FAQs

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How can I purchase tickets?

The most convenient and economical way is online. It’s simple, secure and allows you to print out your reservation.

How can I reserve a table?
Every seat at the Towne Crier is at a table.

Can I reserve a specific table?
The prime tables closest to the stage are reserved for parties coming for dinner and the show. We cannot reserve a specific table for you. The earlier you arrive, the greater the selection. (At times, specific tables may be reserved for members. See more about membership here.) It is an intimate room, and there are no bad seats. “Show-Only” tables are assigned as space permits after those reserved for “Dinner and Show” parties.

What is the difference between “Show-Only” and “Dinner and Show” tickets?
All tickets are the same price. We serve dinner before the shows for those who wish to dine. If you would like to join us for dinner, purchase Dinner and Show tickets at no extra charge (one entree minimum required). As part of this process, you will need to commit to a specific time for your dinner reservation.

I don’t plan to have dinner. Will food and drink be available?
Of course — a food and drink menu is available to show-only guests. This includes our famous desserts.

Can I have dinner without seeing a show?
Yes. Except during our biggest shows, our separate dining-only seating is open. This means you can enjoy our farm-fresh local fare without having to buy a show ticket. Because this separate dining room may be used for additional seating during some shows, we recommend making a reservation: 845-855-1300. Our separate bar is open late most nights.

What time should I come to dinner?
To respect the artists and your fellow patrons, we try to complete our main meal service beore the show begins. So we recommend you allow at least the following time in order to have an enjoyable and relaxed dining experience:

       Party of 2: one and a half hours before showtime
       Party of 3 or 4: two hours before showtime
       Party of 5 or more: two and one half hours (or more) before showtime

Why might the time I want to reserve not be available?
All of our food is fresh, and is carefully prepared to order by our executive chef. Our famous desserts and pastries are created by our renowned pastry chef, Mary Ciganer. To ensure the highest level of quality and service, we must limit the number of dinner reservations we take for each half-hour period. If the time you wanted is no longer available, it simply means that other parties have already reserved, and have filled up, that time slot. Alternate dinner times will be displayed.

What kind of atmosphere can I expect?
The Towne Crier Cafe is, and has always been, a respectful listening club, and we request quiet during performances. During performances, please take all conversations to our lounge bar area. Cell phones must be turned off or silenced. No flash photography or audio/video recording is allowed during performances.

Do you offer any discounts?
All tickets (Dinner and Show or Show-Only) are the same price. There are no discounted rates for groups, children or seniors unless indicated. Members do receive discounts with every visit—see our Membership page.

Are there any age restrictions?
The Towne Crier welcomes all ages, and every seat requires a ticket.

When are show times?
Generally, shows are at 8:30PM on Friday and Saturday, and 7:30PM on Sunday and midweek. Open Mic Nights are every Monday and Wednesday (unless we are closed Mondays for the Winter) and start at 7PM. More open mic info.

Can I stop in at the Towne Crier for just dinner or a drink?
The Towne Crier is a fine-dining restaurant open nightly (except Tuesday) for dinner and for brunch/lunch on weekends. Our separate dining-only area and bar are open for patrons who are not attending a show. Dinner reservations are especially recommended on show nights.

Is BYOB/outside food permitted?
We are a licensed premise and have a very good selection of wines, beers in bottles and on tap, and we offer full bar service. No outside food or drink is allowed. This includes birthday cakes and, since you will have trouble finding any better selection of cakes and pastries, prepared by our renowned pastry chef, your the birthday boy or girl will thank you for it!

Are catering and venue rental available?
Absolutely. The Towne Crier is available for weddings, holiday parties, speaking engagements, bar mitzvahs, meetings, quinceañeras, reunions, seminars and corporate and club events. We’ll work with you to prepare the perfect menu. Call 845-855-1300.

Is there a dress code?
There is no dress code, but no bare feet or chests, please.

Is the Cafe wheelchair accessible?
Yes. Please let us know if you or a member of your party is in a wheelchair when you make your reservation so that we can reserve an appropriate table where we can best serve you. Please use the rear entrance, which is fully accessible. While pets are not allowed, service animals are welcome at the Towne Crier.

Are transportation and accommodations available?
Beacon is located on the Hudson line of Metro North, with regular train service from Manhattan. Taxis are available at the train station 24 hours a day. The trip from the station takes just a few minutes. The Beacon area offers a variety of accommodations, from B&Bs to inns to hotels to all the major chains.

Sold out show?
When a show is sold out, we stop selling tickets and accepting reservations. If you call to request, we will put you on a waitlist and let you know when and if tickets become available.

What happens if a show is cancelled?
You will be notified via the contact information you provided us with. If the show has been rescheduled, you may choose whether to keep your reservation or receive a refund. If the show is not rescheduled, a refund will be arranged.

How do I join the mailing list? How do I become a member?
Join the mailing list here and receive regular updates and special offers. If you’d like to become a Towne Crier member and enjoy discounts, free shows and many other benefits, you can join at the counter at the rear entrance of the Café or call 845-855-1300. Info about membership plans is available here.

How long has the Towne Crier been around?
Founded by Phil Ciganer in 1972, the Towne Crier Cafe was originally located in an early American general store and stagecoach stop in the historic hamlet of Beekmanville, just East of Hopewell Junction, in Dutchess County, New York. We also operated for several months in 1987 at an interim location on Route 44, just outside of Millbrook, while a new location in Pawling was being made ready. After 25 years in Pawling, we moved to Main Street in Beacon in October 2013.

At this point the Towne Crier Cafe is the oldest ongoing venue of its type in the country under continuous management. For over four decades, we have remained true to our original vision: To present a prestigious roster of performers in an intimate setting that respects their performance above all. The Cafe has become a Hudson Valley cultural institution — a fine dining restaurant, a mecca for musicians and a magnet for listeners and diners alike. Our goal remains to offer a unique experience of comfort, dining and entertainment.