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Address: 48 Main St, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-1708
Phone Number: 5183545441
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 am

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Soon much better than before!

What can I say, missed a show I really wanted see but went to another just for the heck of it and loved it. The new owners revamped in a great way. Most importantly, a lot of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2016
Anthony68
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St. Barths. French West Indies
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Vancouver, Canada
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My sister and I went in on a Sunday night as it was closing, but Kiki (the owner) kept it open for us and played great music. More people came and it became a party. What more can I say? Thanks, Kiki!

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St. Barths. French West Indies
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

What can I say, missed a show I really wanted see but went to another just for the heck of it and loved it. The new owners revamped in a great way. Most importantly, a lot of sound dampening was put in to improve what was previously the worst acoustics you could imagine. Soon much better! Also the outdoor spaces... More 

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Thank Anthony68
Adirondacks, New York
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199 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 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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3 Thank KylersKL
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45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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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180 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 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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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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Sedona, Arizona
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24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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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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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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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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