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14 Bars & Restaurants Requiring Proof of Vaccination in WNY

City Guide, Food & Drink, Food & Drink Guides, Nightlife

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Written by Emily Morrow

Published on December 15, 2021
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With the new mask mandate from Erie County and then New York State came a wave of bars and restaurants announcing a vaccine mandate, mostly in order to maintain a mask-less environment for patrons. Make sure to check with each establishment before visiting to confirm whether or not masks are required on top of vaccination as well as additional details about Covid-related requirements and guidelines you’ll need to follow.

Here’s a list of spots in Buffalo and Western New York requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination to enter:

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Ballyhoo Links & Drinks

211 South Park Ave Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$

AmericanDeli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says: A Cobblestone District favorite, Ballyhoo is as nice inside as it is homely on the outside. They offer housemade sausages and sides, craft cocktails ...

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Cole’s Restaurant & Bar

1104 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersSeafood

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says: One of Buffalo's favorite taverns, Cole's has some of the best wings in town and always serves up a great selection of local craft beers. Along ...

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Colter Bay

561 Delaware Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Bar, Casual / Full Table Service, Take Out

Step Out's 2 cents: This rejuvenated space offers an awesome beer list, a nice selection of burgers, sandwiches, and Buffalo food; and plenty of space ...

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Community Beer Works Brewery & Taproom – 7th Street

520 7th St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $

AmericanBeer Bar/HallBrewery

Buffalo

Bar, Casual / Full Table Service

We're Buffalo's first nanobrewery, making (really good) beer in (very) small batches since 2012. We're expanding in 2018 because we believe that if we ...

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Free Street Tavern

1469 Niagara Street, West Village Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

Friendly neighborhood place for food and drinks. Step Out says: If you want to go out to watch the Bills, Sabres or any other team play, most corner ...

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Graylynn

537 Main St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

New American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

A European styles bistro with a Gin focus ...

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Jack Rabbit

1010 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$

New American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar, Take Out

Serving scratch soups, snacks, burgers, Buffalo food, banging rotisserie chicken and cast iron pizza. Look out for live music events too!   More ...

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Lucky Day Whiskey Bar

320 Pearl St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Lucky Day; a Whiskey Bar with whiskey happy foods. ...

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Misuta Chow’s

521 Main St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

AsianJapanese-Sushi

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

MISUTA CHOW'S IS FINALLY HERE $ IT'S EVERYTHING WE HOPED IT WOULD BE - 'I think there's going to be a bunch of 'wow' moments all throughout the place,' ...

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Mr. Goodbar

1110 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222 • $

Pub Food

Buffalo

Bar

Since 1968, Mr. Goodbar has been the cornerstone of the Elmwood Strip in Buffalo, and is one of Western New York's premier craft beer bars. With over 30 ...

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Mulligan’s Brick Bar

229 Allen St Buffalo, NY 14201 • $

Buffalo Food

Buffalo

Dive Bar

Down-to-earth tavern in an old brick structure, offering classic drinks, darts & outdoor seats. ...

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Nietzsche’s

248 Allen Street Buffalo, New York 14201 • $

Buffalo

Dive Bar

Nietzsche's is one of Buffalo's truly legendary venues ”not only because it is a linchpin in the local scene but because of its welcoming reputation ...

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Rec Room

79 W Chippewa St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

Pub FoodVeganAmerican

Buffalo

Bar, Casual / Full Table Service

Located in the heart of Buffalo's entertainment district. Now a full service Restaurant - Gluten Free, Vegan and Vegetarian food options available. ...

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The Cove Seafood & Banquets

4701 Transit Rd. Depew , New York 14043 • $$

AmericanInternationalSeafood

Cheektowaga and East

Casual / Full Table Service

At the Cove we offer Extensive Seafood Menu with Steam Pots, Combo Platters, Pastas $ more. Daily Special Board with Fresh Catches, Clams, $ Crustaceans. ...

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The Merry Shelley

1122 Hertel Ave Buffalo, NY 14216 • $$

Small Plates

North Buffalo

Bar

Inspired by a Gothic Horror novel written by an early feminist 200 years ago, the Merry Shelley welcomes the darklings, the drears, the weird, the punks, ...

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Waxlight Bar àVin

27 Chandler St Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$

New AmericanWine Bar

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

Waxlight Bar à Vin is a modern, wine-focused restaurant in the Black Rock neighborhood of Buffalo. We're led by a team of owner-operator sommeliers ...

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Did we miss one? Did one of these places close? Send us a note!

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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/emily/" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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