On Our Radar: Allentown & Old First Ward Pub Walks

Tours & Walks


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on April 11, 2016
Buffalo History Tours
What’s better than wandering the city from bar to bar? Wandering the city with a tour guide (pressure’s off!) from bar to bar while learning a thing or two about fun Buffalo history, indulging in drink specials, and experiencing pubs you may never have ventured into on your own.
We’re talking about Buffalo History Tours’ Pub Walks of course. These fun and fascinating walks feature Buffalo’s grassroots history including local historians, legends, and surprising secrets. The fully guided walks include drink specials at each tavern stop, and start on Friday, April 15th at 7pm with the Allentown Pub Walk.
During the Allentown walk discover how Allentown changed the course of American history (if you’re not curious about this, you’re not human), learn how a stolen Rembrandt painting found a home in the neighborhood, straighten out the mystery of Allentown’s oh-so-crooked streets, and visit some old favs like Mulligans and Fat Bob’s to wet your whistle.
If Saturdays and South Buffalo are more your scene, you’ll want to grab tickets to the first Old First Ward Pub Walk on Saturday, April 16th at 7pm. Led by local historian Gene Overdorff this tour visits absolute hidden gems like Gene McCarthy’s, Adolfs Old First Ward Tavern, and Cook’s Bar and Grill, each one more fun than the last. Discover how a South Buffalo altar boy became the father of the CIA, hear about an Academy Award winning actor’s First Ward ancestry, and drink like they do in the OFW. While you’re at it you might want to schedule in brunch for the next day – somewhere that makes a mean Bloody Mary.
Pub Walks are $15 per person, include drink specials at each stop, and run about 90 minutes depending on how much fun you’re having. Click here to reserve your spot at the first couple walks or any time from now until May 14th!
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Allentown Pub Walk

Fridays at 7pm from April 15th – May 13th
$15 per person, drink special available at each tavern stop

Old First Ward Pub Walk

Saturdays at 7pm from April 16th – May 14th
$15 per person, drink special available at each tavern stop
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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.


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