Syracuse, New York, is a mid-sized city which is most notable for being home to Syracuse University. Syracuse’s “Orange” teams compete in Division I NCAA sports, with Syracuse’s basketball team being the most notable. As do all college towns, Syracuse has a thriving youthful culture driven by the University, meaning great food and entertainment and a generally vibrant energy to the city.
If you’re looking to experience the height of Syracuse culture, college and otherwise, you will want to stay in Downtown or in the vicinity of Downtown and the University. Some of the more desirable, but still reasonably priced hotels to look at include the charming, environmentally-friendly boutique Hotel Skyler, the Crowne Plaza Syracuse, the Jefferson Clinton Hotel, or the Genesee Grande Hotel. If you are just looking to rest your head on a budget, with a focus on location, you might go with the Econolodge Downtown. There are also some delightful bed-and-breakfasts throughout Syracuse if you are looking for a more relaxing and low-key stay, such as the Moonstruck Manor, the Bed and Breakfast Wellington, and Ophelia’s Garden Inn.
When it comes to food in Syracuse, you are sure to be delighted no matter what type of cuisine you’re in the mood for. If you are looking for Asian food, hit up Erawan for Thai, Dosa Grill for Indian, or Icheban Japanese Steakhouse. For barbecue in Syracuse, it doesn’t get better than Dinosaur Barbecue, or if you are in the mood for a burger, look no further than Blarney Stone. The Brooklyn Pickle is the place to be for sandwiches, or if you are looking for meat-free cuisine, you can’t go wrong with Strong Hearts Café. For Pizza, hit up Patsy’s Pizza or Robbie T’s, or check out Stella’s Diner for your breakfast fix. If you want to really splurge, pay a visit to Lemon Grass or Pastabilities, and if you want to do just the opposite, grab a hot dog at locals favorite Heid’s.
Nightlife in Syracuse can largely be found in two districts, the Armory Square Downtown sector, and Marshall Street on University Hill. When it comes to bars in the city, Blue Tusk in Armory Square, known for its extensive draught beer selection and excellent fine wine list may take the cake as the most happening hotspot in Syracuse. Al’s Wine and Whiskey Lounge is another top locals favorite you will likely want to check out when exploring the Syracuse nightlife. The Clinton Street Pub and the Corner Bar are lively college hangouts in Armory Square, featuring inexpensive drinks, DJs, and dancing. For a local brew pub, you might check out Syracuse Suds Factory, while Limerick Pub is a good Irish pub in Armory Square featuring pool tables and darts.
Whether visiting for a game or other college-related activity, or just visiting to hang out, you are sure to have a good time in Syracuse. Whether having a beer at Blue Tusk, enjoying fine eclectic cuisine at Lemon Grass, or just chilling out at one of the cities many relaxing hotels and B&Bs, there is plenty of fun to be had in the Central New York home of the Syracuse Orange.