Center City: the Best Places to Check Out Around the Liberty Pole

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Rochester's Downtown scene is in a period of rebirth. With new developments (Tower280), renovations (Legacy Tower, The Metropolitan, & The Sibley Building), and existing residential areas (The Temple Building Lofts), you can't deny it's changing - and growing - for the better.

With the Liberty Pole being an iconic landmark of our city, and at what some would argue to be our city's true center, we want you to know what is available. Whether you are a visitor at one of our city's best hotels (Radisson, the Hyatt, and the Hilton Garden Inn), you are a long-time church goer at Grace Road Church located in the Temple Building, a student at the Eastman School of Music, or if you are a newly minted resident in one of the cool lofts, here are the best places to check out when you are around the Pole.

Abilene Bar & Lounge

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Reconnect Rochester | Website

Map It: 153 Liberty Pole Way

A quaint little neighborhood bar/live music venue serving up great drinks from a friendly staff. On warmer days enjoy the patio and definitely check it out during Jazz Fest!

Connect with Abilene: website, facebook, twitter

Bar Bantam

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Map It: 1 South Clinton Ave

Located on the first floor of The Metropolitan, Bar Bantam is open for Breakfast and Lunch (Monday-Friday) as well as Dinner and Drinks (Wednesday-Saturday). Menus change seasonally and you’ll find plenty of gluten-free and vegan options.

Connect with Bar Bantam: website, facebook, instagram

Branca Midtown

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Map It: 280 E. Broad Street

This new restaurant located at Tower280 not only offers authentic Italian Cuisine, but a full Italian Coffee Bar. Pop in for lunch, dinner, cocktails, or even just an espresso.

Connect with Branca: website, facebook, instagram

Center City Terrace + Lounge

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Map It: 125 E. Main Street

If you're looking for your new favorite summer night spot, check out the Center City Terrace + Lounge on the 4th floor of the Hyatt Regency Rochester. Grab a drink, order off their Pub Plates menu and enjoy a beautiful and unique space in downtown Rochester.

Connect with CCT+L: website, facebook, instagram

Drifters L.B.

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Map It: 155 E. Main Street

Steps inside the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown you'll find Drifters Lounge & Bar. Yes, it might be a restaurant in a hotel, but that doesn't matter. For a peek inside check out our post from September, Drifters LB: not your Average Hotel Kitchen.

Connect with Drifters: website, facebook, instagram, twitter

Java's Cafe

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Map It: 16 Gibbs St.

A long time Rochester favorite, this cafe serves up your favorite lattes and drinks but also great sandwiches, baked goods, granola and more. It's always busy, it's always good.

And while you're at it, check out the calendar for the Eastman School of Music - you never know what free concert might be happening just next door. Or in the warmer weather pop over to Yogen Fruz just across the street.

Connect with Java's: website, facebook, instagram

RIT City Art Space

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Map It: 280 E. Main Street

New to the City Center neighborhood is the RIT City Art Space that opened on the ground floor of Sibley Square. The gallery is open Thursday-Sunday from 1-5pm and will feature new exhibitions monthly!

Connect with RIT City Art Space: website, facebook, instagram, twitter

Stromboli's Restaurant

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Stromboli's | Facebook

Map It: 130 East Ave

From their Breakfast Stromboli, to pizza, salad, pasta and more, Stromboli's on East Ave has so many options you won't be able to decide, they even have vegan options.

Connect with Stromboli's: website, facebook

Unter Biergarten

Map It: 120 East Ave

In the former home of Victoire, you'll now find Unter Biergarten. Having just opened in February and serving up their Bavarican Cuisine (that is Bavarian/New American), Unter Biergarten has already become a Rochester favorite. Check them out for lunch or dinner and don't miss their selection of Wurst from Swan Market, the Loaded Bavarian Tots, and well, everything else on the menu.

Connect with Unter Biergarten: website, facebook, instagram


Other Areas to Explore

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Rochester Parks | Website

St. Joseph's Park

Just North West of the Pole you'll stumble upon some Rochester History at St. Joseph's Park. This former Catholic Church almost burnt down entirely in 1974 and thankfully the Landmark Society along with the City of Rochester and some other groups and organizations worked hard to restore and preserve what remains. This is perfect for a picnic or an afternoon of exploring.

Map It: Pleasant St & N. Clinton

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Grove Place Neighborhood

Tucked behind the YMCA on E. Main and Press Coffee you'll find Grove Place. If you're looking to "step out" of the city and wander, this is the perfect place. This neighborhood is said to be "the oldest continually occupied residential neighborhood in Downtown Rochester" and we think you'll love it's charm, art, and architecture.

P.S. all of the places listed are around a quarter mile or less from the Liberty Pole - that is definitely walking distance!

Post was originally written in 2017 and has been updated since!


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5 Great Places for Slow Coffee in the City

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NOTE: This post was originally written on December 11th, 2015 when Glen Edith was Pour Coffee and Ugly Duck was just a pop-up espresso bar! We've updated the post, pictures and links:


In the age of artisanal beer, craft cocktails, and slow food, Rochester's slow coffee game is on point. Coffee doesn't always have to come from a spout. Sure, when you're on the go and out of time it's convenient, but when you've got time, here are 5 great places in the city for a slow cup of coffee:

1. Fuego Coffee Roasters

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From working with the farmers, to roasting the beans on site, Fuego's passion for great coffee is not hard to miss. Find them downtown in the Washington Square Neighborhood at 1 Woodbury Blvd.

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2. Glen Edith Coffee

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Tucked away, just off Park Ave on Somerton Street as well as on Elton Street, is Glen Edith Coffee. New to craft coffee? Just ask about their different brewing methods and menus option or check out their illustrated menu boards. Besides coffee, you'll find great food, beer and wine too at the Somerton location.

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3. Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

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"At the core of Joe Bean is a diverse group of people—a combination of family and friends. What brought this diverse group together was a rally call to create a coffee-loving city—a call to bring specialty coffee to Rochester" (via Joe Bean website). And they did just that, Joe Bean was the first to bring third wave coffee to Rochester when they opened. Beans are roasted on site and their extensive menu shows their love of coffee, food and supporting local. Find them on University Ave.

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4. Makers Gallery & Studio - 3rd Floor Cafe

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The 3rd Floor Cafe can be found inside Makers Gallery & Studio at 34 Elton Street. Brewing great coffee and curating local art this space will be more than just an art gallery and more than a coffee shop. According to the owners this will be a place for artists to exhibit, collaborate and learn. And of course - drink coffee.

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5. Ugly Duck Coffee

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Ugly Duck was not a traditional coffee shop when it first launched, it was a mobile espresso bar setting up across the city in various locations. Find them now at their permanent home at 89 Charlotte Street.

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BONUS: Meraki Coffee

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Meraki Coffee | Facebook Photo: Lily kweon photography

Meraki Coffee is a pop-up espresso bar that is currently setup in Cheesy Eddie's Bakery, Tuesday's through Saturday's. Keep an eye on their social media accounts for updates and to see where else you can find Meraki.

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Now, go get caffeinated!


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We're coffee people. Coffee dates, coffee meetings, and plain ol' coffee mornings. We love that we have great LOCAL options in our city. Follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

ROC City Guide: Best Places to Get a Coffee

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As much as Rochester is a beer town, we're also a caffeinated city. Everybody needs to know where to get their coffee. This is a FACT. 

It's probably the reason we can go out late and enjoy a great beer or two, and be up and at 'em the next morning. Luckily, we have plenty of options. 

Here are the Best Places to Get a Coffee in this city. 

1872 Cafe

Mayor's Heights

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431 W. Main Street
Rochester, NY 14608

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Boulder Coffee

South Wedge & Public Market

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100 Alexander Street
Rochester, NY 14620

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Cafe Sasso

Park Ave

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739 Park Ave
Rochester, NY 14607

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Fifth Frame Brewing

St. Paul Quarter

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155 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14604

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Fuego Coffee Roasters

Center City & Public Market

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1 Woodbury Blvd
Rochester, NY 14607

280 Union St. N (Public Market)
Rochester, NY 14609

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Glen Edith Coffee Roasters

Park Ave & NOTA

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23 Somerton Street
Rochester, NY 14607

44 Elton Street
Rochester, NY 14607

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Java's Cafe

Eastman Theatre + multiple locations

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Downtown Location:
16 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY 14604

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Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

NOTA

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1344 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

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New City Cafe

Beechwood

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441 Parsells Ave
Rochester, NY 14609

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Spot Coffee

East End + multiple locations

200 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

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Starry Nites Cafe

NOTA & Center City

NOTA
696 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

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Soul Coffee & Jazz

NOTA/Village Gate

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274 N. Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607

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Ugly Duck

Center City

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89 Charlotte Street
Rochester, NY 14607

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Village Bakery & Cafe

Culver Armory + multiple locations

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145 Culver Road
Rochester, NY 14620

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Fuego Coffee: indiegogo

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Tony and Renee Colon, the entrepreneurs at Fuego Coffee Roasters, are coming to the city for help. And we don't mean the bureaucratic City of Rochester…we mean the people.

Take a look at their Indiegogo video as they set out to raise funds to purchase a brand new Alpha Dominche Steampunk Brewing System. Interestingly enough, this will be the very first of its kind in the Western New York region and a way for Fuego to better serve its growing customer base.

Just another way we, here in Rochester, set out to differentiate ourselves from the rest of the world. World-class music, theatre, movies, photography, and steampunk coffee…yes, it's happening.

http://vimeo.com/89919598

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