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Rochester Bars to Visit for a Fun Night Out

If you’re looking for the best bars in Rochester, New York, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll share our top picks for the best bars in town. Whether you’re looking for a casual spot to grab a drink or a more lively scene to dance the night away, we’ve got you covered.

Group of friends enjoying drinks at a Rochester Bar

So sit back, relax, and let us help you find the perfect bar for your next night out. Cheers!

Best Bars in Rochester, NY

  1. The Daily Refresher
  2. Cheshire
  3. Salinger’s
  4. Joey’s
  5. The Spirit Room
  6. Solera Wine Bar
  7. Smash Room at Recreo
  8. Nox Cocktail Lounge
  9. The Vesper
  10. Caverly’s Irish Pub
  11. Half Pint Pub

The Daily Refresher

293 Alexander St, Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: 585-360-4627
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An homage to the cocktail bars of yesteryear.  Enjoy Rochester’s largest spirits selection featuring over 300 whiskeys.  Creative craft cocktails utilizing fine spirits and ingredients adorn their seasonal list with an eye for tradition.  

Fine micro-brews make up their beer offerings, chosen for taste and quality.  Fill up at their seasonal Food Truck located on site, or at their craft kitchen. Hand built and operated by local ownership.


Cheshire

 647 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: 585-232-3070
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Cheshire is a classic pre-Prohibition speak easy offering custom classic cocktails. Such a wonderful place to hang out and have an outstanding drink. The bartenders are interesting to watch as they create your drink.

This is one of the most popular bars in the area, so you’ll be sure to have a good time. I ordered a few drinks, but my favorite ended up being the gin fizz.


Salinger’s

107 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: 585-546-6880
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When you’re looking to enjoy a drink or two after a long day at work, come relax at Salinger’s in Rochester, NY. Conveniently located on East Avenue in the cultural district, they always have over 50 kinds of beer to choose from, as well as a long list of cocktails and spirits.

They know that when you have a drink out, you’re not looking to spend your whole paycheck. That’s why their prices are always fair and their environment is always inviting.


Joey’s

561 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: 585-325-9223
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people on a bar drinking and playing pool

A charming neighborhood bar located right in the heart of downtown Rochester. Known for the coldest beers and the best pool table in the city.


The Spirit Room

139 State St, Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585-397-7595
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The Spirit Room is a meeting place, created by artists for artists. They are working-class misfits, queers, and witches who seek to disrupt and subvert the inherent class and gender biases that dominate the craft cocktail culture through community engagement, live performances, and radical dialogue.

I really loved this place, so I’ll be coming back soon. When I was here I ordered the Boulevardier with bourbon, Campari, sweet vermouth aged on charred wood. Some other drinks that the bartender recommended were the Dark Shadows, Prospector, or Resurrectionist.


Solera Wine Bar

647 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: 585-232-3070
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Solera is Rochester’s first wine bar, focused on a consistently rotating selection of exciting wines by the glass and an extensive reserve bottles list. They lean towards smaller production, family-owned wineries from off the beaten regions, and producers.

Wines that have a personality, a story, and a sense of place. Wine, beer, and snacks are served in a cozy, and stylishly old-world atmosphere.


Smash Room at Recreo

350 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: 585-546-7468
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Their unique smash room offers an experience for groups or individuals who want to destroy cars, electronics, or glassware inside a room while listening to music of their choice. Their smash room is unique because they’re the only smash room in the world that serves alcohol.


Nox Cocktail Lounge

302 N Goodman St, Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: 585-471-8803
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An unconventional, laid-back spot in Rochester’s Village Gate, offering Craft Cocktails, revisited comfort food, daily happy hour, and nightly events.

If you stop by this place, I would recommend trying the Goblin King;  vodka, lillet blanc, citrus syrup, and grapefruit. Other drinks that caught my eye were the Sazerac, The Bell Jar, and Farmer Gene Green. I’ll be ordering those next time I pop into this spot!


The Vesper

1 Capron St, Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: 585-454-1996
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A relaxed, cozy atmosphere that bridges the gap between casual and fine dining. The Vesper is a great place for a date, a special occasion, and also a place to just hang with friends. They’ve cultivated a neighborhood feel in a downtown establishment.

We had so much fun at this place! My friends ordered the Manhattan and Singapore Sling, and I opted for the Figueroa. My drink came with  Fig vodka, raisin, smoke, and molasses bitters.


Caverly’s Irish Pub

741 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: 585-278-1289
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Since 2005, Caverly’s Irish Pub has been a staple of Rochester, NY‘s South Wedge community. In the spirit of Ireland’s pubs, you’ll feel like you just entered your best friend’s living room. Historical memorabilia and traditional Irish culture surround their quaint corner pub.

Pull up a chair and let their friendly and welcoming staff pour you a pint or even a shot (or two) of Ireland’s favorite whiskeys.


Half Pint Pub

363 Park Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: 585-271-6384
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Half Pint Pub is an Irish Bar and Pub located at the corner of Oxford Street and Park Avenue in Rochester, NY. Its grand opening was during the 2011 Park Avenue Summer Art Festival.

Known for its large and ever-changing beer selections, Half Pint Pub serves beer in two half-pint glasses. Patrons have the opportunity to select two different beers for the price of one!


Final Thoughts

Did we leave any bars off of our list? Let us know in the comments! We had a blast compiling this list and sampling all of the delicious drinks at these Rochester hotspots.

Whether you’re looking for a place to watch the game, catch up with friends, or dance the night away, we’ve got you covered. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore everything Rochester has to offer!

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