@figgnewton: I lived in Buffalo for 4 years in college, and I assure you there are TONS of great things to do. Here’s my suggested list
– Anchor Bar is the birthplace of wings, and it’s a cool venue. It’s a hotly debated subject among Buffalonians which is better, Duff’s or Anchor Bar. I actually prefer Duffs, but Anchor Bar has the history. So go there. It’s not in the best area, but there’s parking and the food is good.
– The Galleria Mall is pretty big, but it’s a mall. Tons of Canadians come down to shop, so you’ll find it frustrating, especially on weekends. I don’t suggest going.
– If you’re into art, visit the Albright Knox Art Gallery. They have an especially great modern art (think Rothko, Picasso, Pollock, etc.) It was also the first gallery to feature photography as an art exhibit.
– Delaware Park. If you want to get out and walk a bit, visit Delaware Park. It’s beautiful, and is close to the Albright Knox. Explore a little bit and find the zen pond.
– While youre at Delaware Park, consider visiting the Buffalo Zoo. It’s literally IN the park, and is a great time.
– For shopping and exploring, go to Elmwood Ave. Plenty of little boutique shops, and great restaurants. Pano’s is a Buffalo classic, but for a quick stop, try the Globe Market. OMG yum!
– Chippewa is strictly an after-hours place. Bars stay open until 4 am, but don’t really get busy until midnight. It’s a college town, so expect to see a bunch of drunk kids wandering the streets. I love City Tavern, though. Good vibe, good crowd, good drinks.
– For a nice dinner, consider Hutch’s, Mother’s, or Nektar. You will want reservations for all 3. Nektar is an old haunt of mine. Fantastic martinis, music, and a fashionable crowd. Cecelia’s is good too, a little more laid back, and the pizza is great.
– If you’re into sports, hit up either a Buffalo Sabres or Bandits game. Sabres are the NHL team, and the Bandits are the box lacrosse team. Fans get really into it at the arena, so be prepared to cheer. You can take the metro right down to the front of the arena to avoid parking.
– The waterfront area is an up and coming spot. There’s not a lot down there now (unless it’s changed since I’ve moved) but I do know they are doing a TON of development down there, so it’s worth some research.
– Of course, Niagara Falls. If you have passports (which you DO need now) go up to the Canadian side. You can do Clifton Hill and all that, or you can get adventurous and drive the extra 20 minutes to Niagara-on-the-Lake. It’s THE perfect little town – shops, restaurants, and the whole thing is surrounded by vineyards. Shop, eat, and definitely taste some wine.
So those are my suggestions. Should be enough to keep you busy. Hope this helped!