Symphony of the senses

A guide to restaurants with live music near South Campus


Buffalo is known for its famous food. 

But locals know that food isn’t the only thing these restaurants have to offer. 

The city is also known for its famous music scene. Many restaurants are able to combine the two for the ultimate Buffalo experience. The Spectrum has compiled a list of restaurants that offer live music near South Campus. 

Richies Soul Food Restaurant and Lounge

3199 Main St.

Richies Soul Food is new to the University Heights area, but has already cultivated a lot of buzz. 

The restaurant specializes in Southern American comfort food. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options throughout the day. It offers southern classics like fried chicken dinners and stew fish, but also offers tacos and chicken curry. The eclectic menu is sure to appease anyone.

Aside from the restaurant's culturally rich food, it also hosts different events throughout the month. These events feature a variety of DJs and specials on food.

Central Park Grill

2519 Main St.

The Central Park Grill is a Buffalo staple for live music. The neighborhood-bar aesthetic has cemented its place into the community’s heart. The restaurant features American food like chicken wings and fingers, burgers and fish fry. It also offers a fully stocked bar.

Aside from the Tuesday karaoke night, Wednesday trivia night and Thursday open mic nights, the restaurant also features live music. The bar hosts different bands through the weekend and regularly packs the house. 

The Garage Cafe and Lounge

1127 Hertel Ave.

The Garage Cafe and Lounge has been growing in popularity since it opened back in 2017. While it excels with a brunch menu, it also features a variety lunch options and cocktails. It offers an eclectic variety of foods like a bucket of meatballs and homemade cinnamon buns. The lounge also hosts a variety of events like the recent March Madness viewing party. 

The Garage hosts different bands throughout the month. It is open to professional musicians but also offers an open mic night for those brave enough. 

Mac’s on Hertel

1435 Hertel Ave.

Mac’s is a staple to the Hertel strip. The two-story restaurant specializes in Buffalo-centric and American cuisine. The menu features a variety of favorites from chicken wings to pierogies. It also offers a full bar and brunch options.

Aside from the weekly specials, Mac’s stands out with a live-music scene. It hosts live music every Friday from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. As the night winds down, the restaurant also offers a special late-night menu. 

Samantha Vargas is the assistant arts editor and can be reached at and @SamVargasArts .


 Samantha Vargas is an English/ film studies double major with a minor in media study. She spends her free time finding shows around buffalo and hanging out with her cat.