If you’re looking to go out and enjoy the wide array of hot spots in and around the Electric City, look no further than our list of Best Of winners in the Nightlife category. From drink mixologists and bar babysitters, to live music hot spots and places to dance away your troubles; these winners are a safe bet for an adventurous night out on the town.
Where’s a good spot to grab a few drinks? Well, that all depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re in the mood for fast and friendly service, hysterical conversation and a good old-fashioned busting of chops, visit Jimmy McGrath (Best Bartender) at McGrath’s Pub & Eatery. Watch in awe as he slings drinks while singing along to the bar’s live entertainment or pumping jukebox.
If live music is your thing, The V-Spot (Best Venue to Hear Live Music) offers a very wide variety of musical acts eager to get the crowd rocking. Maybe you want to hear some local music or some tracks you can’t find on touchtunes. The Bog (Best Jukebox) is the place for you to put another dime in the jukebox, baby. While you’re there, give a polite “good evening, sir” to RJ from The Bog (Best Bouncer) as he makes sure your visit is a safe and comfortable one.
Sometimes you just want to go where everybody knows your name and your drink preference. Andy Gavin’s Eatery & Pub (Best College Bar, Best Corner Bar) not only offers an extensive menu, the bar features live entertainment, a killer patio and a growing selection of craft beers. Cooper’s Seafood House (Best Bar in a Restaurant) is still the place to belly up to the bar and score yourself an interesting ale. Other safe bets are The Green Frog (Best Bar Nobody’s Heard Of), Mert’s (Best Cocktails), Heil’s Place (Best Drink Specials) La Tonalteca (Best Margaritas), Billy B’s (Best Martinis), or bring your own adult beverages to Natale’s Restaurant and Catering (Best BYOB).
Those looking to get an early head start strike gold at Trax Bar & Grille at Radisson Lackawanna Station (Best Happy Hour) and Backyard Ale House (Best Happy Hour Food). Backyard Ale House also won top bar honors (Best Overall Bar) and are looking to make even more moves in the future with additions and renovations. The 12 Penny Saloon took home two awards (Best Gay/Lesbian Friendly Bar, Best Club Vibe) and Kildare’s Irish Pub (Best Looking Bar Crowd) is the place to be for looking at eye candy throughout the evening. For those buttoned up businessmen and women looking to rub elbows with their peers, Oak Bar & Fashion Lounge, POSH at The Scranton Club (Best Young Professionals’ Bar) can help you unwind after a long day at the office.
More Nightlife winners include Arturo’s (Best New Bar/Club), Quaker Steak & Lube (Best Bike Night), Poor Richard’s Pub (Best Karaoke), The Bog (Best Pub Trivia) and Damon’s Grill & Sports Bar (Best Sports Bar).
When the town is painted green and Irish eyes are smilin’, Kildare’s Irish Pub (Best St. Patrick’s Parade Bar) is sure to be packed to capacity as Scranton’s sons and daughters partake in the day’s festivities. Going from wearing nothing but green to wearing nothing at all, The Grandview Gentlemen’s Club (Best Strip Club) is voted once again as the devilish destination for a guy’s night out.
— tom graham
Best Bar in a Restaurant Cooper’s Seafood House • Best Bartender Jimmy McGrath, of McGrath’s Pub & Eatery • Best Bar Nobody’s Heard Of The Green Frog • Best Bike Night Quaker Steak & Lube • Best Bouncer RJ from The Bog • Best BYOB Natale’s Restaurant and Catering • Best Venue to Hear Live Music The V Spot • Best Club Vibe The 12 Penny Saloon • Best Cocktails Mert’s • Best College Bar Andy Gavin’s Eatery & Pub • Best Corner Bar Andy Gavin’s Eatery & Pub • Best Dance Club The Woodlands Inn • Best Drink Specials Heil’s Place • Best Gay/Lesbian Friendly Bar The 12 Penny Saloon • Best Happy Hour Trax Bar & Grille at Radisson Lackawanna Station • Best Happy Hour Food Backyard Ale House • Best Jukebox The Bog • Best Karaoke Poor Richard’s Pub • Best Looking Bar Crowd Kildare’s Irish Pub • Best Margaritas La Tonalteca • Best Martinis Billy B’s • Best New Bar/Club Arturo’s • Best Overall Bar Backyard Ale House • Best Pub Trivia The Bog • Best Sports Bar Damon’s Grill & Sports Bar • Best St. Patrick’s Parade Bar Kildare’s Irish Pub • Best Strip Club The Grandview Gentlemen’s Club • Best Young Professionals’ Bar Oak Bar & Fashion Lounge, POSH @ The Scranton Club