Enjoy the nightlife downtown

Downtown — By on August 13, 2007 at 3:18 pm

It may be after hours, but there’s always something going on in Scranton with restaurants and bars catering to a growing contingent interested in enjoying the nightlife downtown. Why not Rediscover Scranton for yourself and see what the buzz is about?

The Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave., recently completed renovations designed to attract more patrons looking to dine and socialize. The Hilton split its dining area into different two restaurants: Charlie’s for breakfast and lunch; and Casey’s Corner for dinner. Visitors to the Hilton can now enjoy flat-screen televisions and the newly renovated PJ’s Pub.

Nick Kovaleski of the Hilton said he sees more and more people coming to the downtown area for local theater or art galleries and staying to enjoy the bars and restaurants. “We want to bring those people out more,” he said. Scranton’s dining and entertainment options, Kovaleski noted, go so well together. “When people ask for recommendations of what to do. We point them toward the galleries or theater and we get nothing but great reviews.”

Downtown visitors looking for an upscale cocktail bar can try the Martini Grill, 414 Spruce St. Martini features a wide selection of domestic and international wines, a delicious dinner menu, as well as special martini, cosmopolitan and margarita drinks. You can relax and spend time with friends at either of Martini’s two bars or soak up the atmosphere in its New York City-style lounge area.

Sammy Kadbric just opened Martini a little over a year ago and said the response from area residents has been excellent.

“It really is a great time for Scranton,” said Mike Kearney of the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave. “We’re going through a rebirth as far as hospitality and dining.”

The Radisson’s grand lobby houses Carmen’s Restaurant with the first and only dedicated wine bar in Scranton offering 18 wines by the glass and a relaxing lounge area ideal for cocktails and conversation. Carmen’s also features a tapas bar and live entertainment three nights a week. Thursday and Friday nights, as well as Sunday mornings, Carmen’s hosts piano entertainment; and on Saturday nights, Carmen’s hosts one of the area’s premier jazz bands, the Tony Costa Jazz Trio.

The Scranton Plan, the industrial marketing arm of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and community leaders launched Rediscover Scranton to promote and strengthen greater Scranton’s quality of life and business assets. Through Rediscover Scranton, volunteers are identifying and contacting accomplished people with ties to greater Scranton, informing them about economic, quality of living, and growth opportunities, and encouraging them to relocate their businesses and families to the area. For more information visit www.rediscoverscranton.com.

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