Bombers Burrito Bar

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Bombers Burrito BarBombers Burrito Bar

Type: Bar, Eatery

258 Lark St
Albany, New York, 12210-1105
United States

(518) 463-9636 | map

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by slander:
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3.83/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Yes, with my coming and going on no specific schedule and me being tucked away in the conference room, I suppose that it could be difficult to remember that I'm there when I'm there. But every day, having them say, "Oh, we ordered lunch without you, we forgot that you were here". I mean, I'm getting like zero love here, not to mention I'm now loopy and lightheaded. That's about the time I start getting a hankerin' for a burrito, and then I think about it a lot, and I go and read the reviews again, and sing quietly the song of the pepper and rice (I whistle the high parts), and try to be productive best I can...

Not terribly far from the district. I got me a parking spot just up the road there. You can enter up or down, me being new here, I ventured downwards into the belly where the burritos happen. While mulling the menu counterside, I was quickly given the rules.
"You can't bring downstairs food upstairs, you can't bring upstairs food or drink downstairs".

"Where's the bar?"
"I can order food up there?"

Chuckled lightly at the sign reading "Please don't stare at us while we roll burritos. It's creepy", and ventured through the lower side room seating areas to upstairs. A dozen tables and booths with views of my car through the large front windows bordered with strung colored bulb holiday lighting. Through the cut in the wall to the bar area, smallish and kind of tight, a staircase up to I don't know where there. An "L" shaped wood bar with alternating lighter colored strips on the far wall seats a dozen and a few tables scattered about. Brick wall behind the bar with a shelf of wines on one side over the taps, a bunch of shelves of booze on the other side; Vodkas on one but tequilas running the long shelf (sadly, no Cuervo Family Reserva). Painted walls with a large Bombers logo, ceiling fans, recessed spot lighting and small candles on the bar and wall hooks. A single TV mounted above and a Margarita machine on the end of the bar. They do enormous 60 ounce margaritas in a large metal vessel with sparklers; thankfully it ain't my birthday.

20 taps on two towers of 10 each behind the bar. About 1/2 of them decent craft beers, nothing crazy (Brooklyn Brown, Harpoon UFO, Boulder Hazed & Infused, Sam Adams Winter & Cherry Wheat, Magic Hat #9, Saranac Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Blue Moon,) and then standard imports (Paulaner, Guinness, Bass, Smithwicks, Newcastle, Stella, Strongbow, Dos Equis) and macro noise. Cooler of bottles in the corner holds nothing of mention 'cept the Brooklyn Lager. I had the Brooklyn Brown, tasty, fresh, so much so that I gone had another.

My chicken burrito arrived timely, it was phat and very tasty, but luke warm. Woulda been very nice if the bitch were hot. Could have sent it back but I was loopy and lightheaded and terribly of the famished.

The place filled in nicely behind me so I know to get here in the early and not later if I want to sit. Food was absolutely solid and I was down with the Brown. Survived another day in Albany.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of thoglund
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of IckyT2012
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

If you don't try the Rasta fries... I don't understand why you came here

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Photo of MikeDL
4.45/5  rDev +29%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75



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Photo of Jlabs
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of American_Hawk
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Jeff_ODell
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jwarner518
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Typically don't go here for a beer but they usually have a few decent craft beers on tap. I tend to stick to the margaritas when here though, which are pretty good, served in a large mason jar. Food is pretty good although hit or miss and priced average.

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Photo of stevehagy
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of brentblack1
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Tpain518
1.84/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of MJSchools
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Troy518
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of NJBeer265
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of sirsteve42
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

A good bar for margaritas, not really for beer. The food is great (most of the time, it can be inconsistent) with huge burritos, and good wings and fries of different kinds. You get a huge margarita for free on your birthday.

The beer selection is lacking. Mostly macros, and the typical Mexican crap, with a few craft like options (Sam Adams is about as crafty as it gets). Beer prices weren't terrible, but I don't go here for beer. The service isn't always great- there never seems to be enough people on for the crowd that comes in on weekends.

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Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Bomber's is an Albany institution. It's one of those places everyone knows, everyone has been to and nobody really bothers going to very much. The food is cheap, faux-Mexican, that really isn't worth your time... though the wings and piggy fries are pretty good drunk food. Beer selection is pretty average at best, maybe 2-3 local craft options. They do have happy hour every day, with $3 pints, which makes it a decent option for the after work crowd. Overall, not really worth the trip if you're looking for good food and good beer.

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Photo of jDulcinea
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Fun place, but small. There is a takeout area downstairs and I got the impression that the burritos served in the dining area were pre-made for takeout.

Beer selection was fairly limited (Guinness, Smithwicks, Yuengling, Magic Hat, Sam Adams, etc.) but boasts 2 guest keg selections as a regular treat. Perhaps their specialty are Margaritas, they have some interesting concoctions listed, including a Prickly Pear margarita.

Was there on a Friday afternoon (shortly after lunch at the Schenectady location.) Staff was limited and service was a bit slow.

Overall: I would eat here again, but would try something other than the burritos... fish tacos could be a fun option. And be ready to wait for a table and spend an hour+ after being seated.

Do try: The sweet potato fries (yum!) and/or the Rasta Fries (loads of Rosemary!)

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Photo of kehustler14
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

As a college student in Albany, this is one of the more popular places to go. The beer selection is above average for a place like this - but not great. The main reason to go here is probably the free (with $20 purchase) huge birthday margarita. Combined with the biergarten, it definitly makes for a good birthday. Prices are OK, nothing great but nothing to avoid. Food is pretty good, good size portions, and the place has an overall "cool" atmosphere to be in. A place to visit for sure.

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Photo of fl0w
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Went on a recent trip to Albany, and was recommended Bombers by a friend as a great cheap place to get a bite.
Can't say anything about the beer, because I didn't even know there was a bar upstairs till I left, and I know that most of the stuff on the menu is OK at best, but the pulled pork burrito was fantastic. Wouldn't call it Mexican, if thats what your looking for, but it really was great pulled pork, and cheap! Going back up to Albany soon, and I'll be back for it.

Oh, and if you don't like loud annoying college kids, take your food to go. Trust me

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Photo of Avryle
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

Bombers has won the popular vote for, "Best Mexican Restauant in Albany." This speaks volumes about how bad of a selection of Mexican restaurants is available here. Its bad, though I will admit that you get incredibly large portions of really bad Tex-Mex for a pretty good price. Their one redeeming menu item: sweet potato fries.

On with the beer selection for which this review is truly about... There's nothing phenomenal here in comparision with a couple of other locations in town, but they usually do have Brooklyn, Magic Hat & something else moderately saucy, along with all the usual macro crap.

The atmosphere is nothing to get overly excited about. Located on Lark St., its smack dab in the middle of party-land and attracts a lot of the college kiddies considering the inexpensive/big portions combo. Its a great place to listen in on other tables loud conversations about 1. How drunk they were the other night and the stupid things they did. 2. How He's such an a-hole & She hopes she's not pregnant. 3. The going rates of illicit substances, or 4. All of the above.

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Photo of aerozeppl
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Let me just say bombers was much better when the LionHeart was above it. Now it is it's own bar with food downstairs. The food is cheap and the portions are a representative example of why Americans are fat. Basically if you want their stuff go to price chopper get some black beans rice and cheese and mix. The beers used to be better as well. They would have some saucy stuff. Now it is all Brooklyn and Magic Hat which is fine I guess. Better off going to El Marachi for Mexican around the corner on Washington and Lark.

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Photo of drseamus
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

I love the downstairs of Bombers. The food is pretty cheap for the amount and it's good tex-mex with no frills. All the people that work downstairs are cool. The upstairs is a different story. The bartenders are usually pretty cool, but the waitresses tend to be pretty bitchy and I always feel like I asking a lot to get some service. Their beer selection used to be good for the area, but other places around have improved their selection while Bomber's hasn't. It's usually wicked busy and it's standing room only upstairs and it's really not worth it.

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Bombers Burrito Bar in Albany, NY
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