Daniel Jack's: Dirty, dirty games
Daniel Jack's was pretty dead the night we were there, but it was sort of nice to get away from some of the louder clubs in the Armory Square area. It didn't take long for Gina and Kim to take their drinks to the far end of the bar and start playing dirty games on this machine. If you know what I'm talking about right now, you're a sick puppy.
Landmark Theater [formerly Loews State]: Classic Movie Theaters in Downtown Syracuse
The original Loew's State movie theater was taken over and restored in 1977 as the Landmark Theatre.
The picture is of the RKO Keith Theater, which is no longer extant alas!
Awful Al's Whiskey & Cigar Bar
When Awful's opened a few years ago, it seemed odd to focus on a small niche market of cigar smokers. However, since New York passed a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, this bar has realized a huge advantage over the competition... this is the only bar in the county where customers can smoke indoors. Because the bar was established prior to the no-smoking law going into effect, and because they receive more than 10% of their income from cigar sales, this bar can legally allow smoking. In fact, more than 25% of their profits are from selling tobacco products. But don't be fooled... $40,000 worth of ventilation systems keeps the air relatively clear. The sign above the bar reads "Just bring an honest face."
This bar has the largest selection of liquors I have ever seen. Behind the bar is a wall of alcohol so big, there are sliding ladders to allow the staff to reach the upper shelves. During my visit, I had rum & coke... with Venezuelan spiced rum called Pampero Anniversario.
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The Blue Tusk
The Blue Tusk is a popular spot in the heart of Armory Square. With 69 beers on tap, you are sure to find something you like. I enjoyed a few varieties of local Middle Ages Brewery beer such as the Porter and an amber ($4 per pint). I ended my stay here with a very fresh Belgian Hoegarden beer... mmmmmm!
For food, the Blue Tusk offers a unique array of "eclectic" food such as the buffalo sandwich on focaccia bread, as well as other paninis and wraps. Don't expect much of the usual pub fare here! Sandwiches are about $7.50.
The clientèle seemed to be mostly University students the night I visited. Many were reading or studying while others were involved in deep conversations about the meaning of life or some other important subject.
The bar staff was very friendly and helpful. Not only do they offer tips on their food and beers, but they were happy to offer me a few samples and even give me advice on other bars in the area!
Dress Code: casual
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Darwin's: Head to the Hill
You could, believe it or not, spend a night in Syracuse outside of the Armory Square district. Head up to "the Hill" on the campus of Syracuse University and you'll find a small stretch of bars and restaurants. Feagan's is probably the most popular bar with a good beer selection and a big crowd. Darwin's, just across the street, has a good beer selection with around 10 beers on tap and pool tables to boot. The night I was here, there was a $3 cover charge.
Ambrosia . . .: A few other downtown spots
Some of the other cool places in the Armory Square district are The Blue Tusk, a nice drinking bar with a laid back but often over-crowded atmosphere, PJ Dorsey's featuring a big dance floor and always a young crowd and Ambrosia, another place with good music and plenty of liquid libations.
Teddy's: I'm in college again . . .
Oh my goodness. I'm getting too old for this. This place was like a bunch of parties I went to as an undergrad. People of a certain age and both sexes cramped into a small space most drinking cheap beer and doing cheap shots. Hey, you might enjoy it. The music is very mainstream and dance-able and the crowd is willing to mingle.
OHM: New York City style lounge
OHM is definitely working hard to look like a hip, New York style lounge. Techno thumping, brown leather couches and slick looking people conspire to push the hipness down your throat faster than the drinks they sell from the bar. It's a little too loud in spots to have a decent conversation, but it's worth a look just for the atmosphere.
Blue Tusk: Excellent beer, wonderful food!
The Blue Tusk has become THE spot in Armory Square. They have excellent beers on tap and in bottles, a large selection of wine, and an extensive menu.
Try their Prosciutto & Brie quesadilla.
Definitely try this out - it's a great meeting place - either for drinks after work, or to meet new friends.
Dress Code: Mostly business casual - you'll find an occasional person in shorts and a t-shirt, but mostly it's a little more dressy than that - and you'll often find people much more dressed up. A lot of people will come in for happy hour after work, so you'll see a lot of suits, etc.
Happy Endings Dessert and Coffee Bar: great entertainment & it can keep you up all night
This is a no-frills place that continues to pack peope in. They serve every kind of coffee and tea concoction that you can dream up from Chai to white hot chocolate -- and if they don't have it listed on their big chalkboard already, they'll probaby make it up for you if you tell them what you want. Better than all this, though, is the huge glass case of homemade desserts such as cheesecakes, triple level cakes, pies and other stuff. You can also get regular food like soups and sandwiches. Once you get your food/drink, have a seat in one of the mis-matched overstuffed chairs. If you're lucky, you'll hit a night that has live entertainment, athough if there's a live band, you might have trouble getting seating!! It's a popular place.
Dress Code: Wear what you want! There's no dress code.
Armory Square is a historic district in downtown Syracuse that has been revitalized and is hugely popular. It is full of nice restaurants and great bars like the Blue Tusk and Awful Al's.
I began my visit at The Blue Tusk, then went to Awful Al's which were the best two bars I found in this area. I made my next stop at Murphy's Irish pub (which had $3 Yeungling drafts, a live reggae band, and hippie chicks wearing wool rugs) and Dorsey's (very busy with a hip crowd even late in the night). Around closing time, I stumbled in the Clinton Street Pub and saw there were only 4 people here, so I headed back to my hotel.
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the square: Nightlife
As a old street runner myself in syracuse. Armory Square is the place to be for good times with friends. It is also a hot spot for local singles due to the fact it is a main hub for college life. Like I said I had some great times down there before I moved and got old..LOL
Dress Code: Anything..as long as you don't look like a BUM
Stracuse Stage: Where the theater comes alive!
Over the 32 years of its existence Syracuse Stage has developed into a major cultural player. The offerings include classic and modern plays as well as programs suitable for children. It is located near the university and downtown Syracuse. There is good parking nearby as well as good food at Phoebe's Restaurant across the street!
- Theater Travel
Armory Square district in downtown Syracuse: Armory Square
Historic Armory Square is located in the southwest part of downtown Syracuse. Galleries, shops, pubs, restaurants, clubs, and other attractions are located here. It is THE night life district in Syracuse.
Dress Code: Depends on where you go in Armory Square.
Armory Square: Hang out at Armory Square
Armory Square has been renovated over the last 10 years or so. There is a great selection of restaurants, pubs, and shops in that area now. It is well worth going to to check out. Everything is close together, so you can do pub-crawls if you want. Many restuarants and pubs have outdoor seating areas so you can people watch.
Dress Code: Lunch time is fairly casual. Dinner is a little more formal, but not overly so. Khakis and a nice top is fine -- or you can even get more formal if you want.
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