Places like Flanagan's occupy a special place in small communities. It is primarily a social gathering spot – part tavern, part lunch counter, with “family” dining room out front. It is the “Cheers” of Schroon Lake, where everybody knows your name. Every year something gets added or upgraded. New bar stools last winter. A new moose head and lighting the year before. Some new booths for the dining room. New high-tops for the Friday night pre-movie pizza and chicken wing crowd. Like many establishments that were primarily taverns twenty years ago, Flanagan's now serves more food than liquor. They have to because the tavern business is history. The dining room now caters to families and vacationers looking for a reasonably priced meal in a casual atmosphere – a cup of homemade soup, fried chicken or fish, calamari, hamburgers and sandwiches, and surprisingly good pizza!
Flanagan's also serves as the unofficial club house for the snowmobile crowd in winter, and the boating crowd in the summer. Snowmobiles can access the pub from the lake most years after the ice sets in January. In summer the boating crowd has a block to walk from the town docks to get to a cold beer. Flanagan's used to be primarily a beer only crowd. As the weekenders and summer residents began to outnumber the “locals” - at least during the summer - a few wines were added. Wine glasses came later. Then martinis. Progress comes slowly in these parts. Last summer a frozen drink machine found a new home at the end of the bar. Stop in and say "Hi"! And be sure to try their famous wings!