Start the new year with tickets to the Grammy winning Albany Symphony Orchestra! We’re giving away two tickets to the January 7 performance at the Palace Theatre + a $50 gift card for dinner at Capital Bistro, Public House 42, or Pearl Street Pub. Want to win? Respond to this email by December 20 at 5:00 PM and tell us why you’d love a night out in Downtown.
Happy holidays from the downtown Albany family to yours!
NYE AT: LA SERRE
Relax with a great meal and live music at LaSerre this New Year’s Eve. The Downtown restaurant will serve up a special holiday menu from 5:00 – 10:30 PM with live music by Fresh through 12:30 AM. View full menu. Call to make reservations.
14 Green Street | 518.463.6056
NYE AT: YONO’S & DP
Yono’s will offer three and eight course prix fixe menu options with seating from 5:00 – 11:00 PM. View menu details. DP An American Brasserie will be serving an a la carte menu (call for details). Live music all evening and champagne toast at midnight.
25 Chapel Street | 518.436.7747
NYE AT: HILTON ALBANY
Ring in 2017 with an Old Hollywood party at Hilton Albany starting at 7:00 PM. Music from The Refrigerators, Big Sky Country, and DJ Tony Platinvm. Multiple packages available that include open bar, dinner, and an 8×10 photo. Best hollywood couple wins tickets to next year’s NYE celebration. Learn more.
40 Lodge Street | 518.427.3038
NYE AT: PALACE THEATRE
Kick your evening off with a performance by Twiddleat the Palace Theatre. Show kicks off at 7:30 PM with guests Aqueous and Soule Monde. Tickets $39 advance, $44 day of. Their fresh multi-genre approach conjures up rock, jazz, and bluegrass, but above all, masterfully blends reggae and funk. Learn more.
19 Clinton Avenue | 518.465.3335
NYE AT: DAWN’S VICTORY SPORTS CAFE
Laugh it up while enjoying a great meal. Dawn’s Victory Sports Cafe will host Dinner & Comedy Show on New Year’s Eve. Dinner starts at 8:00 PM, show featuring Dee Watson, Shawn Gillie, B. Burgess, and Rich Williams starts at 9:30 PM. Tickets $25-$45. Champagne toast at midnight. Learn more.
10 Sheridan Avenue | 518.463.9113
NYE AT: CAPITAL REPERTORY THEATRE
Laugh it up at theREP to start of your New Year’s Eve. Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show returns with a 9:00 PM performance (doors at 8:30). Tickets $30-$35. Run time is 100 minutes. Laugh to a fresh mix of the best up-and-coming comedians, with TV credits from Comedy Central and beyond. Learn more.
111 N Pearl Street | 518.445.7469
NYE AT: THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN
Deck yourself out this NYE in sequined or glitter gowns, cocktail dresses, bow ties, jackets, pants, shoes and head to The Hollow Bar + Kitchen for the Glitterati Party. Event starts at 9:00 PM. Party in the front bar (free). Mirk and Stellar Young performing in the back bar (tickets $12-$15). Learn more.
79 N Pearl Street | 518.426.8550
NYE AT: PARISH PUBLIC HOUSE
Parish Public House will host Knot Dead New Year’s Eve party beginning at 9:00 PM. More than just a great show, this event is also the place to be for the Twiddle afterparty. It’s a night you will not want to miss. Learn more.
388 Broadway | 518.465.0444
NYE AT: CITY BEER HALL
City Beer Hall will host a New Year’s Eve dance party starting at 10:00 PM. Bring your best dance moves because the evening is complete with dance competition and prizes. Balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Free to attend. Learn more.
42 Howard Street | 518.449.2337
NYE AT: PEARL STREET PUB
It’s Pearl Street Pub’s first NYE Bash in their new location, and you can expect a lot of awesomeness. Party starts at 10:00 PM with two floors of party complete with DJ Reel and DJ Dread. Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. $5 cover. VIP tables available. Learn more.
Video | Wellington’s Mixes Up Holiday Cocktails and Mocktails
Staff at Wellington’s Albany joined us on Facebook Live to shake up the holidays with some cocktails and mocktails (non-alcoholic beverages). Missed the live event? No problem! You can watch the video on Facebook here or on YouTube here. Cheers!
Students Team Up to Fill Downtown Need
First-year business students at The College of Saint Rose recently presented their ideas for what Downtown needs. The proposals, part of the annual Fundamentals of Business Plans, ranged from a paintball facility to a book store. Learn more.
Fifth Tier Baking Studio Now Open
Downtown just got a little sweeter – and more savory. The Fifth Tier Baking Studio officially opened this week. Stop in the 54 Columbia Street location for scones, cookies, coffee, and much more. Learn more.
Garth Brooks to Perform at Times Union Center
The legendary country singer Garth Brooks will perform at the Times Union Center on March 11. All tickets are $65.73 and go on sale tomorrow (December 16) at 10:00 AM. Learn more.
A Few Bits About the Proposed Albany Skyway
One of the projects to pop up in the state’s Regional Economic Development Council funding announcements last week is the Albany Skyway, a linear park that would take over an off-ramp that currently connects Quay Street along the Albany riverfront to Clinton Ave downtown. Learn more.
Yono’s Ranked in Top 100 Restaurants
Yono’s has been named among OpenTable’s100 Best Restaurants in America. The award reflects the combined opinion of more than 10 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners. Learn more.
Albany Center Gallery Hiring
The Albany Center Gallery is hiring a part time gallery assistant. Duties include data entry, assist with volunteer and intern coordination, and outreach. Learn more.
Free Parking in Downtown
Heading Downtown for dinner, shopping, or an event? Did you know that free parking is available seven days a week? Whether in garages or on-street, here are your free parking options.