After dinner in Buffalo, the party is just getting started with this city's incredibly vibrant nightlife, from walkable historic districts to raucous EDM nightclubs and everything in between. You can grab a bite to eat and then go shopping in boutique indie stores full of haute couture fashion and handmade arts and crafts. You can head for walkable waterfront districts and enjoy the air as the lights go on up and down the city. You can catch a film at a blockbuster theatre. You can see a show with a live national or local band.

    Whatever your recipe for fun, Buffalo has it on tap. Check out some of the most fun, exciting things to do in Buffalo after dinner.

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    Canalside

    Walk along Lake Erie's waterfront promenade

    • Families
    • Nightlife
    • Couples
    • Adventure

    Canalside is a unique waterfront park area offering a combination of nature, waterfront entertainment, romance, and all sorts of after-dinner activities here. You can go sailing, paddleboarding, and kayaking. You can catch free concerts played by the hottest local music acts in every genre. You can ride a bike along the water or walk hand-in-hand with your loved one along the shore. This is the centre of Buffalo's social scene, so it's just a good place to come to people watch.

    Canalside Buffalo is along the shores of Lake Erie and is always vibrant with activity. It's also right in the heart of city centre.

    Location: 44 Prime St, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

    Phone: +1 716-436-7100

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    Elmwood Village

    Explore shopping, dining, and art galleries

    • Food
    • Families
    • Shoppers
    • Couples

    Elmwood Village is one of Buffalo's finest areas with a wide range of businesses from local indie arts and crafts shops to boutiques to fine dining and family restaurants. You can explore the height of haute couture fashion brands at places like Blush and Half & Half, or head for fantastic sushi at Kuni's, grab wings at Mister Goodbar, or a pizza at Vera Pizzeria. You can also explore elegant local art galleries like the Burchfield Penny Art Centre and Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

    If you're not ready to turn in for the night but clubbing isn't your jam, Elmwood Village offers the chance to shop, eat, and view fantastic local art. It's just 15 minutes north of city centre.

    Location: Buffalo, NY, USA

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    Cobblestone District

    Hit a thriving night scene in a historic area

    • Food
    • Families
    • Nightlife
    • Couples
    • History

    The Cobblestone District is a historic district of city centre Buffalo that functions as one of the central nightlife hot spots in the city with tonnes of music and entertainment. You can catch a local or national band playing at one of the larger clubs in the arena. You can hit up a comedy club and catch touring and local comics. You can kick back in a quiet and elegant cocktail lounge with a craft martini. You can even dance to the latest EDM hits spun by famed DJs at raucous party clubs.

    All of this is situated in a area with the feel of deep history. Walk the cobblestone walkable streets and party till dawn city centre.

    Location: Illinois St, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA

    Phone: +1 716-200-1893

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    Allentown

    Walk one of Buffalo's oldest areas

    • Families
    • Nightlife
    • Couples
    • History

    Allentown is a stunning and impressive historic district with clubs with live bands and red brick houses dating back hundreds of years but exuding timeless charm. This is a district that's both residential and commercial and offers welcoming, quaint charm juxtaposed with outstanding nightlife opportunities. Some of these buildings are just for living in. Others host bars and clubs showcasing the latest live bands from all over the city.

    If your idea of fantastic nightlife is capturing photographs of local culture in Western New York, Allentown should absolutely be a must-visit area on your itinerary. This is one of Buffalo's oldest areas and offers comfort, a welcoming vibe, and tonnes of fun activities.

    Location: Buffalo, NY, USA

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    KeyBank Centre

    See a show at one of WNY's biggest arenas

    • Families
    • Nightlife
    • Couples

    KeyBank Centre is the major arena in Buffalo and one of the largest indoor arenas in Western New York, hosting hockey, sporting events, live music, and entertainment. The arena seats over 19,000 fans and is the home of the Buffalo Sabres NHL franchise. It has formerly been known as the Marine Midland Arena, HSBC Arena, and First Niagara Centre. Besides hockey, it also hosts the Buffalo Bandits National Lacrosse League franchise and regular college basketball games.

    It's a famous concert venue and has hosted acts from across genres, including Garth Brooks, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Demi Lovato, Kanye West, Blake Shelton, Bruce Springsteen, and many other huge names. It's in the heart of city centre Buffalo.

    Location: Buffalo, NY 14203, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm (closed on Sundays)

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    Regal Elmwood Centre

    Catch a Hollywood blockbuster

    • Families
    • Nightlife
    • Couples

    Regal Elmwood Centre is a massive multiplex cinema offering digital projection, surround sound, and the latest Hollywood blockbusters until late into the night. Whether you're looking to see the latest sci-fi, fantasy, or superhero show or your jam is comedy, horror, or romantic drama, you're sure to find something you love here, from family-friendly animated films to stark adult-themed dark adventures. The theatre offers reclining lounge seating and has full 3D films as well as a full concession area offering everything from soft drink and popcorn to hot dogs and nachos.

    The staff are friendly and patrons say that seeing a film becomes an experience just like in the old days. It's just 15 minutes north of city centre.

    Location: 2001 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14207, USA

    Phone: +1 844-462-7342

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    Shea's Buffalo Theatre

    Catch a Broadway show or live music

    • Families
    • Nightlife
    • Couples

    Shea's Buffalo Theatre offers a different kind of nightlife, where you can get dressed to the nines and catch a Broadway show or live music in a truly historic building. This theatre, currently properly called Shea's Performing Arts Centre, opened in 1926 as a silent film house and has evolved over the years. It has seen such famed acts as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Blue Oyster Cult, INXS, Eddie Money, Goo Goo Dolls, Salt N Pepa, Public Enemy, Steely Dan, and others.

    Among the most famous installations is the Mighty Wurlitzer, one of only 5 originals of its kind. It's located right in the heart of central city centre Buffalo.

    Location: 650 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

    Phone: +1 716-847-1410

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    Tralf Music Hall

    Catch a show at a classic music club

    • Families
    • Nightlife
    • Couples

    Tralf Music Hall is a live music hall and performance venue showcasing both up-and-coming hot local bands as well as national and international touring acts. The theatre also has a full restaurant and bar where you can grab some food while you watch the acts perform in just about every genre, from folk to country to rock and beyond. The bar has a rotating list of solid craft, micro, and macro-brew drafts as well as speciality cocktails. The food menu is mostly small plates like single-serve pizzas, veggies and dip, cheese and grapes, nachos, and pretzels with beer cheese.

    This is a good old-fashioned music club with good beer, good bites, and good tunes. It's in the heart of city centre.

    Location: 622 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from noon to 4 pm (closed Saturday–Sunday)

    Phone: +1 716-852-2860

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    Chippewa Street (Chippewa Club Zone)

    Explore the heart of Buffalo's club scene

    • Families
    • Nightlife
    • Couples

    Chippewa Street (the Chippewa Club Zone) is the place to go for the city's iconic nightlife scene, with nightclubs and bars of every size, shape, and descript. You'll find LGBTQ+ clubs next to vibrant EDM clubs with international DJs spinning the latest beats. Just down the street, a rock club will showcase local live bands next to a down-home, no-frills area dive bar. You can find cocktail lounges, restaurants, comedy clubs, and entertainment of just about every kind.

    If you're looking to discover the heart and soul of Buffalo's nightlife district, the Chippewa Club Zone is the place where the party starts at dusk and never seems to stop. It's right in the heart of city centre Buffalo.

    Location: Buffalo, NY, USA

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    Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

    Play every gambling game under the sun and stars

    • Families
    • Nightlife
    • Couples

    Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino offers the chance to catch live entertainment, enjoy quality cocktails and top-shelf spirits, and of course, to gamble the night away. The casino has over 1,000 of the most popular slot games on the floor as well as video poker. You can play table games like blackjack, Texas Hold 'Em, draw poker, baccarat, and craps. You can bet on sports at the sports lounge and watch your team take the game and fill your pocket. Take part in giveaways for cars and other huge prizes.

    The casino also has no fewer than 3 restaurant and bar setups. Head for the centre of city centre Buffalo and throw the dice for a hard 7.

    Location: 1 Fulton St, Buffalo, NY 14204, USA

    Phone: +1 877-873-6322

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