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10 places to enjoy Buffalo's fleeting patio season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Western New York: Patio season. The holidays bring cold and snow, quarrelsome relatives and credit card debt but patio season asks nothing of its celebrants but to kick back, relax and enjoy summer’s fleeting glory.

“I think people living elsewhere enjoy [patios] just as much, but we get an actual ‘patio season,’ so it becomes something to really look forward to that marks the beginning of summer,” said Christian Willmott, co-owner of Marble + Rye in downtown Buffalo. His restaurant installed a new patio this season to provide an additional 20 seats for its small storefront, as well as increase the restaurant’s street presence and ability to draw in customers.

Lakeward Spirits in South Buffalo opened a patio this season for much the same reason: It makes the warehouse space more visible to customers driving, kayaking and touring by.

“We wanted to give people a chance to soak up the sun and see some of the fresh herbs we use in cocktails,” explained brewmaster Adam Bystran. “Buffalonians love to take advantage of outdoor spaces – especially well-landscaped ones.”

It’s almost as impossible to list the embarrassment of patio riches in the area as it is to visit them all in one season. To help maximize your summer, we gathered a sampling of 10 new or improved patios that have opened or changed since last fall.

Each of these has something unique to offer, whether you’re taking an afternoon trip to the suburbs or biking down the street to your local watering hole.

New picturesque patio: Bica e Vinho

Portugese wine and coffee bar Bica e Vinho now occupies an 1800s-era powerhouse in East Aurora and its design-magazine decor defines rustic chic. An airy, open interior gives way to a patio overlooking Cazenovia Creek, offering waterfall views to go with authentic Portuguese wine, beer and tapas.

Tasting is the name of the game at Bica e Vinho, which translates to “coffee and wine.” Flights of unusual wines explore the more than 20 regions of Portugal, pairing nicely with charcuterie and other small plates.

Where: 261 Mill Road, East Aurora
Patio location: Side
Outdoor bar: No
Amenities: Waterfall views, country vibe.
Contact: 714-9298,
Accessible: No

Bica e Vinho is a Portuguese restaurant at 261 Mill Road in East Aurora. The restaurant overlooks the east branch of the Cazenovia Creek. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)


New rooftop patio and biergarten: The Blackthorn Restaurant and Pub

The Blackthorn in South Buffalo has been an institution since 1977. This year, the restaurant added about 40 dining seats, outdoor activities, outdoor stage, fire pits and an expansive party space with its new biergarten and two-level patio. The biergarten’s size makes it perfect for parties, so bring the clan to this South Buffalo standby.

Where: 2124 Seneca St.
Patio location: Rooftop and side biergarten
Outdoor bar: No
Amenities: Cornhole, ping pong, fire pits, live music.
Contact: 825-9327,
Accessible: No

The Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub at 2134 Seneca St. has a new upstairs and downstairs patio. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)


Old standby, new outdoor space: Daniels Restaurant 

For more than 25 years, Daniels has served modern French and American cuisine in a cozy, upscale atmosphere in Hamburg. In May, it opened a new patio to usher in a more casual option. Enjoy selections from the new patio menu, or some of its new burgers and a bucket of beers (Fridays only) and let your hair down outdoors.

Daniels Restaurant opens new patio with a party

Where: 174 Buffalo St., Hamburg
Patio location: front, side
Outdoor bar: No
Amenities: Patio menu, seating
Contact: 648-6554,
Accessible: Yes


Deep South Taco bartender Ashley Astridge makes a drink at the patio bar. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

New patio location: Deep South Taco

Deep South Taco’s new Hertel Avenue location makes ample use of outdoor space, with covered booths, open tables and outdoor bar seating. The colorful taqueria feels straight out of SoCal with painted corrugated metal siding, whimsical lighting and a giant outdoor screen to watch games.

Where: 1707 Hertel Ave.
Patio location: Side
Outdoor bar: Yes
Amenities: Giant screen for game watching.
Contact: 235-8464,
Accessible: Yes

Deep South Taco reveals new cocktails with crafty names


Classic patio under new ownership: Dos Amigos Tacos & Tequila

Location, location, location. The former Dock at the Bay is now under the same owners as Lucia’s on the Lake, and the main draw of the classic establishment is definitely its sunset views. The Mexican-inspired features several pages of chow, as well as both craft cocktails and a list of margaritas, including flights of four.

Starters: From Dock at the Bay to Dos Amigos

Where: 3800 Hoover Road, Hamburg
Patio location: Back
Outdoor bar: Yes
Amenities: Outdoor bar, lakeside view, margarita flights.
Contact: 823-8247,
Accessible: Yes

Dos Amigos at 3800 Hoover Road in Blasdell has a giant patio on Lake Erie. Jim and Katie Waddell, of Blasdell, have a drink. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)


New hidden patio: Dapper Goose

This garden oasis feels like a step outside the city, right on Black Rock’s Amherst Street. Its rustic chic wrought iron and wood accoutrements create a cross between a beautifully gardened backyard and a Brooklyn-esque hotspot. Goose’s carefully crafted small plates, stellar cocktails and curated wine list taste even better al fresco.

Where: 491 Amherst St.
Patio location: Back
Outdoor bar: No
Amenities: Full seating
Contact: 551-0716,
Accessible: Yes


New distillery patio: Lakeward Spirits

The multi-use Barrel Factory in South Buffalo is home to Lakeward Spirits, whose ambitious owners envisioned a welcoming gathering space that showcases both the reclaimed warehouse space and Buffalo’s natural bounty. Its new outdoor patio and rooftop cigar patio offer plenty of room for enjoying a round with a view of the grain elevators that point to Buffalo’s past as much as its future.

Where: 65 Vandalia St.
Patio location: Front and rooftop
Outdoor bar: No
Amenities: Full seating, rooftop views
Contact: 541-1454,
Accessible: Yes


New streetside dining: Marble + Rye

Marble + Rye’s new streetside patio adds 20 seats to the cozy restaurant, just in time for the outdoor dining season. The Genesee Street patio is within walking distance of downtown and its small size feels intimate, even on a bustling corner. Grab a table, fried onion rings, a cheese platter and some craft cocktails to watch the world go by.

Where: 112 Genesee St.
Patio location: Front
Outdoor bar: No
Amenities: Full menu, seating.
Contact: 853-1390,
Accessible: Yes

Marble + Rye is at 112 Genesee St. Joshua Bisson of Amherst, his mother Julie Klotzbach and her husband Gary Diamond, of Akron, have dinner on the patio. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)


New patio elements: New York Beer Project

As if its sprawling patio, balcony and tiki bar weren’t enough, New York Beer Project installed a new fire pit in May. The expansive outdoor space is a great destination for a cruise night, a game of bocce ball or a few beers in the sunshine.

Where: 6933 South Transit Road, Lockport
Patio location: Front and side
Outdoor bar: Yes
Amenities: Food, games, seating, fire pit.
Contact: 743-6927,
Accessible: Yes

The scene at New York Beer Project's annual Luau. (Dan Cappellazzo/Special to The News)


Newly public patio: The Terrace at Delaware Park

The Terrace at Delaware Park allows diners to enjoy the upper deck of the Marcy Casino, overlooking Hoyt Lake. This picturesque patio features both high-top cocktail seating and reserved tables, as well as Adirondack chairs for taking in the view. It’s perfect for people-watching and enjoying a cocktail, glass of wine or beer from a well-appointed list of all three.

Where: 199 Lincoln Pkwy.
Patio location: Back
Outdoor bar: No
Amenities: Full menu, seating, view of Hoyt Lake.
Contact: 886-0089,
Accessible: Yes

Childhood friends who grew up in Lockport get together for dinner on the patio at The Terrace at Delaware Park. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

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