Saturday, January 1, 2011

What To Do: Allentown

Last night I spent my New Years Eve down in Allentown. While Chippewa is Buffalo's most popular entertainment district, Allentown is another great area full of bars and restaurants to enjoy a great night out.

People outside of The Pink in Allentown.

Below I've compiled a list of my favorite bars to go to when I'm spending a night in Allentown.

Mulligan's Brick Bar - This bar is truly a Buffalo staple and the photos on the wall of bar crawlers from the 70s all the way to today show that people have been having fun at Brick Bar for decades!

Brick Bar

Nietzsche's - With live music every night ranging from jazz, techno, rock, DJing, and Celtic, this bar has a little something for everyone.

223 Allen St Inc - Although most Buffalonians probably aren't aware that 223 Allen St Inc is the official name of this bar, most people refer to it as "The Old Pink", or simply just "The Pink", due to it formally being a bar called The Pink Flamingo. This bar is another Buffalo staple, and is truly one of the best dive bars in the city. If you're feeling hungry, ask one of the bartenders about their "secret menu", the steak sandwich is to die for!

Steak sandwich at The Pink.

The Pink

DBGB's - Another great bar on Allen, with a great beer selection and live entertainment.

Frizzy's - A fun, sports bar atmosphere with bubble hockey, darts, pool tables, and arcade games. There's also a photobooth located inside which can make for a fun night.

These are just a few great bars that come to mind, there are plenty of other choices in Allentown. Everything is in very close vicinity which makes it very easy to bar hop!

Bar hoppers on Allen.

Allentown is also a great place to go during the day or evening if you're looking for a nice place to eat. Here are some my favorite restaurants on Allen:

Mother's - Great for a nice, upscale dinner or if you're looking for something more casual, try their bar menu that has great choices (and really good wings!) as well. One of the best things about Mother's is how late their kitchen stays open!

Gabriel's Gate - Great wings here! Also a very good sandwich selection. A great place to go for a beer and a casual dinner.

Fat Bob's Smokehouse
- A great BBQ restaurant located next to Mother's.

La Tee Da - A small restaurant located on Allen with great food and a great atmosphere.

Lagniappes - Great restaurant with New Orleans and Cajun food.

Jim's Steakout - Fast food place with steak subs, a great place to go after spending a night out on Allen.

Towne Restaurant - A Greek restaurant with an extensive breakfast menu that serves until the wee hours of the morning. Many Buffalonians frequent Towne after a night out.

Allentown is an eclectic neighborhood with a fun and diverse crowd. I always have a great time and a lot of fun whenever I spend time there, whether it's during the day to do some shopping or to grab dinner, or if it's when I'm at the bars spending a night out on the town.

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