Nightlife in Utica

$19 for Two Hookah Sessions at Aladdin's Restaurant and Hookah Lounge ($38 Value)

Aladdin's Restaurant and Hookah Lounge

Amsterdam

$19 $9.50

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Patrons lounge on plush furniture as they puff smooth flavors of shisha from hookahs

Wine Tasting with Fruit and Chocolate Platter for Two or Four at Altamont Vineyard & Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Altamont Vineyard & Winery

Guilderland

$30 $15

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At a vineyard that produces multiple grape varieties, a tasting room hosts sampling sessions of fine wines accompanied by fruit & chocolate

$25 for One Hour in a Golf or Hunting Simulator and $20 Worth of Food at 3D Sports (Up to $52 Value)

3D Sports

Lowville

$52 $25

OptiGolf simulator with 73 course options; shooting simulator with virtual hunting and target-practice settings

Wine and Cheese Pairing for Two with Souvenir Wine Glasses at The Saratoga Winery & Tasting Room (Up to 53% Off)

The Saratoga Winery & Tasting Room

Saratoga Springs

$30 $14

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Sip on five handcrafted wines and snack on gourmet cheese at an Adirondack-style tasting bar

Wine Tasting and Chocolate or Cheese Pairing for Two or Four at Halfmoon Cellars Winery (Up to 52% Off)

Halfmoon Cellars Winery

Saratoga Springs

$26 $13

Wine tastings are amplified with decadent chocolates or perfectly paired cheeses; souvenir wine glasses act as memorable keepsakes

$10 for $20 or $20 for $40 Worth of Pub and Italian Cuisine at Maggie's Sports Bar & Café

Maggie's Sports Bar & Café

Campus Area

$20 $10

Friendly sports-bar atmosphere quells hunger with hearty burgers and saucy Italian pastas served alongside beer, karaoke, and live bands

Wine-and-Cheese Tasting for Two or Four with Souvenir Glasses at Oliva Vineyards (Up to 55% Off)

Oliva Vineyards

Fort Edward

$32 $16

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Five wines are paired with five cheeses and accompanied by fruits, crackers, and souvenir wineglasses

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Pairing for Two or Four at Ledge Rock Hill Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Ledge Rock Hill Winery

Saratoga County

$30 $15

Enjoy a tasting and food pairing in a room that has almost as much character as the majestic mountain woods that surround it

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Gelston Castle Estate is the Northeast’s premier concert and event destination, presenting world-class music and exhibitions on a beautiful 330 acre estate overlooking the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York. The natural beauty, panoramic view and historic hospitality make for an unequalled concert experience.

980 Robinson Rd
Mohawk,
NY
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Nestled in Syracuse’s historic Armory Square district, PJ’s Pub and Grill’s unpretentious atmosphere belies the filet mignon sizzling in its kitchen. Patrons can slice into gourmet beef cuts and other upscale dinner entrees, such as a sesame-crusted tuna and portobello-stuffed ravioli, as games unfold on the eatery’s big-screen TVs. Alternatively, diners can opt for bar-style eats, which complement a bar-sized selection of wine, beer and shots. Dishes range from shepherd’s pie and grilled paninis to burgers, such as the Southwestern, crowned in pepper jack cheese and onion straws. A daily rotation of lunch and happy-hour specials adds an element of surprise to the dining experience, much like finding a winning lottery ticket in your date's wallet, and groups can retire to a choice of two brick-walled banquet halls for private celebrations.

116 Walton St
Syracuse,
NY
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An old-fashioned marquee illuminates the entrance to the Palace Theater, its scarlet and gold light beaming just as brightly as when the venue first opened in 1922. Back then, it was a 1,300-seat neighborhood movie theater with a second-floor dine and dance ballroom. That was owner Alfred Dibella's vision, and when he passed away in 1959, he made sure the theater landed safely in the hands of his daughter, Frances.

Today, the Palace remains a family heirloom. Much like a dubstep remix of the Gettysburg Address, the current space is a mixture of modern technology and vintage appeal, retaining its architectural integrity despite updates over the years. Perhaps the biggest change has been Palace's transformation from a single-screen movie house into a multi-use event space, capable of hosting everything from rehearsal dinners to graduation ceremonies.

2384 James St
Syracuse,
NY
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Vitreous chocolate reservoirs and scratch-made desserts melt on tongues in Bittersweet Wine Bar & Desserts' romantic, subdued environs. Dining duos that opt for the Noah's Ark fondue shepherd morsels of cake, fruit, and brownies into pools of milk, white, or dark chocolate. Three or more friends gather around the Fun-Due's bountiful sugary basin and share dipped morsels along with tips for delivering leftover liquid chocolate into baggie-lined pockets. For un-dipped desserts, the peanut butter dream ($5.75) slathers a chocolate cookie crust in pillowy peanut ribbons, and the death by chocolate ($7.15) hints at penalties for Candy Land treason, as it enrobes spongy chocolate cake and mousse in a creamy chocolate ganache. Diners can take chewing breaks to admire hanging frosted lights that illuminate a marble bar as a pink paint ribbon bisects chocolate and cream walls.

121 W Fayette St
Syracuse,
NY
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Pictures at an Exhibition mates digitally projected visual art with composer Charles Pillow’s modern jazz suite to create a multimedia event that enchants both the eyes and ears. The format for this event was inspired by esteemed Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, whose iconic 1874 piano suite was sparked by the work of artist and architect Viktor Hartmann. Building on that idea, guest artist Charles Pillow will use musical themes from Mussorgsky to form an original piece, using members of the CNY Jazz Orchestra and adding guitar, harp, and vocalese. Blending this modern piece with visual art provided by the Orange Line Gallery gives this nineteenth century work a twenty-first century feel that pleases music lovers, art enthusiasts, and time-traveling bohemians alike.

441 E Washington St
Syracuse,
NY
US

Seasoned boat captains and crustacean prospectors Sig Hansen, Johnathan Hillstrand, and Andy Hillstrand gather to share with audience members their tales of struggle and survival during crab season on the high seas, as partly documented by the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. Fishing the Bering Sea in the middle of winter demands strong wills—which can come together in times of treacherous weather and 100-foot waves or come to blows about who performs better in the three-legged crabwalk race. Selected audience members will also have the chance to don the survival suits from the Time Bandit. Following the story-swapping and previously unreleased video footage, greenhorns and avid fans will have the opportunity to launch questions at the captains, wave giant foam claws, and learn how to communicate in claw-snap Morse code.

411 Montgomery St
Syracuse,
NY
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