Gene McCarthy's Tavern / Old First Ward Brewing

Gene McCarthy's Tavern / Old First Ward BrewingGene McCarthy's Tavern / Old First Ward Brewing
Gene McCarthy's Tavern / Old First Ward BrewingGene McCarthy's Tavern / Old First Ward Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

73 Hamburg St
Buffalo, New York, 14204-2719
United States

(716) 855-8948 | map

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 14
Photo of coombski
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Of all the places that we visited in the Buffalo area, this place turned out to be the best! We were a bit worried when we first arrived at noon on a Friday by the quiet atmosphere, but by 1pm the place was packed with locals having lunch. The Streaker IPA was the best IPA I had anywhere in Buffalo as well. This Is Not A Pale Ale was also very good! It just goes to show that you don't need fancy decor to produce a good beer.

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Photo of Dankenstein716
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great establishment. Really enjoy their beers. One of my favorites locally. Stop in everytime I'm in the area. Only had one beer brewed there I didn't enjoy (Cremated Remains). The rest is solid.

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Photo of Jayk527
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Nice little local place. You can definitely see that it has a a solid base of regular customers. When I was there, there were a lot of people that rode their bikes there. Bicycles, not motorcycles, just to be clear. There were 10 beers on tap, but one was out. The food was ok, and the waitress tried her best to keep up. She was the only server for the outside patio, and while it wasn't packed, it was still more than enough for one server in my opinion.

Out of the beers that I had, the Sacre Bleu was fantastic, as well as the Streaker. The others were good as well, but those were the two that stand out. The food was ok. The beef on weck was standard, the pulled pork ok, the wings were good, and the deep fried portobello fingers were fantastic, but very greasy. It was nice to try a new place (not new, but new for me), and I might go again.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This is definitely a gem in a part of Buffalo most people don't visit. Even though it is off the beaten path, it is worth your time to stop there. This is a typical neighborhood bar that every neighborhood had years ago. Wooden bar, wooden floors, old stuff (not retro) on the walls and one major difference, good beer. when I was there last, they had Guinness poured properly, Hook and Ladder, Michigan Brewing, and others. The bartenders stated taps rotate constantly, which gives you something different everytime you go in. I saw someone order the Beef on Weck and it looked and smeeled good. This is a must stop for me everytime in Buffalo.

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Gene McCarthy's Tavern / Old First Ward Brewing in Buffalo, NY
Brewery rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 25 ratings