Lafayette Tap Room
National recording artists as well as many Local Buffalo Blues
acts fill the calendar, Performing on the triangular, elevated stage at the front corner of the vintage bar-room with high ceilings and a long oaken bar.
Wednesday and Friday happy hours get underway at 5PM with a satisfying buffet and sets of blues all for the low, low price of…free..Wednesday's hour of happiness stretches into a standing gig by The New York Express at 9PM and morphs into a blues jam.
The Lafayette Tap Room had a geographical crisis recently: for years the club was located at this site -- attached to decrepit landmark Lafayette Hotel -- before moving a few blocks west to digs on Pearl Street, where ascending a steep staircase resulted in a complete legs and buns workout before entering the bar. Then, happily, the operation moved back to this original location. Even the shaggy stuffed bison head has returned, mounted high upon a wall and keeping watch over revelers.
The club is located on Washington Street between Lafayette Square and underused Eagle Street -- on-street parking is available as well as in a lot alongside the building. Besides the front bar area Lafayette Tap Room sports a cozy middle area with seating, second bar, and a rear room with smaller stage and even more space for congregating. Nominal cover charges are collected at the door on weekends and LTR is perfect post-Thursday at the Square destination.