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The City Beer Hall

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Gastropub, American, Bar, Pub
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42 Howard Street, Albany, NY 12207
+1 518-449-2337
11:00 - 01:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 01:00
Thu 11:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 04:00
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Albany, NY
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Despite it's communal dining area the Beer Hall is worth a try simply because the food is excellent and not your typical pub food by any stretch. The Lamb Kebobs I had were excellent and a a very generous portion. Meat was grilled to perfection with excellent sides. There are a few private tables, but as I said the food... More 

Thank bertie0184
Albany, New York
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Great place to meet up with people and enjoy some after work beverages and food. They provide a small pizza free of charge with your first beer. The food is very good and service is great.

Thank Milt S
Hamburg, New York
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We had a wonderful brunch. The food was very good. I had the best eggs benedict I have ever had. The brunch menu also included a cocktail. The staff was very friendly. Our server was excellent-very knowledgeable about the menu, very attentive. We were so pleased to see the new life given to this beautiful, historic building. Thank you for... More 

Thank Kevin S
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Really great food. They have an open table concept which is great if your just looking for something quick. Looks run down from the outside but is tastefully renovated inside. I loved how they kept the charm of the old building. They also have plenty of parking in a separate lot.

Thank Stephanie R
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Food was bland. Waitress staff is probably some of the worst I have ever had. They were super cordial and professional but the wait time and follow up was horrendous. The beer was over priced even by a "beer halls" standard and the mysterious bucket was just awful. Won't be going back. Very nice staff though.

Thank Leahcim F
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237 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We spent three nights in Albany, ate here the first night and came back for the third. We are a vegetarian couple and the vegetarian items on the menu were delicious. The corn, described as Mexican street food, had a wonderful sauce and was undoubtedly the best corn I've ever eaten, cooked to perfection. We enjoyed the falafel dish as... More 

Thank MargaretJay
Voorheesville, New York
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Although the building is historic and retains gorgeous interior woodwork and vintage style lighting, seating is on benches at long tables. Music was at a consistent volume - loud, on a Sunday evening. It seems the City Beer Hall hasn't decided if it wants to be a beer hall or a restaurant with creative cuisine. There are elements of both... More 

Thank Alan K
Troy, New York
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

A Gastropub close to the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, NY. Many interesting craft draft and bottled beers to choose from all across the US. Nice wine selection. Limited, but varied menu of upscale pub food. Community long bench seating at long tables (that seat 6-8). Located in an historic building with great interior atmosphere. Lively = moderate nosie... More 

Thank Dave_Q123
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

It seems the chef insists on messing around with everything. I had ribs, my wife had Columbian chicken. Everything on the plate was trying too hard to be unique. Along with my ribs was some "cooked" watermelon, yucky greens, and corn bread that was pan toasted and sort of tasted like grilled cheese. But the worst sin were the ribs.... More 

Thank Jack S
Albany, New York
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This place has a large selection of somewhat uncommon beers. Those I have had so far were good. The beer comes in many different sizes, so you can drink exactly as much as you like. The food is also good, but somewhat overpriced and the menu is limited (especially on weekdays). I ended up having a burger. The location is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Gastropub, American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 04:00
11:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Howard Street, Albany, NY 12207
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 518-449-2337

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?