Dining Out

Where to Grab a Drink in Hastings-On-Hudson

In business for more than a quarter century, Maud’s Tavern is one of the river town’s old-timers. That makes this spot around the corner from the Hastings-On-Hudson Train Station your best bet for a pint of beer — either one of your favorites or a new discovery from a local brewery — and some town gossip from the friendly bartenders. There is a Maud, by the way, and she oversees the dependable dishes coming out of the kitchen.

Tucked away below a popular Italian eatery called Divino Cucina Italiana, The Speakeasy is a dimly lit hangout where the bartenders pour out colorful cocktails and a jazz band often provides the soundtrack. Other nights, DJs set the mood. There’s a secret entrance if you drop by after the restaurant has closed.

With just 28 seats, Uncle Lefty’s is one of the coziest spots in town to sample what’s being released by Hudson Valley breweries and distilleries. You’ll want to strike up a conversation with barman Simon Burke, an Irishman who’s worked in his family’s bars for as long as he can remember. The food is so good you can’t really classify it as pub grub, and the playlist is the hippest in town.