The Part of Niagara Falls You Actually Want to Spend Time In
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So I’m not going to lie, while I loved seeing Niagara Falls and the parks on both sides, I was not in love with the tacky tourist feel of all the shops, restaurants, and hotels immediately adjacent. Not sure why I didn’t expect that, but I wasn’t prepared for the garish lights and plethora of cheesy haunted houses and mazes on the hill above.
Fortunately, I lucked out in my choice of evening entertainment. One of the goals of my weekend trip was to learn more about Niagara wine and craft brews, which is how we all found ourselves a few miles north of the tourist traps on Queen St, which reminded me of a small town Main Street.
It was a $10 CAD UberX ride directly from the Falls to Taps On Queen Brewhouse & Grill. The day had been brutally warm but the evening was cooling off quickly so we were able take advantage of their outdoor patio.
Friday nights they have a $17 CAD special – nachos and a pitcher of any of their 4 beers on tap. A good place to start.
Service was great and the food and beer enjoyable. Indoors, in which I spent little time, was open and spacious, and at the time had a pretty decent live band.
One of the other highly ranked places for craft beer and local wine, Old Crow Bar & Bistro, was just a short walk down Queen St which had basically shut down by 9PM. We arrived and discovered Old Crow Bar & Bistro is definitely a locals bar.
Low key, no pretense, a friendly bartender, and a great selection of local offerings. Not what we were expecting, but all the better for it! Surprisingly empty for a Friday
Incidentally, Old Crow is close enough to the US side that you can pick up cell phone service on Verizon which made it easy to catch an UberX back to our hotel.
The evening finished at the Spyce Lounge in the Hilton adjacent to our hotel. They had no local beers and the wine list had the usual terrible hotel pricing, but the TNT blues band was pretty awesome. If you’re not up for Queen St, go for that, though not for the food or drinks.
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