Towne Crier Café, a first rate music venue offering American comfort cuisine, is located at 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 in Dutchess County.
From Towne Crier: "Live Americana, world music and jazz. Farm-fresh dining. The Towne Crier Café has been a Hudson Valley Landmark since 1972. As we celebrate our first anniversary in Beacon, we invite you to take a bow. We appreciate the great dining review in the NY Times and the Best of Hudson Valley award from Hudson Valley Magazine. But what has made it truly special is our vibrant community of music and food lovers. Thank you! –Phil"
Beer (local brews on tap) and Wine
Cuisine = American and Up-scale Pub food
Dessert Menu (All desserts prepared in-house)
Live music venue
Local, organic and grass-fed options
Outdoor dining at sidewalk tables
Parking in lot
Vegetarian and a few vegan options
The word is
The Towne Crier Café, a first rate music venue, "a mecca for musicians and a magnet for listeners and diners alike," is housed in a comfortable and cozy space with a dedicated area for dining (separate from music venue) with a high-ceiling, lots of wood adding warmth to the space (could use more light) and seating for 100 diners (separate entrance from club); a painting of the renowned Pete Seeger hangs on the wall. A bar lounge provides a separate space from the dining area. The food is above average pub-food with desserts that are house-made and delicious. The Towne Crier uses Farm-to-Table ingredients whenever available.
This iconic live music venue, with an array of talented artists such as: Pete Seeger (missed by all, never forgotten), Suzanne Vega, Steve Forbert band, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Karan Casey, Eliza Gilkyson, James Maddock, and list goes on; offers an outstanding space for live music and entertainment.
"How long has the Towne Crier been around?Founded by Phil Ciganer in 1972, the Towne Crier Café was originally located in an early American general store and stagecoach stop in the historic hamlet of Beekmanville, just east of Hopewell Junction, in Dutchess County, New York. We also operated for several months in 1987 at an interim location on Route 44, just outside of Millbrook, while a new location in Pawling was being made ready. After 25 years in Pawling, we moved to Main Street in Beacon in October 2013.
"At this point the Towne Crier Café is the oldest ongoing venue of its type in the country under continuous management. For over four decades, we have remained true to our original vision: To present a prestigious roster of performers in an intimate setting that respects their performance above all. The Café has become a Hudson Valley cultural institution - a fine dining restaurant, a mecca for musicians and a magnet for listeners and diners alike. Our goal remains to offer a unique experience of comfort, dining and entertainment."