The 6 Best Buffalo Bars to Check Out This Winter

Cocktail at Vera
••• Shawna Stanley / Courtesy of Vera

The winters in Buffalo can be brutal so it's important to get out of the house from time to time. It's too easy to stay locked up, hoping that the warm weather is just around the corner. You'll go out later, you say. But we all know that's not happening until the thick layer of ice defrosts from your car's windshield. 

You don't have to stay cooped up, though. These bars are the perfect place to get you out and about so you can fight off that cabin fever, and do so in style. So pull yourself up, change out of those sweatpants and head out to one of these spots with a few friends. In no time the warm weather will be here and you can forget all about those freezing temperatures.

  • 01 of 06

    Sunday brunch at Cole's is a winter tradition in Buffalo and it's something that should absolutely be on your itinerary. With an extensive beer and cocktail menu, including eight different recipes for Bloody Marys, Cole's is the perfect spot to warm you up on a wintery night.

    1104 Elmwood Ave
    (716) 886-1449

  • 02 of 06

    In any other city you head to the bar for drinks only, but not in Buffalo. Finding a spot that serves both great beer and great wings is key, and that's why Gabriel's Gate is so popular. With wings that will blow you away and an atmosphere highlighted by cozy fireplaces in a traditional rowhome in the eclectic Allentown neighborhood, Gabriel's Gate is the ideal winter bar.

    145 Allen St
    (716) 886-0602

  • 03 of 06

    A newcomer to the bar scene in Buffalo, Hydraulic Hearth has made quite the impression. Voted one of the best restaurants to open across the country in 2015 by OpenTable, Hydraulic Hearth serves up an extensive cocktail menu. Still feeling chilly after a couple of cocktails? Grab a made-to-order pie from their wood burning stove. That'll heat you right up.

    716 Swan St
    (716) 248-2216

  • 04 of 06

    Another new addition to the bar scene in Buffalo and with one of the best cocktail menus around, Lloyd's Taco Factory is worth a visit, but you may have to be patient. While the place doesn't take reservations, they can fill up pretty quick, probably due to their extensive cocktail menu. They're one of the only places in town that feature mezcal so heavily on their menu, making them a standout option for any tequila fan. 

    1503 Hertel Ave
    (716) 863-9781

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  • 05 of 06

    Known for their wintry concoction, the Tom & Jerry, The Place is the ideal spot for holiday gatherings in Buffalo. Having recently completed an extensive renovation, the owners did a great job at maintaining the cozy feel of the place. With windows that look out onto the quiet corner of the Elmwood Village, it's a great spot to pull up a chair and watch the world go by on a cold and blistery day.

    229 Lexington Ave
    (716) 882-7522

  • 06 of 06

    Don't let its name fool you, this pizzeria is home to one of the best drink menus in town. Regularly nominated as a top contender for the inventive mixology, Vera Pizzeria knows how to serve up the perfect drink. With an extensive menu that features a host of creative cocktails, Vera should be your first stop when looking for a place to grab a drink as it's been credited as the birthplace of the craft cocktail movement in the city.

    220 Lexington Ave
    (716) 551-6262