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Nail Creek Pub

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
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720 Varick St, Utica, NY 13502-4043
+1 315-793-7593
11:30 am - 2:30 am
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 am
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Lowville, New York
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While in Utica to see Riverdance at the Stanley Theater, our group decided to make it an Irish themed night and ended up at the Nail Creek Pub. This was definitely out of the norm for this group of teachers. We were pleasantly surprised at how welcomed we felt upon entering this establishment. We were clearly not the normal patrons... More 

Thank Sandra L
Carthage, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

So so. Food was cold and not what we expected. Poutine was not authentic. The cheese curd wasn't even melted and was too minimal to qualify as a main component.

Thank jchis123
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

This little hide-a-way offers a warm, Inviting ambiance with great beer selections. The menu is limited but offers unique options with a local twist. No matter what you choose it will satisfy your taste buds. If you want a taste of Utica, give this place a try.

Thank Travel-in-excess58
Newport, New York
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2017 via mobile

Good selection of draught beer. Limited menu, but very good quality. The four of us had different selections, each were very good. I'm glad we stopped there.

Thank G B
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2017 via mobile

So we needed to stop and eat before "the big storm" hit, or be left facing mini mart nuts and crackers. The reviews are great- #7 of 148 for local bar food? Sign me up. So I was a bit surprised that there were 4 menu items I would consider real food - plus a couple of special (a panini,... More 

Thank CJF53713
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

Best beers on draft, AMAZING food. Always local, delicious dishes. I had cream of roasted pepper and coconut soup last week YUM. Deck is always great in the summer, and Sunday brunch is always a must.

Thank Ericaahlynn
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

Also creative and delicious pub food. You just can't go wrong here. Always a side variety of beers available and not beers you will find on tap anywhere else near by. Food is fantastic and wait staff is the best.

1 Thank Tims1261
Newport News
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

Good selection of craft beer and imaginative menu. Friendly crowd and staff. Glad we stopped in. I had the flatbread of the day, with Parmesan, garlic and a fried egg on top. My companion had the Southern Mistress, a take on the classic Reuben, with smoked chicken, home fermented kraut and thousand island dressing. Both were good and hearty. Side... More 

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Albany, New York
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016

Went out to the museum on a blustery November Saturday. Had heard of this spot from my wife's manager, him being a Utica native. Was not disappointed. A great vibe upon entering with some mellow 70's style light rock on the sound system. The bartender immediately stuck up a conversation, (we're bar, not table) kind of people. A good array... More 

Thank john k
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

Small beer pub tucked away in the Utica brewery district. About a dozen different craft beers on tap, lots of bottled beers, but done are thier own. Pub food is very good, with lots of good choices for matching with your beer of choice. Wait staff was very friendly , nice stop if you are in the nieghborhood.

Thank Mjacks 1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $15
American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene
Open Hours
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 720 Varick St, Utica, NY 13502-4043
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Utica
  • Phone Number: +1 315-793-7593
Hello and welcome to Nail Creek Pub & Brewery. We opened our doors in March of 2008 with the intent of bringing craft beer to the Mohawk Valley. At that time, most people said that the areas citizens didn't want craft beer. They told us that nobody would buy it. Luckily we proved them wrong! Its been a fun ride and only getting better. Although we are mostly known for our large beer selection, we take out food VERY seriously. Our menu has evolved over the years from basic pub food to a perfect mix of comfort and contemporary foods. We decided to go with a smaller menu that we could perfect and keep absolutely fresh. If you haven't had our burger you are in for surprise. We use locally pastured grass fed beef and Utica Bread Brioche to deliver the freshest and highest quality burger possible. Be sure to check out our mussels and frittes available Thursday night through Saturday. The Prince Edward Island Mussels are steamed and served in a white wine, garlic, butter sauce. They are served with grilled bread, frites and two homemade aoili's. On Wednesday nights we offer a gourmet dinner. The weekly dish is always a surprise! Regular Menu also available. Every Sunday we offer Utica's best brunch. Our brunch menu is ever evolving and will always excite and please. Sunday's in Utica are alive and well, and we would be honored to have you spend yours with us.

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