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Glens Falls residents love The Grateful Den for its welcoming atmosphere, local craft beers, and upscale pub fare, and you can expect all this and much more under the new management! We chatted with new manager Dave Spory to get all the inside details.
The Artsy Vibe & Live Music Scene
The Grateful Den closed for several months last year and is now back in action under new management. Dave Spory and his partner Carrie Bronzene, who have a business agreement to purchase the restaurant from the current owner, have given the bar a new look but with “the same chill vibe.” They’ve revamped the menu as well as food and drink specials, and there’s updated equipment, too.
A huge focus of The Grateful Den is now music – but all music, not just The Grateful Dead the bar was originally named for. Including an Open Mic Night on Tuesdays, live music happens four nights a week. “We have broadened the music spectrum,” Spory told us. “We still love the Dead and Phish, but we have an eclectic taste in music. . .Some mix it up with their unique style and humor. You’ll hear everything from old to new.”
Bands looking to play at Open Mic Night can make use of electric instruments brought in, and there’s also a house drum set so drummers don’t need to lug around their entire set. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming shows!
With the live music scene comes a more artsy vibe than The Grateful Den has seen in the past, including a unique arrangement of tapes all across the front of the bar where visitors sit. In addition, Spory painted the mural himself that you can see behind the bar (see first photo) along with other pieces in the restaurant, and patrons can check out further artwork that Spory’s grandmother created.
A New Menu, Local Beers & Specialty Cocktails
When asked what’s new and exciting on the menu Spory said, “Our wings have been a huge hit, also the Den Philly is certainly delectable. We have specialty drinks like the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup featuring the popular Screwball Whiskey, which has been a hit, along with some of our other specialty drinks like the “Is It Summer Yet?” or the “Huck It.”
The Grateful Den still offers a selection of local beers on draft, including Paradox Beaver Bite IPA, Mean Max Red Ale, Druthers Dare Gose, Common Roots Last Night IPA, and more. Happy Hour is every day from 3pm to 7pm with $2.50 domestic drafts and $1 off wine, craft beer, and well drinks.
More Exciting Changes to Come
Spory and Bronzene – who have two young children between the two of them – aim to make the establishment even more family-friendly. They’re hoping to add a couple of booths or low top tables to better accommodate families with children. In addition, the bar is looking into a Trivia Night, or something akin to a Paint ‘n Sip Night.