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The City Beer Hall

42 Howard Street, Albany, NY
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Ranked #42 of 585 restaurants in Albany
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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English first
NY
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91 reviews 91 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I had fun just relaxing and watching sports at this bar..I enjoyed the food which is much better than your average bar food..I really liked the sample brews,,I sampled what the bartender suggested and they were all pretty good.The bartender gave me a ticket for a free pizza,,I could barely hear her so I am not sure why I was... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The bar has a great atmosphere, it makes us want to like it there more than we actually did. But I would highly recommend NOT eating their food. Go here for drinks after eating dinner somewhere else. We tried dinner here this past weekend and the food was awful, fish and chips soggy and tasteless, a dinner from their "Restaurant... More

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Dannemora, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Our group went to the Beer Hall for the second time after an all day meeting . We always have a wonderful time when we go every April . The wait staff is wonderful . The food is very good . I am not a beer drinker , but my friends are. They really enjoy the various beers . I... More

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Upstate NY
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15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We were spending the night in Albany, and despite the sleet and ice storm, we met friends for dinner at The City Beer Hall. The building is on a 'curved corner' and is housed in an interesting, old building with the inscription "OFFICES" over the door. Inside, I was surprised to see the place filled with picnic tables and benches,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

Visited Albany with a friend and went to this bar after seeing good reviews. At 4:00 pm we were arbitrarily cut off by a power hungry flannel wearing manager. I'm not joking. After 2 beers. We were told we could have other beers on the menu but not the one we were requesting. We thought it was in jest but... More

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We went after Thanksgiving for dinner and good beer. Had a great selection on tap. They did only offer one IPA and kicked the keg after we ordered. I like that they offer 8oz pours. Good way to have 2 or 3. They give you a ticket for a free indi pizza with each beer purchase. We went the first... More

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Altamont, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

I have no idea really why I love this bar so much. Parking is horrible (there is a parking garage...somewhere....haven't found it). I usually park on the street several blocks away. The building is old and has a historic feel. Every drink here earns you a personal pizza. The pizza isn't something spectacular, it's a flatbread with sauce and cheese,... More

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East Amherst, New York
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113 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We found some really nice micro brews and good food here. It appears to be a place to be seen as a young person. It is a comfortable tavern with good food, beer, and service.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

All I can saw is WoW! Great beer list, super friendly staff and free pizza. It's a local's hang out and worth the trip. One tip is the free pizza is only on select pints. Order a select pint and get a ticket, take the ticket to the kitchen (velvet ropes mark the way). Drop off your ticket and 5... More

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Rotherham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

Found this place through trip advisor whilst on holiday from uk. Unsure at first sight, but went in after the recommendations from customers just leaving. A lively atmosphere and the staff were very welcoming. Good food menu and a wide variety of beers. Had a good night and the prices were very reasonable.

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