Guidebook for Rochester

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Guidebook for Rochester

Food Scene

Vibrant, fun atmosphere for great cocktails upstairs, with tapas-style dining downstairs. Both get two thumbs up!
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Tapas 177
177 Saint Paul Street
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Vibrant, fun atmosphere for great cocktails upstairs, with tapas-style dining downstairs. Both get two thumbs up!
We walk here every Saturday for our favorite coffee of the week. I am in love with their latte (with agave instead of sugar) and Brad gets their cinnamon chipotle mocha. To. die. for.
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Fuego Coffee Roasters
1 Euclid Street
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We walk here every Saturday for our favorite coffee of the week. I am in love with their latte (with agave instead of sugar) and Brad gets their cinnamon chipotle mocha. To. die. for.
A Rochester staple, right down the road. Incredible barbecue in a local haunt with lots of character, overlooking the Genesee River. No reservations, so dining between 4:45-9pm can be tricky.
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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
99 Court Street
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A Rochester staple, right down the road. Incredible barbecue in a local haunt with lots of character, overlooking the Genesee River. No reservations, so dining between 4:45-9pm can be tricky.
All vegan menu - even when what you're ordering comes with "bacon." Honestly, we love eating meat and dairy products, and we highly recommend this place. The ambiance is great and food is satisfying.
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The Red Fern
283 Oxford Street
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All vegan menu - even when what you're ordering comes with "bacon." Honestly, we love eating meat and dairy products, and we highly recommend this place. The ambiance is great and food is satisfying.
Great inexpensive Vietnamese.
Sea
741 Monroe Avenue
Great inexpensive Vietnamese.
Our favorite restaurant in Rochester. Courses are all served family-style, and the chefs are absolutely genius. Great flavors, fresh vegetables, and a sublime cocktail list are sure to wow you. Fancy.
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Good Luck
50 Anderson Avenue
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Our favorite restaurant in Rochester. Courses are all served family-style, and the chefs are absolutely genius. Great flavors, fresh vegetables, and a sublime cocktail list are sure to wow you. Fancy.
Extensive beer selection on draught and great upscale bar food. Fun place with rotating art.
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Tap and Mallet
381 Gregory Street
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Extensive beer selection on draught and great upscale bar food. Fun place with rotating art.
Hot dogs in more varieties than you can imagine - even a vegan version I've heard is top notch. It's small, but there is seating. You can't leave unsatisfied.
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Dogtown
691 Monroe Avenue
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Hot dogs in more varieties than you can imagine - even a vegan version I've heard is top notch. It's small, but there is seating. You can't leave unsatisfied.
Rochester staple right next to the Geva theater is open late, and is filled top to bottom with eclectic artwork. Great selection of coffee, tea, and baked goods.
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Java's Cafe
16 Gibbs Street
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Rochester staple right next to the Geva theater is open late, and is filled top to bottom with eclectic artwork. Great selection of coffee, tea, and baked goods.
Expensive, but oh are those steaks to die for. If you're looking to spend a little extra, you will NOT be disappointed here.
Max Chophouse
1456 Monroe Avenue
Expensive, but oh are those steaks to die for. If you're looking to spend a little extra, you will NOT be disappointed here.
Inexpensive tasty Greek food. Great for takeout.
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Aladdin's Natural Eatery
646 Monroe Avenue
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Inexpensive tasty Greek food. Great for takeout.
Non-traditional take on a bistro, with fantastic innovative sandwiches and soups. Best option for lunch in the South Wedge. Watch out, their hours can be limited.
Open Face
651 South Avenue
Non-traditional take on a bistro, with fantastic innovative sandwiches and soups. Best option for lunch in the South Wedge. Watch out, their hours can be limited.
An intimate space, with great food (vegan and vegetarian options abound). Creative and delicious.
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The Owl House
75 Marshall Street
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An intimate space, with great food (vegan and vegetarian options abound). Creative and delicious.
Mouthwatering upscale authentic Italian. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Not inexpensive, but worth it for a nice meal.
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Rocco
165 Monroe Avenue
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Mouthwatering upscale authentic Italian. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Not inexpensive, but worth it for a nice meal.
Right in the public market, this authentic empanada stand is run by an adorable older couple and their staff. You'll walk away with hot sauce on your shirt, but it'll be worth it.
Juan & Maria's Empanada Stop
280 North Union Street
Right in the public market, this authentic empanada stand is run by an adorable older couple and their staff. You'll walk away with hot sauce on your shirt, but it'll be worth it.
Our favorite greasy spoon. This diner is packed on the weekends, where customers sit elbow to elbow, but the grits, eggs, and breakfast meats are totally worth it.
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James Brown's Place
1356 Culver Road
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Our favorite greasy spoon. This diner is packed on the weekends, where customers sit elbow to elbow, but the grits, eggs, and breakfast meats are totally worth it.
Eccentric but inspired menu. Check out their website for themed dinners, or stop by during regular hours for a culinary treat.
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Atlas Eats
2185 North Clinton Avenue
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Eccentric but inspired menu. Check out their website for themed dinners, or stop by during regular hours for a culinary treat.
Best Thai in Rochester. They will feed you well, quickly, and with a smile. A pleasant spot with phenomenal service and food. Beef satay, kung phat duck, and spicy lemongrass shrimp are musts.
The KING AND I Cuisine of Thailand
1455 East Henrietta Road
Best Thai in Rochester. They will feed you well, quickly, and with a smile. A pleasant spot with phenomenal service and food. Beef satay, kung phat duck, and spicy lemongrass shrimp are musts.

Drinks & Nightlife

Lively sports bar for a beer and wings.
Scotland Yard Pub
187 Saint Paul Street
Lively sports bar for a beer and wings.
Speak-easy style bar with phenomenal cocktails. If you're lucky enough to be here in the summer, plan on sitting outside on the patio and grabbing a bite from the standing food truck.
The Daily Refresher
293 Alexander Street
Speak-easy style bar with phenomenal cocktails. If you're lucky enough to be here in the summer, plan on sitting outside on the patio and grabbing a bite from the standing food truck.
We go there to play, but if you're looking for something to do, head over to Hot Shots for a cheap beer and a peek at some of Rochester's finest indoor volleyball action!
Hot Shots Volleyball
1046 University Avenue
We go there to play, but if you're looking for something to do, head over to Hot Shots for a cheap beer and a peek at some of Rochester's finest indoor volleyball action!
Their bar area is really a treat for cocktails. Food is upscale, but very good too.
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The Revelry
1290 University Avenue
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Their bar area is really a treat for cocktails. Food is upscale, but very good too.
Looking for a dirty dive bar with cheap drinks and tons of locals? You've got it!
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Lux Lounge
666 South Avenue
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Looking for a dirty dive bar with cheap drinks and tons of locals? You've got it!
Check out this venue for awesome bluegrass/upbeat folk music and drinks a short walk from the apartment. Don't miss their signature Moscow Mule served in a copper mug.
Abilene Bar and Lounge
153 Liberty Pole Way
Check out this venue for awesome bluegrass/upbeat folk music and drinks a short walk from the apartment. Don't miss their signature Moscow Mule served in a copper mug.
Another divey treat downtown. This place has frequent small-time musical acts, and a really solid trivia night that earns its name "Thinkin and Drinkin" Monday nights at 8pm (but really closer to 9).
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The Bug Jar
219 Monroe Avenue
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Another divey treat downtown. This place has frequent small-time musical acts, and a really solid trivia night that earns its name "Thinkin and Drinkin" Monday nights at 8pm (but really closer to 9).
This multi-story trendy restaurant is a wonderful spot to go for a classy drink, especially if the rooftop bar is open on a warm night.
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TRATA: The Restaurant At The Armory
145 Culver Road
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This multi-story trendy restaurant is a wonderful spot to go for a classy drink, especially if the rooftop bar is open on a warm night.
Wine bar downstairs, speakeasy upstairs. If you're into hidden gems, walk straight through Solera to the back staircase which will lead you to a tiny, intimate second floor with the best cocktails.
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Solera Wine Bar
647 South Avenue
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Wine bar downstairs, speakeasy upstairs. If you're into hidden gems, walk straight through Solera to the back staircase which will lead you to a tiny, intimate second floor with the best cocktails.
Home of Genesee Brewing, the Brew House offers brewery tours, food, drinks, and is adjacent to the Pont de Rennes bridge that offers spectacular views of Rochester's High Falls.
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Genesee Brew House
25 Cataract Street
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Home of Genesee Brewing, the Brew House offers brewery tours, food, drinks, and is adjacent to the Pont de Rennes bridge that offers spectacular views of Rochester's High Falls.

Essentials

I kid you not, the best breakfast sandwich around can be found at this warm, co-op style grocery store. Great selection of traditional, and locally produced foods!
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Hart's Local Grocers
10 Winthrop Street
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I kid you not, the best breakfast sandwich around can be found at this warm, co-op style grocery store. Great selection of traditional, and locally produced foods!

Sightseeing

Great for kids with lots of educational, interactive activities. Check out the rotating exhibits, you might find you're just as excited to go as they are!
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Rochester Museum & Science Center
657 East Avenue
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Great for kids with lots of educational, interactive activities. Check out the rotating exhibits, you might find you're just as excited to go as they are!
Kids will flip for this museum, which focuses on everything to do with "play." It has vintage video games, a small scale grocery store to explore, and countless other engaging exhibits.
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The Strong Museum
1 Manhattan Square Drive
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Kids will flip for this museum, which focuses on everything to do with "play." It has vintage video games, a small scale grocery store to explore, and countless other engaging exhibits.
Such an amazing way to spend a weekend morning. Stalls as far as the eye can see filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, & more. You might end up parking a little ways away if you go late.
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Rochester Public Market
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Such an amazing way to spend a weekend morning. Stalls as far as the eye can see filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, & more. You might end up parking a little ways away if you go late.
What's left of the first residential homes in Rochester - some would say the city's first suburb! These beautiful brick homes date back to the mid 1800's. Take a walk and enjoy the river views.
Corn Hill
What's left of the first residential homes in Rochester - some would say the city's first suburb! These beautiful brick homes date back to the mid 1800's. Take a walk and enjoy the river views.
Into micro-distilleries? Black Button Distilling has a small retail operation where you can see the distilling process in the back room. Founder Jason Barrett is often on hand to answer your questions
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Black Button Distilling
85 Railroad Street
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Into micro-distilleries? Black Button Distilling has a small retail operation where you can see the distilling process in the back room. Founder Jason Barrett is often on hand to answer your questions
Local brewery with tours and tastings. Rorbach's is a great stop to couple with Black Button Distilling and the Rochester Public Market!
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Rohrbach Brewing Co. Railroad Street Beer Hall
97 Railroad Street
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Local brewery with tours and tastings. Rorbach's is a great stop to couple with Black Button Distilling and the Rochester Public Market!
Take a walk across the Pont de Rennes Bridge for some of Rochester's best views of the Genesee River. High Falls was once Rochester's bar district, and has since quieted down and become mixed use.
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High Falls
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Take a walk across the Pont de Rennes Bridge for some of Rochester's best views of the Genesee River. High Falls was once Rochester's bar district, and has since quieted down and become mixed use.

Shopping

Like making cocktails at home? Stop in at Fee Brothers (est. 1863) and pick up some of the country's finest biters for your collection. Note: Not a scenic neighborhood these days.
Fee Brothers
453 Portland Avenue
Like making cocktails at home? Stop in at Fee Brothers (est. 1863) and pick up some of the country's finest biters for your collection. Note: Not a scenic neighborhood these days.

Arts & Culture

A wonderful local theatre showing some mainstream films, indie screenings, and classic movie throwbacks.
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The Little Theatre
240 East Avenue
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A wonderful local theatre showing some mainstream films, indie screenings, and classic movie throwbacks.
See who's playing and get tickets to a show at this hugely popular, but nicely intimate alternative music venue right down the road.
Water Street Music Hall
204 North Water Street
See who's playing and get tickets to a show at this hugely popular, but nicely intimate alternative music venue right down the road.