15 Hot New Patios to Check Out

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Written by Emily Morrow

Published on July 31, 2015
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Providence Social / Photo from Providence Social’s Facebook

As Buffalonians, time spent indoors on sunny, hot summer days is time wasted. And frankly, we want less of it. So we’re on a mission to broaden your patio experiences. Here’s a list of the newest outdoor spaces to enjoy around town. #patiolife


Allen Burger Venture, ABV, Burgers, Buffalo NY, Allentown, Step Out Buffalo

Allen Burger Venture / Step Out Buffalo

Allen Burger Venture

Allentown / Downtown

175 Allen St, Buffalo, NY / (716) 768-0386

Good For: Beer lovers, Burger lovers, lunch, dinner, drinks

Tip: These guys are on our #SOBFoodBucketList Challenge!

If you love beer and/or (amazing) burgers and you want to sit outside in the heart of Buffalo, ABV is all you. They even have a bike valet available for just $6 which includes a can of beer. Genius! This probably goes without saying, but it can be kind of difficult to snag a table on their relatively small patio. Sitting inside isn’t the worst thing, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Ballyhoo Patio, Best Patios in Buffalo, Step Out Buffalo

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Old First Ward / South Buffalo, Downtown (We can’t make up our minds)

211 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY / (716) 240-9901

Good for: Snack, Lunch, Casual dinner, Drinks, Night out, Lake night eats

Tip: These guys are on our #SOBFoodBucketList Challenge!

Ballyhoo has been around for about a year now, but their patio is pretty fresh (in more ways than one). Newly added off the back of their building, in true Ballyhoo style it’s simple yet undeniably cool. Thankfully it offers added space for when the bar gets swamped with jam-loving millennials (us included).

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Black Sheep Patio, Best Patios in Buffalo, Step Out Buffalo

Black Sheep / Photo from Black Sheep’s Facebook

Black Sheep

West Side / Downtown

Good For: Sunday brunch, Dinner, Date night

Tip: These guys are on our #SOBFoodBucketList Challenge!

Black Sheep’s patio offers a quiet space for a romantic dinner date or a sunny Sunday brunch. Everything tastes better outside, especially the farm-focused menu coming from the Gedras’ kitchen. Have we mentioned their outstanding brunch?

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Black Swan Patio, Best Patios in Buffalo, Step Out Buffalo

Black Swan / Photo from Black Swan’s Facebook

Black Swan

Allentown / Downtown

153 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY / (716) 248-2092

Good For: Drinks

Black Swan’s new patio brings the lounge vibe they’ve become known for to the great outdoors. The large space (basically the size of two patios) offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy a summer night in Allentown while sipping on cocktails. Added bonus: the people watching. This just in – we heard they no longer have food. Might want to call and check.


Buffalo Proper Patio, Best Patios in Buffalo, Step Out Buffalo

Buffalo Proper / Photo from Buffalo Proper’s Facebook

Buffalo Proper

Theater District / Downtown

333 Franklin St, Buffalo / (716) 783-8699

Good For: Cocktails, Dinner

Tip: These guys are on our #SOBFoodBucketList Challenge!

While you may have had a few chances to check out Buffalo Proper’s balcony patio last summer, we feel it’s still green enough to get a shout out here. Stop by for a great view of an underrated, quiet(er) part of the city and some fantastic food and drinks. You really can’t go wrong.

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Gene McCarthy's Patio, Best Patios in Buffalo, Step Out Buffalo

Gene McCarthy’s / Photo from Gene McCarthy’s Facebook

Gene McCarthy’s

Old First Ward / South Buffalo

73 Hamburg St, Buffalo, NY / (716) 855-8948

Good For: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night

On the older side of “new”, but still worth a mention in our opinion is the beer garden at Gene McCarthy’s in the Old First Ward. It’s complete with a “living wall”, bike rack, picnic tables, window service, and house-made beer.


Hydraulic Hearth Patio, Best Patios in Buffalo, Step Out Buffalo

Hydraulic Hearth / Step Out Buffalo

Hydraulic Hearth

Larkinville / Downtown

716 Swan St, Buffalo, NY / (716) 248-2216

Good For: Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Hanging out, Big groups, Happy Hour

Tip: These guys are on our #SOBFoodBucketList Challenge!

The “patio” to end all patios. We say “patio” because it’s also been classified as a beer garden in the past (minor details). The fact is, Hydraulic Hearth’s outdoor space is many things to many people. They’ve got shuffleboard, lazy day furniture, a bar, a pergola, food trucks coming and going, house-made shandies, Community Beer Works beer brewed on site, wood-fired pizza, craft cocktails, a view of Larkin Square, and more. Like we said, the “patio” to end all patios.

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Macs on Hertel Patio, Best Patios in Buffalo, Step Out Buffalo

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Mac’s on Hertel

Hertel / North Buffalo

1435 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY / (716) 833-6227

Good For: Lunch, Dinner, Casual date night

Macs’ double decker patio offers a great view of Hertel, tasty food and friendly service. Expect plenty of room to sit, eat, and relax. Most likely you’ll walk away falling a little more in love with Hertel Ave if you aren’t there already, especially if you’re there around sunset. For a good time try their “already famous” Buffalo Crunch Rolls.

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Marcy Casino’s Thursday Hoppy Hour

Elmwood Village / Downtown

199 Lincoln Pkwy, Buffalo, NY / (716) 886-0088

Good For: Happy Hour, Beer lovers

Certainly the balcony at the Marcy Casino in Delaware Park isn’t exactly new, but their Thursday “Hoppy Hour” Craft Beer Series is, and we feel you should know about it before it’s too late. Every Thursday this summer (ending sometime in Sept) join the party on their patio overlooking Hoyt Lake with a new brewery serving beer every week and a small menu coming off the grill. See, we told you you needed to know. Catch this event on Thursdays from 5 pm – 9 pm for a $5 donation at the door.


Moor Pat Patio, Best Patios in Buffalo, Step Out Buffalo

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Moor Pat

Williamsville / Northtowns

78 E Spring St, Williamsville, NY / (716) 810-9957

Good for: Casual date night, Snack, Late night eats, Beer lovers, Day drinking

Tip: These guys are on our #SOBFoodBucketList Challenge!

This adorable grassy space next to Moor Pat is more of a beer garden than a patio. If you’re in the Northtowns and looking for a relaxing outdoor hangout with quality food (artisan sausages, hand-cut fries) and drinks (craft beer), look no further. Expect picnic tables, Cornhole, and strung lights. We’re in love.

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Providence Social Patio, Best Patios in Buffalo, Step Out Buffalo

Providence Social / Photo from Providence Social’s Facebook

Providence Social

West Side / Downtown

490 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY / (716) 464-3786

Good For: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour

This patio made a quick appearance last summer only to get shut down early. But have no fear! Their enclosed, cozy back patio is open for good this year, ready to serve you dinner, drinks, and Saturday and Sunday brunch as you wish.

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Public House on the Lake Patio, Best Patios in Buffalo, Step Out Buffalo

Public House on the Lake / Step Out Buffalo

Public House on the Lake

Good for: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Date Night

In the mood for a view? You can’t go wrong with Public House on the Lake. The whole restaurant has been spruced up since it’s days as Root Five just last summer, and they’re hard at work trying to provide good food and service to the masses (and we mean the masses). As with any waterfront patio, expect to be joined by many other Buffalonians out looking for the perfect place to enjoy the sun.

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The Ward at Riverworks Patio, Best Patios in Buffalo, Step Out Buffalo

The Ward at RiverWorks / Step Out Buffalo

The Ward @ RiverWorks

Good for: Drinks, Dinner, People watching

This brand-spankin-new patio overlooks (read: practically on top of) the Buffalo River. There’s plenty of room to bring all your friends and stay a while, watching everything from boaters and kayakers to paddle boarders and water bikers pass by. If you’re hoping to get a full “New Buffalo” experience from your patio outing, this is the gem you want right here.

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Sterling Tap & Wurst / Step Out Buffalo

Sterling Tap & Wurst / Step Out Buffalo

Sterling Tap and Wurst

Good For: Snack, Beer lovers, Hertel Ave people watching (you know it’s a thing)

New this summer on Hertel Avenue in the former Sterling Tavern space, Sterling Tap and Wurst’s sidewalk patio is small but cute and perfect for a happy hour stop in North Buffalo. Beer and odd-ball sausage is the name of the game here, so if you’re not into that, you might want to look elsewhere.

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716 Patio, Best Patios in Buffalo, Step Out Buffalo

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716 Food & Sport

Canalside / Downtown

 7 Scott St, Buffalo, NY / (716) 855-4716

Good For: Before/after Canalside, Lunch, Dinner

Have you been wanting to check out 716 but couldn’t bring yourself to sit inside on a nice sunny day? Problem solved. They now have a new sidewalk patio out front, just a stones throw away from everything going on at Canalside. Enjoy a Buffalo themed meal on their patio then head over to the boardwalk for ice cream at Clinton’s Dish and a walk along the water. Make sure to call ahead to see if they are allowing alcoholic beverages outside yet!

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Written by <a href="" 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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