We absolutely love it when a local establishment gets some attention.

NewYorkUpState.com just released their list of the best college bars in Upstate New York and of course, Utica has to be included.

Their list names a favorite watering hole in each College town, and here in Utica NewYorkUpState.com writers chose The Stief as Utica's best college bar.

Here's what they said about The Stief:

During the evening, The Stief serves as a lively bar with a full menu and plenty of good drinks. But come nighttime, the bar is transformed into a bustling hotspot for students from nearby Utica College.

Complete with two rooms, two bars and a dance floor, The Stief is a popular bar to grab a beer or fishbowl and dance the night away. Pro tip: Get there early while the ping pong tables are still out!

Now we won't argue with that, because The Stief is one of the best bars around, but personally I think all of Varick Street could have been chosen.

There are obviously a lot of 'drinking districts' throughout the state, especially in college towns, but in my opinion Varick Street ranks up there with the best.

Not only is it a cozy street loaded with great bars like Lukin's, The Celtic Harp, Wakely's, O'Donnell's, Sickenburger Lane and more, but when Saranac Thursdays roll around its always a party.

Congratulations to The Stief on being named the best college bar in Utica. Now I want a Fish Bowl!


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