Belmar, The

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Type: Bar, Eatery

95 Main Street
Binghamton, New York, 13905
United States

(607) 724-5920 | map

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Added by JimFalzone on 12-31-2006

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by JimFalzone:
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4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Maybe it's college-town nostalgia, but this is probably my favorite bar on the planet.

Is it because of their beer selection? Not really, they have about 12 beers on tap that are very good but not outrageous. And there isn't much to talk about in terms of bottles.

Is it for the food? I'm not even sure if they still serve food. I think they literally used to warm up frozen pizzas and serve them on paper plates.

Is it the neighborhood and surrounding sights? Hell no! It's in a crappy part of town near the site of an adjacent bar that burned down and never was replaced.

The reason this place is great is its atmosphere. It is a 1940's / 1950's bar with very little remodeling. It feels like a time warp after you walk up the three steps from Main Street in Binghamton. (And not in that tacky, manufactured T.G.I.Fridays sort of way.) It's real aged wood, with black & red vinyl, and well worn furnishings.

The "regulars" include working class folks, college kids, and occasional professionals. At night, you will find punk rockers, strippers, more college kids, and neighborhood folks of all ages mingling happily together.

I credit this harmony to their amazingly diverse juke box (The Smiths, James Brown, Paul Simon, Chieftains, Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra, etc...) And their extremely reasonable beer prices. A pitcher of perfectly poured Guiness costs a mere $9.00. I think all pitchers are under $10.00 and serve 3 - 4 pints.

So I probably wouldn't take my mother here. But if you are in the mood for great people watching, great music, and insanely cheap (high quality) beer. Look no further...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of John_Beeryman
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jmasc
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of BillKuhnel
1/5  rDev -73.3%

Photo of psark
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

A bar-lovers bar with an increasingly good tap list. Most people are there to get drunk by drinking cheap beer, but the owner always gives a nod to craft beer lovers by devoting about 75% of his 16 taps to good beer. Recently put Ommegang Abbey Ale on tap for $4.50/pint. Try to beat that.

Colorful patrons of all types with the only common thread being the love of good craic.

Inexpensive beer. Fun atmosphere. Good jukebox. The place also sells more Jameson Irish Whiskey per capita than just about any bar anywhere.

A dive, but one of those dives that fits like an old shoe.

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Photo of asabreed
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A pretty cool bar in Binghamton, which, as far as craft and microbrews go, isn't easy to find.

I like the feel of this place. Christmas lights surrounding the bar, which has an oval or circular feel to it. It's slightly darker than a lot of bars, which is also nice.

I was drinking Anchor Steam that night with the crew of folks I was with, and two pitchers totaled about $22, which to me, is certainly "a bit pricey" or beyond, especially in a town which is highly economically depressed. No, I don't expect to pay, but around $8 seems more reasonable to me. But if you go out to bars a lot around here, you find that many may not be as cheap as they should be or that you might think they are.

Overall, though, it's a cool place, a dive that's cleaner than a lot of dives, and has a nice atmosphere with a crowd that comprises many locals and many college students. The selection's good, and I hope to try some more brews in the future. The selection won't blow your mind, but there's enough to keep someone who looks to try some new stuff or the beer geek happy enough.

I'm too far away to be frequenting this place all the time, but I'm sure I'll be going back plenty of times in the future.

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Photo of slander
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Last week in Binghamton, for now, anyway. I haven't really taken the time to explore these cities three as the commute's been dragging on me, but I get a beer here and there when I can. It just dawned on me that the Main Street that The Belmar's on is the same Main Street that runs right at the end of the road my Binghamton district's at. It's true, you pull out of the yard, hang a right under the train trestle and go up the little hill, it ends right there at Main Street next to the jiffy lube...

Pretty easy to find, it's the stand alone bar with the big old theatre like "Belmar" sign out front. I don't know what to say except "Scare E", with a capital "Oh my god". For starters, I parked in the big open lot next door and to get in, I had to wade through the dozen plus, um... I don't know how to... um... piece packin' playas, maybe, just standing around all suspiciouslike out front. At the time, I thought they might be choosing teams for the Greater Binghamton inter-ghetto wiffleball tournament, but now I'm not sure. As I sat inside, random people went outside and walked some 20 feet out so they could check their cars and then would turn and come back in. It was not very subtle and I played too. The door guy came out a few times and tried to shoo them away, and they would just stir like bees and move around some, but not really go anywhere. Okay, so inside, felons and fratboys, and me (both). A 14 seat slight crescent bar with an 8 tap tower sits off to the right mid way through, and another 8 tap tower in the center of the barback with tiered booze to both sides and mounted TV's above. A cushiony thing running above the bar looks like something you'd sit on; I really don't know what that's about. It's lined with shamrock lighting and colored Xmas lights. Stained wood slat floors and walls, pub signage, macro mirrors (ouch), and a Red Bull cocktail poster (ouch ouch). 2 booths past the bar to the rear, 3 bar tables on one side up front, a single low table in the front window on the other side, and a bar counter adjacent to the bar.

So, 16 taps total, at least ½ of them American micros (Anchor Steam & Liberty Ale, Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Brooklyn Brown Ale & Lager, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Abita Turbo Dog), and then I don't know what to call them these days (Blue Moon, Yuengling... micros? craft? macros?), blah imports (Guiness, Smithwicks, Moosehead... they still make Moosehead?), and macros (Coors Light, Coors). Also nearly a dozen and a half bottles; all macros, cider and red bullalicious. I had a pint of the Brooklyn Brown Ale, which was surprisingly fresh and clean, just 'cause I didn't think it was going be that way. Mostly a young, loud crowd in groups at the tables woofing wings (they make a lot of goddamn hot wings here), and dodgy shifty edgy angry types at the bar. I finished my beer, and got a score for the ballgame, I think I'm just going to move on (if my car's still there).

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Photo of jemoryl
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Glad this has appeared on the BA. Been going here for a few years mainly for the jukebox and vibe. A mix of old guys just out of the county jail and SUNY arts grad students. They have always had a decent beer or two on tap (e.g. SN Pale Ale) but have added a few more recently (e.g. Anchor Porter, Wolaver Organic stout) so I would now say this place is actually of interest to the beer lover too. Mind you, the choices are still pretty limited, but in a beer wasteland like Binghamton this is the best you can do next to the Ale House. Cheap too. And the bar tenders can be friendly and easy on the eye.

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Belmar, The in Binghamton, NY
3.75 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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