10 Best Bars, Clubs, and Nightlife Hotspots in Buffalo, New York

If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Buffalo guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Buffalo for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like The Old Pink to busy places like Bar-Bill Tavern that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the Downtown area? No fear - we share all the facts!

For those looking to bar hop, head to Chippewa Street. Lined with bars and live music venues, it is emerging as one of the hottest nightlife strips in the Northeast. If you are a fan of craft beer then you'll find yourself at home in Buffalo. A number of bars like Mr. Goodbar and Allen Street Hardware Cafe serve a wide variety of beer and Pearl Street Brewery is reinventing the brewery district with homemade brews, tastings, and tours.

No matter what type of bar scene you are seeking, you'll find it in Buffalo. We've created our list of 10 favorites to help guide your night. Cheers!



It's not uncommon to see a long line at the entrance to this summer hot spot and it's easy to see why. Skybar is located on the rooftop of D'Arcy McGee's Irish Pub and has killer views of downtown Buffalo. The bar tends to attract the under 25...  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



With over 30 taps and a beer engine pouring micro and import cask-conditioned ales, Mr. Goodbar is one of Buffalo's premier destinations for craft beer. Located on the Elmwood Strip, a number of nearby restaurants and shops are within walking...  Read More



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



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

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



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



Renowned for its fabulous beer and savory grub, this popular bar's the place to grab a bite of some of the city's famous fare. Try the sampler platter, which features chicken wings, seasoned to your liking, and a mini beef on weck, or order the...  Read More

Old Pink
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This bar is not for everyone, but it wins the award for best dive bar. For most, it is their last stop on an evening of bar hopping and seems just about everyone - including the staff - has had a few too many. Old Pink is the reliable place that...  Read More



Built in 1874, this historic pub will bring out the independent spirit in its patrons. Tucked away on Delaware Ave, the interior is decorated with flags, news clippings and other patriotic memorabilia. The pub itself feels downright cozy and...  Read More


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