Where To Go Before & After Garth Brooks

City Guide, Food & Drink


Written by Homer Enthusiast

Published on March 5, 2015
Liberty Hound Bar

Liberty Hound Bar

Great. You have tickets to the big event. But how about before, and after? Not to worry, SOB has you covered. Here is a guide to eating, drinking and things to do before and after the big show at First Niagara Center.



Seafood Tacos at Liberty Hound - Step Out Buffalo

Seafood Tacos at Liberty Hound

Liberty Hound

1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo | (716) 845-9173 | Elevated pub food

Generally associated with summer and the waterfront, this is a great choice before or after the event. A short walk from First Niagara and jt’s steps from viable parking. This gastro pub offers a nice selection of high-end bar food, good beer options, and a view of the water{ice}front. Right in the middle of Buffalo’s new Canalside area. Opening at 4:00 P.M. for all Garth Brooks concerts. Read Review


716 Food and Sport - Step Out buffalo

716 Food and Sport

716 Food and Sport

7 Scott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203  |  (716) 855-4716 | Sports bar, bar food

The ultimate fan destination if you prefer TVs over the real thing – one giant TV and a whole lot of little TVs everywhere you look including the bathroom mirrors. They have a wide selection of bar food including wings, Beef on Weck, onion rings, poutine and more. They also have a small entree selection with salmon, beer-can-chicken and the like. An excellent, super close-by choice for any First Niagara Center event. 716 will have extended hours for the concert on March 6 and 7. Read Review


Cobblestone District

The Cobblestone District is literally a skip and a jump from the back door of the First Niagara Center.  A quick walk to some great bars that usually have live entertainment. It might very well be on the your way to the car ;-).

Buffalo Iron Works

Buffalo Iron Works

Buffalo Iron Works

49 Illinois St, Buffalo |  (716) 332-5959 | Pub food

Nice big bar with good sandwiches – quick. Live music and post First Niagara event parties are standard.  March 5th-8th: The Thunder Rolls Country Music Festival featuring: The Heritage, West of the Mark, Ashton Hollow, Blood MoneyBeautiful Remedy & Scott Militello Music! Read Review


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95 Perry Street Buffalo | 716-200-1798 | German pub food, sandwiches

The word lagerhaus is a German term for warehouse. They call themselves a middle European style restaurant, stube and deli – they have beer, grub and a heated patio biergarten.


Helium Comedy Club

Helium Comedy Club

Helium Comedy Club

30 Mississippi Street | (716) 853-1211 | Apps, entrees, salads, flatbread pizzas

Maybe you can catch a comedy show before or after the big event? Maybe even during if the big event isn’t so big. Attached is Elements lounge where you can get food and drinks. Check out who’s on stage / Read Review


Short Round from Ballyhoo

Short Round from Ballyhoo


211 South Park Ave | Bar, sausages, craft cocktails & beer

Barkeep/owner Tim Stevens dishes out Jam Sessions, Carbon-A-Teas, hard-to-come by brews and outstanding homemade sausages. The friendly hometown atmosphere will make you want to stay a while. Just don’t forget to catch the show. Read Review


Cobblestone Bar & Grill  

130 S Park Ave Buffalo | (716) 848-1930 | 

More music and Buffalo food. The party almost always spills over from FNC.


Fried Stuffed Banana Peppers from Swannie House

Fried Stuffed Banana Peppers from Swannie House

Swannie House  

170 Ohio St | (716) 847-2898 | Bar, pub food

Next door to Ballyhoo and just out of sight and around the corner from the back parking lot, this was a go-to/stop-in spot before there was a First Niagara anything. The folks are equally friendly and although it is well dressed as a watering hole the food is pretty darn tasty at a good value. Read Review


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Pearl Street Grill

Pearl Street Grill

Pearl Street Grill  

76 Pearl St Buffalo | (716) 856-2337 | Casual, pub food

A great spot for beer, wings, Beef on Weck and plenty of room for the likely crowds. Open at 9am Thurs & Sat. Read Review


Elk at The Archer

Elk at The Archer

The Archer  

268 Main Street, Buffalo | 716.768.4661 | Casual fine dining

Nice bar and great food specializing in (but not exclusively) wild game and seafood. If you are looking for something a little more serious than wings or sandwiches this is your best bet. Tell Gladys we said hi. Reservations recommended. Read Review

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149 Swan Street, Buffalo | (716) 464-0454  |  Casual, pub food

HandleBar’s cycling inspired theme sets it apart from any other bar. You’ll find wheel stools, table top magnetic games using bike chains, a pedal powered phone charger and a great selection of beer and cocktails. Their food menu stands out with items prepared to rev up riders, including rice bowls, flatbread pizzas, and gourmet stuffed potatoes.


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Written by Homer Enthusiast

A born and bred Buffalover.


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