Dining Out

Where to Grab a Drink in Peekskill

Peekskill has a half dozen or so excellent establishments that transform craft beer and cocktails into an art. If you’re inspired to make your own, be sure to stop in at Dylan’s Wine Cellar before you head home. 

Part of a sprawling entertainment complex called the Factoria at Charles Point, the River Outpost Brewing Co. is not to be missed. In a former distillery that once made vodka and gin, the focus now is craft beers — a couple of IPAs are always on offer, along with lagers, porters, and one or two that you might not have heard of before. The menu includes lots of pub grub, including mozzarella sticks, popcorn shrimp, and the like. If you time it right, you can catch a local band performing on the river-view deck. 

At the Birdsall House, they like to shake things up. That means that the lineup of 20 or so craft beers changes all the time. (The one constant is an ample selection from New York State breweries.) We’re listing the Birdsall with the bars, but it could easily hold its own as one of Peekskill’s standout restaurants. Specials include elevated main like grilled swordfish and steak frites.

The creative cocktails are the best reason to make a pit stop at Gleason’s, especially when you watch the bartenders at work. This is a calling for them, so all the house-made ingredients are carefully measured and mixed. Ask for a Smokey Dog #2, which includes mezcal, grapefruit, and a syrup made with limes, almonds, and cloves. If the mushroom and leek pizza is on the menu, it’s always a good choice.