There are those random days when we have nothing planned and are looking for something fun and different to do. That was exactly the situation we found ourselves in on a dreary, mid-February afternoon. We ended up doing a mini pub crawl on Beekman Street in Saratoga Spring, NY.
The beauty of Beekman Street is that it’s just off the beaten path of the city’s busiest street, Broadway. The neighborhood is artsy and a bit gritty. Parking can be a b**** but once you find a spot you can easily walk the two blocks that include some pretty sweet places: The Local – Pub and Teahouse, KRAVERIE, The Barrel House and Beekman Bar + Eatery.
(We have been to The Local several times so we didn’t include it in our pub crawl. No dis to The Local. Just didn’t have time and were pacing ourselves with our alcohol intake.)
We started at Beekman Bar + Eatery (62 Beekman Street). Formerly 62 Beekman, the restaurant has been updated and is beautiful. The decor is upscale, yet cozy. We arrived early in the afternoon and headed to the bar for a light lunch. I had the calamari ($13) which was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Mark had the French Onion Soup ($6). Now THAT was amazing! Piping hot and flavorful. One of the best we’ve had in the area. I had a glass of white wine. Not sure what Mark had. A bourbon?
I Instagrammed what we had. Click on the photo below and scroll using the arrows for pics of the calamari and the soup.
Next stop, The Barrelhouse (68 Beekman). Just a few doors down, the vibe is casual, lively and fun. Even though it was a rainy, gray Saturday afternoon the place was jamming. There were no spots at the bar so we ended up at a high top near the door until two spots opened up. The place has a neighborhood feel and when we joined the crowd at the bar they made us feel like regulars.
The Barrelhouse has a huge selection of beer. Whenever I go to a place like this I always order a flight. I just tell the bartender that I’m not a big fan of really hoppy beers and to surprise me. I’ve never been disappointed. We ordered their Olives & Pickles plate ($7) to go with the beer. I’ve never seeen anything quite like it on a menu – an assortment of their house made pickles and marinated olives. The briny-ness (is that a word?) and acidity worked perfectly with the beer.
Below is a pic of my beer flight. Yup, I Instagrammed that too.
Finally we made it to KRAVERIE (78 Beekman Street). This is my new favorite restaurant! I’d been a few times on a Tuesday evening before heading to the movies with my girlfriends. I’d been dying to bring Mark here. I’m not really sure how to describe the food but if you love kimchi and Korean food, you have to give this a try. It’s super casual, with a nice neighborhood feel and the crowd is friendly. It’s perfect for a date night, families and kids are welcome there too.
I’m in love with their wings. I’m not a big fan of Buffalo-style wings but give me an Asian-style wing any day and I’m in wing heaven. The menu is limited but everything I’ve had there has been delicious – short rib tacos, vegetable fried rice, wings and jap chae noodles. Next time I’m going for the BBQ Rice Platter. Mark didn’t love KRAVERIE as much as I did but that’s okay. There’s always girl’s night!
So if you’re looking to try something new check out Beekman Street in Saratoga. There are lots of choices and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
For more information about each restaurants hours and menu visit their websites: KRAVERIE, The Barrelhouse, Beekman Bar + Eatery, The Local – Pub and Teahouse.
I was playing around with the video options on my phone and came up with this little slide show. Just having a little fun.
What’s your favorite Capital Region neighborhood for a pub crawl?