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February 1, 2016 - 6:03am
Downtown Syracuse's new German bar caters to a wide variety of Central New Yorkers, especially soccer enthusiasts.

After being open for more than two months, Wolff’s Biergarten continues to serve a niche demographic in Central New York: Syracusans who enjoy European beer and soccer.

February 10, 2014 - 4:40pm
This year's CNY Brewfest brought 1,500 drinkers and 103 breweries together under one roof at The State Fair Exhibit Center.

The 18th annual CNY Brewfest, held Saturday at the New York State Fairgrounds, takes a loose approach to commerce that ties into attendee David Brennon’s goal. Brewfest is less about making money than spreading good beer and good cheer.

April 7, 2013 - 4:31pm
The food and drink tasting event drew large crowds to the Museum of Science and Technology even during the SU Final Four game against Michigan.

If you weren't watching the Syracuse-Michigan basketball game and needed something else to do on Saturday night besides spill beer on your orange Final Four T-shirt or shout “Go Cuse!” at a bar's TV, "Tap into the MOST" at the Museum of Science and Technology was definitely the best way to spend your night. 

April 28, 2011 - 10:25pm
It was Euclid Avenue vs. Walnut Park, Round 2.

It is no myth that if you advertise anything as free, college students will come running. Mayfest 2011 was no exception.

Free chicken kabobs, corn dogs, cotton candy and tornadoes — not to mention free beer for  those 21 and older — had Syracuse University students hiking on down to Walnut Park Friday to get in on the good grub.

May 5, 2010 - 2:42pm
While still stunned that SU lets students take the day off to party, Joe finds more than just free beer to like about the controversial celebration.

During my first year of graduate school in 2008, I kept hearing about this infamous  Mayfest. I wasn't quite sure what to make of it.

May 1, 2010 - 12:31pm
Joe Blum goes behind the beer and controversy to show what the new SU-sponsored block party is really like.

Want to know what Mayfest is really like? Well, wonder no more. Joe Blum and his trustworthy handheld camcorder take you inside the controversial celebration. With plenty of colorful characters, Capri Sun and profanity-riddled rants, Mayfest is not your ordinary school day.

Blum. Beer. Bedlam. Need we say more?

April 30, 2010 - 8:08pm
With more than 3,000 in attendance, the new Mayfest in Walnut Park prevailed, but the Euclid Avenue party lingers on.

Free food and free beer was too much for students to resist during this year’s Mayfest celebration.  

More than 3,000 students showed up in Walnut Park to take advantage of the Syracuse University sponsored Mayfest party on Friday afternoon.  Euclid Avenue, in contrast, remained eerily quiet as a few students lounged outside their houses, quietly playing music, watching Syracuse City Police drive by. 

April 22, 2010 - 10:20am
Friday will serve up SU's controversial new Mayfest, Euclid's beer-fueled gathering and the Block Party concert featuring N.E.R.D. and Drake.

First it was condoned, then forbidden.  Today, it returns in new form.

By mlisson
June 16, 2009 - 3:07pm
Chuck’s Cafe is like an old sneaker—comfortable, familiar and a little smelly.

Grimy, crowded, sweaty, and loud…what is it about Chuck’s that keeps students coming back for more? It might be the cheap Friday night pitchers. It could be the opportunity to write your name in Sharpie on every surface in sight. Or, maybe, it’s just that Cheers-esqe feeling of togetherness you get after a night of drinking with your closest pals. And here, almost everybody does know your name.

By mlisson
June 5, 2009 - 12:49pm
Al's, a hip chilled out lounge with an indie music selection to match. Now there’s something that goes down easy.

Picture this: your dad’s favorite armchair meets funky New York swank.  It’s that unique hybrid that puts Al’s Wine & Whiskey at the top of our list.  If you’re not feeling up for the crowded Beerfest at Chuck’s or the underage dance party at Maggie’s, Al’s offers a refreshing change from the norm.  A hip chilled out lounge with an indie music selection to match.  Now there’s something that goes down easy.