Finally! Football season is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. This year, fans will make their long-awaited return to Highmark Stadium to cheer on their beloved Bills. Coming off a huge season, the hype is real around the reigning division champs! (for the first time since 1995)
Whether you’re pursuing tickets to watch the game at the stadium, or have decided you want to watch kickoff from the comfort of your own home, we thought we’d give you a little inspiration on how you can in the football spirit this Fall!
1. Shop for Bills Swag for the Entire Fam
As we approach the home opener, it’s the perfect time to invest in some new Bills apparel! From vintage hoodies to custom-made jean jackets for the kiddos, I think we can all agree that Buffalo has hands-down has some of the coolest Bills apparel.
Check out some of our favorite local shops and wear your pieces proudly this season: 14 Places to Shop New & Vintage Bills Gear This Season
2. Create Your Own Flight of Buffalo Bills Themed Beers
Reason #716 why we love Buffalo so much is that they have BUFFALO BILLS-THEMED beers. That’s right, some of your favorite local breweries have created hoppy masterpieces named after our favorite team. Grab a pack of each, and make your flight to sip on while watching the game!
To be honest, you could totally make a drinking game out of this too… just saying.
Here are 3 Beers you Need to Include:
- Big Ditch Brewing Company– Make Me Wanna Stout
- Thin Man Brewery– Pills Mafia
- Community Beer Works– Let’s Go Pils
3. Order Wings from Josh Allen’s Favorite Spot
Let’s be honest, you can never go wrong getting wings from any local spot in WNY. However, if you’re new in town or just haven’t tried Bar Bill Tavern yet, this is your sign that it’s time! Plus, it’s home to Buffalo’s pride and joy, Josh Allen’s favorite wings.
So you want to know how our beloved quarterback takes his wings? He orders the honey butter barbecue, Cajun-style- they are incredible to say the least.
Oh, and don’t forget to pair it with their delicious bleu cheese – like a real human.
Bar Bill now has 2 locations:
- 185 Main St, East Aurora, NY 14052 | (716) 652-7959 | Website
- 8326 Main St, Clarence, NY 14221 | (716) 710-9464 | Website
4. Treat Yourself to Bills Themed Braids by Buffalo Braid Babes
Get a little extra festive this season, by getting Buffalo Bills themed braids by no other than Buffalo Braid Babes. They have about 12 different braids you can choose from, and they’ll add feed-in colors, or shimmers to get your hair ready for game day.
In the past, you’ve been able to catch the braid babes at local breweries for their Beer and Braids events during Bills Games. Keep up with their Insta (@braidbabes_official) to see where they’ll be this season, or you could book a private party for you and your besties. They’re mobile, so they’ll come to you!
5. Hunt Down The Best Buffalo-Style Pizza in Buffalo
As if you didn’t already need an excuse to eat pizza, we challenge you to find the best Buffalo-style pizza this season. Buffalo-style pizza is truly unlike any other style of pizza, and we stand by that. From the ooey-gooey cheese to the mouthwatering cup-and-char pepperoni, and come on, we can’t forget about the perfect dough. It makes us emotional just talking about it.
To make your hunt a little easier, check out our guide to 9 Iconic Buffalo-Style Pizzas and start checking off your list!
6. Host Your Own Backyard Bar Crawl
The bar scene will be rocking throughout the Bills season (check out the best pre and post game bars here), but if you’re looking for something unique and affordable why not create a bar crawl in your backyard? Tailgate with your friends, family, and neighbors this season by ordering crawlers of your favorite Buffalo-beers from local breweries and share the love with everyone!
We all know you have that one friend who already owns a weird amount of football party decor, so you might as well put it to good use. Set up different stations throughout the yard and travel from one “bar” to the next!
Here’s Some Buffalo Beer Inspo to Help you get Started:
- Top 10 Favorite Local WNY Beers
- Guide to The 13 Coolest Buffalo Beers
- 13 Ridiculously Fun Fall-Themed Local Beers (2019)
7. DIY Beer Pong Table
Ok, so this one is a little different, but if you’ve been on TikTok, then you have probably seen the many DIY Beer Pong Tables people have been painting.
Now’s the perfect time to get creative and make the perfect party table for your next tailgate, to serve game-day snacks, play drinking games, or well, you know, crash through. And we’re just saying that we may or may not have been in Target and Walmart recently, and let’s just say NOW is the time to go pick up a folding table (or a few, no judgment) for your next tailgate.
8. Order the Perfect Buffalo-Themed Charcuterie Boards
Football season. Everyone knows the rules. All diets go out the window on game days, no questions asked. Well, what better way to treat yourself during game day, then with a custom-made charcuterie board? Ok, but wait, it actually gets better. @BoardinBuffalo has the most incredible football themed board for your party.
Plus, check out our Guide to Boutique Charcuterie Board Companies in Buffalo & WNY for more ideas!
This post was originally published in 2020 and has been updated.