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The Utica Area

Rich history. Culture. Great food. Hometown coffee. Countless retail options. Homebrewed drinks. Nightlife. Arts and entertainment.

You'll find there’s always something to do and something to take pride in when it comes to Utica.

Please note: The inclusion of commercial establishments and area attractions on the Utica College Web site does not imply affiliation with or endorsement of those sites by the College. The links are provided only as a convenience to our visitors. Addresses are subject to change.

Varick Street - Brewery

Varick Street

Ever-growing home to some of the area’s best food-and-beverage establishments, Varick Street is home to the F.X. Matt Brewing Company (the home of Saranac drinks and numerous concert events, founded in 1888), an Irish pub, a distillery, a brewpub, traditional American bars, a diner, and a Mediterranean restaurant.

Baggs Square - Tailor and the Cook and Utica Coffee

Bagg’s Square

Listed on the state and National Register of Historic Places, the historic Bagg’s Square East District is home to numerous businesses, local food and drink options, and upscale loft apartments.

From a pastry at Utica Bread with a spot of coffee at Utica Coffee Roasting Company, to dinner at the nationally-recognized farm to table eatery The Tailor and the Cook with drinks to follow at Gerber’s 1933 Tavern, there’s something for any time of day in Utica’s Bagg’s Square District.

Consumer Square

New Hartford’s Consumer District

The largest suburb of Utica, the town of New Hartford offers a myriad of retail and dining options, from some of the nation’s largest franchises to mom and pop stores and restaurants. Sangertown Square Mall, Consumer Square, and The Orchard are just a few of the many locations within New Hartford to find great food, drink, and shopping!

Handshake City Overhead


The city of Utica’s new cultural hub, Handshake.City is an urban park and market using renovated shipping containers and abandoned spaces to bring food, art, culture, and retail to Bagg’s Square with various weekend events. This non-profit initiative is managed by Made In Utica and made possible through the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida County.

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Downtown Utica

Get to know a new downtown in the heart of Utica! Spanning the length of Genesee Street from Oneida Square to Franklin Square and from Park Avenue to the Route 5/8/12 Arterial, downtown Utica’s revitalization springs from the growing local businesses moving to the city’s center along with its many venue spots for events and concerts.

From the fine arts on display at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute to the stacks of the Utica Public Library, touring Broadway productions on stage at the Stanley Center for the Arts, and a myriad of shops and products, Downtown Utica has something for everyone.

Get to Know the Utica Area

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