City Beer Hall | Albany, New York
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City Beer Hall
Excellent based on 11 ratings
Type: Bar

42 Howard St
Albany, New York United States 12208 [ print map ]
518 449 BEER

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Hours: Tue-Fri 11:00 AM-close; Sat 4:00 PM-close


Mayor: UDBeernut (1) | Taps: 16 | Bottles: 50+


City Beer Hall

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Beer Available At City Beer Hall (arranged by most recent)
Bells Two Hearted Ale 100, Jackís Abby Hoponius Union 98, Stone Enjoy By IPA 100
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11 reviews for City Beer Hall
 Ambiance  89%
 Service  81%
 Selection  82%
 Food  78%
 Value  74%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  88%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976  (33) Albany, New York | July 9, 2014
CBH is fun to visit once in a while, but only if you go at the exact right time. Usually, it is extremely crowded in here, especially if youíre dumb enough to go right before or right after an event at the Times Union Center.

Thereís three floors: The main floor is a pretty typical bar/restaurant. The second floor only opens late at night and has a western/saloon theme to it and the bar only pours liquor. Thereís a "speakeasy" in the basement which lives up to its name. You have to call ahead, make a reservation, dress up and hope they let you in. That floor should have its own separate entry on ratebeer.

Even though the bar itself is pretty standard, the food menu is off-best, hipster-ish gastropub fare. Yeah you can get a burger or pulled pork, but itís high quality stuff and youíll pay a premium for it. Whatís nice is that for every draft beer you order you get a ticket for a free flatbread pizza. You go in the back and tell them how many and they make it while you wait (sometimes thereís already pies ready). Fold it in half and you basically have a pizza quesadilla. They also do "wild game" beer dinners, which are always top notch. Iíve been to 3 or 4 of them and theyíve always been amazing.

Beer menu is solid. Youíll see low-end stuff like Brooklyn or Sam Adams, and kinda high end stuff like Southern Tier or Evil twin or Ommegang. All drafts come in a variety of pour sizes and theyíll do growler fills on anything. Bartenders are usually pretty nice, but if itís busy expect to wait forever. Bouncers are scary-looking.

This is a fun place to go with a group if you can find that specific window when itís not too busy and thereís not bingo or trivia going on. Beer is priced accordingly, but food can be expensive. Expect to spend $20 per person per visit.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222  (32) East Greenbush, New York | May 21, 2014
This is a great bar in an old building. Has a good sized patio for being in the city as well. Solid tap list, not a ton of taps but they always have solid beers on tap and several local NY options. The little flatbread pizza you get with each beer is a nice touch as well. Could make a meal of it if you had a few, or they have a full menu. Worth going to for sure.
80
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
mfp13jr  (39) Glenville, New York | April 4, 2014
Love the ambiance, wood wood wood, with a fireplace, as well as an outside area, surrounded by some of the larger buildings in Albany. Rotating beers with a pretty decent selection (sorry, Iíll never forget that damn Utica Club). Service is always friendly and the food is good. Prices are around average, but the biggest draw to me are the special events, like Barrel Aged night!
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert  (60) Syracuse, New York | February 25, 2014
They have GOOD beers, and in several different sizes (from half-pints to big growlers); although their selection isnít exhaustive, but it rotates often with lots of good options and different styles. You also get a ticket for a personal flatbread pizza with every beer, which is both a great bargain and a great promotion. (Thereís no way I could eat as many pizzas as I have beers.) The brunch is also really good (I love the chicken and waffles).
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Gueuzedude82  (13) Colorado | October 1, 2012
Heard there was a 2 story craft beer bar in Albanywith a mechanical bull, so naturally I had to experience this place. Good knowledgeable and friendly staff, and a really nice space too. The menu was very solid and seemed to have a lot of seasonal and special release rotation. I was able to enjoy a bottle of Goose Island Juliet and take a couple of them with me too.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
AleWife725  (66) Albany, New York | July 4, 2012
Great setup with something for everyone- long wooden tables, big wooden bar, beautiful patio, and upstairs an additional bar and mechanical bull! Wonderfully friendly staff and management, who allow us to host our brew club meetings upstairs. Samplers are a great deal, and so is free pizza with every pint!
74
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones  (308) Buffalo, New York | June 26, 2012
nice bottle list, pretty good draft, the crossroads IPA ws very nice. Trying to appeal to too many crowds> beautiful building, amazing outdoor patio, shitting club music, ten frat guys snorting vodka off of the bar. If you want to be a great beer bar, which it defiantely can be, be it. Loose all the frat party bullshit. From what i can tell they are making a lot of $$$$, so what do i know
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere  (450) Ottawa, Ontario | May 6, 2012
A super coll bar, in an early 1900s setting, communal seating, free cheese pizza with every pint bought, nice and affordable upscale pub menu, good beer selection, friendly service...a must in Albany.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
UDBeernut  (138) Moving to Jax, Florida | February 29, 2012
Given a flyer for this place while at Pearlpalooza waiting for Mutemath. Was going to go the Pump Station after wards but it peeked our interest. This place is fucking hardcore. 16 amazing beers on tap: Green Flash IPA, 60 Minute, Laugunitas IPA, Ommegang Abbey, Southern Tier 2X, Stone and Unibrue Blanche de Chambly, just to name a few. The Best Part: Free personal pizza with every pint. Turn in your tickets to the kitchen. Pizza is rather tasty too. Atmosphere is totally beer hall with picnic tables to sit in either inside or out. Lots of room. Nice out door padio. Cheerful crowd. Alternative music is blasting on the sound system.... awesome. Growlers to go available too
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 17/20
jmulv  (24) New York, New York | February 22, 2012
This bar is awesome. Great selection of all sorts of beers. Nice ambience with an outdoor deck, open area downstairs, and another bar and mechanical bull upstairs. Beers can be a bit pricey, but you get a free personal pizza with each beer. Overall, this a great spot.

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