The Kick Is Good’s Guide for Out of Town Bills Fans

So you want to come to Buffalo for a Bills Game? Good Choice!

There’s one neighboring town has everything you need

  • Nice Hotels

  • Great Restaurants

  • Multiple Watering Holes

  • Lots of things to do

  • The Best Wings in Buffalo

  • A Grocery Store

  • and a Mighty Taco

And that is East Aurora, NY.

East Aurora was the first home of the Buffalo Bills as it hosted the Bills Training Camps from 1960-1963.

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The Bills Locker Rooms were at what is now the East Aurora Middle School on Main Street and the team had to keep at least one football player on the roster that also knew how to drive a school bus, so he could haul the team to Knox Farm and back every day. True Story.

And to this day, East Aurora remains the classic small American Town–full of interesting shops, bars, and restaurants.

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Where to stay:

East Aurora has 2 very nice hotels:

The Hampton Inn by Hilton. Clean, friendly, efficient, and affordably priced:

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You can book a room or get more info here.

The Roycroft Inn:

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The Roycroft Inn was once the Centerpiece of the Roycroft Arts & Crafts Movement led by Elbert Hubbard. Some even say it is haunted. I’ve heard some stories and I kind of believe them–so if you’re bringing your significant other and looking for a historic, beautiful, quirky hotel–go for it!

Where to eat:

East Aurora is also home to The Bar Bill Tavern. The Bar Bill has been serving THE BEST Chicken Wings and Beef on Weck for over 30 years.

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These are the best wings and beef in Buffalo by a mile. You won’t be disappointed:

There are times that there is a line for a table, but just go to the bar and give the bartender your name, order a drink and enjoy the atmosphere. They have a bunch of TVs that will most likely be showing College Football, NHL or whatever is on that night. Bring some patience and bring your cash since The Bar Bill is Cash Only!

Other great places to eat:

Riley Street Station–Old Train Station transformed into a restaurant & bar.

Tony Rome’s Globe Hotel–Right around the corner from the Hampton Inn, The Globe has been welcoming Bills fans before and after games for over 30 years. Wide menu, bar, Main St. Patio, Haunted? A great place to start an East Aurora Pub Crawl if you’re up to the challenge.

Elm Street Bakery–Homemade pastries & sandwiches, wood fired pizzas, beer and wine (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Charlie’s Diner–Great Diner for Breakfast

Red’s–Counter Service, HUGE menu of burgers, fries, and hot dogs. Try a milkshake! They’re great.

Open Late:

Mighty Taco–The one and the only Buffalo Mexican Food Legend

Jim’s Steakout–The Buffalo Sub Staple is always open late

Where to get a drink:

If you love beer, you’ll love Aurora Brew Works. It’s one half retail beer store and one half Brew Pub. Enjoy a unique beer out of one of their 6 taps or buy and try any beer in the store.

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It’s owned and run by Mike and Darryl that I’ve known for years:

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You will never meet two nicer guys that love beer as much as you do!. Tell them The Kick Is Good sent you!

And it’s the best place in town to stock up for Sunday!

Other watering holes:

Riley Street Station–THE place to go post-game. You’ll meet all sorts after a game.

Brother’s Restaurant & Pub–On Main St. Karaoke Saturday Nights.

11th Frame Bowling Alley–Bar, food, bowling. As a Bills fan what else do you need?

What to do:

East Aurora is still home to an original 5 & 10 store–Vidler’s.

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Vidler’s looks EXACTLY like it did 75 years ago. It has an old fashion candy counter and the largest collection of odd things for sale that you will ever see. You will be able to find at least one thing that you haven’t seen since your childhood and at least one unique that you’ll just have to buy. They’ll even have some interesting Bills stuff too.

Other things to do:

There are a ton of cool shops along Main Street. Toys, jewelry, clothes, cupcakes, olive oil, and more.

Knox Park–Great views and you can try to find where the Bills used to practice. (There’s no signs. Don’t bother.)

Ice Skating–Skate in the same rink as the Orginal Winter Classic at the Ralph. Now covered!

11th Frame Bowling Alley–Bar, food, bowling. As a Bills fan what else do you need?

Where to stock up for Sunday:

There is also a Tops grocery store right in town, so you get get all your tailgating supplies here.

Getting to the Stadium:

The best part about East Aurora is that it is a 10 mile straight shot to the stadium. You’re a Bills Fan and of course you’re getting there early, which is the best way to avoid traffic.

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What you should really do on Sunday:

Park your car, have a few pops, toss the football around, make some new friends, take in all the Buffalo Bills goodness in the air, and then hit up the Food Trucks behind the scoreboard on Abbott Road.

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Where’s Lloyd taco truck is affordable and delicious and they were just one of the food trucks at the Ralph last year. It’s a quick walk from any of the Bills Lots and no fuss, no muss, no mess. Think about it! You’ll thank me.

Most importantly:

Have fun, don’t drink and drive, and behave yourself (in and out of the stadium).

Go Bills!

What if I need more info?

Just let me know at @thekickisgood or drop me an email. I’ll get right back to you.

 

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About Mike Sullivan

Mike Sullivan is a native Western New Yorker who has been writing since the age of 5. He’s been fanatically following the Buffalo Bills and the NFL since Jim Kelly stepped off that airplane in August of 1986. Mike has combined his passion for Buffalo Bills football and his unique sense of humor into the site you are reading today. He looks forward to bringing even more insight, hilarity, and fun to the WNY media scene.