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Jun 5, 2009 08:48 PM

Lounges in Albany Area

Sorry, this is not exactly "Chow" material, but I am looking for a lounge or wine bar in the Albany area. A place that is upscale and possibly similar to a Manhattan bar/lounge...any ideas? Thanks!

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  1. There is The Wine Bar on Broadway in Saratoga. If you want to stay in downtown Albany Dale Miller is rumored to have a rooftop terrace where you can have cocktails with great views of the city. Blue 82 on S. Pearl is "loungy", there may be a young crowd depending on what night you go though. I would stay far away from Vin Santo in Latham, to be frank it's crap.

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    1. re: kailin

      Agree Vin Santo in Latham is inconsistent. We went to The Wine Bar again recently and it's one of my favorite restaurants in the Capital Region. The Wine Bar also has a nice bar where you can have cocktails or a nosh. One of the more sophisticated places.

      Here's what we had:

      jspear, The Wine Bar was great. We had our favorite server. Food was amazing. This is what I remember (details/description doesn't do the food justice):

      *asparagus soup with a mini grilled cheese/mushroom/truffle oil brioche sandwich
      *Salad with an apricot scone and sugared walnuts. Goat cheese, candied walnuts/apricots in a small mason jar (like coddled cream)
      *Black cod (cucumber on top)
      *Duck with carrot gnocchi and roasted carrots
      *Chicken canelloni with morels

      Everything we ordered was a small plate or 1/2 portion. We still ordered too much. All was delicious. I probably wouldn't get the canelloni again.

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      financialdistrictresident May 29, 2009 06:54PM

    2. If you are looking for cocktails, I'd suggest the DP Brasserie. Here is a peek at their cocktail menu:

      It is on my to-do list especially since they stock creme de violette for their aviations. Sure, there are a lot of sticky sweet drinks on the menu I wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole. But I'll happily sit at a bar that makes those if they can build a mean sazerac.

      Let me know what you think.

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      1. re: Daniel B.

        Thanks for the suggestions! I will be trying one tonight!