What is Caffè Lena like?
How do I make reservations?
Do I have to have a reservation?
When should I make a reservation?
Why are there two prices for tickets?
Where is Caffè Lena and how do I get there?
When are you open?
Are children allowed?
Yes, but they must be able to remain quiet and seated throughout the performance. Most shows are appropriate for all ages. If you have questions about the suitability of a particular show, please contact the staff by phone or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advance tickets to all concerts are half price for students and children. Our Student Rush Program, made possible by a Lend-A-Hand Grant from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund and Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation, allows students with ID to buy remaining tickets at showtime for $5. Our Stewarts Little Folks Series offers free matinees for children and their families.
What kind of food & drink do you serve?
Can we bring a bottle of wine?
Can you recommend any hotels or restaurants?
For nearly two centuries Saratoga Springs has been a popular year ’round tourist destination. We have an abundance of hotels and restaurants. Our local Chamber of Commerce offers a comprehensive directory for visitors. If you are coming in late July or during August, be aware that our world-famous horse racing track will be open and you will need to plan well in advance to secure in-town accommodations.
Our favorite places to stay overnight:
For casual accommodations in the heart of downtown we recommend the Saratoga Downtowner, located at 413 Broadway, about 3 blocks from Caffè Lena.
For a fabulous Victorian Saratoga experience try the Union Gables and mention Caffè Lena to get their corporate discount rate.
Anne’s Washington Inn is a quiet, historic and homey setting just a mile from the venue on the edge of the Spa State Park.
Our favorite neighborhood restaurants are:
Sushi Thai Garden – Japanese and Thai cuisine right across the street from Caffè Lena. Many options for vegan and gluten-free diners. Call 518-580-0900 for reservations.
Hattie’s – A Saratoga landmark located on the first floor of our building. Hattie’s has offered Southern and Louisiana-style cooking since 1938. Call 518-584-4790 for reservations.
Is Caffè Lena really the longest-running coffeehouse in the country?
Yes! Lena and Bill Spencer first opened their doors in May, 1960. Neither one had ever done anything like this before, but they figured Saratoga Springs was a good place to open a cafe and make enough money to travel to Europe and pursue their art. Bill was a sculptor and Lena was an actress.
Bill quit in 1962, but in the ensuing years Lena created a legend. Her remarkable roster of artists included Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie, Don McLean, Nanci Griffith, Dave Van Ronk, Odetta, Rev. Gary Davis, Utah Phillips, David Bromberg, John Hartford, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Venuti, and hundreds upon hundreds of others. For a more complete history of Caffè Lena, please visit our history website at www.caffelenahistory.org. You can fid un-retouched archival photos and early recordings at www.history.caffelena.org.