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12 Popular Outdoor Drinking Spots for Fall

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on September 20, 2022
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Is it just us, or is day drinking and fall the perfect pair? Although Western New Yorkers are holding onto these fleeting moments of summer, the crisp air coupled with the urge to yank on a cozy sweater and some hardcore socks will strike you soon (you know it’s true). Embrace the chill, harvest beer in hand, and allow yourself to catch up with friends and family at these perfect outdoor drinking spots this fall.

Please be sure to double check with the bars and restaurants before visiting as the weather changes. Outdoor seating is very weather dependent in Buffalo & WNY!

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1. Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

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

Nestled against the woods, this WNY brewery boasts a unique beer garden scene – one of the few that actually involves grass – with a quaint outdoor space perfect for embracing fall foliage, lawn games, and day drinking.

Gene McCarthy's / Photo from Gene McCarthy's Facebook
Gene McCarthy’s / Photo from Gene McCarthy’s Facebook

2. Gene McCarthy’s Beer Garden

73 Hamburg St, Buffalo, NY 14204 / More Info

If you find yourself in the Old First Ward on a sunny fall Saturday, head to Gene McCarthy’s where you’ll be greeted with plenty of like-minded Western New Yorkers and local beer brewed just steps away. Their outdoor space is as cute as a button, bike wall included.

3. Hofbrauhaus Buffalo

190 Scott Street Buffalo, NY 14204 / More Info

A trip to Buffalo’s Hofbrauhaus is a worthwhile experience. Their outdoor patio is spacious which means you are certain to find real estate with breathing room. With live music every evening, a wonderful German food menu, and ice cold beer brewed right in the Haus, it’s safe to say this is an inviting ambiance for any beer lover in WNY.

4. Fattey Beer Co.

5 Genesee St Buffalo, NY 14203 / More Info

While there are multiple Fattey Beers around town, the craft community experience downtown is the perfect fall excursion. This place is dog friendly so feel free to bring along your four-legged friend! Settle into their outdoor seating and choose from a wide variety of craft beer, wine, seltzers, and gourmet snacks.

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5. Britesmith Brewing

5611 Main St Williamsville, NY 14221 / More Info

Britesmith Brewing sits in an 1800’s blacksmith shop in the heart of Williamsville. Enjoy the outdoors cozied up around their fire pit and listen to the rushing water headed towards the nearby Glen Falls.

6. The Garage Cafe and Lounge

1127 Hertel Avenue Buffalo, NY 14216 / More Info

What was once a mundane garage has been completely transformed into a buzzing spot which includes cold beer, quality wine, and live music. Top off your trip here by settling into their new beer garden and ordering up one of their signature sandwiches or pastries. Take it from us, this garage will not disappoint!

7. Ballyhoo

211 South Park Avenue Buffalo, NY 14204 / More Info

Ballyhoo’s claim to fame is certainly their signature sausages. If you haven’t experienced these sizzling house made sausages yet, then you’re missing out. This cheery, old-fashioned tavern has a quaint feel to it. Their wooded patio is the perfect place to unwind over a cold beer and let the waves of relaxation flood over you. Did we mention their signature chili? Perfect for a fall day.

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Hydraulic Hearth / Step Out Buffalo

8. Hydraulic Hearth

716 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14210 / More Info

By now you’ve surely heard – Hydraulic Hearth is a picture perfect space for anything you could ever want. The hype is real people. Go, get a drink at the outdoor bar, play a little shuffleboard, and enjoy the outdoor space until the weather dictates otherwise.

9. Resurgence Brewing Co.

55 Chicago Street Buffalo, NY 14204 / More Info

Gather your friends and family for what’s sure to be a good time inside and out at Resurgence. For years now they’ve pulled out all the stops to keep you occupied including fire pits, giant games, classes and events, multiple experimental and limited release brews, and of course everyone’s favorite fall beers.

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10. Hamburg Brewing Co.

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

What is it about breweries that just lend themselves to fall day drinking? We’re not quite sure, but either way this is another awesome setting for a fun-filled day of catching up with friends after the whirlwind that is summer winds down.

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Soho’s Rooftop / Photo from Soho Burger Bar’s Facebook

11. Soho

64 W Chippewa St, Buffalo, NY 14202 / More Info

This non-stop bar and grill has a first floor patio, but why not kick it up a notch and head to the rooftop on a fall Friday after work. Enjoy Happy Hour munchies and drink specials.

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12. Riverworks

359 Ganson St, Buffalo, NY 14203 / More Info

This river-front spot isnt just for summer There’s still so much to enjoy when it comes to fall at Riverworks. Again, it’s right on the water, great for people watching, big enough to accommodate big groups, and has an indoor-outdoor bar just waiting and ready to serve up plenty of food and drink options with a view.

Please be sure to double check with the bars and restaurants before visiting as the weather changes. Outdoor seating is very weather dependent in Buffalo & WNY!

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

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This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated.

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