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Welcome to Rongovia!


The Rongo is an historic venue, bar, and community gathering spot, nestled in the heart of the beautiful village of Trumansburg in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

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Welcome to Rongovia!


The Rongo is an historic venue, bar, and community gathering spot, nestled in the heart of the beautiful village of Trumansburg in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

 

A Destination

The Rongo has been Trumansburg's living room since 1973; a place where all could feel welcome, a safe haven for veterans, musicians, artists, and the like.  It's been through many iterations, but the Rongo has always maintained the same charm and warmth as the day it opened.  Visitors from around the world have visited and revisited the embassy for decades, reliving fond memories and sharing tales from many past Rongovian nights.

Come, seek asylum in Rongovia!

 
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A Rich Culture of Music


Musicians from all corners of the earth have gathered at the Rongo over the years, adding to the legend and legacy of one of Upstate New York's most storied music venues.

 Upcoming Shows and Events

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A Rich Culture of Music


Musicians from all corners of the earth have gathered at the Rongo over the years, adding to the legend and legacy of one of Upstate New York's most storied music venues.

 Upcoming Shows and Events

An Ever-Evolving History

We've heard that there's no country named Rongovia, but we would beg to differ.  Why else would there be an embassy located in the heart of upstate New York?

We like to think that we are all Rongovians, in a sense, spreading a sort of Bohemian spirit throughout our travels.  Rongovia has citizens, denizens, ambassadors, expatriates, and admirers...just as "real" country would.  Rongovia is more than sovereign land, it's a state of mind.  

The embassy itself, which began as a humble tavern in the early 1970s, is now a famous music venue, a local watering hole, and community gathering space.  It has evolved into an undeniable gem, smack dab in the middle of Trumansburg, and an institution of incredible music and great personality with eclectic taste.

The Rongo has always been known for hosting incredible music, and most of it well ahead of its time.  Back in the day, it was bands like Orleans, Savoy Brown, Duke Robillard, Rusted Root and David Byrne that would grace the Rongo with their unbelievable talent.  That tradition has continued into the new millennium, with acts like Derek Trucks, Donna the Buffalo, The Horse Flies, and many, many members of nationally known bands coming to sit-in with local musicians.  The amount of talent that has walked through the embassy's doors is truly staggering.

The Rongo continues under a new ownership group and new management, but it's ultimately the same intimate bar and venue that was started by Brooksie all the way back in the 1970s.  His spirit lives on through memories carried by Rongovians around the world, and the embassy remains as welcoming and warm as ever.

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FOOD AND DRINK


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FOOD AND DRINK


Julie Jordan returns to the Rongo!

Legions of Rongovians celebrated when word got out that renowned Ithaca chef Julie Jordan was returning to the Rongo in February 2016.  Since Julie repatriated in Rongovia, she's honed in the menu and brought it back to something reminiscent of the glory days of the Rongovian Empire.  Not only does the Mexican-styled food tradition live on at the Rongo, but Julie will lend her vegetarian expertise and proficiency to expand the menu, helping create new favorites for the latest generations of Rongovians.

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