Cocktail Lounges in Syracuse
The lounge in the Marx is very fancy and upscale looking.
Coleman's is a great Irish Pub/Restaurant with a busy bar and Guiness on draft. We have seen performers doing Irish songs and it has a good atmosphere. The food is excellent
Kitty Hoynes has good fish and chips.
Unless you want barbecue, stay away from the Dinasaur since it is a biker bar and a mob scene of people waiting for tables for their barbecue.
Armory square is good if you want to wander around and stop to check a few different ones out. The Blue Tusk is fun, 60+ brews on tap, good sandwiches. Kitty Hoynes is an Irish pub with good grub. Ambrosia is upscale, asian themed, w/ great food. Dinosaur BBQ is a loud, crowded honky tonk BBQ joint with blues every night. Daniel Jacks is a nice piano bar with interesting food. The Bull and Bear is a few blocks away, fun, neighborhood-y with live music and you never know who will stop in (John Corbett a few months ago). Some other non-Armory spots are Hafners (north) and Colemans (west). If "nice watering hole" means someplace you would take your mother in law try the Marx or Drumlins GC.