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About Backstage Pub and Grill

Backstage Pub is under new ownership since August 2012. It is a neighborhood tavern with a catchphrase of "Enter As Strangers; Leave As Friends". And that is exactly how everybody feels when stopping in. We offer 14 different draft beers, focusing on local craft selections, and a full menu until midnight every day. Come find out why cast and crew members from all of the Proctors shows choose the Backstage Pub as a place they spend their down time at. We are family friendly, with dart boards upstairs. Also available is a 66 person private banquet room for all of your events.

501 Smith Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Vegetarian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:


Lunch:

Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

During Proctors events


Dinner:


Monday: 5:00pm - Close

Tuesday - Sunday: 4:00pm - Close

Kitchen open unti 12 midnight, bar later

Cross Street:
Clinton St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(518) 344-5120

Website:
http://www.thebackstagepubandgrill.com/

Entertainment:
Among the fun times we offer is our Wednesday night team trivia. Compete for prizes and complimentary food or drinks as you try to rack up as many points as you can with your stored 'useless knowledge'.
Class starts at 8:30PM!

Catering:
Catering is available. Please stop in and request a catering menu so that we can help make your next event even more special.

Parking Details:
Please note there are 2 parking lots right next to our building. Although we do not own the rights to either, our customers are allowed to park there. During Proctors shows, the owners of these lots do charge $5-10. There is also street parking available.

Public Transit:
Public Transport travels up State Street, which is 200 yards from our door.

Executive Chef:
Brian Coyne

Private Party Facilities:
Full banquet room upstairs available. Maximum capacity of 70 people. Private entrance and restrooms as well.
Let us host your next event, and see why the Backstage Pub is the place people are talking about!

Private Party Contact:
Brian Coyne: (518) 344-5120

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Backstage Pub and Grill Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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food

3.9

service

4.1

ambience

3.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (48)
Late-night Find (35)
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Pre/post Theatre (20)
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Fun (11)
Quick Bite (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Great Beer (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Authentic (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Cozy (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We made a reservation for 5 PM. When We got there, the doors were locked and the lights were off. I called and a machine picked up so I left a message canceling our reservation. If you're not going to open on time, don't offer reservations. We were time-crunched and had to scramble to find a place to eat. The entire experience could have been avoided. I will never try to go back and I've been telling everyone about this awful experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Not at ALL what is advertised. No staff (literally) for almost 5 minutes before 1 happened to walk put from the backroom. She gave us menus (which only offered a fraction of what their site claims they offer.) Another staff member came out to the bar to rattle off the plethora of items they were out of, not even trying to hide it from customers (which was ONLY myself & my daughter.)
We ended up leaving, incredibly disappointed. Spent all of $9.50 on a Long Island Ice Tea (nope...they didn't even comp the drink as an apology.)
I would NOT suggest Backstage to anyone.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Really great hamburgers and fries! The menu is limited but everything we've tried was delicious especially the vegetables with the plank steak and the Reuben sandwich. There is virtually no dessert menu. This is a perfect spot for a quick supper before walking a block to the theater. Make a reservation on national tour nights at Proctor's

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food4
ambience3
service4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

This is a small bar that serves food...you will get fed efficiently, no frills, food is o.k, it's bar food...steaks, burgers, sandwiches... it is not a fine dining experience, and your open table reservation will probably be meaningless, as they don't seem to pay any attention to Open Table reservations at their end!

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food3
ambience2
service3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Great location for friends to meet before heading to the theatre. Food was great. The bartender/waitress was alone that night and handled everything (both floors) and everyone with a great attitude. And she really had to hustle!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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food5
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service5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Great place to go for a quick bite before a show at Proctors. Reservations are a must on show night. Great beer selection and good pub food. Somewhat limited menu, but the convenience of being right next door to the theatre is worth it.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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food5
ambience4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

We went to the Backstage for a preshow dinner and it was very good! Fish and Chips were super and the Margarita was one of the best we have had ever!
Thanks,

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Fun, Great Beer
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food4
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service4
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

They were out of all sugar free drinks, limited wine list and 2 of the entrees they were out of. Very limited menu however location is great if attending the theater.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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food3
ambience2
service3
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

We arrived there for lunch and found out they are not opened for lunch so had to find some place else to eat.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 5, 2017

We were surprised they were out of diet soda and a couple of the entree choices at 6pm. While service was friendly and prompt the limitations were disappointing

Tags: Fun
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food2
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Very limited menu... basic pub grub. Great beer selection. Great service. Food was as expected.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Was going to a show at Proctors. We were a bit late and that wasn't an issue. Food was good. Drinks were good. Short walk to Proctors. I would do this place again for sure. Try the fried pickles!

Tags: Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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food5
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value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Quick easy dining option preshow. Very convenient as it is directly behind Proctors. Waitress was honest about wait time and encouraged us to get our orders in as they were booked to the max capacity. Service was efficient. Solid pub fare.. no complaints. Only down side was the upstairs dining room was a little chilly.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Made reservations on-line because we had tickets to Wicked, however, the reservations were not available to staff. They were extremely apologetic, stated that they were having difficulties with the on-line reservation system and seated us at a nice table in the bar area. Service was a tad slow, but completely understandable because they were swamped prior to the show. Very professional and courteous. My wife's fish and chips were slightly greasy, my "Rachel" (Reuben sandwich with coleslaw instead of sauerkraut) was awesome and the sweet potato fries were even better. Overall I would, and have, highly recommended the Backstage to friends. As an added bonus and as their name implies, just cross the street and walk down a short sidewalk to the back entrance to Proctors. (Parking next to the restaurant is only $10.00)

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Great Beer, Fun, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Cozy, Bar Seating
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Had dinner before a show at Proctors. Bar was noisier than we wanted so we ate upstairs. Not much atmosphere up there but much quieter. A little chilly, though.
Food was good and portions were good sized. Prices were good.
I would go back again.

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food4
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2017

I can't answer the above questions well because despite using Open Table to make a reservation, when we arrived we were told they couldn't take any additional reservations for the evening. I showed them the confirmation I received and was told I made the reservation too late for them to accommodate us. I was very disapointed - they shouldn't use this service if they can't fulfill requests in real time. We scrambled to find somewhere quick and close by to eat at before the show started.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Great place to grab a bite to eat before a show or anytime. Have been there a few times and never disappoints.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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food5
ambience5
service5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2017

This was my 2nd time eating here before a show at proctors. Outstanding food and service. Best corn beef reuben ever!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Outstanding Value, Quick Bite
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

I never found out if it was good or not They wouldn't seat us saying they didn't get the reservation.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Food quality was great. They seemed to be short staffed for a show night at Proctors. A burger and fries and a turkey sandwich with fries took almost 45 minutes from order to table. Which seemed really slow as it wasn't that busy.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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food4
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service2
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Over the years, I've had many experiences with this restaurant. It changed hands a couple of years ago, and I thought they had their act together. From what I hear now, the partners split. Unfortunately, the partner that did the ordering, I think, is the one who left.
There were 4 of us in our pre-theatre party,6:00 on a Saturday evening. Three of us ordered the chicken parm which was highly recommended by our waitress, another ordered a burger with mushrooms. Waitress comes back and says there is only one chicken parm left. So we take that order, then reorder some other entrees. Two of us had ordered balsamic vinaigrette for our salads. Waitress comes back and says there is only one left. One little cup. How can you run out of the most popular entree, and balsamic vinaigrette????.
Food we had was good, although there were no mushrooms on the burger as ordered.
Service was Ok...there have been times when the service was atrocious.
It's such a convenient place if you're seeing a show. Too bad they can't seem to totally get their act together.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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food3
ambience3
service3
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Not handicapped friendly, and their website says nothing about it. Food was fine but space is limited.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2017

Usually go there when going to Proctors . The last visit was to celebrate my birthday. Going again on 17th to celebrate a friends birthday. They have yummy French onion soup and chowder.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2017

We had a group of 12. Nice seating area upstairs that accommodated us all nicely. The restaurant was out of a few things (meatballs, turkey, ham, etc) so ordering was a bit difficult as several people wanted spaghetti and meatballs or meatball sandwich or club sandwiches. Overall, food is good and well priced. Location is excellent as we were seeing a show at proctors after dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Went for a quick dinner before a show at Proctors. Great burgers and quick, friendly service

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2016

Basic pub food was especially good as was the waitstaff. We had as good a bacon burger and Reuben sandwich as we have ever had before a show at Proctor's just a short stroll away. A great, inexpensive and friendly place to grab a bite before or after. We look forward to going back before our next show in the spring

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2016

Went before a show at Proctor's. Food was good and price was right for bar food. Good selection of beers on tap. They were aware of show time and kept us on track to be done in plenty of time to make the show. Great choice for before a show.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2016

Enjoyed dinner in a great casual atmosphere before heading to a show at Proctors. Food was above average bar food, you can appetizers, sandwiches, burgers and full meals. Our servers were attentive and always smiling. They apologized for only have 2 people on but you would never know it because we didn't have to wait for anything. This is definitely the place to enjoy a casual well priced meal before a show or anytime you are downtown. I would call it a "hidden" gem. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Customer service and food was great. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Great place to have dinner before a show at Proctors Theatre. Good value and friendly.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2016

We go just about every time we go to a Proctor's event. Food, service is very good. Always friendly

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2016

There was only one waitress who was also the bartender. Bar was full. They were out of two of the items on the menu and when my burger came out, the bun was completely black. Ate the burger without the bun and no one even asked about the bun when our plates were cleared. I thought this would be more of a restaurant, but it is definitely a bar with food.

Tags: Live Sports
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food2
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2016

We like to eat at the Backstage before going to a show at Proctor's. Good food, service, ambiance, and reasonable prices.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2016

We went before a play at the Proctors. Had a couple of beers and salads. Good food, quick and so close to the theater. Would make reservations if going before a show.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2016

We had a reservation for 6pm. We arrived on time and were seated promptly. There were not a lot of people there so I expected fast service. We each ordered a burger and nothing else. We didn't leave until around 7:10. Why it took over an hour to order, receive, and eat a burger is something I'll never understand.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2016

Our dinner was good and service was good. Timing worked perfect for our show at Proctors.
Ordered boneless wings as an appetizer. They were cubed pieces of white meat chicken. They were good but not what we expected. My wife loved the Reuben and my Chicken Caesar salad was good. The prices were reasonable. We were very satisfied with our experience.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on March 29, 2016

Got there early and we were seated right away! Waitress was sweet, very friendly and let us know about the specials right away. The only thing that was a bummer was that some of the items on the menu aren't available on a night that Proctor's has a show and that's really the only time we are in that area. Food was terrific. Glad we picked this place...will definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2016

Early dinner (5:30 Monday) for our group of 4 -- our first experience at the Backstage Pub and Grill -- found the restaurant a little under half full. One person ordered a Rusty Nail, which although it was an unknown drink to the woman tending bar, to her credit she looked it up and made a perfect Rusty Nail. The salads were well chilled and above average quality. Although the kitchen was out of strip steak on Monday, the second choice (flat-iron steaks) were cooked to perfection. Food presentation was excellent, and the portions were generous without being excessive. Service was friendly, attentive, and accurate. This is one of the 2-3 best casual dining choices in the Schenectady area. We will definitely return again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2015

We were going to a show at Proctors and wanted a place close to the venue. Backstage Pub is a great little spot with a menu variety that can please everyone. The service was excellent and the food was delicious! Great place to grab a bite before or after a show. Great onion soup and the home made fries were a pleasant surprise.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2015

We have been regard here for more than 3 years. We live bringing friends for dinner before a proctors show. There us variety in the menu so we enjoy our meals. Unless they're short staffed the food and and service makes for a great start for a great evening!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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