Over the next few minutes we will be taking a deep dive into drinking at the best bars in Syracuse. From a tall glass of beer and a shot of vodka to local drink specials and singing karaoke we are going to try and cover it all.
The best wine and cocktail bars near you will get the ball rolling. Once they have been discussed in full breweries and sports bars to watch the big game or maybe play some pool and throw some darts will get a shout out.
Those who want to get the party started right after work or just buy some cheaper drinks will learn about the best drink specials in your area next. After they are out of the way we will move on to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights around town.
Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will wrap this all up. Be sure to check out our Syracuse bar map that has every place we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
And you are all welcome to compare the scene here to other cities around the region at this link if you want.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
Many would agree that the best Syracuse cocktail and wine bars are:
- Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge at 321 S Clinton St
- Gilded Club at 415 S Clinton St
- The York at 247 W Fayette St
- Salt City Coffee & Bar at 484 S Salina St
Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge serves some of the best wine and whiskey from around the world as well as the finest artisan cheeses, cured meats, Panini’s, and more from 4pm to 12am daily.
For seasonal cocktails, craft beer, wine, small bites, and live music from local bands and DJ’s head to Gilded Club.
The York offers a creative menu that rotates seasonally with modern and classic dishes as well as a cocktail menu with world class one of a kind seasonal libations plus they have some of the best alcoholic drink specials in Syracuse every Monday through Friday from 5pm to 7pm.
Salt City Coffee & Bar is a craft coffee shop that also serves craft beer, craft wine, and craft cocktails in your area from lunch until late at night.
Syracuse Breweries & Sports Bars
You and your buddies will have a great time watching the big game at these local sports bars and breweries:
- Orange Crate Brewing Company at 731 S Crouse Ave
- Saltine Warrior Sports Pub at 214 W Water St
- World of Beer at 306 Hiawatha Blvd W
- Wolff’s Biergarten at 106 Montgomery St
- Clinton Street Pub at 127 W Fayette St
- Playmakers Sports Bar at 901 Park Ave
- Willow Rock Brewing Company at 115 Game Rd
- The Hops Spot at 116 Walton St
Orange Crate Brewing Company is open daily from 11am to 2am and offers special deals on beers and other drinks to save you money during their happy hours on Monday and Wednesday at 7pm plus you can enjoy big TV’s and a fun atmosphere.
Saltine Warrior is one of the best sports bar near you and they offer beer specials to go with your pizza, wings, and the big game on over a dozen screens.
At World of Beer they have over 50 craft beers on tap and 350 bottled beers as well as signature food menus and local drink specials from noon to 3pm.
Authentic German biers and food with happy hours every Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm and game nights at 7pm can be found at Wolff’s Biergarten.
Clinton Street Pub serves 14 draft beers on tap, over 50 bottled beers, delicious pub fare, and 22 televisions tuned to sports.
Playmakers is a great Syracuse sports bar that has new updated TV’s for all the games, great music, and delicious food and drinks available daily from 11am to 12am.
American-style craft beers are available at Willow Rock Brewing Company that you can drink while watching the big game.
The Hops Spot has a large draft selection along with signature beers and cocktails and if you want to drink for cheaper head over every Monday through Friday from 4pm to 6pm when they have happy hours with $2 off all draft beer.
Local Drink Specials
There are plenty of good bars with drink specials in your area and you can get great value if you time your visit properly:
- Shifty’s Bar & Grill at 1401 Burnet Ave
- Faegan’s Cafe & Pub at 734 S Crouse Ave
- Maxwells at 122 E Genesee St
Shifty’s Bar & Grill features live music five nights a week and offers alcoholic drink specials near you on Sunday from 3pm to 7pm.
There are daily liquor specials from 4pm to 8pm Monday through Friday at Faegan’s Cafe & Pub for drafts and cocktails.
Maxwells offers a rotating selection craft beer and specialty cocktails as well as indoor lounge and outdoor patio seating with happy hours from 4pm to 7pm every day when you can drink for cheaper.
We have done our best to mention any time a bar has drink specials in Syracuse all throughout this post so don’t only focus on this section if you want to save some money.
Trivia, Quiz & Game Nights
Check out this list of bars with trivia, quiz, and game nights near you:
- Shaughnessy’s Irish Pub at 550 S Warren St
- Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub at 100 S Lowell Ave
- The Evergreen at 125 E Water St
- The Inn Complete at Skytop Rd
Shaughnessy’s Irish Pub hosts local bar trivia every Thursday at 7pm and they are also a good sports bar to watch the big game and offer liquor specials every weekday from 5pm to 7pm.
Tuesday night bar trivia goes down at 6:30pm at Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub with fantastic weekly prizes and an extensive selection of draft, bottled, and canned beers.
At The Evergreen there are 20 taps, new beers always in rotation, and a food menu featuring a variety of delicious small plates, sandwiches, burgers, and salads plus they host Tuesday trivia at 8pm.
The Inn Complete hosts bar quiz nights every Thursday at 9pm.
You might want to follow Syracuse Trivia Company to keep up to date on other options plus some more fun bars with trivia or games from different lists include The Hops Spot, Wolff’s Biergarten, and Limerick Pub.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
Dance, listen to live music, or sing karaoke at these fun bars around town:
- Singers Karaoke Club at 1345 Milton Ave
- The 443 Social Club & Lounge at 443 Burnet Ave
- Orbis Lounge at 134 E Genesee St
- Studio 54 at 308 Genesee St
- Limerick Pub at 134 Walton St #3
Singers is a fun karaoke bar near you that is open six nights a week from 6pm to 2am except on Monday offering over 30,000 songs to sing.
For a funky and eclectic live music and events venue with a curated wine, craft beer, and specialty cocktail menu head to The 443 Social Club & Lounge.
Orbis Lounge serves a variety of food and has over 20 draught beers on tap and cocktails from around the world and it is a fun place to dance with liquor specials from 4:30pm to 7pm Tuesday through Friday.
Studio 54 is Syracuse’s largest nightclub and it is open from 10pm to 2am Thursday through Saturday featuring comedy, the hottest dance music all night, and a great DJ.
Live local music as well as pool, darts, and drink specials every weekday from 5pm to 7pm can be found at Limerick Pub.
Other bars for music lovers in your area from other sections include Gilded Club, Playmakers, and Shifty’s.
By the way we have also covered:
- Bars To Drink In New York City
- Bars To Drink In Rochester
- Bars To Drink In Buffalo
- Bars To Drink In Scranton
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Syracuse
There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you. Hopefully we were able to fill you in on some valuable info that will make your next night out a little better.
Please use the comments to let us know if any spots have closed down or if any new cool places have opened up in your area so that we can keep our lists fresh. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Syracuse.