Wikipedia defines dive bars as having a “a relaxed and informal atmosphere—they are often referred to by local residents as ‘neighborhood bars,’ where people in the neighborhood gather to drink and socialize.” Albany is certainly not shy to its share of dive bars, and there are plenty great ones. I recently visited Graney’s at 275 New Scotland Ave. to check out this well-known Albany bar and restaurant.
Graney’s has a shared parking lot in the back, parking on the street is an option too. If you park in the back try not to be turned off by the appearance of the parking lot entrance. It doesn’t really look like a bar you would want to go into. However, if you’re looking for a casual place to bring people to eat and/or watch a game, I would highly recommend the place.
The atmosphere is pretty typical of a bar scene. It’s got TVs in just about every spot you can imagine, random memorabilia and pictures on the walls, and a nice long bar. Graney’s is definitely a local “watering hole.” You’re just as likely to find college students in having a drink as you are some older locals.
The menuis fairly large and compromised of what you’d expect from a bar. There’s pizza, wraps, burgers, and
some entrées. The appetizer menu has its fair share of fried food and there’s a lot to choose for a drink or two, if you wish. If you go I would highly recommend the pizza fries, labeled on the menu as an “ACP favorite.” Pizza fries are steak fries dipped in wing sauce with cheese on top. I’m not exactly sure why they’re called pizza fries, since there isn’t any marinara involved, but that’s what it’s called and they are tasty.
When I went I got an eggplant parmesan hot sub with a tossed salad substituted for my fries (already had ordered pizza fries). The food came out hot, with large portions that easily allowed for leftovers. My mom ordered a large order of nachos as her meal, and even with us picking at it we didn’t even come close to finishing the plate.
The prices at Graney’s are pretty reasonable. Most of the meals are somewhere between $8-$12, the entrees a little bit more so but
not much. It isn’t hard to go and enjoy Graney’s on a budget.
I’d definitely suggest going, and if you’re looking for a summer place to eat outside they do have a few tables. One word of caution: if you’re a big feminist it might not be your scene. The waitresses all have large boobs, to be frank. I mean, look at their Facebook picture. If you can get past that, go.