|503 South Ave, Rochester NY, 14620|
|Hours (as of November 2012)|
|Tuesday - Saturday: 7:00PM to 2:00AM|
|Sunday & Monday: Closed|
|<swcolony AT gmail DOT com>|
|D&C blog mention|
|Southwedge.org discussion of opening|
|City Newspaper - June 18, 2008|
Specials as of November 2012
Tuesday: Karaoke. $2 Corona & Corona Light Bottles. $2 Cans of PBR, Genny and Miller High Life. Appetizer Menu available until 2am. No Cover.
Wednesday: Bring in your own Mug (up to 32 oz.) and they will fill it with any Domestic Draft for only $2. You can leave your Mug at the bar for following weeks.
Thursday: $2 Corona & Corona Light Bottles. $2 Cans of PBR, Genny and Miller High Life. Coming Soon (11/29): Geeks Who Drink Trivia.
Friday: It's Flip Night. They flip a coin, pay half price on your drinks if you win, just regular price if you lose. Until Midnight.
Saturday: 2 for 1 Wells and Draft Beers from 7-10pm.
KITCHEN IS ALWAYS OPEN UNTIL CLOSE
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2008-08-07 20:14:46 It is indeed open for business, and I've heard good things. However, arriving at 5pm on a Thursday, my small group of freelance alcohol metabolism researchers found it closed, and there were no hours posted on the door. We ended up elsewhere, but the lack of posted hours is a little disconcerting, as is the lack of operations on a perfectly drinkable Thursday evening. I look forward to trying it out if I'm ever around there and they're open... —RyanTucker
2008-08-08 13:21:51 Very nice chill bar. They did a great job on the interior renovations, but on a hot summer night, with no air conditioning in the old building, it was a bit unbearable. They had lots of fans going but it wasnt doing much. But the place was nice and they had a decent beer selection. Id go back. —MrRochester
2009-01-02 10:04:35 I love this bar. great atmosphere, great decor, great drinks, great prices and food until 2am! a fabulous addition to the South Wedge. —HyunMee
2009-04-27 01:52:28 A nice place for people who want to have some drinks and be social. The place has a couple of soft-tip dart boards and a pool table. Great drink prices & friendly bar staff. BONUS: the popped-collar-spray-tan-douchebag quotient is significantly lower than anywhere in the East End :) I've heard that outdoor seating and air conditioning are coming soon (hooray!). —NathanHenderson
2009-04-27 14:32:43 Always have a great time at this place! The atmosphere is a happy compromise of a lounge and a sports bar. The bartenders are attentive, the food is great (with great prices) and quickly delivered! Love the drink specials! This has become a new staple for the Wedge! —AmyPolo
2010-06-09 02:25:19 NOTE: The "popped-collar-spray-tan-douchebag" contingent mentioned above has discovered this bar. As someone who lives in this area, certain nights are loud and obnoxious, with roving throngs of barely 21-year olds annoying the neighborhood, shouting and honking car horns until well past 2am. On slow nights, the bar is nice inside, though. But its change in the last year or so has not been for the better. I'd avoid it. —AdamLynch
2010-07-30 12:48:39 First started going here in winter 2009-2010 and really enjoyed it at first, but the clientele has gotten douchier and douchier since then. What's worse, the bartenders and bouncers seem to have taken a liking to these characters. Myself and a friend kept having some immature dorks make distracting noises while we were shooting pool. When I confronted these little turds, the bouncer got in MY face and told me to cut it out like I was the one instigating. Also, my friend ordered pizza then turned his back for 30 seconds to talk to someone and the bartender took his change as a tip and then lied about it. When confronted for the change, he got irate and threw us out.
Steer clear unless you have a really high tolerance for young, yuppie college kids who think they're suddenly awesome for renting an apartment downtown. —Casey
2010-10-26 04:51:50 The bar is fine except for the neanderthal lizard brained idiot who I think manages the place and drives a silver VW. This pathetic fool seems to fancy himself a policeman and believes he has the right to harass people outside his bar, on public grounds, seemingly because he is angry that he couldn't convince a young girl to go home with him ("I swear I have like 20 alarm clocks, you'll wake up in time") As far as I'm concerned, violent egotistical wannabe yuppie losers like him are far more annoying and dangerous than the broke cats who spend all day in the park, and the neighborhood would be better without testosterone fueled fools like him. —danmalik
2010-11-01 16:33:51 Went this Saturday to a bunch of tough guy bouncers who punched my friend in the face and pushed my girlfriend down the stairs in front. Would suggest caution while going to this establishment... —Jeff
If my friend was hit and girlfriend shoved improperly, I would've called the police. Why didn't you? —PeteB
2010-11-02 16:49:18 I did call the police, but they said they generally side with the bouncers and asked us to leave. The cop stopped us after we were down the street and told us he has heard of many complaints about Colony but there is not much he can do about it. This place is trouble, i would suggest staying away. —Jeff
2010-11-08 12:48:27 To reiterate Jeff's comment I had a friend who went through a very similar situation here. There was a drunken NOT WORKING bouncer ID'ing people at the door (so drunk he could not read the licenses). He then, with no provocation, proceeded to get in my friends face as if he was causing issues multiple times. Meanwhile all the bartender said was "don't mind him, he's drunk". Classy. —DarrenKemp
2011-01-26 15:27:11 I just finished reading all these posts about Southwedge Colony Bar. I think the Liquor Board would be interested in all this information. I found there number to the complaint Hotline —— 716-847-3039. —WilliamStevens Upload new image "photo.jpg"
2011-11-27 14:03:12 The Southwedge Colony would like to take this opportunity to point out that we are committed to the highest levels of customer service. We are aware of the previous comments made on this page and would like everyone to consider that when certain patrons behave inappropriately they are politely asked to leave by our professional staff. Their recourse it would seem, is to come to this page in an effort to try and damage our reputation, by telling a fabricated tale that completely ignores and disregards any responsibility for their own actions. We welcome anyone that can be respectful to other guests as well as the establishment itself. —joni
2011-12-16 23:55:05 @the bar, no one here on a friday nite. Now I know why. Bartenders wonteven look at you. For god sake be socialable. Your a bartender!! Had to ask for a shot every time, and there is a special going on. Would have called my friends to meet me here but not now. Forget it. I should start my"bar nightmares". I tended for 16 years myself. Yea I need to talk to the owner, this place had great potential —Manchu19
2011-12-21 17:20:28 Mr Manchu19. You were politely served by our staff. I would like the world to know the truth about the reason for your review. You wrote your review based on the fact that you hit on the bartender and were shot down. An old man sitting alone at the end of the bar, barking orders and telling stories about how you used to do it in Niagara Falls is not charming. Either is wanting to know the bartenders "exact address." As far as bar nightmares go, you can go ahead and categorize yourself under Creeper. —joni
2011-12-30 16:22:14 I have to say, I'm surprised by all the negative comments about this bar. I was going here weekly over the summer and have been a couple of times since the semester started, and I have never had a negative experience. My friends and I have never had issues with the service and the drink specials are great! Then again, we're the type of people that show our ID's to the bouncers on our way in the bar, and don't have a reason to interact with them after that (isn't that how it should be?) —NeilZimmerman
2012-01-29 02:27:23 I thought that this place was really chill until tonight when the owner showed up and treated everyone in the bar like shit. My friends and I are people who don't cause trouble at bars, but he had his bouncers assult one of us, and lied to police about what happened. This guy is the worst. Avoid this bar like the plague. —hankmoody
2012-01-29 02:40:37 The comments on here by "joni" are complete lies...the owner/bouncers need to be held accountable for their actions. —hankmoody
2012-01-29 09:27:55 I wish I could say this place is amazing. Started coming here a couple weeks ago consistently. Colony has AMAZING food (one of the best garbage plates in town), great drink specials, and an awesome chill set-up. There fooseball table is a godsend. Heck, we had my engagement party here. But sadly it's too good to be true and I encourage people to stay away from Colony for their own good. The last time I was there, a friend of mine was wrongfully accused of damaging property. There was no proof whatsoever, but the bouncer felt it necessary to assault my friend and haul them out of the bar. The owner proceeded to call the cops and demanded that my friend be arrested for causing hundreds of dollars of damages. The cops called the owners' BS on overvaluing the damage but even after he was recompensed financially, he continued to want to press charges The owner then tried to have another friend kicked out for expressing his/her disgust at how the owner treated clients and indicating that they would take their patronage elsewhere in the future. Just because you own an establishment doesn't give the right to make wild and unsupported claims against your patrons. And when your patrons (who clearly were not belligerently drunk) try to make ammends for something THEY DIDN'T EVEN DO, it is generally in bad taste to continue to try to have them arrested. If you don't mind be wrongfully arrested, assaulted, and otherwise harrassed without provocation, by all means go to Colony. If you prefer to drink and chill in peace, I'd go elsewhere. —FrederickTaggart
2012-01-29 09:36:07 Also found it interesting that the bouncer eyed me up and down and hit on me when I entered the bar in lieu of IDing me (I had my ID in hand all prepared to hand it over cuz I tend to get mistaken for a high school student). Just sayin' Mr. Bouncer, last night I was angry enough to wish that I was under 21 and could get you screwed for serving to under-aged patrons. —FrederickTaggart
2012-01-29 16:36:43 A group of people did come in to the bar. An employee fortunately happened to be standing outside of the bathroom door when all of a sudden you could hear extremely loud pounding coming from inside the bathroom throughout the bar. Everyone stopped and looked. All of a sudden one male exits the bathroom and there is a gigantic hole in the bathroom wall. He acknowledges the damages and says "I will pay for the repairs," because he knows that he has been caught. Next thing you know one of his friends is coaching him on what to say and all of a sudden he didn't do it. So yes the police were called. He did pay for the damages. Did he pay because he didn't do it? I'll leave that to you to decide for yourself. —joni
2012-01-29 19:12:26 Joni will really come on here and try to spin things. The fact is that the owner, Greg Joy, is the one who should have been arrested. And the person who was accused of "punching a huge whole in the bathroom wall" didn't pay for the damages, one of our other friends did because this drunk, violent owner kept threatening to send our friend to jail. The police told us that no one admitted any wrong doing by paying for the damages, because it was cheaper that having to bail a friend out of jail. This owner is completely in the wrong on this, and will be lucky to not get sued. And the police all said that this guy has gotten in trouble for assulting customers before, so if the cops were on our side, who do you think was telling the truth? I'll let you decide for yourself. —hankmoody
2012-01-29 19:20:47 And I love that Joni starts their statement with "A group of people did come into the bar", because our group made up about 90% of the clientele at this bar. Now we know why no one was going there. This group won't make the mistake of spending a lot of money in your establishment anymore Joni, so don't worry. And I wouldn't be surprised if it was the owner himself or one of his friends that damaged the bathroom. He was incredibly drunk and seemed to just want to be in a fight. Good luck with your bar, I'm sure someone will either sue you and you'll lose everything, or people will just stop going because of you. —hankmoody
2012-02-01 11:31:16 Ummm... I'm confused. Joni, you may not understand this, but the point of sites such as Rocwiki, Yelp, etc is for customers/patrons to describe their experiences with establishment so as to inform future customers. That is exactly what individuals on here have done: describe their particular experiences. While I understand the desire to defend where you work(presumably), it seems odd that you believe that your establishment's service/product cannot speak for itself. I don't believe I have ever seen a service/product provider feel the need to verbally defend its reputation largely because they understand that provision of a quality product is more important than words posted on a website. Therefore, I can only interpret your efforts to defend this establishment as an indirect confirmation of the truth of the reviews being posted. "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." —FrederickTaggart
2012-02-01 12:39:17 (note: this is a copy of the review I posted at Yelp)
I USED to enjoy going to this bar, it is the only bar I know of in Rochester that has a Foosball table. Their drink specials are amazing, the atmosphere WAS always fun and the food is always predictably good.
This was until an incident that involved a friend of mine getting randomly thrown to the ground by the drunken bar owner, having the Rochester police department called on him and being threatened to pay $300 fine or risk prosecution. I am now terrified of going here, being wrongly accused of breaking something, being thrown to the ground by a drunken goon, having the police called and forced to pay an 800% markup on something that I didn't break or threatened with prosecution.
I understand the owners desire to maintain a high class establishment, but accusing people of doing things that they did not do is not an effective way of building a reputation, or at least building the kind of reputation that drives business. This incident has caused a group of about 20 who had been here 3 weekends in a row to never want to come back. I have heard similar stories of this nature on Rochester wiki, and had a similar experience when two bouncers ran up to me with flashlights in my eyes yelling at me because my feet were on the couch. —GDownie
2012-02-01 12:53:26 Does anyone know another place in Rochester that has Foosball? I would even be willing to pay more for drinks & food and seeing as we all used to drive to Colony, (yeah we aren't the beligerently drunk type) would be willing to drive a bit. —GDownie
2012-02-24 14:47:50 I recently started spending some time at Colony, at the recommendation of a friend. I must say, I have personally always enjoyed myself there. The staff has always been friendly, the food delicious and reasonably priced, and they have excellent drink specials. The location itself is very well maintained, if not downright classy for the neighborhood, and they have one of the best pool tables in the Southwedge. I like that there is enough space to enjoy conversations with friends even when there is a crowd. I recently went down on a night where they were hosting an event for young area professionals and it was PACKED! I was greeted with a smile and handshake from the guy at the door, who recognized me immediately, even though we'd only met a couple of times. In spite of the crowd I was served at the bar within a couple of short minutes, amd waited only about 10 minutes before picking up a game on the pool table. It's a shame that some people claim to have had poor experiences here, but in my experience (both at Colony and in life), you get back what you put in. Myself and my friends have always been respectful and friendly patrons while visitong Colony, amd have never received anything but respect and friendliness in return. My suggestion to anyone thinking about stopping in for the first time? Do it, form your own opinion... Odds are you'll want to return again soon. —JoshF
2013-01-20 16:11:27 Been there a couple of times late. I enjoy the atmosphere and I've always had good service at the bar. I like how big and open the place is, and how the dart boards are usually open and in a good spot. —DE