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Vibrant Vibes Await: 14 of the Best Live Music Venues in Saratoga Springs, NY

From big concert tours to small acoustic gigs to shows by jazz and bluegrass legends, you can enjoy it all right here in the Spa City. Make plans to check out one of these 14 great live music venues in Saratoga Springs, NY!

Where You'll Find Some of the Biggest Names

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

people sitting on lawn watching concert

Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is a destination for everything from the summer residencies of the NYC Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra to Live Nation concerts by major country, pop, and hip hop artists.

This covered amphitheater nestled amid the trees of 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 in late June.

Caffe Lena

caffe lena concert performers on stage

Caffe Lena on Phila Street in downtown Saratoga is a must-visit if you love music. This award-winning and intimate performance space still retains its historical charm from when greats like Bob Dylan used to play there.

Drinks, desserts, and light fare are served by friendly volunteers. When the lights go down, all attention is on the stage as folk, jazz, bluegrass and acoustic pop fills the room.

Where You Can Sit Back & Relax While You Listen

We didn't get quite all the places to enjoy 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.

Prime at Saratoga National

saratoga national

With a giant patio and stunning views of the Saratoga National Golf ClubPrime at Saratoga National is a popular place to enjoy music after a day on the links. We love sitting back and watching the sun set while listening to their acoustic performers play in the evening.

Artisanal Brew Works

two musicians performing on a patio stage area

Come to Artisanal Brew Works on Maple Avenue in Saratoga Springs for fantastic craft beer and live music inside the taproom or out on the patio. This brewery is a major supporter of the music scene, and you can look forward to seeing many of your local favorites perform.

Plus, nothing pairs better with music than a refreshing beer, and Artisanal Brew Works has everything from IPAs and sours to stouts and brown ales.


Photo Courtesy of Kraverie

Kraverie is a Korean BBQ restaurant located in the Beekman Street Arts District of downtown Saratoga. The neighborhood eatery has a comfortable patio and hosts live music.

Come for dinner or just to grab a drink with friends (but we really recommend at least trying one of their tasty appetizers).

9 Maple

9 maple ave concert

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 scotches between Manhattan and Montreal, as well as over 250 drink choices on their martini menu.


druthers saratoga

Though we mostly think of Druthers for their patio, handcrafted brews, and excellent pub menu, they often have live music on weekend evenings.

The atmosphere here is pretty chill and appeals to everyone from college students to retirees. Visit their downtown Saratoga location this year!

Tang Teaching Museum

Heard performs Aug. 15, 2022, as part of the Tang Teaching Museum's long-running Upbeat on the Roof concert series.
Photograph by Shawn LaChapelle

Each summer, the Tang Teaching Museum on Skidmore's Campus hosts a free concert series on the museum's rooftop called Upbeat on the Roof. Concerts typically take place on Thursday nights and feature regional bands and musical groups of various genres.

Where to Dance the Night Away

Vapor Night Club

band on stage at night club

Vapor at the Saratoga Casino Hotel is a fun nightclub hotspot for country, R&B, rock, and more. They feature fun touring shows in addition to popular local acts and DJs.

Saratoga City Tavern

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With multiple floors, bars, and brews to choose from, you can't go wrong with a visit to the Saratoga City Tavern.

Whether you want to chill on the roof with an acoustic act, get your groove on in the fourth floor dance hall/nightclub, or enjoy live entertainment on the first floor, Saratoga City Tavern is the only stop your group needs.

The Parting Glass

This Irish pub in downtown Saratoga features hearty food, tons of beers, and all your favorite Irish bands and musicians. If you're looking to sing along and dance to your favorite songs, then you should definitely head to The Parting Glass, order a pint of Guinness, and prepare for the music.

Harvey's Restaurant & Bar

harveys downstairs

Harvey's is an Irish bar and restaurant that is hopping on the weekends with great live music, drinks, and food. Their typical musician and band lineup includes everything from Irish and funk to blues and classic rock - and we love them all!

Spa City Tap & Barrel

band at spa city
Photo Credit: Justin R Metz

Dinner time at Spa City Tap & Barrel is chill with live acoustic music, and then the dance bands usually come on stage around 10:00pm.

This Caroline Street establishment also has a large draft list, pool tables, and even a few video games if you get tired of dancing.

The Ice House

outside of ice house

This indoor/outdoor bar and BBQ restaurant is a local hotspot with fun bands in the summer. Earlier in the day, we recommend relaxing with friends on the patio before getting up to party and dance the night away!

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