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Caffe Lena

47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
518-583-0022
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Type: Bar/ Clubs
Owner description: Dating back to 1960, this now smoke- and drink-free coffeehouse, internationally known for its acoustic music, has been graced by notables like Bob... more » Owner description: Dating back to 1960, this now smoke- and drink-free coffeehouse, internationally known for its acoustic music, has been graced by notables like Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie in the early years and recently by annual regulars like Odetta and Dave Van Ronk. This popular spot features folk, blues, traditional and jazz music, as well as storytelling, poetry and theater. « less
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Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Kudos to Sarah, the sound guy and all the volunteers for making Caffe Lena such a special place. The music mix was terrific and that sound guy made everyone sound so good. We hear a lot of singer-songwriters and Caffe Lena did not disappoint. I loved the lemonade iced tea and the cookies were to die for. Just a wonderful... More

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Burlington, Vermont
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95 reviews 95 reviews
27 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is one of my all-time favorite places to watch a live show. Place just drips music history. Great live acts, historic photos everywhere, great desserts, coffees, teas, more. A living tribute to founder Lena Spencer.

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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Having worked in London's small music venues like The Troubadour, it's a bit embarrassing that I grew up my entire life just south of Saratoga without ever catching a show at Caffe Lena. A fan of upstate NY history, as well as thoughtful and really good music, my experience at Caffe Lena this past weekend was just as advertised by... More

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North Creek, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Cafe Lena is just a cool old time folk club. The real deal! With limited sometimes tight seating and tons of atmosphere. Its a great place to have desert and enjoy live music. the price is great. this evening was $15@ booked in advance. We recently caught the Hot Club of Saratoga on a sold out night there. What a... More

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Fleischmanns, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This quirky little coffee house is a great spot to see top-notch performances - folk artists, comedy, you name it. Every show is worth seeing due to the high standards set by this historically important venue - Bob Dylan performed here - and they make sure when you come in, you have a great time. They also offer mouth watering... More

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

For both those "in the know" and for the uninitiated, Caffe Lena is a serendipitous musical joy; an intimate, warm, comfortable, coffee-house with wonderfully eclectic and talented musicans, famous and not-so-famous, performing live throughout the year. The room holds no more than 85 and is a languid, dreamy, musical walk back in time (maybe to Greenwich Village the early 1960s.)... More

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Albany, NY
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

My wife had seen this restaurant of Tripadvisor and listed as the #2 best in town. Thinking it would be interesting to dine in such a small establishment with great reviews, we made it our pick. Jules was our server and she was just fantastic! We settled on lobster ravioli for an appetizer (delicious). My wife thought going to the... More

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Troy, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Caffe Lena is the oldest continuously running coffee shop in the U.S. What a historic and fabulous spot to sit with friends and listen to awesome bands. The venue is so personal, you feel like they've put the whole show on just for you. Caffe Lena is a must for anyone visiting Saratoga Springs. They also have (a limited amount)... More

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Burlington, Vermont
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66 reviews 66 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

OMG, what a find. Going here to hear music is like being in your living room and having someone play for you. Very intimate place, and the history? You can almost feel the spirits of the performers from the past. The place has amazing energy. Do yourself a favor and check out the web site, read about it, then go... More

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Germany
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

From their website: " “Educate your audiences to expect the best in musical talent, familiar or unfamiliar, and always be governed by the dictates of good taste.” – Lena Spencer Caffè Lena is widely recognized as the oldest continuously operating coffeehouse in the United States. It is an internationally renowned cultural center and an American treasure. Opened in 1960, the... More

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