Best Bars and Nightlife

Lux Lounge
4.2 Stars
Bar
Offbeat hangout for cocktails with a backyard & fire pit, plus a pool table, jukebox & board games.
666 South Ave
Opens at 5:00 PM
Lux Lounge

Winton Bar and Grill
4.1 Stars
Sports Bar
Neighborhood haunt serving burgers & bar food amid TVs showing sports in a homey, dark space.
196 Winton Rd N
Winton Bar and Grill

Scotland Yard Pub
4.1 Stars
$$ · Pizza
Weekly karaoke & trivia enhance this cheery English pub sporting a long bar & twists on grill fare.
187 St Paul St
Scotland Yard

Johnny’s Irish Pub
4.1 Stars
Irish Pub
A convivial vibe & the scent of popcorn fill this Irish pub featuring local bands & basic pub grub.
1382 Culver Rd
Johnny's Irish Pub

Victoire Belgian Beer Bar & Bistro
3.7 Stars
Belgian
Euro-inspired pub featuring Belgian brews & dishes in addition to classic American bar fare.

Temple Bar & Grille
3.9 Stars $$
Grill
Karaoke, nightly beer specials & sports TV in a comfy bar & grill with a pool table & darts.
109 East Ave.
Temple Bar and Grille

The Distillery Restaurant Rochester
4.0 Stars
Grill
Hopping American sports bar & grill lined with 30+ TVs in lodgelike digs with an outdoor terrace.
1142 Mt Hope Ave.
The Distillery Restaurant

Abilene
4.3 Stars
Lounge
Warm hangout featuring live bands most nights, plus an eclectic beer list & backyard seating.
153 Liberty Pole Way.
Abilene Bar and Lounge

Windjammers  Bar & Grill
4.5 Stars
$$ · Bar
Long-lasting tavern known for its wings & burgers, music (live or DJS) & multiple TVs showing games.
Address: 4695 Lake Ave, Rochester, NY 14612
Phone:(585) 663-9691
Menu: windjammersbarandgrill.com
Windjammers

Local Museums and Art Galleries

Memorial Art Gallery
4.6 Stars
Museum
Sprawling collection from medieval to contemporary works, with paintings by Rembrandt & Monet.
500 University Ave
(585) 276-8900
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ARTISANworks
4.9 Stars
Art Gallery
Renovated factory building housing many multidisciplinary art pieces & offering event space.
565 Blossom Rd # L
(585) 288-7170
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Rochester Contemporary Art Center
1 review · Art Gallery
137 East Ave
(585) 461-2222
Rochester Art Center

 

Local Theatres

Rochester Broadway Theatre League / RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre
4.7 Stars · Performing Arts Theater
Built as a Masonic Temple theater in 1928, this elegant space now hosts touring Broadway shows.
885 E Main St
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Blackfriars Theatre
4.7 Stars · Performing Arts Theater
Professional theater putting on 6 plays per year, from Broadway musicals to holiday shows.
795 E Main St

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Geva Theatre Center
4.4 Stars · Performing Arts Theater
Professional shows & public programs staged in a renovated 19th-century arsenal with a bar & cafe.
75 Woodbury Blvd

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Downstairs Cabaret Theatre
No reviews · Performing Arts Theater
Veteran nonprofit staging a variety of innovative theatrical productions, plus jazz concerts.
20 Windsor St.

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The Little Theatre
4.5 Stars $ · Movie Theater
A mix of indie & foreign films, rotating art displays & music in a 1929 theater with a casual cafe.
240 East Ave #100
Opens at 5:00 PM

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