Walk to wine & beer tastings

The Finger Lakes is famous for its wines

The fabulous Finger Lakes is known for world-class wines. We’ve seen a huge growth in breweries, cideries and distilleries. Why drive when you can walk and let producers bring their beverages to you?

Here’s an Insider’s Guide to 4 walkable tasting rooms near Canandaigua Lake:

New York Kitchen, 800 South Main Street

New York Kitchen is the showplace for all things food & beverage

Formally known as the Wine & Culinary Center, the new name recognizes the center’s focus on not just wine and locally-grown food, but also beer, cider and distilled spirits. Why drive when you can walk here and let producers bring their products to you?

The interior of New York Kitchen feels like something you’d find in Sonoma Valley, with post and beam framing.

New York Kitchen has a tasting room, gift shop, teaching kitchen, lecture-type class room, two private event rooms, bistro restaurant and bar room.

If you have time, take a cooking class or beverage & food pairing class.

Twisted Rail Brewing Company, 169 Lakeshore Drive

Twisted Rail Brewing Company in Kershaw Park on Canandaigua Lake

A microbrewery with a true pub-like feel, Twisted Rail Brewing Company has three outdoor decks that overlook Canandaigua Lake. It’s located in the beautifully restored Muar House on the east end of Kershaw Park.

Twisted Rail Brewing Company has 3 decks overlooking Canandaigua Lake

Twisted Rail has live music and even occasional fireworks displays. The staff is very friendly and the environment there is casual. Where else can you bring a dog and enjoy a cold brew overlooking the lake? Read more . . .

Young Lion Brewing Company, 24 Lakeshore Drive

Young Lion Brewing Company on Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua

Located in the Pinnacle North mixed-use building overlooking Kershaw Park, Young Lion has an industrial-style vibe, a second-story large events room that has a gorgeous view down Canandaigua Lake, a tap room and an outdoor patio.

Young Lion has an outdoor patio and game area frequented by a young crowd

With apartments upstairs, Young Lion draws a young crowd, with bridal parties often arriving in limousines.

Young Lion is based in the Pinnacle North mixed use complex in Canandaigua

Young Lion is a great addition to the Canandaigua lakefront. Read more . . .

Murphy’s Law Irish Pub, 759 South Main Street

Murphy’s Law Irish Pub in the historic hotel just north of the Canandaigua City Pier

The banner out front advertises 36 taps, so you could spend your whole vacation there and not sample every one of their offerings.

Murphy’s Law is located in a historic hotel that was once slated for demolition. The front porch is a perfect place to watch the happenings on Lakeshore Drive, City Pier and South Main Street.

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