Black Rock

Black Rock

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Sportsmens Tavern

Start your day in Black Rock with brunch at a neighborhood classic – Sophia’s Diner. This cozy, family-owned joint has been featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives;” Buffalonians from far and wide converge on this establishment for its corned beef hash.

Next, stop by the Buffalo Religious Arts Center. Dozens of steeples dot Buffalo’s skyline, symbols of an earlier era when churches were the gathering place for Buffalo’s German, Italian, Polish and Irish immigrant enclaves.  Some of those houses of worship have closed in recent decades, but the Buffalo RAC (itself a former church) has collected much of the beautiful artwork from them. (Appointment only)

Time for dinner! For an international experience, try Lucy Ethiopian Cuisine on Amherst Street.

Then, sit back and relax with a couple of cold ones at the “honkiest tonkiest beer joint in town,” Sportsmen’s Tavern – one of the best live music spots in Buffalo. Over 30 years, Sportsmen’s has transformed a former house in Black Rock into a two-floor venue featuring a second floor balcony overlooking a first floor stage. With bluegrass, country, folk and rock acts playing seven nights a week, Sportsmen’s will end any day in Black Rock – or greater Buffalo, for that matter – on the right note.

— Karen Fashana