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Venues - Rochester


Abilene
Another classic in Rochester, the place to be for great music and drinks

Location: Downtown Rochester
Capacity: 120
Bar: Full Bar
Food: None
Parking: Street

Address: 153 Liberty Pole Way - Rochester, NY
Phone: (585) 232-3230
Website: www.abilenebarandlounge.com


Beale St.
With 2 locations to serve Rochester, in the south wedge and in Webster, Beale St. helps provide music and some great New Orleans's style food.

Location: Rochester - South Wedge
Capacity: ?
Bar: Full Bar
Food: Full Menu
Parking: Street Parking
Address: 689 South Ave. - Rochester, NY 14620

Location: Webster
Capacity:?
Bar: Full Bar
Food: Full Menu
Parking: Parking Lot
Address: 1930 Empire Blvd. - Webster, NY 14580

Website: www.thebealegrille.com


Black Dog Studios
Black Dog Recording Studios runs "Stripped" sessions featuring local talent.  Located in the heart of the East End.

Location: Downtown Rochester
Capacity: ?
Bar: None
Food: None
Parking: Street and Pay Parking Lots

Address: 120 East Ave - Rochester, NY
Phone: (585) 747-6689
Website: www.blackdogdigital.com/


Blue Cross Arena
The arena venue for Rochester, hosting all types of events and large concerts.

Location: Downtown Rochester
Capacity: 13,000
Bar: Beer and other drinks available
Food: Concessions Available
Parking: None directly onsite but lots of street parking and parking garages available in close proximity.

Address: 100 Exchange Blvd. - Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: (585) 758-5300
Website: www.bluecrossarena.com


Boulder Coffee Co.
Rochester coffee houses with 2 locations that offer music.

Location: Downtown Rochester
Capacity: ?
Bar: Wine, Beer & Mixed Drinks
Food: Sandwiches, Soups & Salads
Parking: ?

Address: 739 Park Ave - Rochester, NY
100 Alexander St. - Rochester, NY
Website: bouldercoffee.info


Bug Jar
One of Rochester's classic music venues, they have been active since 1991 hosting some great national bands.  Make sure to check out the ceiling in the music side of the building.

Downtown Rochester
Capacity: 200
Bar: Full Bar
Food: Not regularly
Parking: None directly onsite but lots of side streets around the venue.

Address: 219 Monroe Ave. - Rochester, NY 14607
Website: bugjar.com


California Brew Haus
A Rochester institution, with it's 40 year history of beer and music.

Location: Rochester
Capacity: 290
Bar: Full Bar
Food: ?
Parking: ?

Address: 402 Ridge Rd. W - Rochester, NY 14615
Phone: (585) 621-1480
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/The-California-Brew-Haus/78078828333


CMAC
Located in Canandaigua, CMAC, is the closest large outdoor amphitheater to Rochester.  Over the summer they host some of the biggest tours.

Location: Canandaigua
Capacity: 15,000 - 5,000 covered seats & 10,000 lawn seats
Bar: Beer & Wine
Food: Concessions of all types including Dinosaur BBQ
Parking: Onsite Parking ranges from $10 and up sometimes free shuttles from local shopping centers

Address: 3355 Marvin Sands Dr. - Canandaigua, NY 14424
Website: www.cmacevents.com/


Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
The legend that is Dinosaur great BBQ and music. Even if the national touring bands are not playing here chances are they are eating here!  Music usually is on the blues side of the spectrum.

Location: Downtown Rochester
Capacity: 150
Bar: Full Bar
Food: Full Menu
Parking: On street parking or paid parking lots/ garages

Address: 99 Court St. - Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: (585) 325-7090
Website: www.dinosaurbarbque.com


Eastman Theater
The upscale and classic Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater is the home of the RPO but will also host varying concerts especially during the Jazz Fest.

Location: Downtown Rochester
Capacity: 2400
Bar: ?
Food: Concessions
Parking: Parking garages and street

Address: 60 Gibbs St. - Rochester, NY
Website: www.esm.rochester.edu/concerts/halls/


Firehouse Saloon
Bands mainly on Saturday night and are mainly local bands.

Location: Downtown Rochester
Capacity: 250
Bar: Full Bar
Food: Full Menu Available
Parking: None directly onsite but side streets around the venue

Address: 814 Clifton Ave. South - Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: (585) 319-3832
Website: thefirehousesaloon.com


The Flying Squirrel
The Flying Squirrel is a community space in the city of Rochester but offers a great spot for local bands to play.

Location: Downtown Rochester
Capacity:
Bar: No Alcohol
Food: ?
Parking: ?

Address: 285 Clarissa St. - Rochester, NY 14608
Phone: (585) 678-6870
Website: thesquirrel.org


German House / Zeppa Bistro & Auditorium
Located in Rochester's South Wedge, the German House building has been everything from a school to a brewery.  Now it hosts some of the best music in the city.

Location: Rochester - South Wedge
Capacity: 544
Bar: Full Bar
Food: Bistro Restaurant In The Building Separate Entrance
Parking: Parking lot plus street parking

Address: 315 Gregory St. - Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: 585-563-6241
Website: www.zeppabistro.com/The-Auditorium.html


Harro East Ballroom
Harro East hosts everything from your corporate events, weddings & concerts.

Location: Downtown Rochester
Capacity: 1100
Bar: Bar Available
Food: Menus for events
Parking: Street Parking

Address: 155 North Chestnut St. - Rochester, NY14604
Website: harroeastballroom.com


Lovin' Cup
Located right near the RIT campus, Lovin' Cup offers up some bands and brews (both coffee and beer).

Location: Rochester - Henrietta
Capacity: ?
Bar: Full Bar
Food: Full Menu
Parking: Parking Lot

Address: 300 Park Point Dr. Suite 101 - Rochester, NY
Phone: (585) 292-9940
Website: lovincup.com


Main Street Armory
The Main Street Armory is just that an old military armory that has been converted to host all types of events.  There is a balcony (with seating) that may or may not be open depending on the show, usually determined the day of the show. 
The Armory also has a club size venue in the basement for smaller shows.

Location: Downtown Rochester
Capacity: 5,000
Bar: Beer, wine and liquor available
Food: Items like pizza, burgers, fries, etc..
Parking: Parking close to the Armory can range from $10 to $15,
other lots behind the Auditorium Theater can be about $5
or on street parking can be found on nearby side streets just off of Main St for free.

Address: 900 East Main St. - Rochester, NY 14605
Phone: (585) 232-3221
Website: www.rochestermainstreetarmory.com


The Montage Music Hall
A classic in the Rochester music scene. The Montage hosts local and national music artists.

Location: Downtown Rochester
Capacity: 400
Bar: Full Bar
Food: Not Regularly
Parking: The venue lists a parking lot down the street available for parking plus typical downtown parking.

Address: 50 Chestnut St. - Rochester, NY 14604
Website: www.themontagemusichall.com


Nola's
Located up near Lake Ontario across from the Charlotte Beach, you can find some great food & music at Nola's.

Location: Rochester - Charlotte
Capacity: ?
Bar: Full Bar
Food: Full Menu
Parking: Nearby parking lots and street

Address: 4775 Lake Ave. - Rochester, NY 14621
Phone: (585) 663-3375
Website: mynolas.com


Pelican's Nest


Pineapple Jack's
Pineapple Jack's offers a sports bar, restaurant and music all wrapped into one place.

Location: Rochester (Gates)
Capacity: 300
Bar: Full Bar
Food: Full Menu
Parking: Parking Lot

Address: 507 Spencerport Rd. - Gates, NY 14604
Phone: (585) 247-5225
Website: www.facebook.com/PineappleJacks


Richmond's
A Rochester classic, you can find a great house band plus other local music. Some national touring acts have stopped for an intimate show.

Location: Downtown Rochester
Capacity: 94
Bar: Full Bar
Food: Full Menu
Parking: Parking Lot

Address: 21 Richmond St. - Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 270-8570
Website: richmondstavern.com


The Smith Opera House
Located in Geneva, the Smith Opera House is a historic venue with over a hundred years of history.  They host everything from movies to national touring music.

Location: Geneva
Capacity: 1400
Bar: ?
Food: Concession Stand
Parking: Several free parking lots across the street

Address: 82 Seneca St. - Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-5783
Website: thesmith.org


The Spacebar
Located in downtown Canandaigua the Spacebar is hosting some local and national touring bands. Located above the Simco Antique store.

Location: Canandaigua
Capacity: 400
Bar: Beer and Wine Available
Food: Cafe Items Available
Parking: Nearby on street parking

Address: 61 South Main St. - Canandaigua, NY 14424
Website: http://www.myspacebar.com/


Sticky Lips Juke Joint
Some of the best Barbeque in Rochester plus music how can you go wrong?  Sticky Lips offers a lot of music at the Henrietta location.

Location: Rochester (Henrietta)
Capacity: ?
Bar: Full Bar
Food: Full Menu
Parking: Parking Lot

Address: 830 Jefferson Rd. - Henrietta, NY 14623
Phone: (585) 292-5544
Website: www.stickylipsbbq.com


The V-Pub
Located in downtown Canandaigua inside the Villager Restaurant.  Most of the music is local bands on the weekends.

Location: Canandaigua
Capacity: ?
Bar: Full Bar
Food: Restaurant inside the Villager
Parking: Small parking lot plus on street parking

Address: 245 South Main St. - Canandaigua, NY 14424
Website: www.facebook.com/vpubatvillager


Water Street Music Hall & The Club At Water Street
One of Rochester's best music venues. There are 2 sides to the venue the Hall Side and the Club side
The Hall side is the larger of the sides and has a capacity of about a 1,000  this side also features a larger stage.
The club side has a capacity of about 400
Both sides have balconies which may or may not be open depending on the show, usually this is determined the night of the show.

Location: Downtown Rochester
Capacity: 1,000 Hall Side - 400 Club Side
Bar: Full Bar
Food: Depending on the show they might have food like pizza available
Parking: Paid parking in lots nearby plus on street parking within walking distance

Address: 204 N. Water St. - Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: (585) 325-5600
Website: www.waterstreetmusic.com


Radio Station Concerts

  • 94.1 The Zone
    The Zone puts on some of the best concerts for music, they will sponsor regular concerts but also do large shows.  They do 2 larger shows over the summer they present Bonzai and in January the Holiday Hangover.
    See the Festivals section for more info.
    thezone941.com

  • 98 PXY
    PXY will host the Summer Jam in June and the Jingle Jam in December.
    See the Festivals section for more info.
    www.98pxy.com

  • 100.5 The Drive
    The Drive usually will sponsor several shows through the year along with the Mistletoe show in December which is a larger show.
    See the Festivals page for more info.
    www.mydrivefm.com

  • 90.5 WBER
    WBER sponsors various concerts through the year.
    wber.monroe.edu

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