Last Chance Cafe

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4.05 w/ 4 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

602 Main St.
Tannersville, New York, 12485
United States

(518) 589-6424 | map

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Added by thestranger on 05-05-2005

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Reviews by Nutleybeer:
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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A truly unique spot. Right on the main strip in downtown Tannersville, about 2 miles from Hunter Mt. We were in the area for the Irish festival. If you are in the Catskills for skiing or a summer festivals, this is a cool place to stop.

Part restaurant, part beer bar, part cheese shop, part antique store, part candy store...all rolled into one. Pretty much any of the antiques and artifacts hanging up are for sale.

They have a beer menu, nothing on tap, all in bottles. There is no real bar area, so if you are going in, you'll need to sit at a table. A nice beer menu, plenty of Belgian styles...local selections include from Keegans, Ommegang and Cooperstown. Plenty of beers from Europe and Asia too.

The menu ranges, from sandwiches (I had an awesome Kanish-which, your selection of meat inside a split kanish with swiss and coleslaw) to noted, they also specialize in cheeses. For $14.95 you can do a cheese sampler from their listing of available types.

This is definately a unique places...on busy nights, the young staff will often look quite overworked...but everyone is very friendly. It is a touristy spot, selling tshirts and mugs...

Before you go, stop over at the candy counter...pick something up. They have bags of prepackaged/made candies like Maryjanes, wax bottles, etc, but also a nice selection of chocolates too.

Look forward to my next Hunter Mt trip and a stop here.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Anriques, cheese shop, candy shop, beer. OK. Large but cozy resturant that serves tasty comfort food. Pot pies, meatloaf, yum. Cheese plates are a nice treat too. Service is decent but sometimes it feels slow during peak times. Behind the bar lies the coolers filled with beer. Bottle selection is expansive but nothing I could not find at the local beer store. Germans, belgians, english, and American crafts are all well represented. Slight deduction for no tap beers. Glass wear is appropriate as needed. Prices are bit high but not outrageous.

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Photo of edchef1850
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a nice little spot on rte 23 heading to Hunter in the quiet village of Tannersville. No tap beers offered here, only bottles, this iis a cafe not a bar so theres really not much of a bar to sit at, just grab a table and order a nice belgian ale and some fondue. The foods a strong point of the last chance cheese shop, cheese being in great supply. Its got a nice cozy atmosphere, and the staff is the kind thats been working there for years so they know there menus back and forth. Worthstopping in if you feel like sitting down for a casual lunch and a nice bottled beer.

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Photo of slander
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Kathleen said, "There's this place in Tannersville you need to go to. They have a lot of beer, and cheeese". Well, that's about all the kind of prompting I need, but Tannersville ain't exactly on the way to anything, except maybe a beer festival up on Hunter Mountain that I seem to miss every year for one reason or another. When am I in Greene County, you know? No, I'd have to be coming from Albany with some time for such an excursion, uh huh, yep...
A long damn ways up the mountain, winding back and forth over that little river, waterfalls, steep grade, scenic overlooks, and a whole lot of very little, until you hit this strip with stores and restaurants and the like. I think it quickly drops off to very little again beyond this. Looking for some decent beer? This would be your last chance.
There's a whole lot going on here. It's like an antique shop/cafe/grocery combo with beer and cheese and stuff. To the left of the entrance is the store side, kind of, I suppose, maybe. Crazy candies, giant jaw breakers, huge lollipops, a good variety of black licroice, penny candies, bagged caramels, chews, taffys, toffees, chocolate covered pretzels, dried fruits, nuts, honeys, syrups, jams, preserves, imported wafers, biscuits, coffees, teas, a meat & cheese counter with homemade pies, strudels, brownies & cookies, and coolers behind the counter holding roughly 200 bottled beers (I'll get back to that).
The room holds a 4 seat bar with a "bottle caps under plexi" top. An espresso machine sits in the corner and booze on the shelf behind. 5 tables run the length of the room along the large front windows. Locks, hooks, and scales hang from the beam over the bar, and there are pieces everywhere otherwise. Wooden Indians, jugs, barrels, old skis & sleds, baskets, seltzer bottles, and old pictures. A seating area to the rear with about a half dozen tables and another 4 in a raised area along side of that. More old pictures (1903 Albany Medical College composite and a long narrow 1918 Camp Syracuse troop photo), paintings and a big wood stove.
A room on the end holds a dozen plus tables in a space that's 3 walls of windows, with musical instruments and flags dangling from the ceiling.
The beer list is broken out first by style (Our finest selection of Ales, Premium Lagers, Perfect Porters, Rich and Creamy Stouts, Distinctive Malt Liquors, Renowned Fruit Ales, Outstanding Weissbier, and N/A's), and then by country within each style. The listing headers contain brief descriptions of those styles. Of the 200 or so beers, 25 are Belgian, 31 English, 45 Germans, and about 40 American. The rest are a mix of the rest of the world. Mostly the usual suspects as regards the English, better on the Belgians, and a real good collection of Germans, not so much the Lagers but the Weissbiers, and some decent American micros, especially in the porters and stouts.
It had been a long day, from Cooperstown (read:Ommegang) to my Albany office, and then heading South. This was a good stop almost kind of along the way. I was more than content to sit at the bar and drink an Orval or two, before loading up on black licorice and heading down the mountain, back to the Thruway for a few more hours drive.

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