Founding Fathers Pub
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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!
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.
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.
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.
The menu may be small... But the food is delicious... If you love US history then this is a bar for you. It doesn't matter what political affiliation you are, you'll love this place. Only major downfall is the parking situation is tough. There isn't much
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!
Great pub! Full of history, good beers, good food, and friendly staff/bartenders.
We've used this place for meals, nights out, and social gatherings. We'll continue to use it in the future.
Minor downside is the amount of space inside- it's not great. However, that is easily overlooked by the free nachos; hot cheese, salsa, and peppers included.
Not to be cliche, but I love the free nachos and popcorn!
Drinks are reasonably priced and the food is your average bar fare. Mike, the owner really livens up the place. The other staff members are alright, he is the best!
Whether you're a local or visiting Buffalo, make sure you check this place out.
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Founding Fathers is a Buffalo establishment. History-themed with presidents and other political memorabilia fill the walls. On a slow Saturday night, it's a lot of fun to grab some beers, sit at a table, enjoy some free nachos and popcorn, and have a great time.
The draught selection is nothing impressive by any means, but there usually carry some decent seasonal beers. If it's a slow night, the bartender/owner/quizmaster comes over and asks you trivia questions. He quizzed us quite a bit last night on the presidents and geography, making for a fun group experience.
The free nachos and popcorn are awesome to pair with beer. Food wise, I've only eaten once but I did enjoy it. Nothing special or amazing, but tasty pub food nonetheless. Definitely an awesome bar to check out. I'd love to come back for trivia night on Tuesday some time!
What a great setting to grab food and drink. I love the American patriot theme and the architecture and decor really create a great atmosphere. Gives you the feeling that you're living in history.
The service was friendly on my visits and today I had a killer chicken sandwich. I'll be back for sure...
I wasn't disapointed in the bar, but I wasn't excited about it either. The pros were definitely some of the wall art, the free nachos, and Buffalo beers on tap. The cons were that some of the wall art was more about the actual bar than the founding fathers, the ceiling had other countries flags on it, and the furniture seemed out of place.
I would recommend this as a place to go, but not as buzz feed put it " A bar to see before you die"
Founding Fathers is a Buffalo institution. It's quirky and fun. Somewhat off the beaten path, you will find mostly regulars and locals who are tuned into the hidden gems in Buffalo.
US history memorabilia adorns the walls. If you ask the owner/bartender for some trivia question he will try his best to stump you with questions about the US (geography, history, random facts, etc.). It makes for a fun game!
Help yourself to free popcorn and free nachos (with cheese, jalapenos, salsa, etc). It might sound gross to eat food from a self-serve nacho station but they keep it well stocked and clean.
I've never eaten here and although I've heard the food isn't great, it looked pretty good.
One star off because their beer selection isn't great and their taps either are not clean or are not otherwise well maintained. My Guinness tasted a little off and my friends' IPAs were flat. So we all switched to bottles.
Went here with a friend to grab some drinks after work on a Friday. Once we sat down we were greeted by the female bartender and taken care of right away. Second time around...she was busy chit chatting at the other end with patrons. I was honestly waving around my credit card for 5-8 minutes trying to get her attention.We didn't get any free nachos, but we did get some odd conversation with the bartender asking me what mascoto is...
Eh I'd go again to give it another try.
This place gets packed and service can be slow because they often only have one guy working the whole place - which in my opinion is a little nuts. But the energy there is really great! So if you are looking for a place to hang out with friends, have a few drinks, and not in a rush, FF will do you well. The food is meh and can be slow to come out so I'd suggest dinner someplace else. But solid drinking bar, for sure.
How soon we forget!
Ah, this bar. So many memories. So much fun had here.
This bar is history themed and I never get bored looking at all the stuff on the walls!
If you haven't experienced Mike the bartender's trivia then you truly haven't lived. Although I've maybe gotten one question right in my trivia career it's way too fun to participate.
Anyways. Decent Beer Selection usually with a seasonal on tap, Full bar. Reasonable prices. Friendly staff. Smaller menu with Specials. Most importantly FREE NACHOS and POPCORN... because who doesn't love FREE food!
If you plan on going here with a big group get there before 9 or 10 (weekend) because the bar gets packed, seats get filled quickly. There are a bunch of tables in the back for both casual seating as well as table service. I'd suggest table service if the bar is packed. Just easier.
Hands down one of my favorite spots in Buffalo.
This place rocks! It has a ton of historical memorabilia that adds to the reputation of this as a neighborhood bar with its own distinctive character. This place will get pretty loud on a Friday night, but when I was here the waitress remained super professional when dealing with our huge party of 20+ people. I was impressed.
I ordered a burger, which was cooked perfectly to order (medium-rare) and delicious. I paid, saw some other friends at the bar and left with a great impression of this place. As others have mentioned, they host great trivia as well.
Business info summary
- 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm Open now
- Price range
- Under $10
|Mon||11:30 am - 1:00 am|
|Tue||11:30 am - 1:00 am|
|Wed||11:30 am - 1:00 am|
|Thu||11:30 am - 1:00 am|
|Fri||11:30 am - 2:00 am|
|Sat||12:00 pm - 4:00 am|
|Sun||5:00 pm - 11:00 pm||Open now|
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- Takes Reservations
- Accepts Credit Cards
- Good For
- Late Night
- Bike Parking
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Good for Kids
- Good for Groups
- Noise Level
- Good For Dancing
- Full Bar
- Happy Hour
- Best Nights
- Thu, Fri, Sat
- Coat Check
- Outdoor Seating
- Has TV
- Waiter Service
- Has Pool Table
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