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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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

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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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Welcome to the City: April/May Edition

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GRAND OPENINGS ||

The city has awakened, it's becoming more exciting, and it's expanding. We want to send a huge WELCOME TO THE CITY! to the following new ROC businesses that opened in the last 2 months...

Abode:

Abode Rochester Why you want to check it out: Nestled in the South Wedge is a one of a kind "furniture & more" shop. Looking for that perfect, unique piece of furniture for your condo, apartment or even office? Maybe mid-century style holds a tender place in your heart. What about a decorative accent for yourself or a gift for a friend? Abode has all of this covered without charging an arm and a leg! Website: http://www.aboderoc.com/ Follow them: Facebook, Instagram Map: 289 Gregory Street Related Post - Abode Rochester: Opening Day

City Grill Rochester:

City Grill Patio Why you want to check it out: In the hustle & bustle of East Ave, a new restaurant and ballroom event space has opened. With indoor and outdoor seating and private dining at City Grill, and event space for meetings, weddings, or anything you can think of at Ballroom 384, this place has got you covered! Website: http://www.citygrillrochester.com/ Follow them: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Map: 384 East Avenue

Pour Coffee Parlor:

Pour Coffee Parlor Why you want to check it out: Fresh pour over, chemex, cold brew Nitro, and more. Whether you know what those are or not it doesn't matter - come learn and watch the craft of great coffee making and enjoy a cup vastly different than what's just sitting in a coffee pot. Pour baristas are friendly, knowledgeable, and care enough that you try a great cup of Joe at least once in your lifetime. Added plus: sandwiches, pastries, salads, beer, other beverages, waffles, and even gluten free food & pastries! Website: http://www.pourcoffeeparlor.com/ Follow them: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Map: 23 Somerton St. Related Post - Pour Coffee: sneak peek inside

Press Coffee:

Press-Coffee Why you want to try: Located in a beautiful historic building downtown on E. Main, this local coffee shop roasts small batch fair trade coffee. With huge windows lining the full length of the coffee shop, you can enjoy the views of Main Street over coffee, pastries, sandwiches, fresh squeezed lemonade and more. We even heard rumblings of local bands playing here in the near future. Also, while we are HUGE fans of Java's on Gibbs, Press Coffee gives the Eastman students, concert goers, and Grove Place residents another great option to choose from in the neighborhood. Great cities aren't limited to just one coffee shop, there really must be multiple options to appease our caffeine addictions. Follow them: Facebook, Twitter Map: 480 E. Main St.

Founders Café:

Founders Cafe Why you want to try: Located inside the beautiful and historic Academy Building [built in 1873] in the heart of the city, there's much to love about this café. Inside you'll find everything a coffee shop should have - coffee, lattes, espresso, and smoothies, plus sandwiches, paninis, soup, salads, and wraps. The newly built front outdoor patio certainly gives just another reason to check this place out. Website: http://founderscaferochester.com/ Follow them: Facebook Map: 13 Fitzhugh St. Related Post - Founders Cafe: sneak peek

Arhaus:

Arhaus Opening Culver Road Armory Why you want to try: Arhaus may not be a local furniture shop, but we're sure excited that they moved out of the suburbs and into the city of Rochester! We can't wait to see more businesses make the move too. While we're certainly fans of shop local and smaller stores, there's something to be said of our city when these larger chains are taking notice and making the move....hmmm....maybe you should check out what's going on too? Website: http://www.arhaus.com/store/ Follow them: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Map: 155 Culver Road, Culver Road Armory Related Post - 5 City Developments to Watch for in 2014

Park Ave Paninoteca:

Park-Ave-Paninoteca Why you want to try: Paninis, sandwiches, pastas, and other Italian specialties from family recipes, AND located on beautiful Park Ave. With a great location and outdoor patio space available, this adds another venue to the amazing options in the Park Ave neighborhood. Come in and be treated like family! Follow them: Facebook, Twitter Map: 266 Park Ave Related: Park Ave Posts