A SportsBUF guide to a Fall weekend in the Queen City. From the waterfront, to the green – to The Cap, Buffalo is a sports-lover’s slam dunk.
TGIF! You cut out of work early and your crew is ready to let in all the Friday feels. Let’s begin the weekend at Buffalo RiverWorks where the massive Labatt Blue branding grain silos light the way to happy hour beverages and healthy battles of athletic competition. RiverWorks is one of our new multi-purpose venues that houses everything from Pickleball to Cornhole to Ice Hockey and more.
Round out your evening with a trip to Founding Fathers, a traditional dive bar with FREE popcorn and nachos. Where you can be yourself and hang out with all the US presidents. Then If your crew still has it in them, wrap up with a game of around the world darts and a little late night snack of the best BBQ in Buffalo at Fat Bob’s Smokehouse.
The late summer/early fall months in Buffalo bring on the perfect weather for a day on the golf course. Schedule a tee time for 8:00am at Harvest Hill or Elma Meadows. Depending on your fancy, Harvest Hill offers a state-of-the-art course framed with enough difficulty to keep the competition fierce; where Elma Meadows is known for its long par 4s and having one of the most elevated terrains.
On your way back make a stop at 42 North Brewery for un-paralled local brews. They’re known for their hops so I’d suggest an IPA to go along with a game of life sized Jenga. Buffalo is famous for authentic Italian cuisine and family-owned and operated restaurants. Stay in the Southtown’s and visit Dennis and Ilio at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant & Banquet Facility or our friends at Mulberry Italian Ristorante. These two laid back Italian staples in Buffalo are often the dinner spots of many professional athletes and local celebrities.
After dinner, it’s back to the city. Visit the Allentown district for funky, hip and pleasantly weird strip of bars. Start at Frizzy’s for group photo in their photobooth and work your way down to Allen Burger Venture for delicious craft beers, Mulligan’s Brick Bar for a game of pool, Nietzsche’s to jam out and finishing at none other than The Pink and housing a famous steak sammy.
Let the tailgate commence! Plan for an early rise on Sunday as you won’t want to miss a minute of tailgating Buffalo Bills-style. The parking lots surrounding New Era Field open at 9:00am and serve as the hub spot for red solo cups, Sahlen’s Italian sausage on the grill, games of cornhole and the Bills Shout song on repeat.
Before you head into the stadium, I suggest stopping into Big Tree Inn for a cold one and an order of wings. This is the local watering hole where many former Bills players like Jim Kelly and Andre Reed got together after games and still frequent the place these days.
Now once you’ve finally made it into the stadium head over to the Buffalo Bills Store for all the latest gear. I’d suggest purchasing tickets on the 50-yard line in section 311 to get the full Bills Game effect or section 115 to feel as if you’re on the field.
After a likely Buffalo Bills win walk down the street for live music at O’Neill’s Stadium Inn & Grill to continue the celebration with your new Buffaloian friends. Before heading back to the hotel once the game traffic has subsided, stop over at Danny’s South for a Buffalo staple, bowl of Chicken Wing Soup.
– Ally Pawarski, Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission