“Tell me why”

~Neil Young


Where can I park?
We have a dedicated parking lot directly to the right of the building. Also, there’s plenty of on-street parking—FREE after 6pm and on weekends and holidays.
Where is the women’s room?
The women’s room is on the second floor. Use the stairs by the front door.
While we’re on the topic, the men’s room is on the first floor, to the left of the stage under the Dogfish Head beer sign.

Where are you located?
Abilene Bar and Lounge is at 153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, NY 14604. It’s directly across from the Harro East Ballroom, near the corner of  Andrews Street.
What are your hours?
Tuesday through Thursday—  4pm until at least midnight
Friday 3:00 pm until at least 1:00 am
Saturday 7:00 pm until at least 1:00 am
*Note: Abilene is open Sunday and Monday for Special Events/Shows only
Are your events 21 and over only?
No, we are an all ages club. Proper identification is of course required
*Note: there is always a $5 surcharge for those under 21
Do you accept credit cards?
Certainly. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. We also have an ATM.
Where can I purchase tickets for Abilene shows?
Online at https://abilene.showare.com/, at the bar (cash only) and at Record Archive.
Do you sell gift certificates?
Yes, gift certificates are available in any amount.

Do you serve food?
Yes, but it’s a very, very limited menu. There are many great restaurants in walking distance. Please click on our Links/Friends page
Is the Upstairs Lounge available for rent?
Most definitely. Click here for more information.

How do I get my band booked at Abilene?
Click here to contact us.


Why is it called “Abilene Bar and Lounge?”
Abilene is not named after the city in west central Texas. It is however named after a song by Dave Alvin, the bar owner’s favorite artist. The song “Abilene” is a rockin’, melodic tune, but it’s certainly no pop ditty. It  tells the tale of a woman that escapes her abusive life by hopping on a bus back to Texas. In this tune, and many, many others, Dave Alvin has proven to be a roots-rock phenom. If you get the opportunity to see Dave Alvin live, do not miss it. He’s a guitarist, songwriter, singer extraordinaire.