10 Best Nightclubs,Theaters, Pubs and Lounges in Buffalo NY



Out of all the clubs, bars, lounges, and music venues in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Buffalo nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Buffalo Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

From gorgeous restored buildings like Shea's Theater that host Broadway productions, to neighborhood pubs like Alternative Brews and Bar-Bill Tavern, we've tracked down Buffalo's favorites. Those seeking an upscale "date night" can visit Left Bank for excellent cuisine and a swanky cocktail bar. A number of live music venues also made our list, including the Town Ballroom, and Allen Street Hardware, a hip bar in the Elmwood Village that showcases local acts.

Beer lovers will appreciate the variety of craft brews at a number of bars, and the Pearl Street Brewery even offers tastings and tours of the facility. No matter what nightlife experience you are seeking, you'll find it in Buffalo.


10
East Aurora


Housed in a charming timber-framed building and packed with regulars, this friendly watering hole is an appealing spot to down an icy mug of beer and hearty sandwich. The kitchen's specialty, beef on weck, features slow-roasted beef, carved...  Read More


Left Bank
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Artists and intellectuals are drawn to this unique downtown bistro for an evening of fine wine, foreign beers, enlightened conversation and soul music. Housed in a century old historical building, the Left Bank feels like a local tavern but...  Read More




During its heyday, this venue was home to show girls, gamblers, and musical legends. In 2005 the Town Ballroom was restored to her original glory, and today is one of Buffalo's premier entertainment venues. There is no seating inside, so either...  Read More




While bars across the street seem overflowing with attempts at being trendy, Allen Street is genuine version of the bohemian-meets hipster neighborhood hangout. This intriguing coffeehouse (by day) features savory bites, a full bar and frequent...  Read More




Situated in a historic 19th Century building that had been a dressmakers shop, hardware store, and Irish pub, the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery has been beautifully restored and features oak claw foots, booths, an old-fashioned belt and pulley...  Read More




Modeled after an early 20th century pub, this friendly Irish establishment is outfitted with worn wood, brick walls and a pressed-tin ceiling. Locals, drawn from every walk of life, frequent the digs and chow down on burgers and fried bologna...  Read More


Broadway Joe's


Fantastic live performances by emerging local musicians draw a discriminating clientele to this popular bar. Don't expect anything fancy: it's a dive with dart boards, a small stage and cheap drinks (think $6 pitchers of beer). As far as the...  Read More


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Allentown
Club Marcella
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Club Marcella is located on Buffalo's Main Street, and is one of Buffalo's premier gay clubs. Enjoy the hip sounds spun by great DJ's on the large dance floor or relax with friends around the bar. Special events like college wars, 90s night,...  Read More




Quite simply, this is a bar for beer lovers, and with nineteen beers on tap (and over 150 bottled varieties), everyone's happy. A pleasant outdoor patio and live blues playing in the background create an enjoyable atmosphere for trading stories...  Read More




More than 30 years ago, volunteers prevented Shea's Performing Arts Center from becoming a parking lot by having it listed on the registry of historic sites. After much restoration, Shea's is the centerpiece of theater and entertainment in...  Read More


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