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Feb 18, 2011 06:10 AM

Buffalo Bar Suggestion for a stag night

Hey there,

I am organizing a 10 person stag trip from Toronto to Buffalo next weekend. The majority of the agenda is set (Sabres game on Friday, lunch at Anchor Bar on Saturday an dinner at Mother's that evening).

We're staying right across the street from Mothers on Delaware. Would love to get a couple of suggestions for cool bars within walking distance of the hotel.

We're not fans of chain places, generally. What has a good vibe in that area?


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  1. There's a whole bunch of places within very easy walking distance. You could probably do a "pub crawl" into and out of any of these in one evening. They are sort of in order if you start at Mother's and head north to Allen Street, then West on Allen across Delaware and then Elmwood to Wadsworth.

    For more info on most of them, you can search this site for the names I mention below, but here's a quick run down:

    Mother's: Actually has a great bar atmosphere that lasts way into the night.
    Scarlet: Across the street from Mother's, it's a "vodka bar", a little more upscale than most places for Buffalo.
    Snooty Fox: Name kind of describes atmophere, but it usually has a crowd. It's best for the mixed drink/wine crowd planning to dress up and "go out".
    Fat Bob's: Pool table, huge outdoor patio (might not be open, but has heaters so it could be), TVs...kind of a beer/hang-out bar.
    Colter Bay: Great tap list, TVs, opens up the restaurant booths for drinkers later in the evening.
    Gabriel's Gate: More of a restaurant than a bar, but has a huge, nice bar and tables that they allow drinkers to sit at. This is a laid-back beer kind of place.
    Frizzy's: Bubble hockey, old-school photo booth, funky decor. This is a very laid-back place, great for crowds and Molson-style beer drinkers. check out:
    Allen St. Hardware: Small, nicer bar, gets very crowded as evening goes on, has live music most weekend nights. Great wine and beer list.
    Sample: Has very nice, handmade (and bottled syrups here) mixed drinks and some excellent beers and wines. Not so much a bar, but a good place to stop in if you need a breather.
    Duke's: Eccelectic crowd, unique atmosphere, wide selection of beers. This article calls it a "club" on weekends, which wasn't my experience three months ago, but maybe is the case now? But might be worth checking out - it's next door to Allen St Hardware and in the vicinity of several other places, so you can easily walk in and out if it's not your thing.
    Nietzche's: excellent live music, beer-bar hangout kind of place.
    There's also Mulligan's Brick Bar, the Old Pink (which might have a new name these days), and The Bend all on that section of Allentown. They are all more of the "dive bar" genre.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Allen St Hardware Cafe
    245 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201

    Fat Bob's
    52 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561

    2 Replies
    1. re: RosemaryHoney

      Great list , RosemaryHoney!

      Mother's has great food, but I don't really understand the appeal of the bar there. To many 'manthers' for me.
      Colter Bay has a great tap selection, but their food is just OK- not great.
      Double Thumbs Up on Snooty Fox, Hardware, Gabriel's Gate

      May I also add...
      Founding Fathers: Nice low-key tavern
      Ulrich's: Buffalo's oldest continuously operating tavern
      Laughlin's: Not a terribly busy place, but still has a good bar and decent food.

      Ulrich's Tavern
      674 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203

      Gabriels Gate Restaurant
      145 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201

      Laughlins Beef & Barrel
      333 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202

      Allen St Hardware Cafe
      245 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201

      Founding Fathers Restrnt
      75 Edward St, Buffalo, NY 14202

      Snooty Fox Lounge
      445 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202

      1. re: jerryc123

        Thanks to both for the information - very helpful!