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The City Beer Hall

42 Howard Street, Albany, NY
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Ranked #61 of 591 restaurants in Albany
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
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186 reviews 186 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Yes, service is slow but the food and menu are part of the reason. The beer menu is EXTENSIVE The food menu is interesting and the food is prepared with care. The atmosphere is beer hall with picnic tables inside and out. Great for large groups of family or friends. Not good for children. Definitely a fun vibe. ( it... More

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Rochester, New York
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108 reviews 108 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I stopped in at the City Beer Hall with five coworkers on a Thursday Night around 8pm. It was not busy and there were plenty of open tables. It was difficult to get service (it took around 45 minutes for a waitress to come take our orders) and it was not possible to get drink service at the tables. On... More

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Miller Place, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Cool interior and an extensive beer menu with yummy strong mixed drinks, too. Menu is not exactly healthy but the grilled chicken sandwich was delicious. Waitress was friendly and very accommodating. Seated at picnic tables - kind of loud but to be expected for this type of venue.

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Rhinebeck, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Last night was my first time there. Apparently they just started with a new menu. It's nice when a restaurant identifies the food on it's menu as gluten free and vegan. It was also nice that they had a small selection of gluten-free beer. We were all pleased with our meals especially the burger. The free pizza with a beer... More

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NY
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107 reviews 107 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Eastham, Massachusetts
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59 reviews 59 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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