The Distillery. This is a great place to grab dinner at or drink some beers at the bar. Sports heaven with T.V.'s everywhere.
Fantastic Wings and chicken sandwiches. They have a great beer selection to choose from. I don't believe they ever brewed their own beer, but maybe they did in the 80's. Regardless, both locations are nice places to get lunch or dinner. I still love the bar on Mount Hope that has outdoor eating (both places do) as the whole bar is oak or pine. Take a look.
Dress Code: Casual. It's a bar.
Frontier Field. Go to a Red Wings (Minor league baseball AAA team) which is the farm team for the Minnesota Twins (used to be for the Baltimore Orioles and St Louis Cardinals when the team played at Silver Stadium). This is a state of the art field that was built for $35 million in 1999. On a nice summer evening, nothing beats watching some good baseball.
Small park, but is great to hang out and watch good sports. Holds about 11,000 people and serves some good beer (get a Rhorbachs) and food (get a Red Osier sandwich).
Across the way on the other side of Eastman Kodak the Rochester Rhinos play at Sahlens Stadium (which used to be called PaeTec, then Marine Auto Dodge stadium). The Rhinos are in a Premier or an A League which is a level below MLS.
Dress Code: Wear a baseball jersey!
Nazareth College has a permanent schedule of Friday and Saturday night theatre and music performances at its arts center on campus. The performances include choral singing groups, ballets, operas, dance companies, local versions of famous off-Broadway hits and solo performances by internationally known entertainers.
To see the current list of performances, see http://meetings.virtualtourist.com/calendarEntry-0-1-World----calendarEntry.html and look for Nazareth Arts Center. And you can also look at the college calendar on their website http://www.naz.edu/events/index.cfm
Johnny's was voted number one Irish Pub in Rochester for the third year (2004-2006).
If you have a need for a draught of Guiness Stout or a sip of Harp Ale then by all means stop into Johnnys. But this bar is a lot more than Irish alchohol. They have plenty of live entertainment: everything from bluegrass to confrontational to gaelic; some are overly loud and some will bring tears to your Irish eyes. They even have an open mic nite for those wanna-bes who think they can carry a tune in the shower.
Music begins at 8:00 PM Thursdays, 9:00 PM Friday and Saturday, unless otherwise indicated.
Drinking starts a lot earlier and ends a lot later. If you are not too boisterous, you are welcome to sing along to your favorite tunes.
The crowd is friendly at Johnny’s and like “Cheers” if you visit more than a few times, Johnny and his staff will probably call you by name and remember your drink of choice. The dress is casual but neat and clean (definitely not a "grunge" crowd).
The area is tucked away in a corner of the city that is on the verge of changing but has not gone bad yet. Parking is free in the well-lighted parking lot.
There has never been a cover charge but the bands do accept tips.
The RPO has been entertaining Rochesterians and tourists for over 80 years.
It is reknown for its standard of excellence, musical versatility and advancement of the arts in the area. It has received an ASCAP award and is internationally acclaimed for its adventurous programming.
Every year, 350000 people attend upto 140 concerts, music education programs and outreach activities in the community and nearby schools.
The organization has the orchestral events, the Pop concerts, Symphony 101 educational presentations; they play at local ballets and special community events/venues.
Ticket prices vary per event. Location changes per activity.
Many concerts are at the Eastman Theater, 60 Gibbs Street; or at Hochstein Hall, 50 North Plymouth Avenue; or Hale Auditorium in Roberts Weslyan College on Buffalo Road.
Out-of-Rochester venues include Finger Lakes College in Canandaigua and school concerts in Brockport and Webster.
See the website below for information.
Little Women, Grapes of Wrath, RagTime, Christmas Carol, Godspell, Great Expectations.
If it has been a Broadway hit or a great book that has been turned into a live stage play, then the BlackFriars have done it in Rochester. Almost 60 years of theatre.
Every performance is only $20. Performances start at 7-8pm and end by 11pm. So you can take in the theatre after you finish a fine dinner at a nice restaurant in the downtown Rochester area.
The venue has 200 seats in rows of 16 with each row one foot about the row in front so that everyone can see the stage. To get to the theatre you have to climb one flight of stairs.
see the website for ticket sales and performance schedules.
from the ads:
"The Downstairs Cabaret Theatre is a live, professional, not-for-profit (501-c-3) theatre; producing musicals, comedies, dramas, new works, and cabaret artists in a year-round, repertory schedule". In other words, they provide a stage for new actors and producers and writers to work on their crafts, while the audience gets to see some fairly well done but completely unfamous stageshows.
Shows are given at 5pm, 7pm or 8pm depending on the needs of the performance and the day of the week. Cost is $10-$30 dependng on seating and time/date.
In the local papers, there are often special offers/coupons of dinner-and-theatre that feature local restaurants and the Downstairs Cabaret. So you could make a whole evening of it.
Geva Theatre has been an educational and cultural center for Rochester for over 35 years.
By providing affordable live theatre experience for the community they have been able to cultivate a growing interest in the arts and also nuture new artists so that the culture can continue to grow.
Ticket prices range from $15 to $40 depending on the performance and seating location.
Next to the theatre is the Geva Cafe where you can begin and/or end your evening. Wraps, finger foods and full meals can be order in the casual environment. Or you can have a calming drink before the event or a final nightcap.
See the website below for the complete schedule of this years performances. Most begin at 8pm and end by 10:30pm.
Named after Nathaniel Rochester, the bar/grill is trying to become a premier night spot for downtown Rochester.
The interior is comfy and friendly. The bar area is noisy on Friday and Saturday. The dining area is separated so that the bar noise doesn't disturb your meal. The menu is mostly finger foods and salads but you can get a sirloin steak or chicken french if you wish. Most of the clientel are here for a quick bite of a sandwich and then join the excitement in the bar area.
The bar area also has a fine TV environment where special boxing or hockey or baseball or football events can be viewed.
The service is a bit slow on busy nights and the place fills up in the bar area early in the evening. The crowd is mostly yuppies from the upscale parts of Rochester. Shirt with collar and long pants are typical dress.
Lux is more of a bar then a nighclub... the best part about it for me, is that it's DOG FRIENDLY! so pepole can bring their pups and let them run around and play. Inside is funky and very lounge-ie... there's a pool table in the back and out the back door there are a ton of picnic tables, and a chiminea for the chilly nights and a bar b que too.. not sure if you can use it, but I THINK so...
they have theme nights too... it's my new favorite spot!
Dress Code: as casual or fancy as you want to be... it's totally chill. i wore jeans and a dress.
Opened in April of 1998, the Dinosaur Bar B Que in Rochester, NY occupies what used to be the Lehigh Valley Train Station in the heart of downtown Rochester (at 99 Court Street). Overlooking the Genesee River, the second Dinosaur Bar-B-Que has taken on its own unique personality, while offering the same great Dinosaur grub and passion for blues.
During this time, the Rochester Dinosaur has attracted a large number of supporters who swear by the authenticity of the place. The Rochester Dino-BBQ looks forward to lots of fun, blues, great food, and continued success in the future.
99 Court Street
Rochester, NY 14604
Catering: 585-325-9127 firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday – Thursday 11:00 am to Midnight
Friday & Saturday – 11:00 am to 1:00 am
Sunday - Noon to 10:00 pm for Dinner
Live Music Mon – Sat Night
Dress Code: very casual...the place is run by bikers.
(The original page is in the Charlotte page but more people will see it here.)
Live Bands every night (three or more nightly), since the 1970's.
Mostly local talent but with a few headliners thrown in to keep people coming back.
The venue has changed over the years: started as a place to do what is now known as karaoke and local wanna-bes; then there was a period of family oriented bands; now it is kickin' groups for the early twenties crowd.
They have a forty-foot bar (so get your I.D. handy 'cause they WILL check). Great stage and lighting and sound system (where are my ear plugs?). They have large monitors so you can see everthing from anywhere in the place.
Dress Code: Casual to grunge
If your ever in Rochester you should swing down to this area. There is prob about ten bars at this intersection. If one bar doesn't have what your looking for the next one will. The cost of drinks is average for this area. depending on where you are. Your sure to have a good time and maybe see a little drama on the streets.
Dress Code: dress as you are... shirts and shoes required
This is a college aged bunch. Live music upstairs on the weekends and Rap and pop downstairs. Some dancing. Very crowded and hot in the summer.
Dress Code: Casual for men, no gym clothes. Women tend to dress up a little more but jeans are fine.
It's a College-crowd bar, so if you don't like Jocks and Betties, don't go there. But, Wednesday nights they have $2 drafts. Check with them to see if they changed that, or whatever.
Dress Code: Most of the people there dress kind of preppy. But, really, it's casual. I used to go wearing shorts and Tevas and never had any problems.