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Allentown First Fridays

Most people would describe Allentown with adjectives like “funky” and “hip.”  While Allentown is pleasantly weird, it’s also secretly luxurious, and one of the best places in the city to combine funky and fancy into a weekend getaway.



Fancy first.  Check into the Mansion on Delaware.  Why?  Because the Mansion is a AAA Four Diamond hotel with 24 hour butler service.  After you (or your butler) drop your bags, make use of their complimentary shoe shine and pressing service, head to the lobby for a complimentary cocktail or two and then use the free shuttle service, a Range Rover, to ride in style to dinner.  Now, you could use the complimentary internet to find a place to eat but you should take my word for it and head to Tempo for their prosciutto wrapped filet mignon.



Sleep in and take advantage of the Mansion’s complimentary European style breakfast.  Then head up the street to the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site for a history lesson.  The museum is located on the site where Roosevelt took the Oath of Office and was sworn in as the 26th President of the United States.

Then, head around the corner to for a session at Massage Therapeutic Arts on North Street. Their motto? “A sanctuary in which to heal and rejuvenate.”  This has you written all over it.

Fill out the remainder of the afternoon with music. Nietzsche’s has carved out a niche as one of Buffalo’s prime live music bars every night of the week. But one of the city’s best kept secrets also takes place here at 4:30 every Saturday afternoon, when a group of local musicians gather for a casual Celtic jam. Grab a pint of Guinness and enjoy.


It’s time to get funky!  Walk down Allen for a Mexican meal at Cantina Loco or Don Tequila.  Pick one. There’s no wrong answer.  After that, stay on Allen for a cocktail or three.  After that, make your way to the back room bar at Allen Street Hardware.  End your night with a famous steak sandwich at the Old Pink, a Buffalo classic.  When you’re ready, call the Mansion and Range Rover it home.


Betty’s is an Allentown classic; a restaurant that embodies the character of the neighborhood while also serving up one of the most popular Sunday brunches in Buffalo. Start your day here.

Make your last stop an afternoon performance of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the acoustically perfect Kleinhans Music Hall. Sit back, relax, and start planning your next trip to Allentown.

— Jay Josker