Brand new music venue hits the Commons with 2nd floor The Range

Two of Ithaca’s veteran bar owners have teamed up on a new venture that will bring a regular live music venue back to the Ithaca Commons for the first time in a long time. The Range opens tonight upstairs at 119 East State Street.

The Range opens tonight in Downtown Ithaca. 14850 Photo.

The Range opens tonight in Downtown Ithaca. 14850 Photo.

The Range, owned by Andrew Schreck of the Westy and Tommy Grozier of the Ithaca Sports Club, is a western saloon-themed bar above Trader K’s in the former spot occupied by the Second Floor Bar. The decor will be completed tonight when artists Efren Rebugio and KAZILLA paint an old-west wall mural while customers enjoy their drinks.

The bar, managed by Mike Brindisi, features a baker’s dozen beers on tap and a couple dozen more in cans and bottles, and a wide selection of spirits to meet your shot or cocktail desires. They’ve been operating this week as a “soft opening,” and everything’s been going smoothly, with customers finding them, says Mike. “People see the lights on and they come upstairs.”

A new stage in the corner, complete with brand new sound system, will support a weekly schedule of live music, two or three nights a week, which will begin in September.

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