New York State’s capital city is still a place of deals made in smoky back rooms and in corner booths of dimly lighted restaurants. It’s a company town where during the week people eat, sleep and breath politics. On weekends they leave it all behind, as the Hudson River Valley is one of the most gorgeous parts of the state.
The gay community here is compact, with a handful of establishments around Central Avenue. Things can get raucous late at night, as the bars here don’t close until 4 am. Capital Pride has dozens of events spread over the first two weeks of June.
Albany International Airport is a small airport with mostly domestic flights. Amtrak trains head here from New York City via a spectacular route along the mighty Hudson River.
A car will make it easier to get around the city but for public transportation information see CDTA
The Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Center has info on the local scene.
Diversity Rules Magazine is gay publication for Upstate NY - read online if you're outside the area.
Gay Albany Online has a guide and events listings. Metroland is the local alternative weekly with general listings, events and reviews. Diversity Rules, is the latest monthly publication for Upstate NY.
Cafe Hollywood (275 Lark St) neighborhood scene, diverse crowd, patio and sidewalk seating, basic food.
Oh Bar (304 Lark St) durable 7-day neighborhood hangout; videos, karaoke, pool and dart games, big back patio.
Rocks (77 Central Ave) happening gay club, Sunday T-dance, bear and leather events, karaoke, underwear parties, cabaret and drag shows, latin nights
Waterworks (76 Central Ave) seven-nights neighborhood pub, games, videos, jukebox; 18+ dance club with big floor and smoking patio.
River Street Club (540 River St) closest tubs just off I-787 in Troy NY, dry sauna, steam, hot tub, lounge, internet area, gym.
Morgan State House (393 State St; 888 427-6063) 19th-century elegance restored for unique Capital District accommodations. Luxury and business accommodations, centrally located on quiet, tree-lined residential street overlooking Washington Park.
See our map & listings page for some Albany restaurant suggestions.
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