Welcome To The Local
Located in the historic Dublin Neighborhood of Saratoga Springs’ west side on the corner of Beekman Street and Grand Avenue, The Local Pub and Teahouse is a neighborhood bar/restaurant serving traditional English and Irish specialties with a unique selection of craft beers and organic teas from around the world. Known regionally as the best Fish and Chips you can find, The Local features a variety of food options; ranging from “poutine” fries, chicken wings, Bangers and Mash, and Shepard’s Pie to a wide variety of healthy tea sandwiches and a large selection of fresh salads which one customer referred to as the “best cobb salad in Saratoga Springs”. Our Paul Smith’s culinary trained chef takes pride in preparing classic pub style food in a mouth- watering fashion with great daily specials and a fresh made soup or chili of the day. You will be able to enjoy yourself whether you’re looking for a beer and a burger or some tea and a salad without emptying your wallet. Most food options range from $6 to $10 with a daily dinner special ranging from $11-$15. This is truly home style cooking at an affordable price tag.
Affectionately known as “The Local”, keeping with Irish tradition of referring to the closest neighborhood pub as “their local”, you will find friendly and attentive servers who quickly remember your name after a few visits. Having been named for several awards every year since their first year of operation, come find out why The Local has been honored with “Best Beer Selection”, “Best Fish and Chips”, “Best Burger” and “Best Neighborhood Bar”. Golf Digest magazine editor stumbled upon The Local while reviewing local golf courses and couldn’t help but mention in the feature article, “The Local is one of the best watering holes in the Northeast”. Known as the “Best Guinness Pour in Saratoga Springs”, our beer selection is constantly changing with some sort of Pilsner, Lager, Ale, IPA, Hefewiezen and Stout always on tap. If that doesn’t tempt you, there are dozens of specialty bottle beers available to broaden your beer tasting experience. Be careful, some of them can weigh in at a hefty 10.9% AC.
But when your lunch and dinner needs have been met, come to the greatly popular “Weekend Brunch”, served from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM Saturday and Sunday featuring the “Irish Breakfast”, a host of omelettes, pancakes and local specialties using fresh eggs from local farms and traditional banger style sausages and irish style bacon from Oscar’s smokehouse. Come early, there is usually a wait between 11 am and 1 pm.
A large timber and chestnut stained bar that can sit 16-18 people is the focal point of the interior with a cut stone fireplace and ornately carved wood screens separating booths with leather seat cushions. A large wooden “pub table” can seat 10-12 people situated close to the fireplace. Two dart boards grace the front corner of the pub, while the walls are covered in a marbled cork tile filled with historic photos of Saratoga Spring’s west side along with the busts of notable people in Saratoga Spring’s lore, such as Diamond Jim Brady, John Old Smoke Morrissey, Jim Cavanaugh and Lillian Russell. Also in the European tradition, The Local Pub is family friendly with a kids menu and games to keep the little ones content.
When the weather breaks and you’re ready to get out of the warm, cozy interior of The Local, it’s time to enjoy our Pub Garden filled with café style tables and chairs along with our own uniquely designed “Local” Adirondack chairs. Enjoy a personal pot of tea, your favorite beer or glass of wine and relax under the canopy of the trees and flower filled gardens. It’s certainly become one of the hidden summer retreats in Saratoga Springs. When your belly is full and palette sufficiently wet, take a stroll down Beekman Street, known as the “Arts District”, where you will find a unique selection of galleries and gift shops along with a host of other small businesses and services.
If you are truly “a local”, make sure to sign up to become a “Mug Club Member”; there are 220 spots and a waiting list. For $50 a year you will receive your very own mug hung above the bar and be able to take advantage of weekly beer specials and our annual “Mug Club Party”. To learn more about our Mug Club, click here to visit the Mug Club page.
Whether you’re one of our neighborhood patrons that visits a few times weekly or are coming to the Saratoga Springs area for the first time, take the time to relax and enjoy a few hours in what many refer to as the only “legitimate pub in Saratoga Springs”. Our visiting Irish patrons always tell us, you make me feel at home.