Experience Downtown Auburn, NY

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Downtown Auburn

Located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of NY, Auburn is the hub of business activity, entertainment, street festivals & special events. The BID District is a unique mix of eateries, craft breweries, cultural attractions, lodging & boutique retail, banking & grocery, health & wellness offerings and business & government services. Plus with Owasco River running right through the center, and over a dozen public art installations, downtown’s attractiveness is further enhanced. Visit our events page!


Award-Winning Dining

Moro’s Table was named by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of only six “America’s Best Wine Country Restaurants.” Other Italian fine dining options, like Gusto Italiano Bistro and Osteria Salina, have brought metropolitan chefs here to offer more intimate culinary experiences. If you’re here just for a quick lunch, try Mesa Grande Taqueria for fresh California-Mexican cuisine, or Parker’s Grille & Taphouse with a wide menu and outdoor seating. 3Leaf Tea serves in-house blended teas & lite fare. In total, downtown Auburn boasts over 20 eateries, plus a Wegmans café & grocery, all within a mile or so radius. Visit our dining page!


Award-Winning Craft Brew & Spirits

From happy hour on, toast to downtown Auburn’s thriving craft brewery Prison City Pub & Brewery, whose brewer Ben Maeso has won numerous awards including a silver award for his Bleek Worden Belgian Pale Ale at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Then around the corner, try a craft beer flight at Good Shepherd’s Brewing Co. and Next Chapter Brewpub. Next enjoy a cocktail and live music at Moondog's Lounge, Swaby’s Tavern and A.T. Walley’s whiskey & cigar bar. To taste & purchase more craft beer, stop into Thirsty Pug Tap Room & Bottle Shop in Genesee Center, or to purchase wine, cider & spirits stop into Underground Bottle Shop on East Hill. Visit our dining page!


That’s Entertainment

Auburn Public Theater is downtown’s flagship for cultural entertainment. National comedy acts, professional theater, musical performances, poetry, weekly films, dance classes, art exhibits and more can all be enjoyed there. There is also open mic weekly, plus other live music acts & festivals hosted in downtown’s parks, bars, lounges & taverns. Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival stages seasonal musicals for all tastes & ages. If you’re interested in Civil War era history, a visit to the Seward House Museum & gardens, a National Historic Landmark, with an intact collection from Lincoln’s Secretary of State William H. Seward’s family is a must.
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Boutique Shopping

Shopping opportunities abound with independently-owned shops such as the Regenerations, Nash’s Art & Framing, Speno Music, Sam’s Shoes, the Liberty Store, L.B. Lightning Cyclery, West & Co. Diamonds & more. If you’re searching for vintage treasures, shop Dance Hall Antiques and Beautiful Things. Between stops, visit Gretchen’s Confections for gourmet chocolates and a specialty beverage. It could take days to explore all that Auburn and the surrounding area has to offer. Visit our shopping page!


Mixed Use Spaces

Downtown now offers high-end urban living spaces above storefronts & restaurants. Limestone Lofts and apartments in the historic Auburn Flooring Building and the East Hill neighborhood are a welcome addition to downtown living options. The Phoenix Building offers office space, band studios, the Havana Room special event space, and a RAD Cowork space on the 4th floor. Plaza for the Arts combines shops, medical and business offices & corporate training space in the western entry of the business district. Click here if you are looking for available downtown commercial & residential property listings. Visit our real estate page!


Best Small City

Auburn has won awards from various sources in the past few years such as, “Best Small Cities to Raise a Family” in the Northeast; fourth in “Top Ten Cities to Live in NYS;” No. 1 “Best Place for Small Businesses in the Northeast;” and “14th Best Small City to Live in the US,” by California-based fiscal advisory website NerdWallet. The City was also recognized by Kaboom! as a Playful City USA Community for its Parks Master Plan and ongoing improvements to its parks & playgrounds.


For more information about Downtown, please contact the Auburn Downtown BID Staff at (315) 252-7874.

Photos & artwork by Michael Bruton, Jimmy Giannettino, Tom Hussey, Jesse Kline, Maureen McEvers,
Holly Mosher, Mike Ryan and Matt Weston.