Last call, 4am
Buffalo isn't the city that never sleeps. But it IS the city where, on the weekends at least, nobody seems to go to sleep until 4:30am, after last call, when bars have a habit of turning into raucous pre-dawn town halls. It's spectacular, and if you don't make it to last call at least once during a trip to Buffalo, you did something wrong.
For a taste of Buffalo's rowdy side, hit up the clubs along Chippewa Street --aka the “Chip Strip” -- among them Bottoms Up where you can dance while holding a fish bowl filled with some mysterious blue drink; Soho, which is always filled with energy and packed with people; Rec Room, which manages a NYC club feel complete with live shows; or Sky Bar where you can party at the rooftop bar and enjoy the fresh air. For a relatively more mellow night -- emphasis on Mellow -- head to Allen Street, home to rustic bars Mulligan's Brick Bar and Allen Street Hardware, which are always alive with live music and dancing. And if you're looking to get rowdy on the dance floor with drag queens, downtown's Club Marcella is the city's rowdiest LGBTQ bar.
But no matter what, you have to end the night at the Old Pink. The Pink kind of looks like a weird haunted house and the floors are always slightly sticky from people spilling their cheap beer after a night of too much drinking. They have a famous steak sandwich and enough bathroom graffiti to fill a (really gross) library. It's spectacular, an American dive-bar icon that might be worth a trip to the city in and of itself. Most locals out on Allen end up there after 2am to finish the night. Make it a goal with your friends visiting that you can’t leave until you hear that those famous words, "last call 4am." Then, enjoy your bed. You’ve earned it.