What a great little spot in the Armory Square area. We travel to Syracuse a few times a year to visit our kids at school. At this point, we have been to most of the places around town and rarely enjoy anything new or all that intriguing... Until last night! Invited to join some friends over at Al's, we had no idea what a treat was in store. The place is just charming. Like being in someboy's cosy living room. With a really long bar and lots of comfy leather seating, you just wanted to sit and soak up the atmosphere... And of course their extensive alcoholic offerings. All the bottles behind the bar are stored in a library type bookcase with a rolling ladder to obtain the less popular selections up towards the ceiling. Their collection is huge and really impressive. The bartenders really know their stuff and are more than happy to make suggestions. Their prices range from the reasonable to insane, perfect for any budget. We started our evening with a Manhattan that was well made and $8. We usually pay around $12 at most other places. We then moved onto "fancier" bourbon - sold as a shot...too "good" to waste in a manhattan or dilute over ice. Just FABULOUS! The 15 year Old Pappy Vanwinkle was $15.
They also have a light bar menu with daily fresh baked bread. We didn't eat anything, but everything looked good. If you check out their website, they show lots of pictures of the food and enviroment. And age wise, their were plenty of people in the 40-50 year old range and plenty of young college age guys (all well dressed and really well behaved).
So if you are looking for a fun place to spend some time in Syracuse and get great drinks... Al's just might be that place. We will be back!