Founding Fathers Pub

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  • “It takes a bit to get him going on a non-trivia night, but once you get him going he'll have the whole bar engaged in trivia.” in 27 reviews

  • “The inside is decked with flags with low-light making it a relaxing place to be.” in 7 reviews

  • “They do serve food, only complaint is last time I was in town they were still without a deep fryer.” in 6 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    7/10/2016

    Best chicken wings in town. Great atmosphere and staff, you won't be disappointed!

    The staff here is absolutely great, the sandwiches are on point, and you can't go wrong with free nachos and popcorn.

    Atmosphere is very cool, prices are reasonable, this is a regular watering hole for us.

  • 2.0 star rating
    6/29/2016
    • 1 check-in

    As I mentioned in my tip, if it wasn't for the decor - I do not think this place would do nearly as well. The food was disappointing - starting with the complimentary popcorn which was stale, the french onion soup was cold, my chicken was cold, chips served with the meal were also stale! The service was poor - waiter was very short with us, I think he was annoyed we were asking questions about the menu because it was our first time there.

    Yeah, they have inexpensive drinks but that seems to be a pattern throughout the Buffalo area.  I am glad I went at least once, but will not be asking my boyfriend to bring me back anytime soon.

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/25/2016
    • 1 check-in

    Love this place. I'm generally not a fan of history but I'm sure if I was I'd love it even more.

    It's different than other bars/ pubs which is why I enjoy it. The historical artifacts and flags keep you busy and entertained while you are waiting and enjoying your time.

    Free popcorn and nachos while you wait (assuming they have them all the time, not just the day we were there).

    Delicious and reasonably priced "American" food. My friend and I shared a pitcher of beer which was also very reasonably priced.

    Street parking can be tricky depending when you go - but that's no reflection of Founding Fathers.

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/18/2016
    • 1 check-in

    Two girls obsessed with the musical Hamilton walk into a Founding Fathers bar...

    It has been YEARS since I've been to Founding Fathers but I still love it. Flags cover the ceiling, the presidents cover the walls, and you'll find yourself mesmerized by the presidential placemat in front of you. You'll find yourself staring at everything around you instead of talking to the people you came with! There's so much to look at.

    My friend and I went two nights ago on a Thursday night. The one thing I wasn't impressed about was the lack of welcoming when we came in. I don't need to be greeted at the door but it was practically empty and it was difficult to get the bartenders attention to ask if we could just grab a table. There were two people at the bar and he wasn't taking care of them at the time. He seemed uninterested in helping us. I'd even be okay with a "Please Seat Yourself" sign clearly placed in the front. That's welcoming enough for me! I just don't like being confused walking in.

    We took a seat next to Thomas Jefferson who was illuminated on the wall. We wanted to sit by all of the Founding Fathers involved in the Revolutionary War. There was a framed poster of those Founding Fathers next to us. We found ourselves getting up to read about our history!

    We had an extremely kind and helpful waiter. He was attentive and was quick to get us our food. I ordered a Philly Steak Sub and my friend ordered a Ham and Swiss sandwich. She loved her sandwich. I thought mine was pretty good but I would probably try something else next time. I think the steak was lacking on the seasoning but it was definitely cooked perfectly!

    The popcorn and nacho and cheese bar were a nice bonus to go with our beer. We ordered a pitcher of Sam Adams (when in Rome...) and snacked on the popcorn and nachos as we finished it. Popcorn had a stale taste but that's how we like it with beer!

    I'd go back again, especially to do trivia and likely fail miserably. It was cool environment and it's definitely worth visiting!

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/22/2016
    • 1 check-in

    A few times a month, my hubby and I eat lunch here on a Saturday. Something weird is always happening- either the popcorn machine is on fire or there is some weird guy teaching his uninterested date how to bowl at the bar. We love the gal who works here on Saturday's- she is so cute. We usually grab a burger, sometimes we have to send it back because it's a little pink, but they are sweet for splitting it in half with chips for us. Always good and local beers on tap and in bottles. The place could use a bit of a cleaning, but then again, it's age is part of its charm.

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/11/2016

    Awesome bar with great decor, small place but there's tons to look at, full of tons of history! Hit this place for a drink one afternoon and the staff was very friendly and helpful, good drink selection too. They had a flag displayed that thanked Buzzfeed for voting their bar as #19 on a list of bars you need to see before you die, so I found that pretty cool. They also had complimentary freshly popped popcorn and a small nacho bar for patrons to enjoy some complimentary snacks along with their sips! Definitely recommend this place!

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/11/2016
    • 1 check-in

    From the outside you would probably just pass this place by, but don't! This is a place you have to visit at least one time if your in Buffalo.
    The staff were super friendly and helpful. I had the regular burger cooked medium and it was great. Nice char broiled beef burger cooked perfect. It was served with potato chips.
    Free nacho chips and cheese or popcorn while your sipping on your tasty beer while waiting for your food is a nice touch.
    I really like the vibe of this place. It felt authentic and old, because it is!
    Will be back again for sure!

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/16/2016

    Went here for a few drinks with my brother in law, at his recommendation.

    I love my history and this place was oozing. Presidential themed, you could come in here a night a week and it'd take you a few years to see everything they have hanging on the walls.

    Colorful clientele, service at the bar was great. I only got beer, but my brother in law got food. He seemed satisfied and it smelled great.

    The main guy behind the bar is the star of the show. Apparently he is a history buff and when you get him going on trivia he really gets fired up. Also performs some tricks with customers beer glasses that are super impressive, I still don't know how he was pulling them off.

    I got one of his questions right and the other stumped me.

    Anyway I wish I had spent more time here it was a very cool place. Good beer selection, too!

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/28/2015
    • 8 check-ins

    This Buffalo gem is tucked right around the corner from where I live. No matter how many times I go, though, I always feel like I don't appreciate the place enough.

    The menu and draft selections are limited. They might not have 100 options on draft or a 5-page menu, but everything that they offer is delicious and well selected.

    Most people don't go here for dinner (although I have in the past and greatly enjoyed the experience), mostly because they have a free nacho bar set up in the corner all nights of the week. Besides the inevitable drunk drops of nacho baskets on the floor, I always look forward to stopping in for a beer and a snack after a long night out.

    The main draw of Founding Fathers, besides the great service, is the decor. Everywhere you look, there is another interesting piece of historical memorabilia adorning the walls or hanging from the ceilings. My personal favorite, of course, is the life-size JFK stand-up, as JFK is obviously the hottest President we've been graced with.

    I've always heard tell of fantastic, homemade trivia nights here, but I have yet to partake. Overall, Founding Fathers is one of the best pubs that Buffalo has to offer!

  • 1.0 star rating
    10/29/2015
    • 1 check-in

    Unfortunately, my last visit to Father's was destroyed by horrific service. About two weeks ago I was walking around the neighborhood with my boyfriend on his birthday and we decided to stop by Father's for old-time's sake (we used to go in college and always had a fun time).

    The waitress snapped at us for accidentally standing next to the credit card machine and after we apologized she responded with a horrific glare and continued scolding. This was so blatantly rude and disrespectful that the family sitting at the table behind us were even taken aback. After another several minutes, she gave us the time of day to take our drink orders this time. The waitress continued to yell across the bar to another customer, "You know when you just have one of those days you just don't want to talk to anyone? I don't even know why I'm here." ... Well I don't really know why you're either. I've worked in the service industry and on my worst days, never have I ever treated a customer like that.

    My boyfriend and I were forced to chug our drinks and leave as quickly as possible. Hopefully I will be able to update this review next time I stop in, but I can't see myself returning anytime soon. I've heard other people have commented on rude service, it could very well be all the same waitress. I don't want to deter anyone from stopping by, but hopefully this woman won't be working.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/1/2016
    • 7 check-ins

    I love this place, the only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is the menu is kind of bland.  Otherwise, it's awesome.  I used to come here after work all the time with my co-workers, it's a really comfortable place to hang out.  'Homey', almost...they even have a coat rack right behind the bar.  The presidential memorabilia throughout the bar is fun, not obonoxious, and the bartender Jill is a total sweetheart.  Free popcorn and nachos with your choice of cheese, beans, salsa, jalepenos...you can't beat free!  I have eaten here several times, they have a small-ish menu mostly comprised of burgers and sandwiches.  Always good, never great, and definitely nothing out of the ordinary.  So don't bother coming for the food, but do expect a nice relaxing hangout.  One of the only bars downtown I don't find to be terribly obnoxious.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/9/2015

    Wait, free, unlimited nachos with cheese and chili? Yes please! My friend and I dined here late on a Saturday night and I was very surprised! The place is small, kind of dive bar-ish but clean.
    We got a pitcher of Blue Moon for $13.00, which I thought was super cheap. We both had the steak sandwich and we both really enjoyed it. Its served with chips.
    The only downfall was our waiter. He was very nice, just took forever to get the bill to us. I tried to flag him down a few times but he was busy on his phone, but other wise I'm sure ill be back.

  • 2.0 star rating
    1/17/2016
    • 2 check-ins

    Oh man, it hurts my heart to do this, because this place was formerly my favorite pub in Buffalo.  Man the ambiance is really good here and it's such a chill place, but I don't know if I'm just getting tired of the same problems that's hard to overlook, or what....but the last time I went, I was really sad because the drinks were undrinkable (yes they are cheap, but oh man, it shouldn't taste like gasoline), and the beer was clearly contaminated by dirty lines. I think if they just addressed these two issues, I could continue to overlook the mediocre food and these days, the not-the-best service.
    I think if you were a fan of bottled beer - really really really recommend avoiding their tap and any mixed drink - or you enjoy shots of buttery nipple which is actually good here, this is the place to go. I mean, prices are dirt cheap and there is are free nachos and free popcorn. But other than that, I think this might be the last time I'm at founding fathers :( I'm so sad about this. Please clean your lines and please get some better drinks (even if it's just a bottle or two of the top, even medium tier shelf stuff for a little bit more $$).
    I don't know, maybe this is a great place to go after you've already drank a bunch and can't taste anymore. Bartenders are great, and again, ambiance is amazing... but the products are just slipping.

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/4/2016

    I loveeee this place. I've never eaten here (except for the free nachos and popcorn), so I can't speak for the food, but it's one of those bars I feel like I must visit anytime I'm in Buffalo. Drinks are good and service friendly.

    The atmosphere and decor is right up my alley. I love all the historic memorabilia that covers this bar from head to toe and on my last visit, the owner was hosting bar trivia. He was very friendly and his trivia had everyone sitting at the bar participating. I just really love the vibe here..and of course the free nachos.

    If I lived in Buffalo, I would definitely be a regular.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/2/2016

    Always a pleasure to stop here. Bar food is above average and the bar and bartender's are gr8. The ambiance can't be beat. The best casual spot to hang out in the city.

  • 3.0 star rating
    1/17/2016

    Nothing really impressive on the menu. This is a nice place to take out of towners to see because of the decorations but I wouldn't end up here on my own unless every other place around was packed. Everything there is really just so-so.

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/8/2014
    • 2 check-ins

    If our Dads were all skipping and jumping through the forest, they would be the Bounding Fathers. And if our Dads were all relaxing in the front room, they would be the Lounging Fathers. If they were all from foreign countries, they'd be the Funny-Sounding Fathers. And if they were all hopping on the good foot and aggressively doing the bad thing with our Mothers (or with anyone really), then they'd be the Pounding Fathers. But this place is nothing to do with any of those things. This place is all about the origins of the USA. Which is why it's called the "Ben Franklin Bar."

    I tried to get an infamous burger from here on three separate occasions. One time they were absolutely slammed, and jovially informed me that they were not making burgers, as if to ask if I was crazy. The second time I called ahead and asked if they were making burgers, and this time they were very nice about it, but assured me they were not. Finally, the third time I tried to get a burger, they were not so busy, and they made me one.

    I have to say I liked it. It was big, but not as ridiculously enormous as I was expecting by the price and reviews. It was pretty tasty, but it wasn't completely out of this world. It was one of the better burgers I've had. It was probably a low 5/5, and I was considering giving it a 5 but then I thought since it is borderline, and since it is so hard and so time-consuming to even get a burger from here, and since it gave my dear friend Alex food poisoning (not CM Alex, Trivia Alex), then I will settle on a 4 and call it even. So it's a good burger, but it's not the best burger in the region, for which you should head to Ruzzine's, Mooney's, Sterling Place Tavern, or Vizzi's.

    I heard there is a famous trivia night here, but not being American, American History trivia questions don't really get my proverbial juices flowing. And not being a drinker, a place like this is always going to have a hard time earning a 5 from me unless the food is off the proverbial charts. I just used proverbial twice in one paragraph. Actually that's now three uses of proverbial. Nope... four. Wow. Is that a proverbial record? Crap! Five! Damnit!

  • 3.0 star rating
    4/8/2016

    A very cool backdrop for at par food with inconsistent service. I have no 2nd thoughts about stopping in, but best to manage expectations.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/6/2015

    The food is amazing (even the free nachos at the beginning) and the ambiance is wonderful. It's a politics nerd dream bar. The burger is worth it!

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/1/2016

    This place was terrific ! Great cocktails , bartender/ owner is hilarious and gets everyone at the bar involved in various trivia questions. Over all had a very entertaining evening . First time there and will be back . Very cool atmosphere.