Spy Bar

Former Location
139 State Street, Rochester NY", "A place!"
Former Hours
8 p.m. to whenever people leave on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays; 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays (closed Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays)
Previous Phone
Former Website
[WWW]No website

See Gone, But Not Forgotten

Spy Bar, much like the Illuminati Catacomb System, does not exist in our city. It is not hidden on State Street on the same block as Motor and the 24 hour adult bookstore. You will not find it near the innerloop or City Hall. While some might suggest drinks are reasonably priced and that the staff is friendly, this is impossible as this bar does not exist.

For those hoping to confirm its nonexistence: search for its well lit storefront sign.

From the owners:


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2005-09-18 08:26:49   There is no spy bar. I went over there friday, and there is nothing there. It's just an empty building, and some guy selling street meat. It's just a mind-trick. —FarMcKon

2005-09-18 12:33:29   They also do not have cheap darts or a great owner. —JayUnnikrishnan

2005-10-01 06:57:15   I went there... there is nothing. Spy bar doesn't exist. Really. —RyDahl

2005-10-01 06:57:15   I went there last night! It was awsome. It really exists —EuropeanStarling2

2005-10-26 10:06:43   You are crazy! It's not real man. Someone kick him for spreading madness! —FarMcKon

2005-10-26 17:52:35   troll! —JayUnnikrishnan

2006-01-22 21:40:57   I think this is the bar near the corner of State & Andrews that has all the NASCAR signs on it. If so, it does exist —BenMargolis

2006-01-23 06:09:03   Hup joke's over, oh well. —JohnLam

2006-01-23 20:20:35   Greatest bar in Rochester! —KeithWoz

2006-01-23 21:26:42   Greatest bar I have ever been to :P —AlyssaCam

2006-01-24 14:17:55   I'm telling you, is doesn't exist! But that other bar at State & Andrew (i forgot the name) is really awsome. —FarMcKon

2006-01-25 22:53:54   Apparently there's an event there on Saturday, it's in the events board.. hopefully the bar exists so it actually happens! —KeithWoz

2006-01-26 12:22:15   Every time I go there I get the feeling it's a racist place: whether it's the racist skinhead one summer who told me about the scrap bicycle shop where they get bikes "those n****** just throw out" to the NASCAR signs which imply "racist" as much as a jukebox full of showtunes implies "gay." Most other bars I visit, even with nearly 100% white clientelle, don't give me that feeling. —JasonOlshefsky

2006-01-26 14:25:23   Wow, really? I've never had that feeling there. Several time I'm been there, there's been some big hispanic looking guy playing pool. That, and reading 'racest' in 'Nascar' is a bit of a streach IMHO. —FarMcKon

2006-01-26 15:37:48   What do you mean, "a jukebox full of showtunes implies 'gay,' " you homophobe? —HeatherYager

2006-01-26 17:21:48   this spy bar .... does it vibrate? —JasonWilder

2006-01-26 19:25:05   "Homophobe?" No. Just stereotyping. A jukebox full of showtunes might mean a gay bar as much as a portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. might mean a bar that doesn't like racists. Well, no: much more the latter. —JasonOlshefsky

2006-01-26 19:26:32   I quote from the D&C article: "And while all of that neon NASCAR regalia in the front of the bar does reflect Ritter's sporting interest, it serves another purpose. 'It keeps the derelicts away,' Ritter says. 'They think they're gonna get jumped by a bunch of rednecks if they come in here.'" Who else might fear being "jumped by a bunch of rednecks?" —JasonOlshefsky

2006-01-26 20:41:35   I read that article in the D&C and had a suspicion along the lines of Jason's vibe. Note: I have not been there... —RudyBang

2006-01-26 22:51:14   I don't understand why people are so attached to the place, but it doesn't give me a redneck vibe, despite the NASCAR signs. The night I was there, they were getting ready to host a punk band. Punk and redneck are oil and water... —RottenChester

2006-01-27 01:41:06   That is to say, if you pour punks down the storm sewers, they end up floating on top of rednecks, and catching on fire..... —FarMcKon

2006-01-27 01:59:27   If you are afraid of NASCAR signs, maybe you should stay home altogether... —JohnGormly

2006-02-15 18:33:23   I could use a beer, I wish they were open right now... even if they were, donno how I'd find it in the daylight without any nascar signs being on. —KeithWoz

2006-02-22 15:02:18   I don't buy that the Spy Bar is racist in any way. I've seen people from all walks of life in there. Given some of the nearby neighborhoods, I really don't hold it against the owner for wanting to keep derelicts out, and think that is simply his intent. I can't speak for his personal views, which I have no idea as to what they are. I can say that he's an incredibly friendly person, at least through my own encounters with him. My attraction to Spy Bar comes mainly from the athmosphere on slow nights, especially over the summer. It is a great place to bring a group of friends to talk, kick back, and play some darts. —RobertPolyn

2006-12-31 01:35:00   Very sorry to hear the Spy Bar is no more as of the New Year. Very nice people run the place. I am going to miss it. —JasonWilder

2007-01-03 23:14:08   I'll miss you Spy Bar. Thanks John & Korri and everyone else for having a place I could spend friday and saturday nights. —KeithWoz

2007-02-24 20:02:11   It's a damm shamed I missed the new years events. I don't go out much, but when I would, it was mostly to Spy Bar. —FarMcKon