March Madness: Eating + Drinking
Restaurant, Bar & Dining Options for NCAA Basketball
March madness is back in Buffalo. If you are lucky enough to have tickets the next obvious question is where to go before or after to get something to eat and drink. Not to worry, Step Out Buffalo has all your dining guide questions answered.
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Walkable – Near First Niagara Center
The Cobblestone District (work in progress) is just out back of the First Niagara Center. A quick walk to some fun bars usually with live music.
Iron Works 49 Illinois St; Buffalo (716) 332-5959
Nice big bar with good sandwiches – quick.
Open at 10am Thurs & Sat.
Lagerhaus95 95 Perry Street Buffalo; 716-200-1798
The word lagerhaus is a German term for warehouse – beer, grub and a heated patio biergarten.
Cobblestone Bar & Grill 130 S Park Ave Buffalo (716) 848-1930
More music and Buffalo food – enjoy.
Pearl Street Grill 76 Pearl St Buffalo; (716) 856-2337
A great spot for some good beer, wings, beef on weck and plenty of room for the likely crowds.
Open at 9am Thurs & Sat.
The Archer 268 Main Street, Buffalo; 716.768.4661
Nice bar and great food specializing in (but not exclusively) wild game and seafood. Reservations recommended.
Bar opens at 10am Thurs.
Swannie House 170 Ohio St; (716) 847-2898
Just out of sight and around the corner from the back parkinglot, it’s older than the lake, and a favorite for the guys that make Cheerios – they claim the Fish Fries are excellent. Simple chow, good value.
Milo’s 126 Michigan Ave; (716) 856-4342
Diner two blocks from First Niagara. Small and unimpressive, but the food is pretty good. Hours questionable (close at 2:00 pm?) so make the short walk at your own risk.
Liberty Hound 1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo; (716) 845-9173
A short walk from First Niagara and the best option if you’re looking for a view of the waterfront! Right in the middle of Buffalo’s new Canalside area. Bar fare & beer my friends.
Bar opens @ 9am, Food @ 10am Turs & Sat. Ohio State Pep Rally on Sat if they beat Dayton.
Hop the Metro Rail to:
Berrafato’s Prima Pizza & Pasta 396 Pearl St Buffalo (716) 852-5555
Good pizza and pasta. Perfect for the family from out-of-town.
Osteria 166 166 Franklin Street, Buffalo; (716) 858 – 3118
Nice bar and good Italian food near the convention center. Reservations recommended.
Bar open @ 10am Thurs.
E.B. Greens 2 Fountain Plz, Buffalo; (716) 855-4870
Fine steak house in the Hyatt. If you are staying here you can’t go wrong. Reservations recommended.
Tappo 338 Ellicott St; Buffalo 716-259-8130
Good, reasonably priced Italian with a nice bar set up. Fixed price wine selection at $15. Good for family, couples or date. Reservations recommended.
Lafeyette Hotel 391 Washington St., Buffalo
Pan American Grill | 716-853-1505
Sandwiches, burgers, Buffalo food and excellent beer selection.
Mike A’s | (716) 253-6453
Some of the finest dining in the city beautifully set in the restored Lafeyette Hotel. Stay here, eat here – Life is good! Reservations recommended.
Butterwood Sweet & Savory | (716) 652-0131
The other option at the Lafeyette for fine dining. Not quite as swank but you will not be disappointed. Reservations recommended.
Chippewa | Theater District
Bacchus 54 West Chippewa Street, Buffalo; 716-854-WINE
An excellent choice for a family looking for good food in a pleasant setting or anyone in search of good wine. Reservations recommended.
The Lodge Bar & Grill 79 West Chippewa St, Buffalo; (716) 256-1940
Attractive bar setting with outstanding pub grub. Reservations recommended.
Encore 492 Pearl Street, Buffalo; (716) 931-5001
A lively crowd good for drinks or dinner. Reservations recommended.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 301 Franklin St. Buffalo, 716-880-1677
A Syracuse original this BBQ joint will likely be dressed in orange and be filled to the brim. Correction: They DO take reservations.
Opening @ 9:30am with limited menu Thurs.
Soho Burger Bar 64 West Chippewa Buffalo; (716) 856-7646
Good stop for a burger and a beer.
D’arcy McGee’s 257 Franklin St, Buffalo; (716) 853-3600
This Irish pub will be lively most of the time. Get here early if you don’t like crowds.
Buffalo Chop House 282 Franklin St Buffalo; (716) 842-6900
One of Buffalo’s premier steak houses. Good for the affluent family of the couple with a big appetite. Reservations recommended.
Cabaret 484 Pearl St Buffalo; (716) 842-4181
A good spot for ac asual bite with an impressive selection of tap beer on hand. Reservations recommended.
Bijou Grille 643 Main Street Buffalo; 716-847-1512
A good spot for dinner or a drink if you can avoid the theater crowd which should be pretty quiet this week. Reservations recommended.
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