5 places to drink on Dyngus Day
blog by S.J. Velasquez • March 27, 2013 @ 10:39am
Lent’s almost over. Get ready to abstain no more with a whole bunch of Dyngus Day partying Monday.
Aside from the usual highly trafficked Dyngus Day destinations in Buffalo’s Polonia district, why not tip back a few at some of Western New York’s bars and event centers. Or get your Dyngus on while grocery shopping, perhaps?
2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga
After the Easter baskets have been found but well before the Dyngus Day festivities are in full swing, the Millennium Hotel will be hosting a Dyngus Day pre-party. Jimmy Weber and the Sounds, and John Goral with the Piatkowski Brothers top of Easter evening with a full night—leading into an early Dyngus Day morning—of music meant for dancing. The party continues poolside and in the lounge, too. Doors open at 6 p.m., and music gets going at 7. Admission is $10.
326 Amherst St., Buffalo
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Sportsmens will be hosting a Dyngus Day party featuring Black Rock Zydeco, a local band that boasts “infectious rhythms spiked with Louisiana funk and jazz.” Entry is $3. Yes, kielbasa will be made available. And while you’re over in the Black Rock neighborhood, stop by Rohall’s Corner, 540 Amherst St., for more live music and Polish food. Both these spots are included in the Pussy Willow Pass.
2056 South Park Ave., Buffalo
Well, I guess you can’t fully expect to come down to South Buffalo to hear a polka band. The traditionally Irish neighborhood on the other side of the Skyway does things a little different that other parts of town. Musicians Billy McEwen and Joe Head will entertain the audience. Also, attendees have the option to play a few games of shuffleboard, darts or billiards.
333 Dick Road, Depew
According to the event listing, this is Hearthstone Manor‘s 52nd annual Dyngus Day party, so it must be quite the event if people keep coming back year after year. The celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. Monday and continues until 2 a.m. Tuesday. Entertainment will include Rare Vintage, City Side, Mon Valley Sound, the White Eagle Dancers and the Chopin Chorus. It’s $9 to attend, or $17 with buffet.
various locations throughout WNY
I kid you not. Wegmans will be bringing the noise the weekend after we ring in Dyngus Day. According to the official Dyngus Day Buffalo guide, Wegmans locations on Amherst Street in Buffalo, Orchard Park Road in West Seneca, Dick Road in Depew and Transit Road in Depew will all be lightening up the grocery shopping experience with live polka music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Even though the title of this article suggests the consumption of alcohol, maybe consider a coffee or tea from the Wegmans cafe. April 6. Below is a clip from last year’s Dyngus Day celebration at Wegmans in West Seneca:
Of course, not everyone wants to be far from the major Dyngus Day action. For those folks, it’s always a safe bet to stay in the Polonia district where parties will be plentiful. Here’s the map of the area, including party locations: