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The City Beer Hall, Albany, NY

The City Beer Hall

4.6
4.6
238 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
The City Beer Hall is an American beer hall & housed within downtown Albany’s historic & beautiful old telephone company. Inventive menus focus on locally sourced, seasonal, from-scratch cuisine. Indoor/outdoor seating for dinner, brunch, & late night.
Featuring some of the best craft beverages in the area; we have 20 rotating beer/cider taps, an extensive can/bottle list, & full bar. If you’re looking for a special brew that’s available in the area, chances are we’re pouring it. Not to mention, guests receive a FREE personal pizza with each beer/cocktail purchased! If you’re not looking to stay long, we offer beer to-go in cans.
Our Main Hall is a great location to host a lively group dinner, enjoy a cozy first date by the fireplace, or simply meet some friends for happy hour & a free pizza. Our huge outdoor patio is perfect for a sunny brunch or late night cocktail under the stars. Friday & Saturday late night our second level turns into a dance flo

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, American, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 11:00 am–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:30 pm–10:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 10:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Phone number
    (518) 449-2337
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    On-site catering is available.
  • Private party facilities
    The City Beer Hall has five distinct event areas. Our second floor Marble Bar. Our picturesque outdoor patio. Our Pine Room and our cozy Main Hall. We have a perfect setting for any type of gathering.For inquiries & bookings, please contact - Events@TheCityBeerHall.com
  • Neighborhood
    Albany
  • Cross street
    Lodge Street
  • Parking details
    Private parking lot (across the street, adjacent to the building) is available Monday-Friday starting at 5pm and Saturday-Sunday starting at 11am. No overnight parking in the private lot. Street or public garage parking Monday-Friday until 5pm.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 238 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Upstate New York

    Good for groups

  • Upstate New York

    Healthy

  • Upstate New York

    Lively

  • Capital District

    Best Value

  • Capital District

    Great for brunch

  • Capital District

    Good for groups

  • Capital District

    Healthy

  • Capital District

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Capital District

    Lively

238 Reviews
  1. KIMBERLYR

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very fun atmosphere. Unfortunately, didn't have either the short ribs or the burger that we wanted to order. We changed our orders and food they did have was good and hot. Poured a large "sample" of the wine that I asked for. I said the wine was good and the server brought me anther almost full glass for the $5 happy hour price.

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  2. Good

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We sat in the wide hallway leading to the outside dining area. The noise level was way lower than the bar area. Zoie was our waitress and she was attentive and pleasant. Our beet pear goat cheese salad was outstanding! We split a double cheeseburger, fries, and some collard greens. The collard greens were smoky, salty, better than the greens we had in Mobile Alabama. Wednesday through Friday before 6 PM happy our drinks are priced just right. The food was so good we bought beers for the 5 man cooking team! Bravo!! We’ll be back

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  3. CammieC

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We went prior to a show at The Egg. Food was good and the staff friendly and accommodating. Good draft beer selection but could have some local options (mostly New England). We were there on Thirsty Thursday and your first drink is free if you order any sandwich 👍. Just remember...it is a Beer Hall so mostly long tables and benches.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were both great. We wished that the menu had more options, though, as it was very small. Good drinks!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My second time here and I must say I love it. Food 10/10 Music 10/10 Service 10/10

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  6. StevenC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friends and I were there for the Beyonce Brunch on Sunday, 3/10 and it was a wonderful experience in every way! Great food, fantastic service, great drinks, great ambience. Looking forward to going to brunch there more often!!!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Waitress never put our food order in. Drinks took forever to get and then 2 drinks were missing. Had a show to go to so just had apps and left. She clearly wasn’t trained correctly.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food, very reasonably priced, we had a party of 5, such a vibe

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were in town for a show. They were able to get us a table in a short period of time.

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  10. ChrisC

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    City Beer Hall never disappoints! Great selection of beers a d good is always on point!

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  11. Chris

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere was wonderful. The French toast my wife ordered is one of the best I’ve ever tasted.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The mussels were incredible! We highly recommend it! Get extra grilled bread for the sauce. Beers and drinks delicious too! And our server, Katrina, was the best! Finally, prices were very reasonable. Definitely on our come back to list!

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  13. GraceR

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, we had salads that looked very nice and tasty. The salad was a good size so you won’t leave hungry. The sandwiches were very good, the grilled chicken was cooked be to moist. Excellent place to hang out and have a great dinner while chatting with colleagues. The dessert options were not great but you won’t need it since the food will keep you happy. Thank you for the great experience.

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  14. PatrickS

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best food and ambiance in the Capital District. The food was amazing, approachable, and delicious. The service was perfect too!

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  15. LauraC

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Generous portions and creative food. Quick kitchen. Fun and casual. Definitely recommend.

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  16. Seasons52MemphisDelish

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious! The portions were very generous, and everything tasted freshly made. The service was great until the food came out, but check-ins and clearing was non-existent after that. Great ambiance, but dress warm…it was quite cold in there, and we were sitting by the fireplace. That said, we’ll definitely go back.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Upstate NY

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was there for brunch and it was fantastic. I definitely recommend the steak and eggs or the pear waffles.

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  18. Katherine

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The City Beer Hall is always a classic spot! Absolutely packed on a Friday night, but great energy, wonderful atmosphere, food & beer!

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  19. Tara

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went with a group of people. Our table was ready when we arrived. All the food was delicious and our drinks were great. Our waitress was super nice and checked on us often. Highly recommend!

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  20. chuckm

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for the lunch and the offerings were all very tempting. I had the Poutine Benedict which was very tasty, the eggs poached beautifully. I really like that they include a free beverage with the brunch and you're not stuck with either mimosa or bellini, would like to see a bourbon drink offered but at least they had a beer choice, too. I also like the "communal" seating on the picnic-style tables, it made for a fun atmosphere. Will definitely be back again.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Busy bar atmosphere with a really good playlist. Picnic table style- laid back. Service was fast and food was very good. A good mix of pub food (with a twist)and some other elevated choices.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very happy they brought back the free drink with brunch. Lucked out with a table by the fire. Excellent service and good food and beer selection.

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  23. KenB

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Burgers and beers are great. Love the free small pizza when just need a small munchie with beer (didn’t have the pizza last evening however). Servers alway polite and professional. Very convenient location to visit before a concert at the Egg too. Establishment has been our main choice in Albany for years.

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  24. MichaelM

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a really nice brunch at City Beer Hall. The garbage plate benedict was great and the carmelized pear waffles tasted like fall. Great service as well. We will definitely return.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    CBH is one of our go-to spots. The food and drinks are always good. This visit, Katrina was our server and she was super sweet, polite, and attentive. 10/10 for Katrina :)

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  26. CatherineP

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was awesome - they were so nice to us! We had a dog and they brought the dog water without asking. Good food and really pretty outdoor patio/beer garden! Highly recommend.

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  27. brucel101

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a gem in downtown Albany! We loved it so much we went back again the next night for an equally good experience. Great ambiance, food, drinks all of which is made special by the fun and attentive staff.

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  28. ShelleyS

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food here was delicious and the service was very good. We enjoyed it very much and will definitely go back the next time we are in the Albany area.

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  29. SamanthaB

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came to Albany to visit friend for her Birthday and she wanted to do the R&B brunch at City Beer Hall. We showed up early for our reservation and sat at bar to get a feel for beers. The bartenders were friendly and attentive. Chris the host was helpful, and accommodating in the assistance of us choosing where to sit. (We chose outdoors by the dj Who was crushing it) Daniel, our server, was knowledgeable, accommodating, patient and had a great personality. We loved the beers and cocktails and devoured our food! The watermelon burrata salad was fantastic and I was impressed with the berry French toast. An overall fantastic experience at R&B brunch!

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  30. StevenW

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We were 5 mins late for our reservation and we had no reservation, we ended up having to sit in between 2 different parties. I could understand if we just showed up with no reservation but we had one.. very disappointed. The waitress was great!

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  31. Jennyfoodie

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the poutine and the fried chicken. Both we swimming in the same super duper salty gravy. Very over dressed and over salted. I couldn’t even eat them. Happy hour had $5.00 drinks - 👍. Place was lively and fun.

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  32. BecC

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and the portions were a good size! Drinks were good too! Celebrated my father's birthday with brunch and had a great time. The atmosphere was wonderful and everything was clean. Our server, Arianna, was fantastic as well!

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  33. AmberA

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and the food was amazing. Trivia was also a blast, would highly recommend.

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  34. LivingLovingEating

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! Food - beautiful & delicious. Service - quick & friendly. Ambience - it’s a beer hall! When in town, we will return.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, good service, but very loud music for 10am.

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  36. Mare

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch. A lot of food. Free mimosa was a plus.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    CBH is our go-to brunch spot. The food is always made so well. Lots of drink choices. Daniel and Zoe are the servers we have most often and they’re both delightful :)

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  38. ChuckR

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful brunch. Everyone in our group absolutely loved their food. Plus, the mimosa or Bloody Mary that came with the meal was terrific. The staff was friendly and professional. The experience could not have been better!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great stop before a concert for craft beer and good food.

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  40. BethA

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The main room is noisy. We were in a side room which was quiet. Food was excellent, beer was good too.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The City Beer Hall using the Order Online button. The City Beer Hall also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (518) 449-2337.

The City Beer Hall is rated 4.6 stars by 238 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The City Beer Hall

42 Howard Street, Albany, NY 12207

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Lodge Street
  • Neighborhood
    Albany
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 11:00 am–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:30 pm–10:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 10:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, American, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private parking lot (across the street, adjacent to the building) is available Monday-Friday starting at 5pm and Saturday-Sunday starting at 11am. No overnight parking in the private lot. Street or public garage parking Monday-Friday until 5pm.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (518) 449-2337
  • Catering
    On-site catering is available.
  • Private party facilities
    The City Beer Hall has five distinct event areas. Our second floor Marble Bar. Our picturesque outdoor patio. Our Pine Room and our cozy Main Hall. We have a perfect setting for any type of gathering.For inquiries & bookings, please contact - Events@TheCityBeerHall.com
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