Commencement 2017

With fan favorites Hungry Chuck’s and Orange Crate Brewing Co. closed for the season, here’s where graduates can celebrate instead

Casey Russell | Feature Editor

These local restaurants and bars are the go-to places to celebrate the Class of 2017.

While the widely-beloved Chuck’s has closed for the season, its counterpart, Lucy’s, has also closed on account of its relocation. Though it may seem like there are no options left, there are still plenty of fun and diverse places where graduating seniors can celebrate commencement.

1. Faegan’s Cafe and Pub

Though the restaurant closes anytime from 8-10 p.m., the bar remains open until 2 a.m. The pub is conveniently located at the intersection of South Crouse Avenue and Marshall Street. Outdoor tables are offered as the warm, occasionally dry spring weather arrives.

2. Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge

This option is for the classier celebrators among the graduating class. Anyone going to Al’s is bound for a celebration in style. The self-proclaimed “premier bar in downtown Syracuse” offers a vast selection of wine and whiskey from around the world to be enjoyed on the bar’s leather couches.

3. Empire Brewing Co.

Empire is a great option for those more into beer drinking than anything else. The pub strives to be “as green a company as possible” and uses locally grown ingredients. Empire gives patrons a way to get tipsy — or more — while still supporting local farmers and the environment.

4. Mulrooney’s

People at Mulrooney’s “take sports very seriously,” according to the bar’s website. Though this Armory Square pub mostly celebrates the Le Moyne lacrosse team, it’s a fitting location for the general sports fan. Those with the graduation blues can lose themselves in one of the sports games constantly broadcasted on the pub’s televisions.

5. Harry’s Bar

Located only a hop, skip and a jump away from the freshmen’s beloved DJ’s On the Hill, graduating seniors can celebrate among their 21-year-old or older peers at Harry’s. Every night, Harry’s has a new theme in tow. Wednesdays offer the best deal with no cover fee and two full hours of karaoke from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Harry’s is close to South Crouse Avenue and Marshall Street, where post-drinking cravings can be satisfied with minimal walking required.


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