We sauntered into Emack & Bolio’s last night after 8PM to find that the place was packed with music (and ice cream) lovers.
Most of the crowd was there to hear Aspect Ratio, a rock duo that plays “alternative cosmic American soul house party good time fun rock and roll blues music.” We scored a table, but it wasn’t easy as the cafe was filled with young and old tapping their feet while savoring exotic teas, hand roasted coffees, and a variety of hand dipped chocolates and gourmet ice creams.
There were also a number of patrons dropping by to pick up desert for themselves, and their dogs. At least, I imagine that the “Doggie Sundae” with its scoop of vanilla yogurt and a dog biscuit was for a favored pet.
I discovered that Emack & Bolio’s offers live music every Friday and Saturday, and Open Mic on Thursdays, from 7-10 PM. It’s an inexpensive outing for families as the entertainment is nearly free (tip jar optional,) and the deserts are reasonably priced (mostly $3-5) and the portions so large that they could easily be shared. Also, the open cafe setting is a good choice for experiencing live music with children as you can easily leave when they’ve had enough.
You can even make a full night of it with dinner next door at Moe’s Southwest Grill, but I wouldn’t recommend doing what Teen Daughter did last night. After an ice cream appetizer, she persuaded Dad to buy her a burrito that she proceeded to eat in the ice cream parlor. Kudos to Emack & Bolio’s for letting her get away with that!
We’ll be back for the music and treats. Maybe, I’ll even try the Albany Egg Cream next time just to see how it compares to the classic NYC egg creams.
Emack & Bolio’s Gourmet Ice Cream Parlor & Coffee House
The Guilderland location has closed, but you can still catch live music and premium ice cream at Emack & Bolio’s Albany location at 366 Delaware Avenue, Albany, NY.
Sandra Foyt | Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @SandraFoyt.