A romantic evening starts with the right ambiance. And we all know a sexy bar helps set the mood, especially come Valentine’s Day. Honestly – anywhere can be romantic if you make it – this list is truly just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to cozy fireside spots, bars with wine, places with great service, and the restaurant where no one knows your name. If you and your boo are into it, it’s good enough for us!
That said, if you’re looking for a swoon-worthy spot to impress someone you fancy, you’re in luck. We have a list of recommendations for you and your special someone to raise a glass to romance.
517 Washington Street, Buffalo
This cocktail bar is charming, colorful, and refined. From the subtle pink hue to the custom wallpaper, every detail was carefully considered. Many of the cocktails here date back to the Prohibition era and the menu is tea-room inspired. Think whiskey in a teacup and tiny sandwiches kind of cute. Come here for a date night experience that feels fancy yet trendy yet relaxed!
333 Franklin Street, Buffalo
This cocktail bar lives up to its name by creating a proper experience. The warm glow of candle light sets the mood and the classic cocktails follow suit. Everything about this space has always felt upscale and more intimate to me. The drinks carefully crafted and the presentation is always impressive. Even out-of-towners, including the New York Times, are impressed by this staple in Buffalo’s cocktail community.
6553 Boston State Road, Hamburg
This pick is for a different kind of romantic. The craft-beverage-drinking-kind-of-romantics. The patio gets a whole lotta lovin’ in the summertime for its patio, but let’s not forget about that warm and cozy interior. Fireside drinking is definitely dreamy right about now. If you’re looking for a little more casual but equally as cozy, this taproom is oh so right.
320 Pearl Street, Buffalo
This one’s for all the whiskey lovin’ couples. The bar is stocked from ceiling to floor with hundreds of different types of whiskey from all over the world. A dram come true! Cozy up at the bar for a closer look at the whiskey library. For a more intimate experience, snag your own booth tucked away in the back complete with draw curtains for extra privacy.
5893 Main Street, Williamsville
Whether you’re meeting for a glass or sharing a bottle, this intimate wine bar is the ideal spot for wine enthusiasts to spend date night in Williamsville. Think quiet, quaint, and classy. You and your S.O. can choose from 20+ wines by the glass as well as 200+ bottles. The options are pretty much endless.
1197 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo
Check your reservations about wine at the door. The newest wine bar in town is laid-back and all about exploring the world of wine. This spot is perfect for finding wines you love with your sweetie. The extensive menu includes 3 oz. pours, 6 oz. glasses, half-bottles, and full bottles in a range of price points. P.S. We highly recommend ordering a charcuterie board to complement your wining and dining experience.
189 Main Street, East Aurora
Maybe it’s the bourbon. Maybe it’s the blues. Maybe it’s both. If live music is a priority for you come date night, 189 Main is the place to be. From the rustic interior to the twinkle lights in the alleyway, the vibes are on point. The drinks surely never disappoint either. Head upstairs for a more intimate experience, where you can still enjoy the live music below.