Despite the name, Founding Fathers Pub does not harken back to those heady days of colonial tumult in the Americas. In fact, the building is from 1874 and the quaint pub/restaurant inside has only been in existence for a couple of decades. Nonetheless, former teacher-cum bar owner Mike Driscoll loves history, where he will regale you with stories and facts alongside craft brews and better-than-average pub-grub. On the walls you will see presidential portraits, national knick-knacks and memorabilia from Mike's own collection and one of the best things about Founding Fathers is the free nachos and popcorn. Everything else on the menu like sandwiches, burgers and salads, and don't forget to check out trivia night held the first Tuesday of every month, bring your thinking caps!
At first glance, it seems as if almost every hip place in Buffalo is housed in a building that dates back to last century. This space has history galore, its various incarnations were once mob hangout, diner, brewery and deli until it opened up as a pub in 1986. On the menu diners will find 'sammiches' and 'snackatizers' like wings, Reubens, Beef on Weck, etc. in addition to much more. Inside guests will find a pool table, jukebox and usually local favorite Flying Bison on tap. Overall a great place to start or finish the night.
You've likely heard of Buffalo wings and may even know that Frank and Teressa's Anchor Bar is where they originated in 1964. Here they consider them to be 'the best in the world' and if you can't actually come to Buffalo, you can still order them online as well as their signature sauce. If wings aren't your thing, you can choose from made-to-order pub-grub. Minutes from the Buffalo Theater District, this casual, unpretentious bar features live jazz on certain nights also. The decor inside features walls plastered with awards and articles extolling their famous and ubiquitous wings.
Located in Buffalo's historic Allentown district, this bar is considered one of the best in the city for live music at prices we can all afford. The bar serves imported and domestic beer on tap, including Bass, Guinness and a couple of local ones like Flying Bison and Community Beer Works. On Mondays, it's open-mic night, on Tuesdays, the hilarious Stripteasers perform their comedy burlesque reminiscent of the 1950s and Saturdays bring 'Celtic Seisians' with Irish trad music. Other live bands from many genres play the rest of the week. Remember that Nietzche's does not accept credit cards, so bring your cash and check website for full calendar of events.
Located in the Theater District and inside the Chippewa Club Zone, this night club is considered to be one of the best LGBT ones in Buffalo. It has earned this reputation by being totally open in its policies when it comes to customers—be they gay or straight—and by offering the best dance music this side of NYC. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday nights are reserved for the Drag Queens, with two shows each evening. Thursday night is dance night, featuring the best DJs and techno/trance/trip-hop in the city.
Located downtown on Chippewa Street, Bottoms Up is a trendy, often crowded bar/club where people come to gather and dance. The club itself is a bit small with an equally diminutive dance floor, but if you choose not to dance, at the bar you and your pals can try out one of their popular 'Fish Bowls'. These fish bowls are actual ones that are filled with almost every type of liquor imaginable; after your order, everyone promptly plops a straw in to take a strong sip. The crowd is different according to the night as well as the music, which ranges from Top-40, rock, EDM and hip-hop.
This lively nightclub offers a heady mix of live music and delicious food in downtown Buffalo. The decor is a fusion of the chic allure of a modern lounge and the gritty charm of a bare bones industrial design, while the kitchen and bar offer a scrumptious mix of Asian tapas, craft beer, and clever cocktails. No downtown nightclub would be complete without an exceptional entertainment lineup, and the Mes Lounge does not disappoint. With live blues, jazz, and rock music on Thursdays, Latin nights on Fridays, and DJs spinning the top 40s on Saturdays, the Mes Lounge boasts an eclectic lineup that caters to every taste. Whether you choose to relax with a drink or take to the dance floor, the Mes Lounge is a great place to celebrate the weekend.
Located within the historic French Renaissance-style structure, built in 1904, currently The Lafayette Hotel, the Pan-American Grill & Brewery is a good place to stop by if you enjoy a good beer. With brews concocted in their in-house brewery in the basement, and a great old-school ambiance amplified by the mahogany bars and mural covered walls and high ceilings. The restaurant is spread out over several rooms, including a cozy lounge with a fireplace. The food menu is a good place to satiate those hunger pangs with popular favorites like Duck Rueben, Specialty Wings and Sugar Beet Salad.
While this upscale yet casual downtown eatery has all sorts of lunch and dinner entrees to choose from, the reason you come here is for the chocolate. First, the entrees offer salads like Greek pasta salad, Buffalo cobb salad or Thai chicken salad, or perhaps try a sandwich like turkey Florentine, peanut butter, honey and banana or Buffalo chicken. Then there's desserts, with specialties like molten lava cake, frozen hot chocolate and more, including homemade ice cream with flavors like Belgian hot fudge, sinnamon (sinfully delicious cinnamon?), and "peanut butter panic". They also serve over 2 dozen different martinis. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This bar and grill is located in the downtown Buffalo Chippewa entertainment district. This combination sports bar and restaurant offers a menu that includes pasta, gourmet sandwiches, salads, and wings. Drink specials include beer buckets, cosmos and "dirty" martinis. They advertise that they have the best "sangwich" in town. Pasta dishes include spaghetti, stuffed shells, fettuccini alfredo, chicken pamigiano, and meatball salad. Their pizza, which they refer to as "beetza," includes cheese, pepperoni, steak and cheese, and meatball. There are six large plasma screen TV's in the bar area and a large window overlooking Delaware and Chippewa if you prefer people watching. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Since 1990 Mohawk Place has been known as one of Buffalo's premier live music clubs. Over the years it has hosted national acts, local live blues acts, as well as underground and independent bands. Actually, they welcome any music that is not mainstream, including indie rock, punk, avant garde, new wave and folk. In 2002, the venue went through a major expansion to allow for a bigger stage and seating for 300. They host a Friday-night happy hour featuring local blues bands.