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Hit the Reset: The Games are Back On at Happy Valley Arcade Bar in Beacon

The Happy Valley Arcade Bar opened on Main Street in Beacon last August with the intention of bringing the best of '80s and early '90s arcade gaming back to Beacon: NBA Jam and Ms. Pac-Man, a Salt-n-Pepa-themed vending machine with the words "Push It Real Good" painted on the dispensary flap, and enough Day-Glo graphics on the walls to make you feel as if you've stepped inside your favorite Trapper Keeper. A week later they had to unplug the games due to pandemic regulations. But now, the vintage games are back on, the cocktails are flowing, and the patio is open.


Many Hoppy Returns: Q&A with Tommy Keegan

A conversation with Tommy Keegan of Keegan Ales about the business of beer as he celebrates 18 years of brewing in Kingston.


Plans Gone A-Sonder: A Spontaneous Natural Wine Bar in Hudson

Minimal intervention is the name of the game at this wee wine bar, which dishes up natural wines and vegetable-focused plates
While some of Hudson's restaurants have begun embracing natural wine in their beverage programs, there hasn't been a casual place to meet up with a friend and drink pet nats by the glass until Sonder Natural Wine bar opened up at 610 Warren Street in early August.


Dive Bar Spotlight: Exchange Hotel

A spotlight on the Exchange Hotel, Chronogrammies winner in the Drink category.


Bartender Spotlight: Erin O'Neill of Tavern 23

A spotlight on Erin O'Neill of Tavern 23, Chronogrammies winner in the Drink category.


Brunette Wine Bar Slated to Reopen in July with New Owners

The Natural Wine Isn't Going Anywhere, But Expect a Fuller Food Menu from Brunette 2.0
At the height of the pandemic in late April, the sale of Brunette Wine Bar in Kingston finally went through, and Philadelphian couple Maxwell Botwick and Jessie Harris took over as owners. Natural wine will be the through-line for the next incarnation of Brunette, but expect a larger menu with local sourcing and seasonal specials.


"Cocktails for the Quarantine" with Edward Gibbons-Brown from Mama Roux

Learn to Make Your Favorite Drinks with this Charming Video Series
Edward Gibbons-Brown, a Beacon-based bartender, has created a video series, "Cocktails for the Quarantine," that's two parts instruction, one part humor, and one part entrepreneurship.


Firewater, Fireside

9 Places to Drink by Firelight this Winter
Drinks correspondent Molly Sterrs rounds up 9 of the best Hudson Valley bars with fireplaces for all your chilly winter drinking nights.


'Tis the Saisonnier: A Bar for All Seasons in Kinderhook

Serving Up Columbia County Terroir in Drink, Fare, and Ambiance
Dreamed up as a cozy tavern showcasing the best craft beers of the Hudson Valley and the world, since opening in summer 2019, Saisonnier in Kinderhook, NY has quickly evolved into a gastropub, beloved for its craft cheese plates, local charcuterie boards, and sandwiches that boast old-world sophistication and simplicity.


The Broadway Bar Crawl

Drink Your Way through Kingston, NY
With its wonderful intersection of walkability and nightlife, the up-and-coming waterfront city of Kingston, NY is the perfect place to do a bonafide bar crawl with all your drinking buddies. Here is a six-stop pub crawl along Broadway, Kingston's main arterial.


New Paltz Bar Hop with Chronogram Smartcard

A list of New Paltz bars accepting the Chronogram Smartcard app.


Where to Find a Classic Bar Trivia Night

Trivia nights are one of the best ways to relax, have a good time after a long day of work, and make use of the useless, niche knowledge you've acquired over the years in a low-stakes, chill way. Unsure where to find one with the right vibe near you? Read on to find your new favorite trivia haunt.


So Duckin’ Good—Rushing Duck Brewery's Owners On Family, Their Craft & Everything On Tap

Rushing Duck Brewery, which offers 20 taps and two tasting rooms, brings a family-run mentality and small staff to the Hudson Valley brewery scene, hoping to draw the locals and lower-Hudson Valley travelers to taste their craft brews.



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