Old First Ward: Blue-Collar Buffalo

One of Buffalo’s oldest neighborhoods has become one of its hippest neighborhoods. Built close to the Buffalo River and the dockside jobs it once promised, the Old First Ward has been reinvigorated in recent years by kayak launch sites, new breweries, a cool coffee shop, seasonal pop-up dining, a rowing club, bike paths and a climbing gym. Despite this infusion of entrepreneurial activity, the Ward remains true to its blue-collar roots and home to some of the city’s oldest corner taverns where you can always find a cold one and friendly conversation.

Explore the Ward

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THINGS TO DO

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Adolf's Old First Ward Tavern

Adolf's Old First Ward Tavern

555 South Park Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14204

Ballyhoo

Ballyhoo

211 South Park Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14204

Buffalo Bar and Grill

Buffalo Bar and Grill

307 Louisiana Street
Buffalo, NY 14204

Buffalo's Best Cucina

Buffalo's Best Cucina

65 Vandalia Street
Buffalo, NY 14204

Carbone's Pizza and Subs

Carbone's Pizza and Subs

568 South Park Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14204

Cook's Bar and Grill

Cook's Bar and Grill

222 Katherine Street
Buffalo, NY 14210

Elevator Alley Kayak

Elevator Alley Kayak

The Barrel Factory
Buffalo, NY 14204

Gene McCarthy's/Old First Ward Brewing Co.

Gene McCarthy's/Old First Ward Brewing Co.

73 Hamburg Street
Buffalo, NY 14204

Hartman's Distilling Co.

Hartman's Distilling Co.

55 Chicago Street
Buffalo, NY 14204

Lakeward Spirits

Lakeward Spirits

The Barrel Factory
Buffalo, NY 14204

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