Forgive me, Father, for I have attempted graphic design.
I really wish I had studied Photoshop in college instead of that damn beer pong course.
The map above is my attempt at simplifying things for you in what is about to become the exciting new Warehouse District of Albany, NY.
Starting from left to right Â (or South to North, depending on how nerdy you are), we have:
677 Prime. Â Â Owned by the local legend, Angelo Mazzone. Â 677 Prime is one of my favorite restaurants in the entire world. Â Delicious, creative food, perfect service, and amazing drinks. It’s not cheap, but you get what you pay for…a wonderful experience.
The Olde English. Â Scheduled to open in Summer 2011 (probably August, but don’t hold me to it). Â To be owned by Greta & Mark Graydon, Demetra & Jimmy Vann (who are owners of Wolff’s Biergarten), and Matt Baumgartner (who owns Bombers Burrito Bar, Wolff’s Biergarten and writes for Friday Puppy. Â Matt can often be found at a bar nearest you trying to shake off his latest panic attack by licking the inside of empty martini glasses.)
The Olde English will feature quality English beer and food, and will have a gigantic back patio where you can get your drink on.
Albany Pump Station. Â I apologize to our friends at The Pump Station. Â I forgot to include them in the map the first time around. Â In my head, I went down Broadway, but I forgot about the Pump Station tucked back there off the street. Â Anyway, it goes without saying, but Albany Pump Station has delicious beer and great food.
Miss Albany Diner. Â (that says Miss Albany Diner. Â I never liked yellow for this exact reason. Â Unless it’s used for writing my name in snow.) Â Miss Albany Diner is owned by Jane Brown, and her son, Bill. Â It is a local piece of history, and the spot where I eat my eggs and ham every morning I’m in town.
Wolff’s Biergarten. Owned by Matt Baumgartner, and Demetra & James Vann. Â Wolff’s Biergarten features many German, Czech and Belgian beers (and delicious, authentic German food.) Â Also, Wolff’s is a soccer bar, and where you should be THIS Saturday @ 2:30 to watch the Champion’s League Final.
Stout. Â Owned by Mike Graney (who also owns Graney’s on New Scotland Avenue in Albany, NY), and two other guys (I think) whose names I can not remember. Â At this point I would like to point out that I am not an actual journalist.
Stout opens this week, and is located directly across the street from Wolff’s Biergarten. Â It is going to be an Irish Pub which means I just got a little drunker.
Thatcher Street Pub. Â Owned by I Have No Idea, Thatcher Street Pub is awesome. Â It’s a dive bar, and when you go to Thatcher Street Pub, you might want to leave your wife home. Â They have really great pizza (which is free on Thursdays, I think), and a pool table, and um, darts. Â They also have……Oh fuck it… it’s a bikini bar. Â There, are you happy? Â It has hot girls in bikinis serving you cold beers and good food.
Rosie, who works during the day, is my favorite. Â She doesn’t sport a bikini, however. Â But she is a hoot to talk to.
The Barrel Saloon. Â Owned by Chris Pratt (who also owns Pearl Street Pub, and every karaoke mic he’s ever met), and Alessio Depoli. Â The Barrel Saloon opens next week, and is a country rock n roll bar with tons of beer and whiskey. Â They’re going to featuring NASCAR and live music.
Hope this helps. Â I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have after my nap.