There's a pretty cool "hangout" in Rome that's a little hard to find. You've probably driven past it many, many times without even knowing it's there.

Talk about a "hidden" treasure. Well, it's definitely a treasure if you like to go out for a few drinks, maybe have a laid-back date night, or go out with the girls after work. And it's definitely hidden, unless you're a Rome native. It seems like the locals not only know about this place, but they've been coming to it for years.

We're talking about the Black River Ale House. There's a sign out front for this establishment, but if you weren't paying attention you'll drive right past it.

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It's connected to the Good Year Tire location, right on Black River Blvd. The building doesn't look that big outside, but when you walk in, it takes you downstairs to a very interesting and unique set-up.

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You can turn left and head into the regular bar area...

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Or take a few steps further and head right. That will take you outside to this wonderful patio area, where you can enjoy your drinks with some fresh air.

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I'll be honest, I had no idea this place was even there. And I'm a little bummed out, because I would have been coming here all the time if I did. It has such a nice, relaxing atmosphere, and the crowd was wonderful. After talking with many of the other patrons, I found that most people have been coming here for years and years. Apparently, it's a secret to some, but if you're familiar with the area, you definitely know about the Black River Ale House.

If you haven't been there before, I suggest you give them a try. Maybe grab a drink with some coworkers after the day is done, or bring your significant other out for a drink or two. You may want to try the wings, too. More than half the people in the building were eating the wings when I stopped by for the first time. Unfortunately, I didn't try them for myself, but I definitely will be back to do so. If you have them before me, let me know what you think of them.

 

 


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