beautifully wrapped in their signature silver and burgundy paper that adds an extra touch of class to every purchase and is sure to please the most discerning taste.
Address:1475 Western Avenue, Suite 16, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 12203
phone:+1 518 438 8409
Update your wardrobe with classic styles to flatter your form and polish your look at this chic boutique.
This women's boutique emphasises on enduring fashions over trends, highlighting quality fabrics tailored to perfection. Cut a fine figure in elegant dresses and tailored skirts from this stylish store, where brands like Donna Ricco, Luxe USA, Jus d' Orange, and Oleg Cassini grace the shelves. Accessorize your outfit with handcrafted jewelry from owner Shanna S. Graham, chic handbags, and striking hats. The shop also carries a selection of handmade scented candles, beauty products, and home decor from local entrepreneurs.
Address:575 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, 12208
phone:+1 518 859 6886
Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse
Share the 24-ounce Delmonico Steak, seared to perfection, and served with penne marinara - it's what this iconic steakhouse is known for.
Delmonico's stands out from the crowd of local steakhouses for the quality of its all-natural certified Angus steaks and atmospheric decor. The humorous caricatures and artwork decorating the walls infuse a unique touch to the wood-paneled restaurant and add to its appeal with locals and visitors alike. Choose from a variety of prime-cut steaks like the filet mignon, New York strip loin, or the sliced sirloin steak served with flavorful sides like angel hair pasta or garlic mashed potatoes. Specialties like the Chicken Sinatra or the Tortellini Aglio Olio are no less impressive. For a traditional steak dinner with Italian flair, this is the place to be.
Address:1553 Central Avenue, Albany, 12205
phone:+1 518 456 5656