Buffalo has an incredible selection of internationally themed bars with both character and a little something else – they offer awe-inspiring pride in whatever geographic or ethnic orientation they’ve chosen.
Take a self-guided tour.
Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle, Inc.
612 Fillmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14212
Of all the authentic Polish bars in Buffalo (and there are many), we love this one for its timeless vibe and literary and artistic connections. It’s located in the Broadway neighborhood, a traditionally Polish section of Buffalo, and it actually contains a library, although it’s not easy to walk through the front door – it feels more like stepping into someone’s slightly dusty living room. Its old-fashioned feel is also delightfully juxtaposed with the fact that the building is home to many productions by Torn Space, Buffalo’s avant-garde theater company. The bar, which offers a few Polish beers and the obligatory selection of Polish vodka, slivovitz and krupnik, is only open on Friday and Saturday evenings. The space is tiny, and usually occupied by a few Polish residents who still live in the neighborhood. It is great for wallets, so bring a few bucks and stick around for a while.
1420 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14214
While Més Que (“more than” in Catalan, the language of Barcelona, Spain) is named in Spanish, the theme of this North Buffalo bar aims to convey an overall European atmosphere. Sometimes it’s quiet, but not on match days. The bar specializes in football (what the rest of the world calls football) and shows plenty of games for the sometimes loud fans and the people who love them. The cocktails have an international dimension and the beer selection also reflects an inclusive philosophy: in addition to local craft beers in bottles and on tap, there are beers from Italy, England and Germany.
75 Edward Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
What could be more American than a bar whose owner is obsessed with American politics and has decorated the bar from floor to ceiling with portraits, memorabilia, flags, posters, busts, etc. of every American president? The Allentown Hideaway is a premier watering hole for local businessmen, guests of nearby hotels and, of course, those interested in politics.
Large selection of draft beer and quiz nights are renowned for their fierce competition. Order food from the menu or just enjoy the free nachos and popcorn by the basket.
Nancy J. Parisi
245 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY 14220
In the heart of South Buffalo is this friendly space with an emphasis on all things Irish. The district is a historic Irish enclave. One of the main functions of the Center is to be a pub open to the public and where everyone is welcome, regardless of their ethnicity or nationality. One of the pub’s draws is a special daily Imperial Pint, offering pints of Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Sullivan’s for $ 6. It also frequently offers live music.
Dishes on offer include Buffalo’s famous fish fry. The center also serves several additional purposes, including housing a library of Irish books donated by a patron, a community center with Irish dance lessons and an event space available to the public.
110 Pearl St, Buffalo, NY 14202
The Sato Brewpub’s bar serves house beers (you can see the brewery’s operations from the bar). They are all named and creatively brewed; for example, their Rabbit in the Moon table beer is made from Japanese green tea, with the addition of brown rice and Belgian yeast.
Sake selection is overseen by co-owner Josh Smith, a certified sake sommelier. Whether paired with snacks, ramen, drinks are a nice change of pace. The murals depicting Japanese cartoons and the underground space (half a story underground – you can see the feet of passers-by through the windows up to the ceiling) add to the entertainment value of the place.
521 Main Street, Buffalo, New York
Misuta Chow’s offers a unique experience in downtown Buffalo. The Tokyo-themed bar, restaurant, and game room showcase 80s pop culture and classic arcade games, while also offering a fun menu of Japanese street food. Neon lighting, murals, and Japanese lanterns are part of the decor; It’s also one of the most instagrammable places in Buffalo, a hot pink staircase.
191 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY 14222
Anyone with even a passing interest in tequila should try this Mexican themed bar and restaurant. With a menu of over 40 tequilas and over 10 mezcals, the commitment here runs deep in offering opportunities to enjoy a margarita or a flight of blue agave-based spirits. The decor and atmosphere are fun, bright and welcoming. And it’s located in Allentown, one of the city’s liveliest nightlife destinations. There’s also a full menu, including tacos and nachos, to go with this margarita.
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