Get your cups ready. Buffalo’s newest watering hole, Pour Taproom, lets you serve yourself a wide variety of beers (48 to be exact) and ciders on tap by the ounce.
Owner Joe Dicenzo says since opening the new restaurant and bar about a month ago, they’ve already seen some locals become regulars.
“A handful of people have been in a bunch of times already,” he says. “The nice thing is with our beer, people come in on a Friday and the next Friday the beers will be 80 percent different. We have a nice mix of local and more regional beers and ciders you can’t necessarily get at every bar in Buffalo.”
You Pay by the Ounce at Pour Taproom Buffalo
Dicenzo says customers pay by the ounce, so they can pour themselves one or two ounces of a particular drink just to try it, or a full glass. Some of the local brews they have on tap currently include Community Beer Works, Resurgence Brewing Company, Belt Line, Ellicottville, Thin Man, Sullivan’s, Collective Arts and a few others from Vermont, Maine and Illinois.
At Pour Taproom Buffalo, they also carry seven different flavors of cider if beer’s just not your vibe. Plus, you can order classic pub food at Pour Taproom including burgers, chicken sandwiches, wings, appetizers and more.
“The atmosphere is almost like a coffee shop, if you want you can bring your laptop while you try different beers,” Dicenzo says. “Fridays and Saturdays we’re fully jam-packed, but the nice thing is not one person ever has to wait for a drink because you can just walk up and get a drink.”
Bringing Self-Serve Taps to Buffalo
Dicenzo and his partner Matt Prime first got the idea to open a Pour Taproom of their own three years ago while hiking on the Appalachian Trail through the Smoky Mountains. Having finished a long, grueling hike and in desperate need of nourishment and a cool beverage, they walked into Pour Taproom to see an entire wall of self-serve taps spread out before them like a mirage.
They knew they needed to bring the concept back home to Buffalo, so they reached out to the location to see if it would be a possibility and Pour Taproom Buffalo was born.
“A couple of weeks went by, and we talked about it, and we emailed that location and long story short, we signed a license agreement to use their technology and software,” Dicenzo says. “We kept the name because it’s recognizable.”
Pour Taproom Buffalo Sees Positive Community Response
Although neither Dicenzo or Prime have experience working in hospitality — Dicenzo has a background in transportation and Prime still works part-time for Buffalo RiverWorks — the launch went off without a hitch and the community’s response has been positive so far.
Pour Taproom Buffalo holds trivia nights every Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. To learn more, visit pourtaproom.com.
Looking for more fun things to do in Buffalo?
Fun Things to Do in Buffalo
1.Do it for the ‘gram at Selfie WRLD Buffalo, a “DIY photography studio” with 20 different backdrops to help you snag that perfect Instagram pic.
2. To view some stunning Buffalo art, check out three street murals across the city that depict the fascinating history of the area.
3. Music lovers should catch a show from JazzBuffalo, which is breathing new life into the city’s music scene and re-establishing jazz as a popular art form.
4. Take a stroll at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House to see larger-than-life sculptures from celebrated ceramicist Jun Kaneko.
5. Immerse yourself in the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh through this Buffalo exhibit. The popular exhibit has been described as feeling like you’re walking through one of Van Gogh’s paintings.