As summer is in full swing, a lot of restaurants are starting up their summer lineup for live music. This means patio seating, chicken wings and blueberry lemonades, complimented by acoustic tunes.
So where’s the best place to go for a sit-down dinner?
As a performer myself, I would say I’m a little biased (or maybe just loyal to:)) some of these restaurants and cafes. Nonetheless, here are some of the best spots for both food and tunes.
Looking to sit down for a relaxing dinner with friends? Here are some of this summer’s can’t-miss spots.
Craft on 9
This adorable nook on South Street in downtown Glens Falls is the perfect combination of cozy and fine dining.
With an ever-changing dinner menu and a variety of craft beers and cocktails, Craft on 9 always excites.
The beautiful, wooden interior makes visitors feel welcome and always comfortable. There are couches by the entrance, high-top tables, a bar, and larger tables in the back room to suit any size party.
During the warmer months, the rustic garage doors (that act as windows) open up the front wall to expand the dining experience. Live music from this corner spot fills the bar area as well the outdoor patio. Make sure to grab an appetizer with your craft drink – the arancini and egg rolls were delicious.
Davidson Brothers Brewing Company
The indoor and outdoor spaces at this brewpub are stunning. The historic building functions as a restaurant and brewing spot for their craft, house-made ales.
During the summer, live music fills Glen Street every weekend. If weather isn’t cooperating, stop by the inside to hear local musicians perform from the brewhouse’s window, right where the ales are made. Indoor performances are scheduled during the winter months as well.
Davidson Brothers has something for everyone, from their famous mac ‘n cheese dishes and savory chicken wings to their tacos, salads, and burgers. My long-time favorite? Their chicken and cheese quesadilla!
Morgan & Company
This upscale spot is great for a night outing. On the lawn, you’ll hear anything from an alternative band to some orchestral music. Besides unique, gourmet food, this establishment is also a historical center in Glens Falls. The architecture and decor perfectly complements the authentic dishes – perfect for date night.
King Neptune’s Pub
This American grill features stunning views of Lake George. King Neptune’s has 3 bars, patio seating, a rooftop deck, and frequent live band performances.
It’s great for watching sports, stopping in for happy hour, listening to local musicians, or sightseeing on the lake!
Cafes for Lunch or Dinner
These spots offer a relaxing lunch or dinner, with live music on the side. Spice up your lunch break or try somewhere new at one of these sweet cafes.
While Caffe is in the title, this is nothing like your average coffee joint. Caffe Lena is only open around dinner time, which is served from 6PM until midnight everyday of the week.
They’re known for their live performances and nightlife. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time to secure a seat and hear some live music. Enjoy the music, a coffee or tea, and be sure to try their homemade cookies. Alcohol is also available for purchase.
Spot often has live jazz performers on the weekends. They also used to host an open mic night! If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a gig here or there, with all the sliding doors open to the artsy Glen Street.
Located directly downtown, Spot Coffee is a great place to meet with friends, listen to music, or read a book in the back room. Grab a coffee at Spot, and maybe you’ll hear some live music!
Looking for More?
Walk down Glen Street in downtown Glens Falls and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you may find. In the city park, there sometimes are performances on the lawn or in the gazebo.
Returning this July, ATF’s famous Take-a-Bite will take place on Wednesday nights around the downtown area, with live music accompaniment.
Saratoga Springs and Lake George are both a short drive away, too! In the summer, you’re bound to hear some live music while eating a dinner around Glens Falls. Cheers to that.