If you're looking for a great spot to enjoy craft beer in Saratoga Springs, then this list is for you.
The craft beer movement is still on the rise and it’s a movement we’re happy to be on board with. In this day and age, where you can choose your brew based on your favorite flavor profile and/or the weather outside, who wants to opt for something boring? Not us, that’s for sure.
Lucky for you, we’ve taken the time to investigate and round-up the best spots for that perfectly poured pint of crafty goodness. Oh, no worries, it was our pleasure!
HENRY STREET TAPROOM
Calling all craft beer lovers, this is your home away from home, and definitely one our our go-to spots. Despite its laid-back vibe, Henry Street does not mess around when it comes to beer. Here you’ll find 16 ever-changing taps flowing with the best brews from around the world. And if you can’t find something to tickle your fancy or your hipster mustache on the draft list, they also have a kickass selection of cans and bottles to choose from.
Not sure what you want to get into? Ask for a recommendation. The staff at Henry Street all go through the Cicerone training, so they know what they’re talking about. Oh, we should also mention that this is one of our favorite places to eat in Saratoga.
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, Mon – Thu
4:00 pm – 2:00 am, Fri
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, Sat
10:00 am – 12:00 am, Sun
86 Henry St, Saratoga Springs, NY
Do not underestimate this small craft beer shop. The 12 constantly rotating taps offer everything from the hoppiest New England and American IPAs, to the spiciest of Saisons. They also have a cooler full of great cans that you can enjoy there or take for the road.
We love to grab a brew and a spot outside to people watch. They are right on Broadway. Just be sure to note that there are only a few spots out there, so you’ll want to go early.
489 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, Mon – Sat
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Sun
THE LOCAL PUB & TEAHOUSE
The name says it all – you won’t find another bar in town quite like this one. There’s a reason it can be hard to find a barstool on any given night and it ain’t the ‘poutine’ fries (although they’re fantastic).
The Local remains a favorite by Saratogians for its cozy neighborhood feel, unique and constantly changing craft lineup (always with the classics on tap), and a pub menu taken just as seriously as the beer. Speaking of the menu, they are one of the few spots doing late night food in Saratoga (until 11:30 pm on the weekend).
11:30 am – 12:00 am, Mon – Fri
9:30 am – 12:00 am, Sat & Sun
142 Grand Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY
Where 90’s babies commence to share their love for Hey Arnold, Are you Afraid of the Dark, and Sloop Brewing’s Juice Bomb, this arcade / biergarten summer hot spot has a lot to offer in the craft brew department. With over 20 selections on draft, ranging from trendy local IPAs to some summer sours, and ciders, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy on their oversized patio. Speaking of which, who want to meet up for some Cornhole?
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Tue – Thu
4:00 pm – 2:00 am, Fri & Sat
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Sun
17 Maple Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY
This chill, classic rock inspired Korean BBQ restaurant, always has a solid craft beer list. With weekly craft beer events (Tipsy Tuesday, Thursday Burger and a Beer, etc.) that pair perfectly with the cuisine, it’s easy to see why local hop-heads congregate here. The charming arts district location also houses some talented musical artists every weekend, and with a blown up image of Led Zeppelin and a montage of vintage record album artwork, you know they’ve got good taste.
4:30 pm – 11:00 pm, Tue – Thu
4:30 pm – 12:00 am, Fri & Sat
78 Beekman St, Saratoga Springs, NY
Another off Broadway spot for all you craft beer lovers is the Barrelhouse. They’ve got 20 plus taps, which always include some top craft beers and great local options, as well as some basics for those of you who aren’t always looking for that delicious crafty pint.
The Barrelhouse also has a pretty cool and secluded patio out back and some seriously good eats, with a focus on sandwiches, sausages, burgers and smoked meats… all either made in house or sourced from top local purveyors.
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, Mon – Sat
68 Beekman St, Saratoga Springs, NY
SARATOGA CITY TAVERN
When it comes to craft beer in Saratoga, the City Tavern definitely has the most options on draft. With over 100 draft lines in the building, they will certainly have something to please your palate.
If the beer lineup isn’t enough, the Tavern boasts 5 floors of fun, each with their own uniquely bizarre and charming appeal, including the only true rooftop bar in town (for now anyway). Just be prepared, this Caroline Street staple can get a bit wild once the sun goes down.
11:00 am – 4:00 am, Mon – Sun
19-21 Caroline St, Saratoga Springs, NY
Kings Tavern is another spot with that neighborhood vibe, except this one is directly across from the main entrance of the Saratoga Race Course. They’ve got a nice little patio for those warm summer days and big windows that open up onto Union Ave. Plus Kings has a pool table, darts and some other games like Golden Tee for your entertainment.
They may not have a draft list for the true beer snob types, but we’re always able for find something good, including some great local options. This is the perfect spot to fill up your cooler on the way into the track, or stop for a nice crafty beverage on your way out.
4:00 pm – close, Mon – Fri
12:00 pm – close, Sat & Sun
10:00 am – close, Mon, Wed, Thu (track season)
9:00 am – close, Fri – Sun (track season)
241 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY
King’s Tavern Facebook
Comfort Kitchen isn’t known as a watering hole, but it certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. If you’re in need of a chill place to enjoy a killer craft brew before 7pm (and maybe some seriously good comfort food) then this place should be on your list. No draft lines, but their selection of New York brewed bottles and cans is top-notch. They also have a great little patio which is one of our favorite places to spend a warm afternoon.
11:30 am – 7:00 pm, Mon – Sat
454 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY (lower level, inside Saratoga Marketplace)
DRUTHERS BREWING COMPANY
If fresh local brews are your thing, than you’ll definitely want to check out Druthers. This isn’t the spot to find your favorite crafty beers from around the country, like the others on this list, as they only pour their own creations. That said, you’ll definitely want to check out their award winning Gose (gold medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup and one of our favorites) and their Scottish-Style 80 Shilling Ale (silver medal at the 2016 World Beer Cup). If you’re looking to get after it, try the 12% abv Truth Serum, and find out where it got its name.
In addition to serving up some solid local beer, Druthers has a great menu and one of the best patios in Saratoga.
11:30 am – 11:00 pm, Sun – Thu
11:30 am – 12:00 am, Fri & Sat
381 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
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