The Best Outdoor Drinking Spots for Fall

Hydraulic Hearth, Best Beer Gardens in Buffalo

Hydraulic Hearth’s Beer Garden / Step Out Buffalo

Is it just us or are day drinking and fall a perfect pair? It may have yet to hit, but as a Western New Yorker the crisp air and 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 after a jam-packed summer at these perfect outdoor drinking spots this fall.

Please be sure to double check with the bars and restaurants as the weather changes to make sure these outdoor spaces are still open!


Rusty Nickel Brewing's Beer Garden

Rusty Nickel Brewing’s Beer Garden / Photo courtesy of Rusty Nickel

Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

Neighborhood: West Seneca

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

Nestled against the woods, this recent addition to the WNY beer garden/local brewery scene has a quaint outdoor space perfect for embracing fall foliage and day drinking.


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

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

Gene McCarthy’s Beer Garden

Neighborhood: Old First Ward

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

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.


Hydraulic Hearth, Step Out Buffalo

Hydraulic Hearth / Step Out Buffalo

Hydraulic Hearth

Neighborhood: Larkinville

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

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.


Resurgence Brewing Co. Fire Pit

Resurgence Brewing Co. / Step Out Buffalo

Resurgence Brewing Co.

Neighborhood: West Side

1250 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14213 / (716) 381-9868

The beer garden that started it all. Gather your friends and family for what’s sure to be a good time inside and out at Resurgence. For 2 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.


Best Beer Gardens in Buffalo, Step Out buffalo

Hamburg Brewing Co. / Step Out Buffalo

Hamburg Brewing Co.

Neighborhood: Hamburg

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

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.



Tappo Rooftop / Step Out Buffalo

Tappo Rooftop / Step Out Buffalo

Tappo’s Rooftop

Neighborhood: Business District

338 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203 / (716) 259-8130

Above the large, urban chic Italian restaurant on Ellicott Street you’ll find Tappo’s rooftop bar. Head on up for some great views and solid beverages in a fun half lounge, half dining setting. Did we mention they have $15 bottles of wine?


Soho Burger Bar, Step Out Buffalo

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

Soho Burger Bar

Neighborhood: Business District

64 W Chippewa St, Buffalo, NY 14202 / (716) 856-7646

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. From 3 – 7pm enjoy Happy Hour munchies like housemade chips and truffle popcorn, and drink specials like 1/2 price wine and martinis, $3 LABATT products and $3 drafts.



Neighborhood: Old First Ward

359 Ganson St, Buffalo, NY 14203 / (844) 749-2267

This new kid on the block has it all goin’ on when it comes to outdoor space. 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 some yummy cocktails and beef on weck dip. Seriously, get the beef on weck dip.


Please be sure to double check with the bars and restaurants as the weather changes to make sure these outdoor spaces are still open!


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