The Parting Glass


17 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

40-42 Lake Avenue
Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866-2328
United States

(518) 583-1916 | map

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Parting Glass is a great not-so-little pub in Saratoga Springs. The front room has a nice and cozy feel to it and the palce just keeps on going and going.

The beer selection is pretty good. It used to be much, much better, but they cut back for some reason a few years back. You used to be able to choose from hundreds of bottles from around the world and they even had an around the world club with a beer passport. Nevertheless, there is still a good selection of local stuff.

The food is good, a step above typical pub fare. Come in some morning and try the traditional Irish breakfast.

Service has always been great. This place can be packed sometimes, especially when they haver a band on the weekends. If you can handle the crowds, come here on St Patty's day.

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Photo of cdsgus
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in for a lunch break this past Saturday afternoon with my wife while on a walking tour of Saratoga Springs.This was our first visit to this Irish Pub/Restaurant and we were pleasantly surprised to find a good selection of regional micros on tap.Real pints and reasonablypriced. Kevin the bartender was very helpful in making choices of brews to enjoy with a very tasty Angus burger with Irish Fries.Burger and fries were done to perfection!Definitely deserves a repeat visit on my next trip to town.

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Photo of rousee
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I gotta say I liked the vibe in this place. Just very relaxing and mellow. Lots of wood--somewhat standard irish pub feel to it. A little divey--but in a good way. I did try to go one other time and it was packed so I didnt stay but when I went last Friday 08-11-06 it was great.

As far as beers go, the selection was fairly standard. They did have Hacker-Pschorr hefeweisse and some beer from Adirondack brewing as far as selection of beers that arent quite as common. I tried the Adirondeck beer and it was like a stick of butter. I decided to have Yuengling since they dont have them in Boston and I didnt want anything too strong.

The bartender was friendly and attentive. We got some munchies like calamari and jalapeno poppers. They were decent. The pricing was reasonable. A nice bar. I will try to go back in a couple weeks when I am back in Saratoga again.

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Photo of lawrence76
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Some of the reviews here have mentioned that this place can get crowded during the summer (track/tourist season) and that is true, however popping into this place off-season, preferably in the afternoon, is almost a requisite for me when I am in town.

The atmosphere of the place is warm and relaxing....nice booths with tall backs, or regular tables are both available. The service is average and the food is slightly above average. Bear in mind that I have been living in Boston for 5 years so my judgement my be tainted somewhat; for Saratoga Springs, the food is quite good, and you wont find a better beer selection anywhere.

The tap selection is usually nice, but I have had some beers that tasted a bit old and perhaps had been sitting in the lines for a while...for some reason I always stick to the bottles. They have a decent selection of some american micros, and some belgians....although the last time I was there the corked belgian bottles were unavailable as they were locked up in the basement and no one there that day had a key! (this last fact inexplicably just makes the place more endearing to me!)

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Photo of hollicetales
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

this versatile little gem off the main strip in saratoga is a great place to bring larger groups because aside from the good thirty taps and a fairly large selection of bottles, there is also a good selection of different things to do....from the quieter dinner hall area with racing memorabila to the music hall that hosts some of the better celtic/folk bands in the area and the large bar/dart hall area, there's enough here to keep everyone happy, whether it be winter or the height of racing season. the food is excellent neo-irish pub fare. I highly recomend getting the sweet potato fries and the o'reilly sandwich a very interesting monte-cristo (battered bread) rueben....very delicious. service is usualyl average but be wary any bar during the height of racing season is going to be jammed packed and this one is no exception, but worth the crowd.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.93/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is a hoppin place during racing season and on weekends. Huge space, lots of parking, outdoor patio in season, 2 large bars and 3rd room for music shows, dining and dancing.
Over 30 taps with a good but could be better selection. 80+ bottles to choose from with a "Beer card" deal where you try new beers and rack up points for more free beer I think.
Outstanding reputation for good music and National / International Groups. Traditional Irish, Folk and Jazz ( Chuck Mangione has played there) .
Comfortable Irish pub feel with above avgerage food at decent prices.
If your in the Saratoga NY area, its worth the trip.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A great multi-room bar and pub with more choices of fun drinking atmospheres than one has a right to expect: a straight-ahead British/Irish style bar in the front, a dining area with stage for musical acts in the back, a big game room with darts and impressive bottled beer selection off the side and a batch of tables outdoors, both on the front stoop (cooler than it sounds) and under a patio in the rear.

A terrific selection of beer on tap and in bottle. I treated my companions to a round of Theakston's Old Peculier after the races one Saturday, and you'll probably find your own version of "my local doesn't carry this" among their choices. I bet a BA could get to 100 sooner or later, by only frequenting this establishment.

A word on atmosphere and service: my ratings are based on the evening after a big day at the track. The Parting Glass cannot possibly be this crowded and the service working this hard every day of the year. I also shouldn't comment too much on the fact that everybody seems to be having such a good time, since the rosy cheeks belie the day spent wagering and tippling among most of the probably-not-locals. Someone who knows the area better than me can attest to The Parting Glass' non-summer hours.

I cannot recommend this pub more to fans of Irish joints.

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The Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs, NY
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