Handlebar is Downtown Buffalo’s bicycling destination. Clip out and stop in to refuel and recharge. Handlebar serves up hearty grub, fresh smoothies, a range of craft brews, specialty booze concoctions all in an unassuming atmosphere with industrial inspired finishes as Buffalo’s premier cycling-themed gastropub.
It’s a sanctuary for bicycling enthusiasts, Tour de France fanatics, midnight riders, two-wheeled commuters and anyone else looking for a comfortable space in which to enjoy frosty beer, hot food and intelligent conversation. Bottom line? Handlebar is an awesome place to hang. Although we’re geared toward cyclists and celebrate bike culture, we don’t discriminate. All cool people are welcome.
The space is boldly lit by gothic-industrial bike chain chandeliers and features more unique interior design elements like gears lacquered into the bar top and bicycle photographs adorning the walls. Cyclists looking to unwind can relax outside on the patio or watch live cycling events indoors on custom bike pedal bar stools. Guests can also fuel up their electronics at pedal powered charging stations. Handlebar has many unique features, which are sure to be a hit with patrons including interactive game tables at each booth. Playing pieces can be borrowed from the bar for a $2 deposit. What better destination to head toward on a downtown bike trek? Recharge and refresh at Buffalo’s only bicycle-themed pub, Handlebar.
149 Swan Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Price Range: $$
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After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in English, Sarah worked as a professional photographer in Chicago and Seattle before returning to Buffalo and opening merge restaurant with her sister, Eliza, in January 2009. Through the emphasis of community roots and arts in merge's mission, Sarah has established many connections and working relationships in Buffalo. These partnerships have nourished the growth and vision at Handlebar.
As the daughter of Hub developer and Buffalo Renaissance man, Jake Schneider, and Buffalo photographer and community activist, Katie Schneider, Sarah has always enjoyed an interest in design and hospitality. Sarah has dabbled in all aspects, including simple plumbing and electrical work, menu design, management, business planning, sustainability efforts, and farm-to-fork gardening. Sarah has grown immensely as a restaurateur since the inception of merge. She’s developed a stronger respect for a small and varied menu, which appeals to people with all sorts of nutritional and dietary needs and limits waste. Her culinary vision for Handlebar is to establish healthy and balanced meals that are quick to assemble and easy to package. She fondly refers to the food at Handlebar as rustic or russet gourmet.
Sarah worked hand in hand with the Hub designers and architects at The Buffalo Design Collaborative, and took an active role in the spacial blueprinting of the Pub. With inspiration from Katie Schneider and Cheryl Gorski, Sarah designed and implemented a patent-pending interactive magnetic tabletop game that serves as a substitute for the traditional pool table or dart board.
Sarah is extremely excited to be part of The Hub project, which, along with many other businesses, is actively changing and revitalizing Downtown Buffalo.
Evan Thompson moved from Melbourne, Australia to Buffalo, New York when he was 13 years old. After constantly relocating to different countries around the world, his family fell in love with the charm of the City of Buffalo and the people who call it home.
After high school, Evan attended Indiana University and studied politics. Upon returning to Buffalo he became an Adult Education Instructor for BOCES before teaching ESL to refugees in the Buffalo Public Schools. Evan then taught and volunteered abroad living in South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. While abroad he received an email from Sarah Schneider with the exciting opportunity to open up Handlebar. He has since moved home and continues teaching refugees for Buffalo Public Schools and participates in a few bands in the Buffalo area.
His first real jump into the bicycling community was when he was 12 years old and went on a school trip bicycling around Tasmania. Averaging 90 km a day was a tough go for a 12 year-old, but with the soreness came an appreciation for self-propelled travel, nature and accomplishment. Evan has since traveled and bicycled in many other countries around the world. He is extremely happy to be back home and embarking on a new kind of adventure with Sarah. This is his first go at being a restaurateur... So go easy on him.