15 Popular Beer Gardens in Western New York

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on July 20, 2022
Photo courtesy of Rusty Nickel Brewing

There are plenty of epic beer gardens in Buffalo that should be your destination this summer. One thing we absolutely love about beer gardens (you know, besides the beer, the lights, the oddball furniture, yard games and fun people) is that they are good for so many occasions. They’re the perfect destination for date night, a summer reunion with friends, a casual meal, or grabbing a drink and making the most of our beautiful summer nights.

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Hydraulic Hearth’s Beer Garden / Step Out Buffalo

1. Hydraulic Hearth

716 Swan Street Buffalo, NY 14210 / More Info

Depending on who you ask Hydraulic Health has the best beer garden in town. It’s equipped with everything a beer-garden lover could ever want, including great places to sit and relax, a bar with craft beers, made-to-order shandies with fresh-squeezed juice, strung lights, live music, close proximity to fun (Larkin Square) and to top it off, Shuffleboard. Plus, if you’re a cocktail fan, we highly recommend heading inside to grab one.

2. Resurgence Brewing Co.

55 Chicago St, Buffalo, NY 14204 / More Info

This brewery’s beer garden is complete with fire pits, picnic tables, hanging lights, and local beer brewed just a few feet away from your spot in the garden. The atmosphere of Resurgence inside is just as cool. 

Moor Pat Beer Garden
Moor Pat Beer Garden / Step Out Buffalo

3. Moor Pat

78 E Spring St, Williamsville, NY / More Info

Moor Pat is the proud home of ridiculously delicious sausages and an impressive draft beer list. Located right off the beaten path in Williamsville, this garden extension of this highly acclaimed beer bar in the Northtowns is the ideal spot to eat and drink while enjoying some cornhole in the sun!


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Hamburg Brewing Co.’s beer garden / Step Out Buffalo

4. Hamburg Brewing Co.

6553 Boston State Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075 / More Info

Hamburg Brewing Co.’s beer garden will exceed the picture perfect expectations you have in your head – it’s better, and it has actual gardens. Overlooking a beautiful pond, this is the ideal place to be on a sunny day in the Southtowns – Hamburg brew in hand.

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5. Gene McCarthy’s

73 Hamburg Street, Buffalo NY 14204 / More Info

This beer garden sits in the heart of the Old Neighborhood just South of Buffalo. It’s complete with welcoming picnic tables, a walk up window for easy access to Old First Ward Brewing Co. beers, and more delicious goodies from Gene McCarthy’s.

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6. Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

4350 Seneca St, West Seneca, NY 14224 / More Info

Rusty Nickel has a relaxing backyard beer garden perfect for lawn games and big groups. The wooded area surrounding the space makes for a comforting atmosphere, and a beer in hand always helps with that. Rusty Nickel also boasts an exceptionally diverse beer-cocktail menu.


 42 North Brewing Co.
Photo courtesy of 42 North Brewing Co.

7. 42 North Brewing Co.

25 Pine St, East Aurora NY 14052 / More Info

This Southtowns brewery has been widely renowned as a local favorite since its opening, and has been serving fantastic beer ever since. Their beer garden out back is open for the season complete with picnic tables, fire pits, strung lights, and good company!

8. Flying Bison Brewing Company

840 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210 / More Info

Flying Bison finally answered our wishes of opening up their own beer garden. Coming in hot with their community feel garden, but never failing to boast prestige with their concrete laid floors and long handmade picnic tables. This new garden takes advantage of their space and brings together all aspects of the brewery into one amazing experience.

9. Buffalo Brewing Company

314 Myrtle Ave, Buffalo, NY 14204 / More Info

It’s the summer here in Buffalo, so where else would you rather be than crackin’ open some cold ones outside ? One of Buffalo’s newer beer gardens has us wanting to come back every night to hang out on their backyard feel patio. You can tell they not only take pride in their amazing beer, but their atmosphere as well!


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10. New York Beer Project

6933 S Transit Rd, Lockport, NY 14094 / More Info

Check out their wonderful party patio complimented by their fun Outdoor Biergarten as well as their huge fire pit that can be enjoyed all year long!  NYBP also has outdoor games while you enjoy your beer with family and friends.

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11. Garage Bar & Restaurant

1127 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 / More Info

Home of the largest beer garden on Hertel! The Garage Bar & Restaurant is an auto repair shop converted into a cool hang out spot to grab a bite and listen to some live music. With the bones of a biker shop, this place will have you feeling all the beer vibes.

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12. Santoras Pizza Pub & Grill

7800 Transit Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221 / More Info

Santora’s has multiple locations, but it is certainly their Williamsville location that has received all the buzz. Their huge outdoor bar consists of a patio, fire pits, and games. It’s safe to say that beer night will never be a bore!




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13. Hofbrauhaus Buffalo

190 Scott St, Buffalo, NY 14204 / More Info

Food and beer isn’t the only reason to come to Hofbräuhaus. Located in an old Bison Chip Dip factory, the indoor beer hall is complimented by an outdoor beer garden. Expect traditional Bavarian music on the PA and maybe even a live accordion player or live band during happy hour crowd.

14. Buffalo RiverWorks

359 Ganson St, Buffalo, NY 14203 / More Info

There is tons going on at Riverworks, from events and a restaurant to activities galore. One can’t-miss aspect of this giant establishment is their beer garden located along the river. Grab a beer and watch as the best of Buffalo blooms before your eyes.

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15. Consumer’s 225 Beer Garden at Wilkeson Pointe

225 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14203 / More Info

Wilkeson Pointe is already a fun place as is with bike trails and kayak launch but with the addition of the Consumer’s 225 Beer Garden, this space has become a total hang out. Being right along the waterfront, this is the perfect place to grab a drink and catch a sunset!

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This post was originally published in 2016 and has been updated.

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