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Bars and nightlife in Ithaca

Top bars

New American Restaurant
“Solid local food, with many Veg / Vegan options. Also, always a great draught beer selection.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“My personal favorite restaurant in Ithaca. Just a Taste is a Tapas (multiple, small plates) restaurant that always seems to impress. A great place for a couple or small group, you can peruse the menu and order a flight of wine, a few different appetizers, entrees, and desserts, and get a taste of what the Ithaca food and drink scene has to offer. Just a Taste is located on Ithaca's central culinary street, next to The Commons.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
“Maxie's offers a classier option for dinner, with a raw oyster bar and a full Cajun menu loaded with options. The menu features killer po'boy sandwiches and a Tuesday night fried chicken special, plus a full cocktail bar. Live music some nights, but not usually on Tuesdays.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“This is our go-to first stop on a date night. When you step into the Inn, you think you're in a different country. The drinks, the setting, the live music... In the summer, there's often a food truck serving food on the back patio. They've also just opened the Warehouse next door, which has a stunningly designed lounge, as well as great drinks and light food fare.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Pub
“Casual outdoor seating area is bustling in the summer months. There's often a food truck on site, or you can order takeout from Saigon Kitchen next door.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Viva is one of our all-time favorite restaurants. Located right on The Commons, it provides a chill and friendly atmosphere. Not only that but the Mexican/Southwest fusion food will be sure to win over even the pickiest eater. We go there regularly and have never been disappointed by the service or the food!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Tea Room
“Fun bar, usually music and dancing, sometimes live music, karaoke, drag shows….just depends on the night! Beer “garden” in alley outside (no garden, just a place to smoke cigarettes and drink at the same time). ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bistro
“Cozy place. Curated comfort food, with a tight bar staff. Great place to be.”
  • 18 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Pub
“Casual outdoor seating area is bustling in the summer months. There's often a food truck on site, or you can order takeout from Saigon Kitchen next door.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Tea Room
“Fun bar, usually music and dancing, sometimes live music, karaoke, drag shows….just depends on the night! Beer “garden” in alley outside (no garden, just a place to smoke cigarettes and drink at the same time). ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Lounge
“Nice cocktails and cozy atmosphere, conveniently located nearby the State Theater and my favorite vintage store: The Vintage Industry! Local drinks. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Though this isn't my vibe all the time, they have some incredible musical acts coming through. It's definitely work checking their schedule, they might have one of your favorite bands coming to town! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Tea Room
“Funky cafe with Kava, kombucha and tea. Great to hang out on comfy sofas, play chess and attend open mic. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Night Club
“A great late night dance club with various DJs keeping the crowd hopping. Early evenings at Silky's are also a good time with plenty of games on hand for groups to play while socializing over cool cocktails. Keep it Silky!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Night Club
  • 2 locals recommend
Night Club
“Also known as just "Moonies" - it is a popular destination for college students, mainly Cornelians. Some say it is the only worthwhile bar to go to in Ithaca. ”
  • 1 local recommends

Music venues

Concert Hall
“Historical Theater located in the heart of downtown Ithaca. Everyone from Janis Joplin, Van Morisson to Match Box 20 has performed here! If lucky you might catch "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" with Audience participation!!!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Though this isn't my vibe all the time, they have some incredible musical acts coming through. It's definitely work checking their schedule, they might have one of your favorite bands coming to town! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“They usually have some great music here, Thursday nights are Drag Nights! Check out House of Merlot on Facebook for more details. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
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