Guide to a Cozy Classy Winter Date Night in Downtown Buffalo

City Guide, Food & Drink, Nightlife, Theater


Written by Kelsie Engert

Published on December 18, 2019
cozy winter date night at Chez Ami

Dinner and drinks at Chez Ami / Photo courtesy of Chez Ami

The best winter date nights are spent among sparkling city lights and snow-flake filled sidewalks. Downtown Buffalo is for romantic wintertime lovers. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, or a free Friday night with your significant other, we’ve got you covered with some cute and cozy winter date night ideas downtown.


cozy winter date night at Ristorante Lombardo

Dinner and drinks at Ristorante Lombardo / Photo courtesy of Ristorante Lombardo


Dine Out

If you aren’t dining, is it even date night? Whether dinner is your date night or just the prelude to your couples fun, picking the perfect romantic restaurant is key. Here are some of our favorites around town: 

100 Acres

444 Forest Ave Buffalo, NY 14213


Hotel Henry’s own bar and restaurant is the ideal setting for an upscale dinner with your significant other among the grand seasonal decor, high ceilings and classy furniture. 


Coco Bistro

888 Main St Buffalo, NY 14202


This quaint, chic bistro nestled on downtown Main Street is Buffalo’s own little slice of Paris. The cozy, French-themed restaurant is perfect for a classy dinner and cocktails for two. 


Ristorante Lombardo

1198 Hertel Ave. Buffalo, NY 14216


Lombardo is one of those good ole’ classic restaurant establishments in Buffalo that’s been around for practically forever because, well, you can’t go wrong there. The restaurant’s elegant ambience and high-class Italian cuisine makes for a flawless romantic evening.


The Left Bank 

511 Rhode Island St Buffalo, NY 14213


Exposed brick, candle-lit tables and white tablecloths detail this fancy Italian restaurant on the West Side for a charming date night feel. Btw, the extensive wine list and incredible food will never disappoint.


31 Club

31 North Johnson Park Buffalo, NY 14201


For a premier romantic dining experience, the 31 Club is offering some of the best Italian cuisine and steaks around, an elegant atmosphere AND complimentary shuttles to and from Shea’s and Kleinhans!


Chez Ami

210 Franklin St Buffalo, NY 14202


Located right inside the beautiful Curtiss Hotel, Chez Ami serves upscale cocktails, steaks, seafood and more for a fancy date night. 


cozy winter date night at Shea's 710

Performance of “It’s A Wonderful Life” / Photo courtesy of Shea’s 710

See a theatre performance at Shea’s.

Shea’s Buffalo Shea’s Smith Shea’s 710

646 Main St 658 Main St 710 Main St Buffalo, NY 14202


Shows at the ornate Shea’s Theatre are always entertaining and make for the perfect night out with your partner. From plays to Broadway musicals to movies to musicians, there’s something for all couples to enjoy on a cozy winter evening. Check out their website to purchase tickets or check out Ultimate Guide to Local Performing Arts Theatres in WNY for more theatres in the area. P.S. Did we mention Buffalo’s Theatre District is absolutely gorgeous during the wintertime?!


cozy winter date night at Helium Comedy Club

Comedy performance at Helium Comedy Club / photo courtesy of Helium Comedy Club

Catch a laugh at Helium Comedy Club.

Helium Comedy Club

30 Mississippi St Buffalo, NY 14203


A night of hilarious entertainment and non-stop laughter with drinks, food and yummy apps sounds like some great couples fun. You’ll find the best in the business at Buffalo’s Helium, from Gilbert Gottfried to David Koechner. 


cozy date night at Canalside

Ice skating at Canalside / photo courtesy of Buffalo Waterfront

Ice skating at Canalside.


44 Prime St Buffalo, NY 14202


Canalside is like a winter wonderland this time of year, and we honestly couldn’t think of a better way to spend a cozy winter evening with your significant other. Ice skating is the perfect winter couples activity, especially when you’re surrounded by the soft glow of the strung lights and the gorgeous Buffalo skyline- major heart eyes. 


cozy date night at the AMC Market ArcadeWatch a movie at the downtown AMC Market Arcade 8.

AMC Market Arcade 8

639 Main St Buffalo, NY 14203


You’re gonna be obsessed with this adorable idea when you find out there’s a bar at this movie theater- unbelievable, right? Movie date night just got 20 times better. You can enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverages (and buttery popcorn) while watching a movie. Not to mention, reclining, HEATED seats and full-service dining. Check out our article Downtown Buffalo Has a New Boozy Movie Theater for more info about this comfy little theater.


cozy winter date night at Kleinhans Music Hall

Performance at Kleinhans / photo courtesy of Kleinhans Music Hall

Enjoy a Kleinhans performance. 

Kleinhans Music Hall

3 Symphony Circle Buffalo, NY 14201


Spend your special date night at one of the finest music halls in the country. There are always exciting things happening at Kleinhans throughout the winter months. From special Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performances to comedy shows to jazz trios to thriving artists and more, Kleinhans has it all!

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Kelsie Engert</a>

Written by Kelsie Engert

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