Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre
1485 Garrison Road
Fort Erie, ON L2A 1P8
Phone: (905) 871-8333
Fax: (905) 871-5411
Bars & Cafes
The name conjures the right picture. Gypsy Parlor is a nonconformist gastropub in the West Side and is very popular among the locals. There is no dearth of live entertainment here. From belly dance, jazz, Buffalo B movie series, DJ acts and live music, you will be entertained all through the week. The international cuisine with hints of local flavor is a hit among its patrons. Complement your meal with a draft beer, wine or cocktail specials. Coffee lovers will love the Italian cuppa served here. The hippie look of the bar adds to the charm of this place.
At first glance, it seems as if almost every hip place in Buffalo is housed in a building that dates back to last century. This space has history galore, its various incarnations were once mob hangout, diner, brewery and deli until it opened up as a pub in 1986. On the menu diners will find 'sammiches' and 'snackatizers' like wings, Reubens, beef on weck, etc. in addition to much more. Inside guests will find a pool table, jukebox and usually local favorite Flying Bison on tap. Overall a great place to start or finish the night.
If you are in the 'Queen City of the Great Lakes' and looking for a place where the drinks are cheap and the music diverse, then head straight for the Sportmen's Tavern. This place presents some excellent live acoustic, alternative, country, rock, and even punk music performances. The artists come-and-go every night, in fact it has more shows than there are days of the month! For nearly three decades, proprietors Dwayne and Denise Hall have created an intimate place for hundreds of artists to try and hone their sound in front of enthusiastic locals as well as out-of-towners. It is no wonder that Sportsmen's is considered to be one of the best places to hear live music in the entire Western New York region.
This restaurant was once a hardware store and now it has been converted into a well-managed, neighborhood spot that serves American comfort food with a twist. On the menu diners will find sandwiches, burgers, panini and salads, however these are definitely not your mother's homemade meals. For instance, the meatloaf here is inside a panini filled with pesto, Swiss and tomato or the burger made with lamb and served with a schmear of mint pesto. There are other standard choices as well, so don't fret, not everything is so eclectic. On Monday nights, check out their 'Backroom', where guests can hear live jazz, acoustic, open-mic, etc. after dinner.
Located in Buffalo's historic Allentown district, this bar is considered one of the best in the city for live music at prices we can all afford. The bar serves imported and domestic beer on tap, including Bass, Guinness and a couple of local ones like Flying Bison and Community Beer Works. On Mondays, it's open-mic night, on Tuesdays, the hilarious Stripteasers perform their comedy burlesque reminiscent of the 1950s and Saturdays bring 'Celtic Seisians' with Irish trad music. Other live bands from many genres play the rest of the week. Remember that Nietzche's does not accept credit cards, so bring your cash and check website for full calendar of events.
Templeton Landing is a quaint restaurant that serves decent Steaks and a few drinks as well. The outside patio area is a great venue for entertainment. Templeton Landing hosts live music in the patio area frequently, but only during the warmer months of the year. The menu has small plates, soups and salads as the appetizers, sandwiches and grilled items among others. The restaurant is open to hosting private events. Get in touch with the management for more information.
Although this bar/restaurant acquired its present name quite recently, most people still know it as "The Old Pink" from its days as The Pink Flamingo. Whatever you call it, the regulars have no doubt that this Allentown dive is the best one in the city—bar none. It's dim and dark, and it attracts everyone from hard-core bikers to college students and artists, as well as some local characters. Aside from its eclectic reputation, it also has the best 'beef on weck' sandwich in the city.
Rated by connoisseurs as serving some of the best pizza in the city, this Elmwood Avenue sports bar also offers other Italian specialties such as pasta and seafood. Other than pizza, the menu includes such items as penne with broccoli and shrimp, broiled pork chops, Chicken Fra Diavolo, and veal scallopine. For those who prefer pub fare, there are chicken wings and fingers, submarines, ribs and steak. In fact, the restaurant boasts more than 250 menu items. The venue is open Monday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m and on Sundays from 12 p.m.
An old-style lounge, complete with the flickering neon sign, this Elmwood Avenue bar is where lounge lizards gather for 50s-style entertainment as performed by Lance Diamond and his 24-Karat Diamond Band. The show combines the right amount of sleaze and tease to make the drinks flow smoothly. This pro has been at it for over 25 years. Friday is fish-fry night. Otherwise, the food is pub-grub all the way. The lounge is the unofficial headquarters for fans of the GooGoo Dolls, with whom Lance performed in the early days.
This popular, upscale, contemporary restaurant and martini bar features a candlelit dining area and soft European music playing. They also feature live music every other Saturday. Menu items include everything from hamburgers and sandwiches to shrimp, lobster, rack of lamb, and steak. Some of the more unusual dishes on the menu include lobster mac and cheese and a pumpkin and potato gnocchi. Desserts include crème brulee and bailey's cheesecake. The bar is open until 4:00am and features a large martini selection. Enjoy dining on their outdoor patio in the warmer months.-Christine A. Smyczynski
The Globe Market carries a variety of items, including specialty gourmet foods, artisan breads, cheese, and gift baskets; however, they are best known for their café and take-out deli items. They have homemade soups, salads, wraps, and most notably, sandwiches. Their specialty sandwiches include roast turkey and roast beef; their turkey sandwiches are said by some to be the best in the city. Other specialties include BBQ pulled pork, a Cuban Reuben and chicken quesadilla. Vegetarians can enjoy grilled veggie and portobello mushroom sandwiches. A second location, which includes a café and take-out kiosk, can be found downtown at 248 Main Street.-Christine A. Smyczynski
While this upscale yet casual downtown eatery has all sorts of lunch and dinner entrees to choose from, the reason you come here is for the chocolate. First, the entrees offer salads like Greek pasta salad, Buffalo cobb salad or Thai chicken salad, or perhaps try a sandwich like turkey Florentine, peanut butter, honey and banana or Buffalo chicken. Then there's desserts, with specialties like molten lava cake, frozen hot chocolate and more, including homemade ice cream with flavors like Belgian hot fudge, sinnamon (sinfully delicious cinnamon?), and "peanut butter panic". They also serve over 2 dozen different martinis. - Christine A. Smyczynski