Best Outdoor Drinking Spots for Fall

City Guide, Drink, Food & Drink, Food & Drink Guides, Nightlife


Written by Step Out Staff

Published on September 24, 2021
Hydraulic Hearth, Best Beer Gardens in Buffalo
Hydraulic Hearth’s Beer Garden / Step Out Buffalo

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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rusty Nickel
Photo courtesy of Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

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

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

Gene McCarthy’s Beer Garden

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

Hofbrauhaus Buffalo

190 Scott Street Buffalo, NY 14204

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.

Fattey Beer Co.

5 Genesee St Buffalo, NY 14203

This craft community experience 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. With multiple locations across Buffalo, there is sure to be a Fattey establishment near you. Cheers!

Eddie Brady’s Tavern

97 Genesee Street Buffalo, NY 14203

You can expect a nostalgic vibe with dark wooden decor at Eddie Brady’s. Plus, an outdoor seating area that is perfect for soaking in that Autumn breeze. This Irish Pub has a multitude of beer options complimented by delicious food. Check out Eddie Brady’s today where Good friends meet, serious drinks are poured, great sandwiches are enjoyed, a super jukebox for your listening pleasure, and more!


The Irishman Pub and Eatery

5601 Main Street Williamsville, NY 14221

The Irishman Pub has distinguished itself by blending a vintage and contemporary feel. The decor evokes images of a classic Pub in Ireland while their music, food, and drinks provide modern enjoyment. Their sheltered outdoor patio is the perfect spot to relish in your food and beverage while soaking up the fall vibes.

The Garage Cafe and Lounge

1127 Hertel Avenue Buffalo, NY 14216

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!


211 South Park Avenue Buffalo, NY 14204

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.

Hydraulic Hearth

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.

55 Chicago Street Buffalo, NY 14204

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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Hamburg Brewing Co. / Step Out Buffalo

Hamburg Brewing Co.

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.

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


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.



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

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 one of these places close? Send us a note!

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

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Written by Step Out Staff

A group of Step Out Buffalo team members worked together to create this post from research and writing to editing and imagery. Thanks for reading!
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