Under the sprawling roof of First Niagara Pavilion, music greats such as Billy Joel, Rush, and Jimmy Buffett have all taken over the stage as fans throughout the amphitheater space watch, transfixed. Whether enjoying the show from the open-air pavilion or the verdant lawn, concertgoers demonstrate their love for the performers by dancing along to the music or holding up lighters engraved with the lead singer’s astrological sign.
As Steelers fans cheer and jeer the Hofbrau's flickering TVs, frothy mugs of Miller Lite gush from foam-flecked taps and glide across a burnished wood bar. These sudsy drafts chase chews on a trim menu of traditional bar fare, from half-pound burgers to slices of square pizza, and cool palates scorched from signature hot wings drenched in lemon pepper, Cajun, or teriyaki sauces. Clacking pool balls and clinking glasses add makeshift percussion to the occasional live band, who can underscore meals with original tunes and recollections of that one time they smashed their guitars.
Over 30 different flavors of tobacco waft through the air inside Heavenly Hookah Lounge, ranging from Caramel Apple to Gumball to Tiger's Blood. Friends can relax with single-hose through six-hose hookahs, which can also hold hydro tobacco and nicotine-free flavors.
Chef Phillip Miller adheres to two guiding principles when crafting his menu. First, every ingredient must be locally grown or raised. Second, it must be seasonal. These criteria have served Miller well at 1810 Tavern, where his specialties include caramelized scallops in red-wine cherry reduction and black-bean burgers topped with a spicy sriracha mayo. If both of the above sound incredible, don't fret over choosing just one; Miller's upscale spin on pub food includes an all-day tapas menu with smaller portions of each main course.
But the food is only one half of the equation. The other arrives in the form of top-shelf wines and spirits, as well as beers from acclaimed craft breweries such as Rogue and Flying Dog. This refined drink list finds its reflection in the building itself, a historic gem complete with exposed brick and a digital jukebox that dates back to the 19th century. Take your drinks out to the brick patio to enjoy weekly performances by local musicians.
Chef Mark Thompson knows the importance of sharing. He shares his culinary talents with guests dining on his tapas-style dishes, and his guests share those dishes with each other. This creates the warm, communal dining atmosphere at Boh?m Bistro. Throughout the menu, diners can expect to see cuisine influenced as much by the French countryside as the sultry South. His creations include classic boeuf bourguignon with short rib and red wine and fig-and-smoked-blue-cheese flatbread splashed with a balsamic glaze. Hushpuppy-crusted catfish and root beer-glazed pork chops combine elements of sweet and savory.
Siba Cucina immerses its guests in the sensory experience of dining in Italian villa, filling rustic brick and stucco walls with the scent of hearth-baked pizzas and flatbreads, butter and spicy tomato sauce ladled onto fresh pasta, and grilled steaks of salmon and filet mignon. Guests belly up to the wine bar for tapas and imported Italian wines or savor elegant dinners of lump crab cake, housemade meatballs, and pan-roasted sea scallops.