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Ride the Trolley Tonight, Get Free Stuff (Plus Some Other First Friday Things to Do)

First Friday has been a thing for a while, but it's going to be a much bigger thing tonight. The Lark Street and Downtown BIDs have banded together to create the First Friday "Trolley Good Time" event, in which, in addition to all of the events (Music everywhere! The premier of Red Maple at Capital Rep! A fun Nipper bag screen-printing class at Fort Orange! The Patroons are playing!) going on around the city, you can get a dizzying amount of free stuff (including a free Thai Tea at the Poke Bar, a or a frozen margarita at El Loco) and discounts on various products if you either 1., mention the Capital City Trolley, 2., take a selfie on the trolley and post it to your social media and tag the business, or 3. take a selfie on the trolley and show it to someone working (there seems to be some disagreement between the businesses re: what trolley-related actions they want you to take, but taking a trolley selfie seems to be the main thing). This honestly shouldn't be a hard sell, because the trolley is adorable and fun to ride on (and still has that new-trolley smell).

The biggest trolley-gift of all, according to the official First Friday flier: You can "enter to win a $50 gift certificate to Lark and downtown Albany businesses through the Trolley Good Time selfie contest. Upload a selfie riding the Trolley to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram on 1st Friday with the hashtag #TrolleyGoodTime to enter."

Some of the other various First Friday offerings that include trolley-related incentives:

Byron & Gill Mercantile

273 Lark Street 5-8pm

Jump on the Trolley for 1st Friday, take a selfie and

tag me on Social Media or stop in and

receive 20% off item of your choice.

Savoy Taproom

301 Lark St.

Highlighting and supporting local artists on

the 1st Friday of each month. Music by Flying

Rob & Friends. $3 off first appetizer w/ a Capital City Trolley selfie

L.A.X Restaurant & Lounge

205 Lark Street

90’s Night – Live Music 9-1am

Kitchen open until 1:30am.

$5 fireball shots and free Thai Tea or

Matcha Green Tea at Poke Bar with a

Capital City Trolley selfie!

Capital Wine & Spirits

Corner of State & Lark Street 5-9pm

Wine Tasting. Take a selfie on the Capital City

Trolley for 10% off regular priced wine

El Loco

465 Madison Avenue 5-9pm

Free frozen Lime Margarita

with purchase of entrée with Capital City Trolley Selfie!

The Hollow Bar + Kitchen

79 N. Pearl St.

Mention the Capital City Trolley for a complimentary

glass of select wine or pint of craft beer with any entrée


Excelsior Pub

54 Philip St.

Show a selfie from the Capital City Trolley and receive

$2 off select drafts

Here's the main page of info on all of the various First Friday things going on tonight. Leave your car behind, hop on the trolley, and get out there: if you still can't find anything to do after reading through your options, then you may need more assistance in having fun than this humble Albablogger can provide).


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