19 Great Places for Live Music in Saratoga Springs
We didn't get quite all the places to see live music in Saratoga Springs (there are so many!) but if you're looking for somewhere to hang out with friends, see a great show, or dance the night away, then this list is a great place to start!
Saratoga Springs has everything from big concert tours to small acoustic gigs to shows by jazz and bluegrass legends. Whether you're in town for a night, a week, or you live nearby, there's always something going on and an incredible live show to go see.
Where You'll Find the Biggest Names
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, known locally as SPAC, is a destination for everything from the summer residencies of the NYC Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra to LiveNation concerts by major country, pop, and hip hop artists. This covered amphitheater nestled amid the trees of the Saratoga Spa State Park is a wonderful spot to spend the evening with family and friends in the seats or with a picnic on the lawn. Of course, if you're into jazz, you don't want to miss the annual Jazz Fest!
A world-famous bluegrass destination, Caffe Lena on Phila Street in downtown is a must-visit if you love deuling banjos and lively fiddles. Recently renovated, this little joint still retains its historical charm from when greats like Bob Dylan used to play the 1960s-style coffee house.
Featuring everyone from Grammy-nominated artists to awesome local bands and even the occasional DJ, the Putnam Den is a great venue to find almost every style of music. Come on down and participate in an open mic, sit on the patio with your dog, or stay after 9 to dance the night away!
This free concert series on the roof at the Tang Teaching Museum on Skidmore's Campus happens on Thursday nights during the summer. Featuring regional bands and musical groups of various genres, Upbeat on the Roof is always a good time and a great place to find new and awesome music.
Where You Can Sit Back & Relax While You Listen
A little ways out of town on 29, the Saratoga Winery has a large tasting room and outdoor seating for you to relax with your friends while listening to great acoustic acts in the afternoon and evening.
With a giant patio and stunning views of the Saratoga National Golf Club, Prime at Saratoga National is a great place to relax and enjoy music after a day on the links or out on the lake. We love sitting back and watching the sun set while listening to their acoustic bands play.
Who doesn't love a good beach party? Sit back in one of Lake Local's Adirondack chairs facing the lake and soak up the sun and watch the boats go by. If you're hungry, we recommend the fish and chips and a bottle of beer.
The music at One Caroline is a little more varied, featuring artists like local gypsy-jazz band Hot Club of Saratoga. This warm and cozy bar feels like going to one of the old jazz clubs from Saratoga's heyday in the 1920s.
Bailey's Cafe has music all year round, but we especially love sitting on their large patio during the summer months, listing to local bands and acoustic acts while relaxing with friends on the outdoor sofas and other comfortable furniture. Bailey's has a great menu, good beer selection, and a regular rotation of favorite local artists.
Another great place to sit and relax on a large patio, Gaffney's also has music year round. Their bands tend towards the more upbeat, playing popluar and classic hits.
Located in the Beekman Arts District, Kraverie is a Korean BBQ and Mexican fusion restaurant with a nice patio and great weekend live music. Come for dinner or just to grab a drink with friends (but we really recommend at least trying one of their awesome appetizers).
This Irish pub in downtown has a full menu until close and awesome live bands. If you're looking for a laid back night and maybe a game of darts, then definitely head to the Parting Glass, order a pint of Guinness, and enjoy the tunes!
Rumors abound that this is Dave's favorite place when he's in town, and it's easy to see why. Though a bit on the smaller side, 9 Maple is a 40 seat jazz bar that you'll want to revisit again and again. They also happen to have the largest selection of single malt Scotch between Manhattan and Montreal, and you can even join their Angel's Share Sampling Society!
Though we mostly think of Druthers for their patio, awesome local brews, and great pub menu, they also often have live music on weekend evenings. The atmosphere here is pretty chill and appeals to everyone from college students to retirees.
Where to Dance the Night Away
With five floors of bar and music to choose from, you can't go wrong with the Saratoga City Tavern. Whether you want to chill on the roof with an acoustic act or get your groove on in the fourth floor dance hall/nightclub or sit back and watch whatever game is on, Saratoga City Tavern is the only stop your group needs.
This Irish bar and restaurant is hopping on the weekends with great live band dance music, beer, drinks, and food. Harvey's lineup includes everything from funk and blues to classic rock, and we love them all!
Spa City Tap & Barrel
Dinner time at Spa City Tap & Barrel is chill, with live acoustic music, and then the dance bands usually come on stage around 10. They've got a large draft list, pool tables, and even a few video games if you get tired of dancing!
Vapor Night Club
Vapor at the Saratoga Casino Hotel is a fun hotspot for everything from country to R&B to rock. They feature fun touring shows in addition to popular local acts and DJs.
This inside/outside bar is a favorite hangout with fun bands in the summer. Earlier in the day, we recommend grabbing one of their seating areas to relax with friends in the sun before getting up to party and dance the night away.