Category: Activities/Entertainment/Social

Mulligan’s Brick Bar – Allen St.

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Looking for the perfect spot for a relaxed or fun happy hour out? Brick Bar (located at 229 Allen St.) in Buffalo has got you covered! With a big bar in the front and back of the building, darts, a pool table, televisions for you to catch a sports function, and unique decor choices, you could never say you’re bored there. Its the spot to be. They have an outdoor patio located in the front of the building so you’ll be able to catch all the action that happens on Allen St. without having to leave the bar. Its one of my favorite places to go on Allen. Friend them on Facebook and check it out sometime!

-B

Let’s Go Buffalo! Blue & Gold

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A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the Buffalo Sabres game vs. the Boston Bruins with my Dad. The game was held at the First Niagara Center (FNC) which is located in downtown Buffalo.

While the Sabres lost the night we attended, it was nice to have the opportunity to sit in the 200 Level where we could order food and drink from our seats if we didn’t want to go to the stands. It was a nice “luxury” to have for one night, since a majority of the time I am sitting in the “nosebleeds” 300 level section.

The FNC venue was formerly known as HSBC Arena, until the bank was bought out by First Niagara a year ago.

Did you know?!? The venue has been open since September of 1996 and since that time has hosted over 11 million people for a variety of entertainment and sporting events.

FNC is not only home to the Buffalo Sabres, but also another Buffalo sports team the Buffalo Bandits. The venue offers guests with the opportunity to have private functions held in a party suite. It also has a Sports Hall of Fame display located outside the Sabres Store and Sabretooth’s (the Buffalo Sabres mascot) house, a fun place to take the kids before, in-between periods, or after games. To receive more information on these features, click here.

Right now if you make your way down to the FNC you will notice construction taking place. In efforts to revitalize the City of Buffalo’s Waterfront, Terry Pegula, the Owner of the Buffalo Sabres, put a plan together for the Webster Block. Included in this project are two new ice rinks, a hotel, retail shops and restaurants. For more information or to stay up-to-date on the project you can follow it here: Harbor Center Development.

A tip of advice: If attending an event you may want to leave earlier than planned as parking can be difficult to find, also be prepared to wait after a game or concert if you parked in a parking ramp as traffic gets backed up. If you don’t mind walking, finding a parking lot a couple blocks from the FNC is the best way to go. You’ll get out faster, its cheaper, and you even sneak in some exercise.

While the Sabres and the Bandits haven’t had the best seasons, maybe the revitalization down by Canalside will boost spirits not only for the fans and residents of Buffalo, but the professional athletes that play for our sports teams.Sometimes we all just need a fresh start and maybe this “project” is that step in the right direction.

-B

What is Dyngus Day?

With it being a week since the Polish festivity I thought I would write about what Dyngus Day really is. Dyngus Day is a celebration held on Easter Monday in Poland. In tradition, boys dump water over girls they like and then spank them with pussy willows. In modern times, it is known as guys squirting girls they like with squirt guns and the girls chasing them away with the pussy willows. This tradition has been traced back to the 15th century. Dyngus Day in America is most notably known in Buffalo, NY according to Wikipedia. Other big Dyngus Day celebrations take place in Chicago, IL.

“The Buffalo Dyngus Day celebrations only started in the 1960s as an effort by the Polish-American community in the city to find a new focus for its identity. It proved hugely successful, to the point that a local newspaper claimed that “everybody is Polish on Dyngus Day. It has become a fusion of Polish and American traditions, with polka bands and Polish food accompanying American patriotic songs sung in English.Party-goers dress up in the red-and-white colors of the Polish flag and carry balloons saying “Happy Dyngus Day” in English.” (Wikipedia.com)

While there are a variety of places to go for Dyngus Day in Buffalo the east side of Buffalo is one of the biggest hot spots to go for the celebrations. The parade kicks off at the Broadway Market and makes its way down Fillmore Ave. to the Central Terminal grounds where this year they were host to the festivities outside the building due to renovations taking place. Below are some pictures of the new set-up. Food trucks lined the outskirts of the entrance before you made your way into one of the tents that served a wide array of alcohol and food.

Like people say “everyone is Polish on Dyngus Day.” Mark it in your calendars, next years Dyngus Day is Monday, April 21, 2014.

-B

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Happy Dyngus Day!

436_DD_TREEHappy Dyngus Day! For more information on today’s festivities take a look at the Dyngus Day Buffalo website below for all the information you need: schedule of events, times, locations and prices- Dyngus Day Buffalo

If you’re celebrating today, don’t forget those pussy willows and squirt guns!

Can’t wait to share more on this Polish Celebration with you later in the week!

-B

 

A Little Celebration at 26 Virginia Place in Buffalo

Scarlet Restaurant
Scarlet Restaurant

On a narrow and occasionally quiet street lies nestled a wonderful restaurant and bar called Scarlet . Located in the Allen district of Buffalo, I heard great things about this place from some of my friends so I thought why not kickoff my birthday celebrations with a happy hour there. For it being my first time and having a party of 20 come in unannounced, I didn’t know what to expect, but to my surprise the staff impressed me. They were friendly, courteous and the prices are reasonable. Because of the good experience I had, it left me wanting to come back for another visit again soon. If you’ve never been I recommend it and if you have been there before what are your thoughts? I’d love to know.

-B

Bar Area
Bar Area
Complimentary cheese, crackers, grapes and pepperoni we on hand throughout the bar
Complimentary cheese, crackers, grapes and pepperoni were on hand throughout the bar
My kind of tree - A Vodka Tree! Different brands of vodka were displayed throughout the wall. Very nice idea!
My kind of tree – A Vodka Tree! Different brands of vodka were displayed throughout the wall. Very nice idea!
Cheers!
Cheers!

 

For more on Scarlet, “Like” them on Facebook: Scarlet Restaurant

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Buffalo Style

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St. Patrick’s Day in Buffalo is always known to be one of the biggest events in town. Crowds of people, young and old, line the street up and down Delaware Avenue to enjoy the parade. Here are some pictures from yesterday’s chilly parade day. If you attended the parade what did you think of it this year?

-B

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Some Boutique.Bridal.Party Fun!

the ticket!
the ticket!
to the Greenhouse Room
to the Greenhouse Room (with cocktails in hand) 😉
A line of women patiently waiting to enter the party
A line of women patiently waiting to enter the party

 

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Boutique.Bridal.Party at the Hotel Lafayette. For only $8 a ticket, my friend Shanna and I tagged along to show our support, give our opinions, and to check out all the pretty vendors while our friend Kate, the Bride, received more information from a variety of people.

Kudos to Anatomy and City Lights Studio for putting together a bridal boutique party that was pretty, classy, simple, and enjoyable all while showcasing some of the best people in the business and highlighting the gorgeous Hotel Lafayette.

Some of my personal favorites were Bella Belle Shoes, Love Mia, Elizabeth Dugan Hairstylist and Makeup Artist and LeeAndi’s Designs

(For a full list of the participating vendors go to boutiquebridalparty.com )

 -B

A photo collage from the night
A photo collage from the night
Tasting some cupcakes. Yum!!
Tasting some cupcakes. Yum!!
Vendor displays
Vendor displays
#Partyonbrides Signature drinks for the night
#Partyonbrides Signature drinks for the night
Table setting
Table setting
Photobooth fun from partytimebooth
Photobooth fun from partytimebooth
The Bride speaking with Runway Makeup Artistry & Esthetics
The Bride speaking with Runway Makeup Artistry & Esthetics
After registration you received a sticker for who you were, the Bride, the Bridesmaid, Mother of the Bride, or here for the party
After registration you received a sticker for who you were, the Bride, the Bridesmaid, Mother of the Bride, or here for the party
crowd shot
crowd shot
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Lee Andi’s table.. one of my favorites there
pretty shoes
pretty shoes
anatomy, another one of my favorites there
anatomy, co creator of the event, another one of my favorites there
Bella Belle shoes
Bella Belle shoes*
how cute
how cute
Pearl St. Display
Pearl St. Display

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