The City Beer Hall

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The City Beer HallThe City Beer Hall
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The City Beer HallThe City Beer Hall

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

42 Howard St
Albany, New York, 12207-1608
United States

(518) 449-2337 | map

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Added by CharlieMurphy on 08-12-2011

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Photo of Jlabs
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Located right in downtown albany near the state buildings
CBH is a nice spot to grab a brew..selection is usually solid with a nice mix of styles on tap
Service at the bar was good, but even better when we sat down as the place was absolutely mobbed, yet our waitress/server was on top of things all night long!!(she got a great tip!)..crowd was a mixed bag to start, but as the evening wore on, it became more of a college bar and i felt like an old man there(im 43)

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Photo of rorjets
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in prior to attending the NCAA Woman's Basketball Tournament at the Times Union Center, just a block away. Despite the fact it was 11:45 on a Saturday the place was packed, with many basketball fans having a drink and perhaps a bite to eat before the game. The bartenders were attentive even though the bar was full. The printed out beer list at the bar made it easy to order, although with all the excellent choices it was a tough decision. Good selection of local brews; I went with a pint of Syracuse's Empire Brewing Co Particle City DIPA ($8). They do have a beer sampler for beers on tap; four 5 ounce drafts for $12. We wanted a snack but for some reason the 'bar bites' were limited when brunch is served. So I can't judge the food. Only stayed for one beer, but I would definitely return here if I visit Albany again.

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Photo of 0Nyxee
5/5  rDev +22.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of JustinPStewart
5/5  rDev +22.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Emjay911
1/5  rDev -75.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

My wife went there the other night with a friend of hers. They went in for some drinks and app's and found the kitchen was closed. Bartender said it was OK for her to leave her car in the lot across the street where their was also a sign for "free parking" Came back to the lot and the car was towed and the establishment closed early (10:30). Stranded in the bowels of hell and had to walk to Osborn's Garage and pay $135.00. Not even a Police Department tow. Release form said the caller was the City Beer Hall. Hoping the establishment will do the right thing and reimburse her. Her safety was put at risk by what this establishment did and I intend to seek restitution for the charge. They are so lucky that nothing happened to them..Update; refused to answer my FB or regular emails.

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Photo of GeoffreyM
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Kloud84
5/5  rDev +22.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Staff is approachable and great!

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3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of TBonez477
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Oneswtworld
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of American_Hawk
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.32/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

A: Located in a very nicely refurbished century old building in downtown Albany, the City Beer Hall is a unique place. Beer hall on the first floor, saloon on the second floor. The outdoor patio space is probably the best in Albany, right in the middle of downtown, you feel isolated and private. The only issue is the late night crowd kind of drags things down. I feel like this place could be the best beer bar and restaurant in town, but it won't give up the PBR cans and shots of Jack Daniels.

Q: An interesting place that isn't quite a beer bar, isn't quite a late night bar and isn't quite a fine dining restaurant. It accomplishes all of these tasks relatively well, but doesn't excel at any of them.

S: The service has generally been pretty poor in my experience. Granted, it's usually quite busy when I've gone. If you stay at a table and wait for a server, you could have an empty glass for easily 30 minutes. The bartenders are also relatively slow, don't seem very knowledgeable about beer and frequently get your order wrong. They were clearly hired for talents other than beer serving. They're always friendly and when they make a mistake (which is fairly often in my experience) they offer to fix it immediately and often make up for it with a free drink.

S: The beer selection is excellent for Albany, with lots of local draft options. The bottle list is also pretty deep although a bit expensive.

F: The food is really the star here. Yes, there's that free tortilla sized pizza you get with every beer. It's adequate drunk food. But the rest of the menu is excellent. The steak frites, the chicken and waffles and the burger were all excellent. Brunch is even better. Grilled cheese with jalapeno jam, fries and a beer for $11? Yes please. Some of the best food in town. Not to mention their monthly wild game and beer pairing dinners.

Overall, I really like the City Beer Hall. I want to love it, but the service and the vibe kills that. I feel like they really need to decide what they want to be. A beer hall? A gastropub? A late night hangout for hipsters, bros and rednecks to hang out together? Too many PBR swilling bros and overly drunk people. Even with the identity crisis, the place seems to be doing pretty well. As long as I can get great food and good beer when I pick my spots right, I guess I can't complain.

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The City Beer Hall in Albany, NY
Place rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 30 ratings