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Best Nightlife Spots in WNY

City Guide, Food & Drink, Nightlife, Things to Do

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on October 12, 2022
Photo courtesy of Rec Room

Looking for a boozy night out? Once it hits 5pm on a Friday, it is the freakin’ weekend and the bars are calling!

While there are plenty of places to grab a drink, when it comes to finding the best nightlife spots in our region, 3 main areas come to mind:

Hertel. Elmwood. And Allentown.

From live music and karaoke to a round of darts or a game of pool, these hubs are lined with bars and clubs that promise a fun night out time and time again. Whether you’re looking for a rooftop lounge or a dive bar, here’s the best nightlife spots in WNY:

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67 West

67 West Chippewa Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Buffalo

Bar

We host birthday, bachelor, bachelorette, stag parties, and more. Please E-mail sixty7west@yahoo.com for info on booking a party with us or for info on ...

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Allen Street Hardware Cafe

245 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14206 • $$

AmericanPub Food

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Taste the neighborhood The cuisine at Allen Street Hardware is as diverse and eclectic as the community it feeds. Using fresh ingredients and a variety ...

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Alley Cat

199 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

This fine restaurant (and bar) is situated in the Historic Allentown District. For the men and women of business, there is none that affords a more pleasant ...

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Bada Bing Sports Bar and Grill

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

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesPizza

Buffalo

Buffalo's original sports pub in the heart of the theater district. Cold beer, full bar, upstairs dining room and banquet facility. UFC headquarters. ...

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Billy Club

228 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$

New American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Billy Club is a full service restaurant and whiskey bar located in the historical Allentown district of Buffalo, New York. In addition to good wine, ...

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Bottoms Up

69 W Chippewa St, Buffalo, NY 14202

Buffalo

Chippewa's #1 Party Bar Home of the Fish Bowl! ...

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Buffalo Iron Works

49 Illinois St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $

Pub Food

Buffalo

Bar

Live music, pub food, full bar next to First Niagara Center. - Finger Foods & Light Fare - A great choice of beer, wine and cocktails - ...

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Buffalo Skybar

257 Franklin Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Buffalo

Bar

Located on the roof of the 257 Franklin Entertainment Complex, SkyBar is Buffalo's only open-air rooftop nightclub experience. Combining excellent views ...

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Club Marcella

106 Michigan Avenue Buffalo , NY 14204 • $

Buffalo

Bar

After closing their location in the Theatre District, Club Marcella has moved to the Cobblestone District with a more Miami-like nightclub. While it still ...

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Falley Allen

204 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$$

New American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Falley Allen serves contemporary American dishes and drinks. The name? A tribute to Lewis Falley Allen, the man both Allentown and Allen Street are named ...

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Hartman’s Distilling Co.

55 Chicago St Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$

American

Buffalo

Bar, Casual Table Service

At Hartman's Distilling Company, we're turning back the clock to an age when summer days were long, sunsets were never long enough, and family and friends ...

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House Of Charm

517 Washington St Buffalo, NY 14201 • $$

Pub FoodAmerican

Buffalo

Bar

Downtown saloon with great hospitality. food and prices. Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost columns="1" posts="1" ...

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Jack Rabbit

1010 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$

New American

Buffalo

Casual 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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Lex 220

220 Lexington Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Creative cocktail bar in the lower Elmwood village. Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost columns="1" posts="1" include="1112527" type="post" ...

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Misuta Chow’s

521 Main St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

AsianJapanese-Sushi

Buffalo

Casual 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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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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Old Pink

223 Allen Buffalo, New York 14201 • $

Pub FoodDeli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Dive Bar

Old Pink is a dive bar that originally was called 223 Allen. ...

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Patrick’s Rooftop

500, Pearl Street, Downtown Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

Buffalo

Bar

Patrick's Rooftop is the cherry on top at 500 Pearl. With awe-inspiring views of Downtown Buffalo and Lake Erie, Buffalo's highest rooftop bar is a must ...

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Rec Room

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

Pub FoodVeganAmerican

Buffalo

Bar, Casual 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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Resurgence Brewing Company

55 Chicago Street Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$

BreweryBeer Bar/HallAmerican

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Bar

Resurgence Brewing Company and Beer Garden brews high-quality craft beer to be enjoyed in our taproom, beer garden or at home. Buffalo has always been ...

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The Beer Keep

1002 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222 • $

New AmericanHot Dogs

Buffalo

Bar, Fast Casual / Counter Service, Take Out

The Beer Keep Bar & Shop is a laid-back hangout in the heart of Buffalo’s Elmwood Village. Post up at the bar, sit outside, ...

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The Cowboy

45 W. Chippewa St, Buffalo, NY 14202 • $

American

Buffalo

Bar

Buffalo's #1 Country & Western Bar! ...

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The Underground Niteclub

274 Delaware Ave Ste 2 Buffalo, NY 14202 • $

Buffalo

Bar

An all inconclusive safe space proudly catering to the LGBTQ community for multiple decades. ...

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Venu

75 W Chippewa St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Buffalo

Concert and party venue. FACEBOOK   ...

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Vue Rooftop Lounge

210 Franklin St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$

Pub Food

Buffalo

Bar

At the Curtis Hotel, enjoy a cocktail and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Buffalo, Lake Erie, and the Canadian shoreline. VUE is ...

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

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