- Photo: Roy Gumpel
- From left: Jenny Hayward, Caitlin Nagel, and Maggie Wynn at Fuchsia Tiki Bar in New Paltz.
Can you really call your Friday evening "a night on the town" if it ended at 8pm after a too-quick meal from your weekly standby? With new bars and restaurants opening in the Hudson Valley every month, it's a shame not to fill an evening to its brim.
Luckily, New Paltz's compact downtown is home to a curated bar and restaurant scene. You can nurse a high-impact tiki drink, have a leisurely dinner, then finish out the night with the new drafts from top-tier Hudson Valley brewmasters. Even better news: You can find these spots on Chronogram Smartcard, the free app that saves you up to 50 percent at select local Hudson Valley restaurants.
Head to the App Store or Google Play to download the free app, then plan a New Paltz night out from a few (or all!) of the options below.
A Taste of the Tropics at Fuchsia Tiki Bar
The whimsical cocktails at this Polynesian paradise scream retro-Hollywood fun. If you're feeling ambitious, round up your friends for the expedition. This large-format drink serves four to five, and combines a hard-hitting duo of bourbon and black rum with a jolt of coffee. Single-serving classics like the Piña Colada and the Undead Gentleman (a sans-ice take on the rum-based Zombie) are on standby, too.
Beer Hall Heaven at Schatzi's
This German-influenced beer garden and pub doesn't just carry classic brews from the motherland. They also have some heavy-hitting names from this side of the Atlantic, like Sloop, Grimm, and the Alchemist. To get the full experience, add a soft pretzel with beer cheese dipping sauce.
New Orleans-Style Sips at The Parish
When you touch down at this homage to the Big Easy, opt for an old-school cocktail like the snow-white Ramos Gin Fizz. Its fluffy, frothy texture comes from raw egg white and rich cream vigorously shaken together with lime juice and fragrant orange flower water—topped off with a spritzy splash of club soda.
French Bistro Vibes at RUNA
Do as the French do and settle in for a relaxing meal at the newly opened RUNA. Hearty bistro fare like duck cassoulet, mushroom and vegetable bourguignon, and crème brûlée will surely fuel the evening ahead.
Farmhouse Funk at Arrowood Outpost
Make your way down the stairs beside Barner Books on Church Street and you'll uncover a subterranean refuge where Arrowood Farm Brewery is serving its finest pours. If you're ending your night here, be sure to grab a growler of a hazy farmhouse-style ale to go.
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Brew and a Burger at Bacchus
Ready for a last-call drink and some late night eats? Head to this welcoming watering hole that boasts over 300 different beers. A few of them even come straight from the microbrewery in back. If a pile of wings or a juicy Pat La Frieda burger are calling your name, the kitchen takes orders until 1am Thursday-Saturday.