The historic Village of Hamburg, just south of Buffalo, has a long history predating its formal incorporation in 1874. Surveying in the area began in 1798, and the first lot was purchased in 1806. When the British burned Buffalo in 1813, many of the city’s residents fled to the village.
Today, many buildings from earlier times are still in use, making a trip here a terrific way to spend a day of architectural tourism or simply to enjoy a meal and stroll. (For a self-guided walking tour, check out this helpful chart, highlighting buildings that are on the National Historic Register as well as a variety of architectural styles, including Federalist, Art Deco, and turn-of-the-century wooden stables and office buildings.)
Or forego the list and just wander. Historical markers dot the village, highlighting the significance of those early buildings. A charming town center, basically six square blocks, is packed with a density of restaurants, shops, and entertainment options.
For a casual meal, coffee or dinner, here are a few places to look into: Juicy Burger Bar, Butera’s, Spot Coffee, Mason’s Grille 52, Carte Blanche, the Comfort Zone Café or Prima Oliva.
And don’t forget about the Hamburg Brewing Company just a few miles out of town. With its popular local brews, lovely lodge-like taproom and picnic table–dotted outdoor beer garden and grounds, it could easily take up the majority of your trip to the area. Just sayin’.
39 Buffalo St.
Hamburg, NY 14075
This small, fun eight-lane bowling alley and bar has been a fixture in Hamburg since 1942. Housed in a former Studebaker dealership, third-generation owners keep this family tradition going. They are ever-alert to modern bowling technologies, but keep it real by never replacing too many things. Thus the charming and convivial spot remains a local favorite.
During your game, the only way you could get a beer here any faster is if they dispensed it through the ball-return system. The bar, located just steps from the lanes, serves up best-sellers like Pabst Draft (16 oz for $2). And if that’s not reasonable enough, Thursday is College Night, with half-price bowling and beer.
To make it an even sweeter deal, Master’s Barbeque Co. smokes their meat—pulled pork, brisket and chicken—right on the premises, serving sandwiches and full dinners. It’s ideal for a great date night or evening with friends.
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