Ready for a night on the town?
Looking for the right place to take someone special for dinner, like the fine dining served at the most stylish bistros? Does the idea of joining some friends for great food and drinks at a trendy pub or sidewalk Café’ appeal to you?
Do you enjoy the arts? How about an evening at the theatre to be entertained by a hit musical or a more “Off Broadway” production? Or would you care to be among the first to discover that wonderful original production? Wondering where you might find an art house cinema to view an independent film or the revival of a classic? Do you like live music concerts or stand-up comedy in an intimate theater setting?
It might sound more like something you would find in the Big Apple than a small town, but you don’t have to fight the traffic of the big city to enjoy dinner and a show. It is all right here in the center of the Finger Lakes Region. For a city its size, Auburn’s nightlife is surprisingly diverse. It is at the same time upscale and cultured, and casual and unpretentious, providing a place where white-collar and blue-collar both feel at home.
Walk the streets of Downtown Auburn these days, and you find a city that has been revitalized. Teeming with new businesses and renovated buildings, you sense that the downtown district has been reborn in the last few years. Benefiting from a surge of local investors working with city planners, the area has become a center for the arts and entertainment, along with new upscale eateries and watering holes. Bistros loaded with ambience and sidewalk Cafés present award-winning fare from New York City chefs. Cigar and martini bars, microbreweries and pubs serve up grille favorites, along with a wide selection of wines, craft beers, and hard ciders – many made locally or even on the premises. Live music by top local musicians is performed at a number of the taverns, as well as city sponsored outdoor street concerts to add to the festivities.
Building on an established theatre tradition, throughout the summer, The Rev Theatre Company features professional musical productions at the beautiful Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and the historic The Pitch. The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse located on the shores of Owasco Lake at Emerson Park has delighted theatergoers for decades with top-notch productions of Broadway musicals performed by talented, professional actors. Located at the historic Carriage House behind Cayuga Museum and Case Research Lab, The Pitch presents original play productions in an intimate cabaret style theater.
Auburn Public Theater, in the center of downtown Auburn, presents year-round entertainment with national touring acts, live music, non-musical plays, and stand-up comedy; along with their summer Off-Broadway productions in an intimate 200-seat theatre. Located in the same building, Auburn Public Cinema is an art house cinema featuring independent, documentary, foreign, classic and family films. While your there, enjoy the food and drink offerings at Auburn Public Theater’s latest addition, Cafe 108.
Whether you are looking to unwind after a hard day at work, enjoying a romantic evening for two, taking in dinner and a show, or keeping the party going; Downtown Auburn has become the destination for fun!