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Caffe Lena

47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
518-583-0022
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Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Owner description: Dating back to 1960, this now smoke- and drink-free coffeehouse, internationally known for its...
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Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Hours:
Tue - Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Sun 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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.

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New York City, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Caffe Lna is a classic. What it lacks in alcohol (none, typical of the great coffee houses) it more than makes up for in vibe. We saw Dom Flemons at his Caffe Lena debut and he is awesome!

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Albany, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Great place to actually hear the music without blasting your eardrums. Friendly atmosphere with fresh baked treats and drinks at reasonable prices......like sitting in your living room!

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Arrived in Saratoga and wanted to visit the famous Caffe Lena. We were lucky to be there on the night Rusty Belle were playing. Fantastic nights music. Great atmosphere and the sound was wonderful. If in Saratoga Springs check it out. WONDERFUL.

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Montreal, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

On a very busy evening in Saratoga, we thought it would be fun to find a place with live music and people who would actually listen rather than talk over the people performing. Caffé Lena has been around for many years, it is actually the oldest continuously operated folk music club/Caffé in the US according to what we found out.... More 

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Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews 50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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105 reviews 105 reviews
29 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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68 reviews 68 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
14 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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