Nightlife: A Guide to Bars Nearby
Whether you are searching for a classy wine bar or a dive bar with live music and $2 PBRs, it's possible to have a fun night out on the town within a 30 minute drive from the lodge. Keep in mind: the Adirondacks have limited taxi/uber/lyft services, so prepare to have to drive yourself home after your night out.
Below is a list of popular late night establishments in the Adirondacks (High Peaks Region):
Wine / Craft Cocktails
Top of the Park | Lake Placid, New York
Located on Main Street in Lake Placid, Top of the Park features delicious craft cocktails, wine, and beer. They have a large indoor bar as well as tables on their second story outdoor deck overlooking Mirror Lake and the High Peaks. They also serve incredible small plates. Also featured in our Dining Guide: Great Food with a View
Liquids & Solids | Lake Placid, New York
L&S is the best place to get an amazing craft cocktail in the area. Located away from Main Street, L&S is a good place to go if you want to skip the downtown crowds. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, and the bar is quite large. They also serve wonderful food and are featured on our Dining Guide: Local & Craft.
The Great Hall Bar at Hotel Saranac | Saranac Lake, new York
Go back in time to the Roaring 20s at the gorgeous Great Hall Bar at Hotel Saranac. They feature signature cocktails, wine, and beer. The atmosphere is hard to beat - with the beautifully decorated bar and lounge or the large outdoor terrace with comfy seating. We recommend grabbing a drink at the bar then heading next door to Fiddlehead Bistro for dinner and more drinks!
Maggie's Pub at the Lake Placid Lodge | Lake Placid, new York
We highly recommend visiting the Lake Placid Lodge while you are in the area. The Adirondack rustic decor and atmosphere is unlike anything nearby. Every detail is beautiful and the views of Lake Placid are stunning. While the lodge rooms average around $1,000 per night in the busy season, anyone can visit Maggie's Pub for a more affordable taste of the high life.
The Cottage at the Mirror Lake Inn | Lake Placid, New York
The Cottage is exactly what the name suggests: a quaint and super cozy cottage bar/restaurant right on Mirror Lake across from the Mirror Lake Inn. The bar is quite small; however, there is outdoor seating during the warmer months. Enjoy a draft beer, great wine, or classic cocktails while overlooking the lake. Also featured in our Dining Guide: Great Food with a View.
The Deer's Head Inn | Elizabethtown, new York
The Deer's Head Inn is a great bar and restaurant in Elizabethtown. It's known for great craft cocktails, local craft beers, and your standard PBR! Play a game of pool while you drink or simply sit and chat at their large bar. They often have live music, so check out their Instagram for events and specials. They also serve wonderful food and are featured on our Dining Guide: Local & Craft.
Sports Bar / Pub / Brewery
Wiseguys Sports Bar & Grill | Lake Placid, New York
Wiseguys is your typical sports bar with cheap eats and drinks. It's a popular place to grab a beer and watch a game on one of their many televisions. It's off the main drag, so it's a good place to go during the busy season when bars on Main Street can get crowded.
Player's Sports Bar | Lake Placid, New York
Player's is located right on Main Street in Lake Placid. It shares the same building with Top of the Park (featured above). The bar features indoor and outdoor tables with views of Mirror Lake. Catch a game of one of their televisions or enjoy dinner and drinks on the outdoor patio.
Zig Zag's Pub | Lake Placid, New York
Zig Zag's Pub has been around for many years. It's your typical dive/sports bar with pool tables and a relaxed atmosphere. No frills, just cheap drinks and friendly bartenders. It's popular with both tourists and locals due to its home-town feel.
Lake Placid Pub & Brewery | Lake Placid, New York
The Lake Placid Pub & Brewery is incredibly popular with tourists and locals. Chances are you've tried their famous Ubu Ale at one of the local restaurants in the area. The pub is located in an old church across from Mirror Lake. There are three floors. The bottom floor is home to the main bar with a pool table and plenty of seating. It's a very fun place with awesome beer brewed in house. A must stop for all the beer lovers out there!
Big Slide Brewery & Public House | Lake Placid, New York
Big Slide is the sister pub to the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery. It has a cool modern feel and is located outside of town. They have awesome original craft beers, with the option to try a wide variety with their famous been flights. The food is good and the cocktails are also delicious.
Bitters & Bones | Saranac Lake, New York
It's hard to categorize "Bitters" as the locals call it. It has a bit of a sports bar vibe but with a more trendy and rustic feel. They serve local and domestic beer as well as craft cocktails. One step up for bar-fare, their food is also good. While I wouldn't make a special trip to Saranac Lake for the bar, it's the best casual bar in town and is worth a stop if you're in the area.
The Pourman's Taphouse | Wilmington, New York
The Pourman's Taphhouse is a welcomed addition to the limited bar/restaurant seen in the Jay/Wilmington area. They serve a large selection of beer and have a full liquor bar. The food is also good and the atmosphere is modern and casual. A great stop after a day at Whiteface! They occasionally have live music or themed parties as well, so check out their website for more information.
Bars with Live Music/ Events
The Waterhole & Upstairs Music Lounge | Saranac Lake
The Waterhole has the best live shows in the area. The line-up can range from low key bluegrass to more upbeat jam bands. They are known for their "Party on the Patio", free outdoor live shows hosted from May to October each year. They also have weekend show in their upstairs music lounge that typically cost from $10 - $20. The bar itself is a bit of a dive, but it's a Saranac Lake staple loved by both tourists and locals alike.
The only Night club we have...
Roomer's Night Club (Lake Placid)
Roomer's is the only night club nearby. It's located right on main street in Lake Placid and can be a lot of fun if you catch it on the right night. The music varies - think "wedding reception dance party" - with the ability to request your favorite tunes. It's geared towards tourists and locals of all ages, so you will definitely see a mix of people. It can get a little rowdy after midnight, so be prepared! 21+ only.
Enjoying the area during the summer months? Plan your night out around some great live music. View the line-up on our guide to Live Music: Summer/Fall 2018.