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The Western Door Bar & Grille

After a short stint at Ballyhoo last evening, I ended up taking a few friends across the street to check out The Western Door Bar & Grille (WD) at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, located in Buffalo’s Cobblestone District. Upon walking in, we were guided to the second floor of the newly constructed casino addition. From the exterior to the interior, the place looks pretty sharp. It literally glows on the outside (like a beacon), and the inside features all sorts of ambient lighting.

The staircase entranceway is somewhat dramatic, with a large vertical TV screen that shows casino clips. One clip features Buffalo’s City Hall being constructed with playing cards. At the top of the stairs is a bar, with a large dining area to the left. We hung around the bar for a bit, checking out a number of interesting design features – one looked like a column of penny blanks. The place was fairly empty, so we began to wander around looking at the layout.

One section of the dining area looked to be more casual, while the other was stepped up in formality. All of the tables were nicely set, and the dining chairs looked pretty comfy. As we strolled around, we came across a private dining room/conference room that can be reserved by calling ahead.

Our favorite part of the place was the wrap around balcony patio. It looked great. There was a nip in the air, but there were a ton of heat lamps projecting from the walls that really did the trick – it was nice and warm, despite being outside. The glass wind screen helped too. There were plenty of lounge-style seating arrangements, surrounding lit fire pits. Once my crew discovered all of this, I had a hard time dragging them away… we ended up staying at the WD a lot longer than we anticipated.

I have a feeling that once Buffalonians start to discover this place, it’s going to be a popular spot to hang out. The next time we head back, we’re going to try the food. This time, we were just happy having some drinks, and chilling in the newfangled surroundings. Even if you don’t gamble, there’s no reason that you can’t try the casino out for other reasons, WD being one of them.

Call 1-877-8-SENECA for reservations. Click here for hours and additional info. 

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • OldFirstWard

    Empty is an overstatement. That place looks dead for a Friday evening. I think the formal look scares people off. Buffalo is not a place for high rollers. It’s a slot machine crowd of retirees, working class, and baseball cap types.

    • Parkwayguy


    • No_Illusions

      Considering Buffalo’s other formal bars are packed, I doubt that is an issue.

      More likely lack of publicity has something to do with it.

    • Wally Balls

      “Buffalo is not a place for high rollers.”

      Not everyone makes $12/hour bud.

    • jonny99

      Well it was Good Friday at Steakhouse

      • Nick

        lol thank you!

      • OldFirstWard

        For Christians.

  • Andy Wulf

    I really wish the Feds would shut this illegal casino down already, like the courts told them to years ago.

    • OldFirstWard

      So, why is there a compact between the state and the Senecas? If the state, county, and City of Buffalo are accepting money as part of that compact, is that illegal too?

  • Sabres00

    Does anyone know if this place is 100% non smoking? I don’t know if a resturant has to follow the same rules as the casino. It’s pretty much the only reason I’ve never been to the casino.

    • Wally Balls

      Great question — I smoke in the casino when the weather is cold, so I’d like to know also

  • Michael DiPasquale

    Did they have any pictures inside of the historic grain silos demolished for this place? Or any pictures of the Buffalo family visiting their mom in prison for stealing from her employer to pay off her gambling debt?

    • Wally Balls

      No, but they do have plenty of pictures of passive aggressive question asking assholes.

    • Nick

      Just puked when I read this, now I have to brush my teeth again.

    • Johnny Pizza

      There are more grain elevators. And every business takes from their customers.
      I feel the same way about 20 somethings paying $0 per month for student loans and who will have them forgiven and meanwhile live like they’re Warren Buffett.

    • bburbs

      No offense, but I wish I had the 20 seconds back that it took to read and fully comprehend your post. Maybe in the Harbor Center there should be a pictiure of the parking lot that building replaced.

    • OldFirstWard

      If I recall correctly, the HO Oats grain elevator was located on the site of the casino parking ramp.

      The NY Lottery embezzles more money from its citizens than casino gambling does.

  • UrbanLove

    Couldn’t be any tackier. Puke.

    • greenca

      “Couldn’t be any tackier?” You’ve obviously never been to Salvatore’s. They set the bar for tackiness. It would be hard to beat them.

      • UrbanLove

        I meant the neon cacophony on the exterior. The interior is fine.

  • MrGreenJeans

    “The Western Door” reminds me of a 1978 or so Gay leather-cum-Cowboy bar at the corner of Allen & Delaware – I forget its actual name. Maybe that’s what’s turning-off Buffalo’s hyper-hetero party crowds.