The City Beer Hall

4.5
162 reviews
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The City Beer Hall is an American beer hall and gastropub located in historic downtown Albany. Our 100% from-scratch kitchen utilizes the finest local ingredients on our eclectic, seasonal menu. Gather with friends in our rustic and spacious Main Hall, or enjoy the sun on out on our picturesque beer garden. With 19 rotating draft lines in addition to canned beer, wine, and spirits, you'll find something for every taste and mood. If you're looking for a private event, we have several different unique spaces available. Please inquire at events@thecitybeerhall.com
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GE
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the food we had was awesome, butternut squash soup with coconut, burgers, green tea rissotto, etc.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great! Good service and excellent food.

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JL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome brunch, great location, excellent beer menu, super friendly staff...highly recommend

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TC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere of City Beer hall. Can’t wait to return. :)

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GN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The ancient grain bowl and Beer Hall Burger were both excellent!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience: food, ambient, service, just great!

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EL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I would recommend on the beer selection. They have updated their menu from the last time that I came and it was not what I was craving. The food was not bad, just didn't satisfy me.

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Y
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Don’t the regular menu. 1 of 3 meals were really good

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great beer selection, delicious food, and the building is absolutely beautiful. It was the perfect choice for a casual date.

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WD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

As named, this is a beer hall, with excellent variety of craft beers, a very creative and delicious menu, and excellent and knowledgeable service. I would definitely go again and would recommend it, but not on the evening of a concert or basketball game at the nearby Times Union Center. Could hardly have a conversation across the table (which was also too close to the support pillar near the bar, so was constantly bumped by bar patrons moving around). Overall a good place for pub food and a beer.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone was very friendly and pleasant. I especially appreciated my server because she took a lot of time helping me choose a beer based on what I like. Then she did the same with the food. She knew the menu inside and out. And the food was wonderful. They had all the usual pub food but done with a “twist” and lots of vegan and vegetarian options which was unexpected for a pub. I’ll go here whenever I’m in town!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The winter menu was very good. I appreciate the variety of vegetarian options.

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PS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious! A little crowded, but to be expected for New Year's Day brunch. Millennial crowd. we were the oldest people there. Should advertise to a more diverse crowd.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hangover brunch on a Tuesday! It was delightful and the food is always superb. We see Olivia often as our server and she’s always great.

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TC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went before seeing comedy show at the Egg, we got seated right near the gas fireplace, great spot and excellent service tasty beers!

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g
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

there were several nice running around on the floor, which we did point out to the waitress. who also saw them. they were out of several popular food items by 5pm. and they app we order we not any good. I couldn't eat it really. would not recommend them.

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DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great find while in town for a concert. Food was pretty good. Service was excellent. If you bought a craft beer, you got a ticket for a mini pizza. Very nice touch. Burger was delicious. Would go back just for that!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Super loud and crowded before a concert, as expected. Service and food was good.

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ZA
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and lively atmosphere. Very delicious food and entrees. The cheese and fruit plate was a great starter and the burger was cooked perfectly.

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MG
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the food and service at City Beer Hall on our recent visit to ALBANY. The food was so unique and the restaurant was close to downtown.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy night. Staff was very efficient and attentive. Food was delicious. Looking forward to going back soon!

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N
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved it and was totally pleasantly surprised at the menu.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch specials. Both my wife and my meals were delicious. Server was friendly and quick. My beer and my wife's Bloody Mary were included, great deal!

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AW
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve been to The City Beer Hall three times now, I’ve had the same server twice. Every time we go, it’s a lovely atmosphere with welcoming staff. The entres are more on the expensive side, it’s not like you’re going there for fast food service. But the value of what you get is absolutely worth it. Brunch is incredible.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Aside from the 2 cute mice we saw on the patio and the awful “fruit smoothie” the place was pretty good.

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KG
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I come every Sunday for brunch and constantly suggest this place to others. The staff is always welcoming and friendly.

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M
Montreal
23 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

No no no no...first off, the menu on here and the one they have are very different. Second, the short rib was tough fat and rubbery meat even though it was cooked pink inside. Good choice for beers but take the burger and I regret I didn’t, and listened to the server’s suggestion. Thank goodness I never have to go there again. Avoid!

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RR
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to the City Beer Hall whenever we attend an event at the TU center or when meeting friends in downtown Albany. The food is ALWAYS spot on and the service is FANTASTIC every time. This was our friends first time there and they will be back too!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite place in Albany. FOOD ALLERGIES are NO PROBLEM. Chef personally hand held my order. Amazing food and service at an authentic downtown bar. 100% recommend.

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JO
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Every thing was very good. Great to sit outside on a beautiful day. They had to resit us but that was no big deal and manager comped us 3 drinks. First round was on him. Didn't need to but appreciated. Love when managers know how to take care of their customers. Pizza idea is great to. followed by a great concert at Times Union Center.

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OB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Great greeting....service was a tad slow outside but adequate. Nice outdoor area.

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NA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This restaurant definitely has a German beer house feel, with long tables and benches. The food was pretty good quality and presentation wise, I ordered beet salad, smoked fish, surf and turf. my waiter was nice and attentive. I definitely will be back!

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch and it was our first visit. Our server was quite pleasant and the food was great. We plan to go back.

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TS
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation for Mother’s Day brunch. I have never had a bad experience at the City Beer Hall, but this was particularly great! We asked to sit outside, they brought water and menus right away. Jack was taking care of us. He was friendly, fast, and knowledgeable. Dan stopped over( I had known him when he was at previous pub/bars) talked about how great the owners are and said that it’s the best food/beverage program he’s been involved in. Talked about the new menu and checked in with us a few times😁. I can’t wait to go back!

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DM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Mother's Day Brunch and had a great experience. The food and beer are excellent, and the server (Leah) was very helpful, attentive, and knew the menu very well! It's our new favorite place and we will definitely be back!

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C
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We ordered burgers which were quite good. The beer flight I ordered was also very tasty. The noise level was exceptionally high as it was a Saturday night. Other than the noise and bustle the place was quite interesting. If we are back in Albany on a week night would give it another try.

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Diverse menu options for Restaurant Week. We enjoyed our meal and beers. Pretty loud near the bar but we were still able to hear each other.

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B
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ian did a great job taking care of us on a busy Restaurant Week night when it was as packed as you'd expect. The casual, comfortable atmosphere keeps us coming back ... oh, that and the beer selection accompanied by free personal pizzas!

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EL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Came here for restaurant week. Who knew...fine, authentic international cuisine in a bar atmosphere with bench seating? And delicious, too...including their thin crust pizza. Never had a Libyan dessert before! A great meal which won't be forgotten! One of my best meals in years. In the Albany area...only La Serre rivals this place!

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d
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Georgina and Dan "made the place"! They were so helpful! Thank you!!!

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