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Mahoney’s 35 Main St., Poughkeepsie; (845) 471-3027; www.mahoneysirishpub.com Filling an overlooked niche when it opened in Dooley Square across from the Poughkeepsie train station three years ago—a (wet your) whistle stop for Metro-North commuters—Mahoney’s is a classic Irish pub on steroids. A dining room and bar in polished blond wood fill out the upstairs, while a bar area complete with pool table and leather couches is a hangout for Marist, Vassar, and CIA students downstairs. Ten beers on tap, including Smithwick’s and Guinness, natch. Don’t mind the sign that tells you how you can and cannot wear your baseball cap on the way in—unless you’re wearing it backwards, of course. (Full disclosure: While I am undoubtedly somehow related to the owner—the Irish gene pool being as shallow as a penurious dipsomaniac flattering a flush fellow buying rounds—the pub’s staff has repeatedly refused to comp me drinks on numerous occasions when I’ve attempted to press said relation.) Flow Lounge 138 Smith Ave., Kingston; (845) 338-1898 Catercorner to Kingston’s main post office is this small watering hole, all of 10 stools and three booths big, with another room past the bar just big enough for a pool table, dart board, pinball machine, and another booth. A real neighborhood place, patrons leave their money on the bar when they go out for a smoke. Flow features an eclectic selection of tap beers—two from Kingston’s own Keegan Ales, Newcastle, and, on a recent visit, Anchor Steam Christmas Ale, among others. Since the demise of Tony’s, the legendary Uncle Willy presides over the bar. Around the corner from UPAC, it’s a perfect spot for pre- or post-show beverage.