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While Utica is not exactly brimming over with nightlife, there are some decent options for drinks or entertainment. The historic Stanley Theater, 261 Genesee St., Utica (tel. 315/725/1113), stages anything from Broadway to hip hop shows. Lavishly refurbished in "Mexican Baroque" style, the theater boasts the largest free-hanging chandelier in the world, lit entirely with LEDs. For food or drink before or after the show, head around the corner to Thornberries, 1011 King St., Utica (tel.315/735-1409). The Brewery District is home to some decent bars and occasional live music -- The Electric Company, 700 Varick St., Utica (tel. 315/792-9271), displays the work of local artists, hosts local bands, and serves up local (and national) brews. For a homey bar that's been around forever, head to Griffin's Pub, 226 Genesee St., Utica (tel. 315/724-5792), or for more upscale drinks at a more upscale spot, try Space 26, 26 Bank Place, Utica (tel. 315/735-4407). Had enough booze? Check out the Tramontane Cafe, 1105 Lincoln Ave., Utica (tel. 315/732-8257), for live music in a coffeehouse setting. And, of course, there's Turning Stone Casino, just off I-90's exit 33 (tel. 800/771-7711), with slots, tables, restaurants, and some of the biggest stars to be found in this part of New York State.

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