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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on January 12, 2023
The Little Club / Photo x Shawna Stanley
The Little Club / Photo x Shawna Stanley

When it comes to having a romantic night out, setting the mood is key. That’s where a bar with a seductive ambiance comes in, not just on holidays and special occasions, but any given date night.

Honestly – anywhere can be romantic if you make it, but this list includes some of our favorites around town from Lewiston to Ellicottville. On this guide you’ll find wine bars, craft cocktail places, old school ambiance, modern masculine spaces, great service, and the restaurant where no one knows your name.

If you’re looking for a swoon-worthy spot to impress the one you fancy, you’re in luck. We have a list of recommendations for you and your special someone to raise a glass to romance.

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

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Romantic Bars in Buffalo & WNY

Bar

Alchemy Wine & Beer

50 Buffalo St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Wine Bar
  • Small Plates

Alchemy is a bottle shop with affordable, place driven and delicious wines, beers and ciders made by families who care a great deal about what it is they're ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Patio
  • Private Parties
  • Brunch
  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating
  • Good for Wine Connoisseurs
  • Good for Beer Lovers
Full Service

Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant

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

Buffalo

  • American
  • New American
  • Wine Bar

Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant is Buffalo's premier location for great food and unparalleled service. Featuring creative and flavorful dishes created ...

  • Romantic
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Wine Connoisseurs
  • Romantic
Full Service

Billy Club

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

Buffalo

  • New American

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, ...

  • Brunch
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Reservations
  • Good for Whiskey Lovers
Tasting Menu

Black Iron Bystro – Kenmore

3067 Delaware Ave Kenmore, NY 14217 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • New American

Our new Delaware Ave location will feature a cocktail bar - offering small plates and a la carte items from a rotating cast of seasonally driven menu items. ...

  • Tasting Menu
Full Service

Canal Club 62

62 Webster St North Tonawanda,, New York 14120 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • American

Bar and restaurant offering a variety of sophisticated and bar menu selections. ...

  • Patio
  • Handicap Access
  • Reservations
  • Private Parties
  • Fireplace
  • Good for Whiskey Lovers
Full Service

Carte Blanche

61 Buffalo St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Wine Bar

Carte Blanche makes great use of the outdoors with dining and lounge space on a first floor alley patio and a second floor alley deck. The second floor ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Reservations

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Fine Dining

Chez Ami

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

Buffalo

  • French
  • New American

Step Out's 2 cents: Who doesn't love a rotating bar...at least at first. This super swank downtown restaurant (part of the Curtiss Hotel) is beautiful ...

  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Brunch
Full Service

Coco Bar & Bistro

888 Main St. Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • French

Coco's oozes 'relax and enjoy the evening'. This charming neighborhood spot has everything but a neighborhood. We love the vibe, and the Coq au vin almost ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Reservations

Company B – Tasting Room and Market

1250 Niagara St. Suite F Buffalo, New York 14213 • $$$$$

Buffalo

Blackman Cider Company presents an urban tasting room and marketplace located on Buffalo's West Side. Here you will find the great farmers, artisans, and ...

Full Service

Compass Run

500 Seneca Street Suite 119 Buffalo, NY 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Southern
  • Seafood

Compass Run, located on 500 Seneca, is taking place of Dobutsu. Under the same ownership, Compass Run focuses on southern comfort food as well as southern ...

  • Bar Area
  • Patio
Fast Casual

Fresh Catch Poke at 500 Pearl

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

Buffalo

  • Asian
  • Seafood

There are a lot of fast-casual restaurants popping up these days. Our aim is to stand out from the crowd. At Fresh Catch, we believe our poke is more than ...

  • Lunch
  • Family Friendly
  • Patio
  • Healthy Options
  • Take-out
Full Service

Graylynn

537 Main St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • New American

A European styles bistro with a Gin focus ...

  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Patio
  • Brunch

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Bar

High Violet Cocktail Lounge

710 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Small Plates

Located down a blind alley in the Elmwood Village, High Violet is a big city cocktail bar that transports guests to another place, maybe another time. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Late Night
Fine Dining

Hutch’s

1375 Delaware Ave Buffalo, New York 14209 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • International
  • Seafood

A great bar, excellent food from a creative menu and a top notch dining experience keeps this place full all the time. Website says: Hutch's diverse ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Patio
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Private Parties
Full Service

Hydraulic Hearth

716 Swan Street Buffalo, New York 14210 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Pizza
  • Vegetarian

The Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant and Brewery, located in the historic Larkin District, is a happy hour, dinner, and brunch destination. Our menu is focused ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Brunch
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Reservations
  • Take-out
  • Good for Beer Lovers
Full Service

JT’s Urban Italian

905 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Italian
  • Pizza

From the people that bring you 800 Maple and Siena, this stylish Elmwood Village urban Italian restaurant with a seasonal menu is a hit. The bar scene ...

  • Brunch
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
Bar

Judas Tree

1507 Pine Ave Niagara Falls, NY 14301 • $$$$$

Niagara County

Cocktail bar in Niagara Falls, NY specializing in locally sourced ingredients. Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost columns="1" posts="1" ...

  • Romantic
  • Bar Area
Full Service

Left Bank

511 Rhode Island St. Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Italian
  • Seafood

Cool spot with a nice bar, fine wine list and excellent food, all of which brings in the large crowds- reservations suggested. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Live Music
  • Patio
  • Reservations

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Full Service

Lucky Day Whiskey Bar

320 Pearl St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American

Lucky Day; a Whiskey Bar with whiskey happy foods. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Reservations
  • Good for Whiskey Lovers
Full Service

MARBLE + RYE

112 Genesee St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • New American
  • Seafood

This is quality, 'honest' food served in a pleasant, casual atmosphere. The concise menu covers all the right bases and preparation is unpretentious. The ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Farm to Table
  • Good for Whiskey Lovers
Full Service

Mother’s Restaurant

33 Virginia Place Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American

Tucked into Virginia Place, this busy bar and outstanding restaurant serves a full dinner menu 365 days a year, even on holidays, from 5 pm to 3 am. The ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Late-Late Night
Full Service

Mulberry Italian Ristorante

64 Jackson Ave. Lackawanna, New York 14218 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Buffalo Food
  • Italian

Mulberry Italian Ristorante prides itself on offering the most authentic Italian cuisine this side of the Big Apple! Whether it's a special occasion, or ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Take-out
Full Service

Oliver’s Restaurant

2095 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$$$$

Online

  • American
  • Italian
  • New American
  • Seafood

One of the finest restaurants in Buffalo, Oliver's Restaurant is fine dining in the 'Old School' tradition. This gem has been turning out great food, and ...

  • Romantic
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
Full Service

Panorama on Seven

95 Main St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • New American

Enjoy the best views of Buffalo, Lake Erie and Canalside while serving prohibition style cocktails and perusing a Southern European and local Buffalo ...

  • Bar Area
  • Breakfast
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion

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Full Service

Patina 250

250 Delaware Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • New American

Patina 250 offers casually refined, eclectic cuisine in the heart of downtown Buffalo. Executive Chef Evan Wargo sources the best local ingredients of ...

  • Brunch
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Breakfast
  • Handicap Access
  • Lunch
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
Bar

Patrick’s Rooftop

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

Buffalo

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 ...

  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Special Occasion
  • Rooftop Patio
Full Service

Prescott’s Provisions

40 E Niagara St Tonawanda, New York 14150 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • New American
  • Pizza

Prescott's Provisions offers an elevated dining experience along the historic Erie Canal. Our restaurant is open to everyone, including boaters and cyclists, ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Boat Friendly
  • Reservations
  • Waterfront
  • Farm to Table
Full Service

Remington Tavern

184 Sweeney Street North Tonawanda,, New York 14120 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • American
  • Seafood

Remington Tavern Seafood Exchange, an eatery from Chef Mark Hutchinson of Hutch's and Chef Paul Jenkins of Tempo. Originally named Power House #4 in 1895, ...

  • Boat Friendly
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Waterfront
  • Private Parties
Full Service

Shango Bistro

3260 Main St. Buffalo, New York 14214 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • American
  • BBQ
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Wine Bar

SOB Says About Shango Bistro: Shango is one of my favorite restaurants in WNY. Simple, unassuming, comfortable with great food and a superior beer list. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Patio
  • Special Occasion
Full Service

Share Kitchen & Bar Room

5590 Main St Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • New American
  • Wine Bar

FOOD IS BETTER SHARED Guests at Share Kitchen $ Bar Room are encouraged to share their experience with those they know as well as those they don't; both ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Family Friendly
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Good for Wine Connoisseurs
  • Farm to Table

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Bar

Shirt Factory

115 West Center Street Medina, NY 14103 • $$$$$

Other

  • Small Plates
  • Cafe-Coffee

Located just off the Four Corners of Medina, NY, the Shirt Factory has been operating as a successful cafe since opening in 2006. In 2018, four Medina ...

  • Bar Area
  • Brunch
Full Service

Tappo

338 Ellicott St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Italian
  • Wine Bar

Tappo, Italian for cork, is proud to welcome our guests to downtown Buffalo to enjoy great American Italian cuisine, wines in an urban chic atmosphere. See ...

  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Reservations
  • Take-out
  • Rooftop Patio
  • Special Occasion
Bar

The Banq Cocktails and Lounge

9 E Washington St Ellicottville, New York 14731 • $$$$$

Southern Tier

  • Small Plates

The Banq Cocktails and Lounge offers craft cocktails and small plates. Inspired by the space we wanted to bring back touches of the bank within her decor ...

  • Bar Area
Full Service

The Dapper Goose

491 Amherst St Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • American
  • New American

Step Out Says: The first thing you notice upon walking into The Dapper Goose is its Turn of the Century supper club feel. Dubbed 'classic French cottage' ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Take-out
  • Farm to Table
Full Service

The Grange Community Kitchen

22 Main St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$$$

Online

  • American

SOB Says: Whether you're religious or not, we're willing to bet you'll be shouting on Hallelujah from the rooftops (probably only figuratively) after one ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Take-out
  • Farm to Table
Fine Dining

The Humbert House

10622 Main Street Clarence, NY 14031 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Italian

The Humbert House by Salvatore’s Hospitality. Chef Sal Latorre is developing a contemporary bistro menu we know you will love.   Read Our ...

  • Romantic
  • Reservations
Full Service

The Little Club

1197 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Italian
  • Small Plates
  • Wine Bar

The Little Club says: Our goal is to help you discover something you love to drink in the company of people who make you happy. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Romantic
  • Good for Wine Connoisseurs
  • Patio
  • Farm to Table
Full Service

Toutant

437 Ellicott St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Southern
  • BBQ
  • Seafood

Step Out's 2 cents: In our opinion Toutant is among the best restaurants in the city, joining the Buffalo stalwarts and a few 2014 startups, shuffling ...

  • Brunch
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Take-out
Full Service

Waxlight Bar àVin

27 Chandler St Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • New American
  • Wine Bar

Waxlight Bar à Vin is a modern, wine-focused restaurant in the Black Rock neighborhood of Buffalo. We're led by a team of owner-operator sommeliers ...

  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Reservations
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Good for Wine Connoisseurs
  • Brunch
  • Farm to Table
Full Service

West Rose

23 Washington Street Ellicottville, New York 14731 • $$$$$

Southern Tier

  • New American

West Rose blends together all of the elements the kitchen team believes in: responsible farming, ingredient-driven cooking, and flavorful food. The restaurant ...

  • Lunch
  • Brunch
  • Happy Hour
  • Healthy Options
  • Reservations
  • Bar Area
Full Service

Wine On Third

501 Third Street Niagara Falls, New York 14301 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Seafood
  • Wine Bar

Wine on Third is the premier fine dining, tapas, and wine bar in Niagara Falls, New York USA. Wine on Third offers food quality unmatched anywhere in Western ...

  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Live Music
  • Patio
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