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Address: 48 Main Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Phone Number: (518) 891-9502
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Good Live Music Bar

Fairly typical locals bar with some interesting characters about. My son suggested that we go listen to a local jam band the Friday night of Labor Day weekend. Glad I went to hear... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2014
WesternNYTravelFrog
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Dunkirk, New York
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Adirondacks, New York
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

While the music is often good at The Waterhole, the disgusting/dirty atmosphere is not worth it. Not to mention there's often creepy and rude people there who are beyond drunk.

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1 Thank KylersKL
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

Found this place last year and could not wait to go back. We hear they are an excellent music venue but as we are "day drinkers". We stop in at lunch time for a cocktail and great conversation with locals. Very friendly bartender, interacts with the patrons and we will return on our next trip thru Saranac. Great prices too.

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Thank Sheri G
Dunkirk, New York
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169 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Fairly typical locals bar with some interesting characters about. My son suggested that we go listen to a local jam band the Friday night of Labor Day weekend. Glad I went to hear the music in the outside stage. It would have been painful indoors. As it was, we really enjoyed the band and the people watching. Very good selection... More 

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Thank WesternNYTravelFrog
Blakeslee, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Downstairs on street level is a unique 'hole in the wall' very friendly bar with outside seating to have a beer and meet local colorful people and college students. Upstairs is a porch area over looking Main Street and another bar with stage and dance area. Place needs some updating but when the beer is flowing, music is loud, and... More 

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Thank Rocky356
Adirondacks
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Downstairs is where the locals hang out. It is a bar. Good place to grap a drink. Upstairs is live music thru out the year.

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Thank MPH_KSH
Sedona, Arizona
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We'd been wondering around the town of Saranac Lake and decided to stop in for a drink. We loved the bartenders sense of humor. He the iconic bartender that would always have something clever to say while serving you a drink. The atmosphere is about as laid back and local as you would ever expect to find when wondering around... More 

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Thank Harley D
Saranac Lake, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Typical Bar for good ol' boozehound townies...wouldn't bring my GF to this place..occasional good bands, but not somewhere I'd bring anybody to impress 'em with the local "bar scene"

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Endicott, New York
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is a nice place for pizza or casual Italian food. It's nothing spectacular, but we ended up here twice.

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1 Thank Anita4162
saranac lake
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

i don't frequent the place downstairs because it is dark and dingy and some of the clientele but the upstairs is great. went there for a retirement party it was clean, roomy a nice atmosphere.

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Thank minimo979
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

This place was filthy when I was there. This is the type of place where a woman has to "hover" over the toilet to pee because sitting down may result in some sort of disease. Floor was dirty, people were dirty, even the beer bottles seemed grimy. Oh, not to mentioned the outrageous cover charge the night a "band" was... More 

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