Founding Fathers Serves Drinks and History Lessons | Restaurants
Two months into starting Buffalo Eats, I wrote a post about having lunch at Founding Fathers and vaguely mentioned how much I enjoy the bar. The post was brief and over the three years since writing that article, my feelings for this bar have grown. I now consider it one of my favorite bars in the city (on par with the Pink), it’s the bar I chose to drink at the night before my wedding and the first place I took my brother when he turned 21. When I became the mayor on foursquare last month I was genuinely excited.
For those who haven’t visited, the bar is literally filled with historical artifacts mostly related to US History and Presidents (hence the name). Almost every inch of the place is covered with something interesting; flags are hanging from the ceiling and when you sit down at the table you’ll notice a place mat featuring every US president. Bartender/owner Mike Driscoll purchased the building (on Edward and Delaware) in 1985 and over time filled the bar with things he owned and has continued to fill it with donations.
The crowd at Founding Fathers can vary on the night and the time; generally as the night gets later, the crowd gets younger. The bar is open seven days a week and serves food until they close, so on the weekends that means the Pink’s steak sandwich isn’t your only 3am snack option in Allentown. While you will find your fair share of older folks enjoying the artifacts, most of the time on a weekend you will find a post-college/hipster/chill crowd looking for a place that won’t be playing loud/obnoxious music. If you don’t mind opening a tab, you can grab a table with a couple of your buddies and sit back and hang out. While the bar has some entertaining shots that seem to be geared towards the ladies (fluff-n-nutter shot anyone?), this isn’t a “let’s get wasted and be annoying” type of place.
To read more about why I think Founding Fathers is so great and to see a picture of their delicious Black and Blue Burger, click here to see it all on BuffaloEats.org!!