New York State’s second largest city, Buffalo has an unexpectedly beautiful skyline. It’s also an interesting place for architecture buffs, as 80 of its buildings, including many of its classic skyscrapers, are National Historic Landmarks or on the National Register of Historic Places. Most major architects of the 19th and 20th century built masterpieces in Buffalo, and many are still standing. If you’re into art-deco design, you’ll be in heaven here.
Niagara Falls is the long-standing big tourist attraction around here, right at the border with Canada.
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has one of the world’s most extraordinary modern and contemporary art collections, especially rich in post-war American and European works. On Sunday afternoons in July they host The Buffalo News Summer Jazz Series of free concerts.
The Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center features visual arts and media, music and other performances. The Burchfield Penny Art Center exhibits the works of over 665 painters, with special emphasis on artists of Western New York.
The Nickle City Opera Buffalo’s only major opera company, produces full-scale operas, complete with costumes, sets and full orchestra - usually at the Riviera Theatre Performing Arts Center in nearby North Tonawanda.
The Buffalo gay community is compact, with a half dozen establishments, mostly around the area of Main Street between Allen and Chippewa. Things keep going quite late at night, as bars here don’t close until 4 am. Buffalo Pride is held in June.
You might want a car to get around the city, but NFTA-Metro has buses, trains, and tolley-buses that cover Buffalo, Lockport and Niagara Falls.
Local Media and Resources
Outcome is Buffalo’s gay newspaper. It has news and features on western New York. BuffaloGayBars is a well updated website with local listings. For local arts events and listings, and restaurant reviews, see Artvoice website. Buffalo Rising is another useful general listings site. Diversity Rules is a monthly gay publication and online magazine for Upstate New York.
The Pride Center of Western New York (206 S Elmwood) is the gay community center with David Bohnett Cyber Center, and an LGBT lending library, home to many local social and support groups with scheduled events. Their website also lists local events, restaurants and gay nightlife.
For a nearby all-male, members only, clothing-optional campground, cabins and RV Park check out Jones Pond, in Angelica NY, in the Genesee Valley to the southeast of Buffalo.
Adonias Lounge (20 Allen St) mostly women, Allentown neighborhood bar, open to all, juke box, big patio and dance floor.
Cathode Ray (26 Allen St) mostly men's bar and video lounge, pool and darts, outdoor patio, Sunday football on TV.
Fugazi (503 Franklin St), upscale cocktail lounge and video bar, billiards games, mostly men.
Marcella Club (622 Main St), drag show party bar and lounge, dancing, pageants, old school and alternative performances, theme parties, college nights, diverse 18+ mix.
OHM (948 Main St), mostly women, live music events, gay party nights.
Q (44 Allen St) warm and comfortable, upscale Allentown neighborhood video bar with karaoke.
Roxy's (884 Main St) women's club with all-female staff, dancing, karaoke, men welcome.
Underground (270 Delaware Ave) easy to meet, neighborhood bar, late night dancing, karaoke Mondays, big Saturday nights.
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