The Best Beer Gardens in Western New York

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on July 20, 2021
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

Hydraulic Hearth

716 Swan Street Buffalo, NY 14210 / (716) 248- 2216

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 12 craft beers, and made-to-order shandies with fresh-squeezed juice, food trucks, 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.


Resurgence Brewing Co.

55 Chicago St, Buffalo, NY 14204

This brewery’s beer garden is complete with fire pits, picnic tables, hanging lights, food truck visitors, garage doors, delicious snacks, 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

Moor Pat

Williamsville / Northtowns

78 E Spring St, Williamsville, NY / (716) 810-9957

Moor Pat is the proud home of ridiculously delicious Spars’ 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

Hamburg Brewing Co.

6553 Boston State Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075 / (716) 649-3249

Hamburg Brewing Companies beer garden will exceed the picture perfect picture 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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Gene McCarthy’s

73 Hamburg Street, Buffalo NY 14204 / (716) 855-8948

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.

Photo courtesy of Rusty Nickel Brewing

Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

West Seneca / Southtowns

4350 Seneca St, West Seneca, NY 14224 / (716) 608-6155

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 where they mix drinks made in part with beer for those just starting to get into the scene.


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

42 North Brewing Co.

25 Pine St, East Aurora NY 14052 / (716) 805-7500

This Southtowns brewery has been widely renowned as a local favorite since it’s opening six years ago, 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!

Flying Bison Brewing Company

840 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210 / (716) 873-1557

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.

Buffalo Brewing Company

314 Myrtle Ave, Buffalo, NY 14204 / (716) 868-2218

It’s the summer of 2021 in Buffalo, so where else would you rather be than crackin’ open some cold ones outside ? One of Buffalo’s newest 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!

Photo courtesy of the NYBP Facebook

New York Beer Project

6933 S Transit Rd, Lockport, NY 14094 / (716) 743-6927)

Check out their wonderful party patio complimented by their fun Outdoor Biergarten, Tiki Bar and party tent, 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!


Photo courtesy of The Garage & Cafe Lounge Facebook

The Garage Cafe & Lounge

Hertle Avenue

1127 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 / (716) 436-2141

Home of the largest beer garden on Hertel! The Garage Cafe & Lounge 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. What are you waiting for? Check out The Garage today!

Photo courtesy of Santora’s Facebook

Santoras Pizza Pub & Grill

7800 Transit Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221 / (716) 634-6000

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!

Hofbrauhaus Buffalo

190 Scott St, Buffalo, NY 14204

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.




Buffalo RiverWorks

359 Ganson St, Buffalo, NY 14203

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.

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

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