OUR MISSION - WE'RE PUBLISHED! Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 marked the Premier of our new book, Happy Hour in the High Peaks: An Adirondack Bar Guide. The hardcover, 160 page book can be found at bars and bookstores throughout the Adirondack Park or order online at www.happyhourinthehighpeaks.com. You'll find a list of our book signings on the Events page and where to buy the book on our Retailers page. The book contains reviews of 46 of our favorite bars in the Adirondack Park, and 46 drink recipes with an Adirondack twist. As a companion to the book, we have also published a 46er Passport so that you can follow the Happy Hour Trail to become a Happy Hour 46er and make new friends along the way. Summit Tour t-shirts will be for sale at our book signings or available online. Whether you are a native, resident, or visitor, you'll find 46 more reasons to visit the ADIRONDACK PARK!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Frederick's Restaurant and Lounge Bolton Landing

March is predictably unpredictable in the Adirondacks. While it was a chilly day, barely over 30 degrees, the sun was strong and hopeful. Winter will eventually shed its scales in favor of a softer, greener skin. But not this week.

Frederick's was instantly welcoming and homey. Pam, our bartender, immediately made us feel at home as we ordered the Lady's Slipper. Offering alternatives for the drink ingredients, she created a likable concoction as a suitable substitute. We munched on the complimentary popcorn, taking in the spacious interior. Well-worn hardwood floors, pine board walls, and a flagstone fireplace invited us to stay. Various stuffed fish and a deer head embellished the walls, and a pair of comfy sofas situated near the fireplace warmed the bar area. Black and white photos of Lake George hung on the walls; warmer times ahead. The generous deck at Frederick's will open with the leaves, as Bolton's businesses unfold for the bustle of the summer season.

Conversations with Pam (the bartender-not High Peaks Pammy) reveal the nature of Frederick's as the season unzips: Karaoke Fridays, Sundays with live entertainment and a raw bar on the sprawling deck, which seats up to 100, and full lunch, dinner and late-night menus are all waiting their turn, parkas buttoned to their chins. Open at noon on Saturday and Sunday and 4:00 Monday through Friday during the off-season, Frederick's will expand its hours and open at 11:30 every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  I poked my nose into the dining room and detected a faint whiff of sage. There's room for around 70 people in the dining room and 55 in the bar area. A modest game room in the back contains a pool table and electronic dartboard with plenty of shelves to hold the drinks and elbows of spectators and socializers.

Dining Room

The bar is well-stocked, they have a vast menu of specialty drinks and numerous wines, and draft beers include Labatt's Blue Light, Michelob Light, Spaten, Davidson's IPA, Sierra Pale Ale, and Guinness. Sam Adams Summer Ale will be added, then switched for Octoberfest in the Fall. Frederick's even grows its own mint for Mojitos.

Add Frederick's to our list of hits! I can't wait to visit this summer.



  1. Nice post! Pam is my mother! You guys should also check out one of our other favorites...barVino up in North Creek! Great food, drinks, and staff!

  2. Hi Lauren, thanks for the comment. We hear about BarVino everywhere we go, it seems, and it's definitely on our list. We love North Creek and are happy we haven't yet run out of bars to review. We're thinking BarVino for Whitewater Derby weekend. Have you been to Laura's? We might try to knock off two that weekend.