Buffalo Brewpub

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

6861 Main St
Williamsville, New York, 14221
United States

(716) 632-0552 | map

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Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This was my first stop on the Buffalo trip. It's a really happening bar. It's the kind of place you can go after work and really unwind and have some fun while having some quality brews.

I went to sit down and I had to dig my chair out of a mountain of spent peanut shells on the floor. The service was friendly and prompt. They had quite a selection of craft beers to choose from including around five of their own house beers.

The selection was above average. They had a lot of taps, but they were loaded with the likes of Labatt's and Labatt's light. Don't get me wrong they had Dogfish head and Saggetts Harbor as well. The house beers weren't very good. They were close to the worst out of the nineteen breweries my friends and I visited over the weekend. Overall, a cool local hangout.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of nater919
3.24/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of RWLawman
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of i2rt
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Decent beer selection but don't count on the beer menu being up to date. They were out of 4 in a row that I requested. Worst bartenders in the world. You have to flag them down to get their attention. No eye contact when you are trying to order. Had one bartender walk off to talk to another customer while I was trying to order a beer. Who the hell trained these people?
As good as the beer selection is, I wouldn't recommend this place to my worst enemy.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Steffanie
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I may be biased, since we got engaged here and are Mug Club members, but- usually decent food, always great selection. You can tell when the "good chef" is working, bc the food is amazing.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of woopigscotty
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of icw70
5/5  rDev +42%

Photo of Tyler200587
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Went there for a welcome home party. Great atmosphere, food was on point. As well as the beer. Wish they had more selection, but overall a great place to go and kick back.

I would recommend the buffalo chicken wing Mac and cheese paired with one of their ales.

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Photo of Kzd
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of timmy2b
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

I like going to the brew pub and I have a mug there.

The Atmosphere is decent. People are friendly, but it can get a little crowded.

The tap list does not change that much. If it was just the beers they brew that did not change, but as a brew pub I would like to see a little more turnover on the draft list.

Service is great and the bartenders seem to be very well informed about the beers and the differences between beers of the same style.

Food is good and the price is reasonable. Anyone not from buffalo looking for the best of what we offer should grab the sample plate of Beef on Weck and Chicken Wings. It will not disappoint!

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Photo of jdibbs
4.29/5  rDev +21.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I love this place. I go frequently and can't think of a single time that I did not enjoy myself.

Atmosphere: The bar is very big and sits about 25-30 people (it even has a smaller bar for those who prefer to be closer to the wine selections). If it is extremely busy, there is a long shelf/ledge with stools to sit at directly behind the main bar if you can't find a space right away. It is all dark wood finish with great lighting (dim but not too dark either). The dining area isn't huge but it fits a decent number of people. There are two dart boards for additional entertainment.

Quality: The food is great. The beers can be somewhat pricey but then again compared to the other bars/restaurants in the area, its not that bad. Usually, none of the beers will exceed $5 in price.

Service: Admittedly, when the place gets busy (and it usually is on Thrus/Fri/Sat nights) the service can slow a bit. There are usually anywhere from 2 to 4 bartenders working on the busy nights. Ordinarily the bartenders are extremely responsive. They make sure you're doing alright with your beer as you get low. They are extremely knowledgeable in the beer selection and although a bartender usually hates the question, "what's good on tap?", they have no problem pointing out the beers that they think are good or even asking what you usually like in which case they make a suggestion.

Selection: They have 34 beers on tap at any given time, 4 of them are house brews. I've been told by a few people that they think the beers they do have are not extra-ordinary. I don't find this to be the case. They frequently have new beers on tap (usually 2-3 new ones every 2 weeks or so) and I always see something new that I haven't tried before.
The house brews tend not to be outstanding.

Food: The bar offers free peanuts/popcorn. The food is excellent. I suggest the Burgers.

Overall the place is a great bar to stop into if your looking for a quality place to drink with a great selection of beers.

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Photo of alexkeil
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I used to frequent this brewpub a lot a few years ago but its been in a steady decline for a while now, which is a shame because of the poetential it has being the areas first brewpub. Most importantly the beer is average at best which is unacceptable for a brewpub and for the price being charged per beer. I've been in the establishment many times and at all different times and have never seen any activity around the brewing equipment at all. From what I've been told the beer was much better when the pub first opened and because of money it started to decline. With any business, especially the restaurant business, it can be very difficult to keep your head above water; however, this place does a good business and charges a lot for all their beer. I think the owners need to reevaluate their plan for the brewing portion of their establishment, as Buffalo becomes more "embeered" and knowledgable of the beer culture in WNY they will choose to spend their money elsewhere. At this point its just a good beer bar.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 2

I've lived in Buffalo for a few years, but have never ventured out to the Buffalo Brewpub until I recently went for a friends birthday...

The Buffalo Brewpub was crowded (which I was told by the hostess is pretty standard). We wandered up to the bar and ordered 2 rounds of drinks before our table was ready.

After we were seated, we ordered, and the food came out in a reasonable amount of time. But the selection and the quality of the grub was far from impressive. Our server was nice, and attentive, but no one in our party was particularly satisfied.

And the beers... Awful! All the "In-House" beers are made by Custom BrewCrafters. And they are all terrible. I tried their Amber and Pale Ale and was supremely disappointed with both. It strikes me as weird that they contract out, but have all the brewing equipment on premises. I guess it's just for show.

I will not be making a return trip the Buffalo Brewpub in the future.

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Photo of BruChef
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Finally got a chance to stop here for dinner with some friends on the way to a concert in buffalo. It was Friday nite around 8 and the place was packed. The Host was very friendly and informed us it would be about a half hour wait. Normally that would have been fine but we were in sort of a rush to get to the show in time so opted instead to leave a name with him, go to the bar and have some house brews and hope he calls it before we finish our beers.

The bar was pretty cool as it was pretty long and dark along with the rest of the establishment, almost British pub-esque. There were about three bartenders, all busy and seemingly able to keep up with patron request as we weeded our way to a tight opening at the counter. The tap selection was basic but good and plentiful, especially for a place that brews its own beer. Product from southern tier, ellicotville, smuttynose, saranac, sam adams, and long trail (triple bag, sweet!) were available but i wanted to try the house brew. I opted for a sampling of all five available: a house lager and a bock, both contract brewed by another local brewery, flying bison, an american pale ale, an amber ale and a spring seasonal ale. The samples were a bargain, each a full six oz. glass for a buck a piece. For all you mathematicians that's thirty oz.'s of beer for five dollars! Can't beat that ...unless the beers are just average, which they were. Nonetheless though, still a good deal.

Luckily we heard the host call us out for a table about ten minutes in to our drinks so we had time for dinner. We sat down and were immediately greeted by our server who asked us for our drink order. I was contempt with finishing my samples and ordered water while my companions ordered a couple more brews. He came back within five minutes with our beverages and by then we were ready to order. The menu was pretty typical of a pub: nachos, mozz. stix, onion rings, quesadillas, burgers and sandwiches, and some steak and pasta dishes. It was friday so that means fish fry, which my friends ordered (one ordered a sandwich of fried fish only to be disappointed that his fish was a frozen product. All of us are in the industry so we could tell. A couple redeeming factors were that he was able to turn his side of fries into poutine and the other one who ordered a regular fish fry dinner received a fresh, battered filet). I ordered a fried bologna sandwich with thick slices of locally made bologna, sauteed peppers, onions and cheddar cheese. It was pretty tasty and came with fries which our server offered malt vinegar with. Big points in my book. Of course, being that we were in buffalo, we ordered wings: An order of cajun and an order of reg. med. wings. They were good but very pricey; over nine dollars for a small order of ten wings. Good but not worth the price. The other portions were of a healthy size and reasonably priced.

Overall a good dining experience and i might go back after a few visits to some other bars/pubs in Buffalo, especially when they have their oatmeal stout back on draft.

Another few quick notes about the interior: The double swing doors going into the kitchen and the bathroom door had really cool paintings of some cartoon like caricatures in various settings. There were also a couple of cozy fireplaces, one in the entrance of the bar and one in the dining room. And for sports fans, this place had it's fair share of flat screens. A little something for everybody at this place.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

*** Back to the Brewpub, six months later ***

We stumbled upon the Buffalo Brewpub and decided to give it another shot. We loved the atmosphere again, cozy and roomy and quiet on a Sunday night. Service was much better this time around, friendly (and pretty hot) bartender. Selection is still blah, 32 taps and not much of note, Dogfish 60, Ithaca Flower Power, Saranac... food- very average, we had the mozzarella sticks. Bar food. Not good. But the prices are low (beer under five bucks), love that. Would go back, for the ambience and the cheap beer. I'm re-rating this place higher on atmosphere, quality and service.


My wife and I spent a day in Buffalo and stopped at several beer places. The Buffalo Brewpub was our second stop after the nearby Pizza Plant. We were told it was the oldest brewpub in Buffalo and they also brew their own beers so we were intrigued.

I liked the cozy atmosphere and nice bar- I could see myself spending some time there if I were a local! That's about the only positive aspect of Buffalo Brewpub I can think of.

Beer selection appears to be huge but it is mostly macros. Truly good interesting crafties are maybe three or four. We tried the Saranac Imperial IPA, good but not great. After that we left.

Didn't try food or their own beers. Service was so-so. Bartenders were flaky and not very attentive, but nice enough when flagged down.

Not a place I would go back to. Pizza Plant is nearby and much better.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Near the airport, Transit area. Pretty large and pleasant place, frequented by lots of college studatents, so everyone can get ID'd there. Crowded but still feeling of some room if you can get at the bar for your order. Saw about 20 or so taps, with some decent selections, but not the big new ones you can get nearby at Pizza Plant, and certainly at Cole's and Mr. Goodbar. You can get 6 oz. size glasses, perfect for a proper sampling. I tried their house beers this way which were passable. Music is kept down and folk rocky so conversation is easy. Separate bar area for those eating at a bar, which was good. Very good service for a buzy place.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Have been here several times on business trips because it's not far from where I normally stay. They have about 30 taps or so, of those, maybe (2) that appeal to me, the rest appealing to the non to average savvy beer crowd. The food is middle of the road. I come here because it's easy to get to and can get in and out fairly quick and have a few Southern Tier IPA's on tap. Other than that, it's not a memorable place - what seems to be a local favorite, though. Every time I leave here, I question myself as to why I keep coming back, yet I do. Go figure.

It's a great place to hang, for people making the transition from macro's to craft, but for the beer geeks, it's an irrelevant beer stop. Considering the vast number of macro drinkers compared to craft beer drinkers, the business model here makes complete sense. If your beer hunting, take into consideration your personal preferences in beer and whoever you're with. That being considered, it will be an excellent choice or a bad one.

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Photo of wieserjd
2.85/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I used to live right around the corner from this place. It didn't impress me much then and it still doesn't today. The atmosphere is not bad (free peanuts and pretzels are cool) but their selection is not good at all. They have 5 house beers and all of them are pretty weak. The rest of their taps (28 or so) are filled with standard macro's with maybe 4 or 5 micro's mixed in. Unfortunately, the micro's are not anything fancy or exotic, just pretty good beer like Double Bag, Elliot Ness, Celebration Ale and an offering from Southern Tier. I like these beers but they can be gotten anywhere and I would expect more from a "brewpub".

The service here is also a problem. The bartenders are not very attentive and there were many times that I have had to wait at least 5 minutes to get served, which should not happen in a place like this because they usually have 3-4 bartenders working at once.

Their food is all right, nothing to write home about. Price are average.

All-in-all its just and average place.

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Photo of gixxerman
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This was an unexpected lunch stop which worked out better than expected. It showed up on my GPS when my stomach starting asking for food. It was an easy find right off I-90.

The bar is pretty impressive. It runs almost the whole length of the place. There is also a smaller bar right inside the doorway, but nobody was using it.

I had a house Oatmeal Stout, which was average and drinkable, and the beef on weck, which also hit the spot.

They had 5 house beers on tap, and another 34 guest taps a mix of 10 micros and 24 macros (I count beers like Shock Top as a macro).

It wasn't very busy, I was not impressed with the bartender. She was nice enough to me, but sort of hassled a mug club member about a gift card, then gave him the wrong mug, and had an attitude when he mentioned it. I am not sure if it was a personal issue, it did not really seem like it was though.

Worth a stop, you'll find a beer and food you'll enjoy here. You can even bring your macrohead friends, they will find something as well.

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Photo of sliverX
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

took the gf for dinner after not being there for a few years, I remember the selection being much more diverse back then. The menu was basically a lot of Macros and the very well known Micros, with 4 in house. The porter I wanted was no longer available and no other porters were on tap. The selection was such a disappointment the food was decent but basic bar food for Buffalo. Waitress seemed absent on beer knowledge which if I ran a brewpub would be standard training. Not what I remembered but may give it another chance sometime. Nothing adventurous of the 4 house brews that tempted me enough to even bother...

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Photo of slander
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We'd had plans for din, but suddenly Mac's talking like he's going to head back to Toronto tonight instead of tomorrow. WTF? Can't you hear the clock a-tickin', man, you know we're running low on quality time. So I offered up to tail him back to Buffalo and we could do dinner there at this place I don't know, never been to, haven't really heard shit about, and then he could head home from there. Back on the thruway again, doing that same fairly easy drive from Rochester as I did the day before and wondering why I hadn't done this before...

Stand alone structure with no goddamn parking off the corner of some major mall and strip mall route. It's the place with giant buffalo mounted above the door just in case you're not sure. On entering, there's a strange rounded crescent shaped bar seating 8 with shirts & other shwag displayed there. It's seemingly disconnected from the long wood "L" bar through the through just beyond it, seating upwards of 2 dozen and running down nearly the entire far side of the building. A row of 34 taps (15 on each end and 4 in the middle) over the wood counter bar back holding stacked glassware in the center and tiered booze to both sides, and large flatscreens on the ends. Mug club mugs and growler pours. Seating for a dozen and a half on an adjacent bar counter divider separating the bar side from the far seating area. Dart zone to the rear, and a peanut barrel and popcorn machine (keep them saltys coming).

In the side room, 7 booths on the inside wall along the logo windowed divider over curtainy halfs below. And then a dozen square & roundie tables in 2 rows down the center of the room, and 9 booths & tables on the far wall below framed pics and windows offering views of the brewroom; 5 copper kettles behind glass but they're seemingly absent of some equipment, I'm thinking they play extract here. A big stone fireplace up front, flatscreens at both ends, sunken spots & mounted lamps on the pillars, and a checkerboard tile floor heavily coated with peanut shells.

Yeah, I missed lunch again, I know, I know. The Buffalo sampler gave 5 wings and a mini beef on weck. A beef on what? "A weck", Mac explained "is a Kimmelweck roll". It had fat salt and caraway seeds on it and I added the horseradish, it was damn good. See? I learned something new. I had the beef barley soup and the citrus pepper salmon. The soup was great and the salmon was very good, but there wasn't a lot of it.

5 house beers, they are the sampler. The Pils was crisp, bitter, and had a nice hoppiness; the Amber Ale, sweet, nice maltiness; the Buffalo Lager was pleasant enough, a little grainy but easy drinking; the Weisse, a little citrus, but that may be the chunk of lemon they served it with, a little spicy; the Oatmeal Stout, nicely oaty, licroice hooray, the best of the lot and it's made my Flying Bison. Pils & Amber were pretty good, too.

And a whole lot of guest taps. Some New York State micros (Custom BrewCrafters St. Patrick's Ale, Southern Tier IPA, High Falls Pale Bock, Saranac Pomegranate Wheat, Rohrbach Scotsh Ale), a few regional (Great Lakes Eliot Ness, DogFishHead 60 Minute IPA, Magic Hat Hocus Pocus, Sam Adams Cheery Wheat & Summer Ale, RedHook Long Hammer IPA) and beyond (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat), and the rest are absolutely blah imports and thereabouts.

Food was good, beer was fair to middling. Every city with two brewpubs has one better than the other. This is the other.

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