The day that antiquated alcohol laws are repealed is a day that we are reminded as Buffalonians about what really matters – how early we can start drinking in an establishment where we can also receive delicious, greasy nourishment. 10 am is the magic number and while we’re not QUITE sure why it can’t be 7am, we’ll take what we can get. So, which places are unlocking their doors earliest in order for brunch-lovers to reap the benefits of the wonderful new brunch liquor law? Here’s the almighty list of restaurants that open at 10am or earlier on Sundays:
749 Military Rd, Buffalo / Opens at 7am everyday except Sunday
Didn’t think you could get a bloody mary at Sophia’s? Well, you sure can! In FACT, they are one of 10 restaurants competing in SOB’s Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest presented by Compeer this March and literally everyone is excited about it. This comfort-food kitchen serves hearty helpings of breakfast, lunch, and brunch in a converted home in the Riverside district and the best news of all is that they appeal to your early drinking needs. Thank you Sophia’s, just thank you.
1081 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo / Opens at 7am
If you can find a seat, or will yourself to wait for one, Pano’s is an inviting spot combining a casual Greek menu & all-day breakfast with a full bar that you can get your paws on right at 10am on Sundays.
708 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo / Opens at 8am
This longstanding locale in the heart of Elmwood village offers Greek classics for brunch and makes one hell of a spicy bloody mary and alcohol-forward mimosa. Start eating at 9am and cleanse your palate at 10am each and every Sunday.
220 Grant St, Buffalo / Opens at 8am
Sweet_ness 7 is THE corner cafe on the West Side where you can generally do whatever you want. Post up at the best spot in the house for four hours during peak time? Nobody cares. Grab a beer and a Grant Slam (do. it.) at 10am on Sunday while doing homework? Sounds like a great Sunday to me.
Elm Street Bakery
72 Elm St, East Aurora / Opens at 9am
Elm Street Bakery is a locally-owned whole foods bakery/café specializing in brick oven artisan breads and pizzas, scratch pastries and desserts, and in-house roasted coffee. So what are they missing? NOTHING! They serve booze at their Sunday brunch, too.
370 Virginia St, Buffalo / Opens at 9am
Ohhh Betty’s. Why must I get to you at 7:45am to get a seat right at 9am? Well, you only have to go once to know the answer to that question. Have a busy Sunday ahead of you? Get to Betty’s early and have a substantial meal and a few brunch cocktails before taking it on. You’ll thank us later.
1472 Hertel Ave, Buffalo / Opens at 10am
Come for the food and stay for the thoughtfully-concocted cocktails and cozy atmosphere. CRāVing is the Hertel brunch spot that has it all, and they sacrificed their Sunday sleep time to serve you booze earlier. Cheers to that!
Thin Man Brewery
492 Elmwood Ave / Opens at 11am* (this change just happened but this is still a great brunch spot, so we’re keeping it here)
Like beer with your eggs? Same. Head over to Thin Man early on Sunday for a beer and some meaty, righteous love for your tummy. If you need more convincing, read our Thin Man Brewery brunch review.
5195 Main Street, Williamsville / Opens at 7am
MTK recently closed their Elmwood location, but their Williamsville spot is still going strong. Also, it says a lot about their generosity to open their doors at 7am (Saturday AND Sunday) to quench your thirst for a boozy brunch. Their proper mimosas were covered in this brunch review.
716 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo / Opens at 10am
Cecelia’s has the patio you want to find yourself on every Sunday in the summer, but their dining room is a great spot to pack into with your best buddies during winter months too. The mimosas start flowing at 10am on Sundays. Thank you, thank you, thank you, management!