Bayou Cafe Albany

Bayou Cafe Albany We are officially THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN, formerly The Bayou Cafe in downtown Albany. We have upped the ante on all fronts, music, food and bar! Like us to stay posted on happy hour specials, events and live music and what the days food specials are!

01/31/2014

NEW BEER ALERT!
Just added this week to our tap list, ROGUE MOCHA PORTER! A favorite of many of our staff + after sampling it recently, I felt it merited a line of it's own (for the time being anyway!).

Tasting notes: Ruddy brown in color, a bittersweet balance of malt + hops with a light cream finish. Quite 'sessionable' at 5.3% abv and Beer Advocate gave it an 87 rating.

It's still 'Porter' season so come downtown + give it a try! Definitely a great addition when ordering a flight!

EAT + DRINK WELL.
THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN

01/24/2014

NEW BEER ALERT! We've been at it again, rotating away! Here's the new additions - come by while we have them in house! They are pouring like wild fire.

* LAGUNITAS SUCKS (Imperial IPA) ABV: 7.85%
Beer Advocate: 97, WORLD-CLASS rating

* OSKAR BLUES TEN FIDY (Russian Imperial Stout), ABV: 10.5%
Beer Advocate: 97, WORLD-CLASS rating

* LONG TRAIL LIMBO (IPA), ABV: 7.5%
Beer Advocate: 92, OUTSTANDING rating

* BELL'S PORTER (American Porter), ABV: 5.6%
Beer Advocate: 87 rating

* DARK HORSE RASPBERRY ALE, ABV: 5.5%

If you like Abita Purple Haze, you will LOVE Dark Horse Raspberry Ale!! Each beer is well-researched + hand-picked by yours truly. Many you cannot find on tap in the Capital Region so stop in while they are here.

On it's way to us and we are on the waiting list is:
VICTORY HOP RANCH!!
Hop Ranch is an Imperial IPA, BA: 95 rating and a World-Class Beer. ONLY a few kegs are releasing to the Capital Region in general + then you have a wait til next year! We have reserved TWO KEGS + are impatiently waiting their delivery! They will go fast so put us on your radar!!

EAT + DRINK WELL. (DRINK ESPECIALLY WELL per this post!)
THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN

Tomorrow night at The The Hollow Bar + Kitchen.
01/12/2014
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01/01/2014

Happy New Year's everyone! We are have a few open spots for a late New Year's dinner, from 9pm til 11pm! Open Bar is $40 at the door from 10:30pm til 12:30am, includes champagne split, cocktails, beer + wine. Wishing you all a wonderful 2014!
EAT + DRINK WELL. THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN.

12/27/2013

The countdown to New Year's is on! If you still haven't booked your dinner plans or post-dinner plans, we have you covered! We are serving a 3-course dinner (including a bottle of Italian Prosecco), seating from 5pm to 11pm. 'Open Bar' from 10:30pm to 12:30am for $40 includes a champagne split, cocktails, beer and dancing all night! The Times Square countdown will be on our big screen and the party goes all night! Celebrating the New Year at THE HOLLOW! xo

12/27/2013

Paranoid Social Club Friday night. Lucid on Saturday and Kung Fu on Monday!

12/17/2013

Just an FYI, we will be announcing our Winter Menu this week so stay tuned! We have reinvented some 'old school' favorites + here's a teaser: we are working on a new Cheese Board with the extremely well-versed, 'Cheese Traveler' on Delaware Ave in Downtown Albany! Cheese Board to come after the first of the year! There is a new Stout on tap, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is now available! Tak...e advantage of 'Stout Season' - we have several in-house includding Founders Breakfast Stout (on tap), Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout (in bottle), Southern Tier 2XSTOUT (in bottle), 'The Hollow' Oat Stout by Davidson Bros. (on tap), MooThunder (in can), Guinness + our newest Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout on tap! If you have a favorite Stout that you think we MUST have in-house, let us know! We love beer. :)
EAT + DRINK WELL. THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN.

Screw the snow! We are OPEN + have an amazing live music line-up tonight! Start Making Sense (Talking Heads Tribute band...
12/14/2013
Start Making Sense Talking Heads Tribute - Tickets - The Hollow - Albany, NY - December 14th, 2013

Screw the snow! We are OPEN + have an amazing live music line-up tonight! Start Making Sense (Talking Heads Tribute band) is performing tonight in our back bar + opening for them is HmfO: A Hall and Oates Tribute band! Show starts at 8pm, tickets are $15 at the door (or you can pre-purchase on our website, http://www.ticketfly.com/event/417625-start-making-sense-talking-albany/
BONUS!! Come in pre-show for dinner + get 10% off your bill! Just show us your tickets or let us know you are here for the show! EAT + DRINK WELL. THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN.

Start Making Sense Talking Heads Tribute - Tickets - The Hollow - Albany, NY - December 14th, 2013

12/07/2013

We are getting in gear for New Year's Eve + will be offering a limited seating, 3-course gourmet dinner by our Rising Star Nominated Chef, Henry Ciccone. We will be releasing the menu very soon so stay tuned! The dinner will include a beautiful bottle of Italian Prosecco (which we normally sell for $30). Ticket price is $50 per person. Truly a steal! Facebook message or email us to reserve your spot, [email protected].

12/04/2013

The next new beer in our draught line-up is the long-awaited, Bell's Two Hearted Ale (Kalamazoo, Michigan). Newly released in keg to the Capital Region, we are pleased to have this World-Class IPA on tap!

Back in 1983, the founder, Larry Bell opened a home brewing supply store + started brewing his own beer commercially in a 15-gallon soup pot! Bell's has come a long way, selling 135 barrels in 1986 to over 216,000 barrels in 2012.
Bell's also owns + operates a local (to their brewery) 80-acre farm where they grow 2-row malt barley for their beer, demonstrating their commitment to the environment + quality ingredients.

Here's what you are in with Two Hearted Ale:
HOPPED EXCLUSIVELY WITH THE CENTENNIAL HOP VARIETAL FROM THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, MASSIVE ADDITIONS IN THE KETTLE + AGAIN IN THE FERMENTER LEND THEIR CHARACTERISTIC GRAPEFRUIT + PINE RESIN AROMAS. A SIGNIFICANT MALT BODY BALANCES THIS HOP PRESENCE LEADING TO A REMARKABLY DRINKABLE AMERICAN-STYLE INDIA PALE ALE.

We are excited to have Bell's on tap! Come Downtown + try a pint (or a flight)! Don't be shy - let us know what you think! Always rotating, bringing you the best of the best. :)
EAT + DRINK WELL. THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN.

12/02/2013

Next up is Greenport Harbor Black Duck Porter! Created from a 'little-engine-that-could-start-up-brewery' in Greenport, NY. The founders converted an old firehouse into their brewery in 2008, in the middle of the economic meltdown. With help from family + friends, they converted the firehouse themselves on a shoestring budget + now have their beer in over 200 locations in Long Island + NYC.
Their Black Duck Porter is exceptional, receiving a 91 rating on Beer Advocate. It's a black ale that puts the flavor of the malt front + center. The hop character is mild, balancing strong notes of cocoa + hints of coffee. This brew is sessionable at 4.7% abv, pairing well with chocolate, BBQ + fresh shellfish.
Supporting our 'own' in NY, come Downtown + try Black Duck today! Not readily found on anyone's taps in the Capital Region - what a special treat we discovered.
EAT + DRINK WELL. THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN

12/01/2013

The next new brew in our line up is McKenzie's Hand-Pressed Seasonal Reserve Hard Cider! While doing some 'market research' in a craft beer bar in Long Island called The Black Sheep Ale House, I got talking to the owner about beer (of course) + he gave me a sample of McKenzie's. Now, I'm not one for hard cider but the first word out of my mouth was 'WOW.' He coined the description, 'like drinking apple pie.'
McKenzie's Seasonal Reserve is brewed locally in West Seneca, with New York State apples, hand-pressed. No concentrate here (like many other commercial ciders). Their Seasonal Reserve is available through March + we are the only game in Downtown to have it on tap.
Come Downtown, try a pint + let us know what you think!
Thank you Black Sheep. I'll be back soon!

11/30/2013

The lowdown on some of our new beer on tap. First in line, Victory DirtWolf Double IPA.
Why it's interesting: Victory uses American hops, right off the vine in their natural, whole flower form. The aroma hits you first, the taste lasts + the bitterness is pleasant. Victory hit this one out of the park + it fully deserves it's World-Class rating on Beer Advocate.
We have 2 Imperial (Double) IPAs on tap. Sixpoint Resin + now Victory DirtWolf. Each unique, totally different taste profiles. Order a flight, try them both + let us know which is your favorite!

11/27/2013

New Beer Alert! Lots of great new additions to our line-up and they are already on tap! Victory DirtWolf Double IPA, Beer Advocate 95, World-Class (HUGE BUZZ about DirtWolf), Greenport Harbor Black Duck Porter (local, Long Island Brewery), Beer Advocate 91, Outstanding. Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Beer Advocate 95, World-Class and McKenzie's Hand-Pressed Seasonal Reserve Hard Cider (local cidery in West Seneca), Rate Beer 91. Come Downtown + try our newest today!!

11/25/2013

Deck the halls at The Hollow Bar + Kitchen this season + book your Holiday Party with us!
We can accommodate an intimate group or a party up to 300. You will not have a cookie-cutter experience with us! We customize each event down to the smallest details at incredibly affordable pricing. Give us your budget + we will make it happen! Dates are going quickly + you can contact us at [email protected] or call 518.426.8550.

11/21/2013

TONIGHT AT THE HOLLOW! GIRLS NIGHT OUT. STARTS @ 6PM!

We have secured some really amazing Silent Auction items including 'Dinner + a Show' (Dinner for 2 at The Hollow Bar + Kitchen + 2 tickets to see A Christimas Carol at Capital Repertory Theatre), 'A Local Escape' (Dinner at Carmine's + overnight accommodations for 2 at the posh Hilton Albany with breakfast the following morning), 'Private Pub Crawl for 2' (Enjoy your own private pub crawl at the following bars (2 drinks at each establishment): City Beer Hall, Olde English Pub & Pantry, The Merry Monk, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen and The Capital American Eatery & Lounge. Also, our vendors will be auctioning their baubles, services (including eyelash extensions valued at $125) and more!! The music will be pumping + the drinks flowing! A moment for us to network amongst fellow women, have fun + give back to a wonderful foundation, Myles of Smyles. Can't wait to see you all there!

11/08/2013

Not only is today Steve Fink's birthday, Saturday is the grand opening of Fink's Quail Street Pizzaria. 224 Quail Street. Come say hello.

11/05/2013

We will be fully operational during our reno. Our 'BACK BAR' will be our temporary 'FRONT BAR' for the time being!

11/05/2013

Literally, we are 'tearing down the house.' The long-awaited reveal + restoration of the original tin ceiling (dating back to the 1800s in our historical Downtown building) in our front bar has begun tonight. Looking forward to all the changes ahead!!

11/02/2013

Looking forward to the Camp Braveheart's Charity Hike coordinated by the College of St. Rose tomorrow afternoon! The participants will be stopping by The Hollow from 1:45pm til 2:45pm.

10/31/2013

HAPPY HOLLOW-EEN!! Stop in for happy hour and try our seasonals on tap while they last!!

10/29/2013

Just coming off the high of Restaurant Week, we are quickly making final seasonal decisions to our menu! Stay tuned!! Also, for you beer fans out there - we are revamping our craft/ micro bottle list + have added some stunning additions!
Already chilling in our coolers, front + center: Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout, Lagunitas PILS, Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, Sam Smith Taddy Porter, Sam Smith Organic Pale Ale, Allagash White, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Sixpoint Sweet Action, Sixpoint Bengali + Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale. More info to come on these brews + why they made the list. If there is something amazing you love + want to see on our list, we are all ears!
EAT + DRINK WELL. THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN.

10/26/2013

New Beer Alert!! For you Witbier fans out there, we recently tapped Ommegang Witte!

This is an excellent, sessionable Belgian-style White Ale from neighboring Cooperstown, Brewery Ommegang. Witte can be compared to a Sauvingon Blanc, light, biscuity, citrus fruit + a touch of sweetness.

From Ommegang's Brewmaster's tasting notes:
"Brewed with malted and unmalted wheat, orange peel, and coriander - offering a refreshing style that showcases the Belgian talent for brewing full-flavored ales that are also light and balanced. It is pale straw in color, slightly hazy from the yeast, and topped with a huge white, fluffy head.

Witte is pleasantly light on the tongue, balanced between malt and wheat sweetness. Hops and spice with a subtle clove note backed by flavors of lemon and sweet orange give way to a dry, crisp, refreshing finish."

Thank you Ommegang. We will be making a road trip soon.

EAT + DRINK WELL. THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN.

10/25/2013

Restaurant Week is coming to a close, tomorrow (Friday) is our last night! It's been a great week + a pleasure to meet new faces, welcome our loyal regulars, family + friends. If you'd like to make a reservation on our final night, you can do so through Open Table on our website's home page, www.thehollowalbany.com or give us a call at 518.426.8550. Groovestick is also playing later tomorrow evening so it's bound to be memorable night of great food, great drink + great music.
EAT + DRINK WELL. THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN. xo

10/21/2013
Terraplane Sun -Get Me Golden (Original Demo Version)

Hey old Bayou fans can you believe the Times Union called us a Swamp? I laugh at it now. But hey if you always enjoyed live music here we (now The Hollow Bar + Kitchen) have a great band tonight Terraplane Sun with locals Stellar Young! Here is a link to Terraplane's "Get Me Golden"

Oh and if you always loved the old Bayou let the Times Union know because they just cant seem to get enough of putting us down!

*****Click here to hear the new version of Get Me Golden******* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCElktxINAI Here is a brand new track from Terraplane Sun! En...

10/21/2013

New Beer Alert!! We are very excited to announce that we just added FOUNDERS BREAKFAST STOUT to our growing line-up for the season! Given a 100 rating by Beer Advocate, this World-Class Imperial Stout is "the coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever." ABV: 8.3%, IBUs: 60

Come Downtown + enjoy this stout while it's available! It is amazing on its own + pairs perfectly with our Samascott Orchards Whole Wheat Cider Donut Breading Pudding with Macoun Apples (featured on our Restaurant Week menu)!

Thanks little brother for making the recommendation. Brilliant. xo

Kicking off Restaurant Week tonight til Oct 25th! We have been working hard testing recipes, reinventing our classic sta...
10/19/2013
Downtown Albany Restaurant Craft Beer Live Music - The Hollow

Kicking off Restaurant Week tonight til Oct 25th! We have been working hard testing recipes, reinventing our classic staples, developing beer + wine pairings for our courses. Reservations are strongly encouraged! You can make your reservation online through Open Table on our website, www.thehollowalbany.com. Looking forward to seeing you this very special week!!

Our Fall 2013 Restaurant Week menu includes:

APPETIZERS (Choice of One)
White Bean + Tarragon Soup
Finished with Smoked Paprika Oil

Our Signature Salad
Arugula, Grilled Shitake Mushroom, Shaved Asiago, Truffle oil

House-made Caponata, Grilled Pane Rustico

ENTREES (Choice of One)

Autumn Squash Gnocchi
Maple Brown Butter, Toasted Pecans, Ricotta Salata

Grilled Mahi-Mahi
Roasted Tomato + White Bean Sauté, Kale

House Pesto Grilled Steak
Herbed Carrot, Parsnip + Leek Roast

DESSERT (Choice of One)
Samascott Orchards Cider Donut Bread Pudding with Macoun Apples
*Cider donuts + Macoun apples both locally sourced from Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, NY

Peach Ripieno
Whole fruit sorbet served in the natural fruit shell

10/19/2013

Darrik and The Funbags tonight!

10/17/2013

TONIGHT @ 6pm!!! The Boston Beer Company is coming to The Hollow for a Brewery Night on Thursday, October 17th! Sam Adams limited releases, hybrid beer styles, seasonals, along with tried + true favorites. Lots of free samples, no cover!!

The tap line-up includes: Grumpy Monk Belgian IPA, Double Agent India Pale LAGER, Hazel Brown Ale, Octoberfest, Angry Orchard Hard Cider + of course, Boston Lager. It will be a fun night so be sure to stop in! Brews start pouring at 6pm!!

10/05/2013

Formula 5 with School Bus Yellow tonight!

10/03/2013

New Beer Alert! Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA just came in and we will be tapping it today! UNION JACK received a 'World-Class' rating per Beer Advocate and is not readily found on tap in our area. It's an amazing beer and a great pick for a flight!

Description per FW:
"The newest member of the Firestone family, Union Jack is the aggressive IPA that you’ve been searching for. Citrus, pineapple, and a full chewy malt profile finish clean on your palate. Over 70 IBUs and 7.5% alcohol by volume, Union Jack won’t have any problem competing with the big India Pale Ales. A beer true to its origins; deeply hopped and bolstered for a long voyage."

Let us know what you think about FW when you come in! Your feedback helps shape our line-up. A little secret...we are adding 4 more lines getting us to 24 taps! So much MORE to come!! Stay tuned.

EAT + DRINK WELL. THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN

Address

79 N Pearl St
Albany, NY
12207

Telephone

(518) 426-8550

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