Can you really call your Friday evening "a night on the town" if it ended at 8pm after a too-quick meal from your weekly standby? With new bars and restaurants opening in the Hudson Valley every month, it'd be a shame not to fill an evening to its brim.
Luckily, New Paltz's compact downtown is home to a curated bar and restaurant scene. You can nurse a high-impact tiki drink, have a leisurely dinner, then finish out the night with the new drafts from top-tier Hudson Valley brewmasters.
The whimsical cocktails at this colorful Polynesian paradise scream retro-Hollywood fun. Taking nods from Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic, Fuchsia serves up classics like the original 1944 Mai Tai plus a slew of original house-made creations in fanciful mugs. Although there are over 200 kinds of rum on offer, not all the cocktails are rum-based. Like the Last Voyage, which features Hayman's Gin, Green Chartreuse, passionfruit, citrus, and sage. If you're feeling ambitious, round up your friends for a large-format cocktail like the Death Charge, which serves three to four people.
This German-influenced beer garden and pub doesn't just carry classic brews from the motherland. They also have some heavy-hitting names from this side of the Atlantic, like Sloop, Grimm, and the Alchemist. To get the full experience, add a soft pretzel with beer cheese dipping sauce.
When you touch down at this homage to the Big Easy, opt for an old-school cocktail like the snow-white Ramos Gin Fizz. Its fluffy, frothy texture comes from raw egg white and rich cream vigorously shaken together with lime juice and fragrant orange flower water—topped off with a spritzy splash of club soda.
Do as the French do and settle in for a relaxing meal at the newly opened RUNA. Hearty bistro fare like duck cassoulet, mushroom and vegetable bourguignon, and crème brûlée will surely fuel the evening ahead.
Ready for a last-call drink and some late night eats? Head to this welcoming watering hole that boasts over 300 different beers. A few of them even come straight from the microbrewery in back. If a pile of wings or a juicy Pat La Frieda burger are calling your name, the kitchen takes orders until 1am Thursday-Saturday.