Dining Out

Where to Grab a Drink in Poughkeepsie

Somebody at Poughkeepsie’s Plan Bee Farm Brewery has a sense of humor. One of their most famous beers is called Breakfast. Take one sip and you’ll notice hints of the maple syrup, blueberries, and coffee that give this ale its eye-opening flavor profile.  Plan Bee gets high marks for using only ingredients sourced from New York State in its colorfully named brews. The handsome tasting room, in a barn dating from the 1830s, is situated at the top of a hill. You can sip a glass while you take in the sunset.

In downtown Poughkeepsie, King’s Court Brewing Company is the latest chapter in one family’s love fascination with craft beer. Courtland Toczylowski started off brewing beer in the basement with his father. After college and some high-profile gigs on the West Coast, he’s come back east to run his own craft brewery. He loves experimenting with different styles of beer, meaning they run the gamut from the clean, clear King's Kolsch to the dark-as-night Bat Exodus. There’s no kitchen, but food trucks pull up outside on weekends.

Consistently ranked among the best wine bars in the Hudson Valley, the 1915 Wine Cellar occupies a century-old building in the center of Poughkeepsie. The atmosphere is relaxed, so those who don’t consider themselves wine snobs would feel right at home. The generous charcuterie platters — piled with meats, cheeses, and locally made honey — make this a good option if you’re with a group of friends.

The newest addition to the neighborhood, Goodnight Kenny, is by far, the hippest watering hole in the hood. Moody lighting, craft cocktails and pleasant conversation are what you can expect to find but not to worry, the vibe is friendly and relaxed. It's as if Goodnight Kenny was always here, perhaps it's the original Art Deco bar back dating to the Ritz Restaurant. Whatever it is, be sure to stop by.