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Summer Nightlife In Erie: Bites and Sites

Wednesday Aug 2nd, 2023

By: Maddie Conley, VisitErie Marketing Intern, University of Pittsburgh '25

Summertime in Erie, PA is encompassed by a nightlife scene that is charming, energizing, and entertaining. Relaxation and quality time spent with family and friends are at the heart of nightlife in Erie. Erie is filled with delicious bites and breathtaking sites you do not want to miss out on during the summer. Read more below for some of our favorite nightlife duos.

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Oliver’s Beer Garden and Mini Golf

Oliver’s Beer Garden is a trendy nightlife destination that has the perfect blend of casual and carefree summertime vibes. Whether you are looking to watch the sunset by the bay with a signature cocktail or craft brew in hand, catch up with friends, or dance the night away to live music, Oliver’s Beer Garden is the perfect summer spot. While you are enjoying a variety of food and beverages from Oliver’s Beer Garden, do not forget to experience their newest attraction, Oliver’s Bayfront Mini Golf. A game of mini golf just steps away from picturesque views of Lake Erie, paired with delicious gourmet burgers and craft sandwiches specially prepped by Oliver’s onsite food truck, is the perfect combination for an unforgettable summer night.

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Wobbly Pirate Happy Hour and Waterfront Dining

Nothing says summertime like sailing on Presque Isle Bay and engaging in a unique happy hour experience. Drink and dance the night away while aboard Scallywags’ Wobbly Pirate Happy Hour Cruise. As part of the cruise, you will witness stunning sights of Presque Isle Bay and have the opportunity to interact with witty and mischievous pirates. Alongside vibrant entertainment, you can enjoy a D.J. and cash bar. Before you climb aboard to party like a pirate, be sure to fuel up at some of Erie’s classic waterfront hangouts like Woody’s Backwater BARge & Grill or Rum Runners Restaurant. These restaurants are within walking distance from each other and the Scallywags’ port so you can effortlessly walk along Erie’s Bayfront and sail the night away.

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Kellar’s Magic & Comedy Club and Downtown Dining

Beat the summer heat by attending an evening show at Kellar’s Magic & Comedy Club. Kellar’s offers an exciting perspective on nightlife with showstopping performances highlighting laughter and magic. Popular actors, writers, and comedians from shows such as America’s Got Talent and Penn and Teller: Fool Us will have you on the edge of your seat laughing with their impressive skill set. For a line-up of future shows, click here. Before showtime, do not forget to grab a bite at one of Erie’s downtown dining destinations. At Voodoo Brewery, indulge in a variety of options from juicy burgers, to crispy chicken wings, and housemade pizzas. This is the perfect destination to enjoy award-winning brews, originally founded in Meadville, PA. Calamari’s Squid Row is another classic downtown dining location that offers delicious dips and appetizers, as well as thick and fluffy focaccia sandwiches. Alongside flavorful food, their outside seating welcomes you to explore the sights and sounds of Downtown Erie prior to the show.

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Erie SeaWolves Baseball and Fireworks

What better way to spend a summer evening than going to an Erie SeaWolves baseball game accompanied by a fantastic fireworks display? Paired with the sights of UPMC Park, enjoy your favorite ballpark foods and snacks while rooting for Erie’s hometown team. The Erie SeaWolves’ concession stands are filled with specialty burgers, classic ox roast sandwiches, and gourmet hot dogs made from Erie’s cherished local brand, Smith’s Hot Dogs. UPMC Park is especially unique due to its small, yet enthusiastic atmosphere. Each seat ensures a great view just feet away from the players and an action-packed game. The Erie SeaWolves offer a classic summer night filled with friends, family, and great entertainment you will not want to miss out on! For a list of firework nights at UPMC Park, click here.  

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Live Music and Drinks

Soak up the last few weeks of summer with outstanding live music right along the Bayfront at 8 Great Tuesdays, a beloved summer concert series. Live music begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m., on Tuesdays through the end of August at Highmark Amphitheater in Liberty Park. 8 Great Tuesdays has an impressive selection of food trucks and beverages onsite, including wine from a local winemaker, Mazza Vineyards. If you are looking for late night bite after listening to your favorite tunes, head over to JR’s on the Bay, Sloppy Duck Saloon. This is a great way to end the night as the restaurant is only a short walk away from the amphitheater and is open until 11 p.m. on Tuesdays.  

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.

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Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct daily flights to Charlotte. Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte with connections to many other destinations.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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Fall Harvest at Port Farms

Happy Fall Y’all! Come enjoy the farm during Fall Harvest season September 16 – October 29. Grab your friends and family and enjoy a variety of fall themed activities for every age. With over 25 attractions, our guests create long-lasting memories worth repeating. General admission includes wagon rides, our 8-acre bigfoot corn maze, slide mountain, ball zone, game garden, pedal carts, corn box, Tiny Town, animal exhibits, mindbender mazes, trike track, tire fort and so much more! Plan a birthday party with a campfire spot! PLUS, this year we have added tons of new events that are included with admission!

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Cart/Horse Distilling is a first-generation woman-owned distillery, pioneering the craft in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Handcrafted care never goes out of style. We put that artistic attention into every bottle of our small batch spirits. Cart/Horse proudly produces rum, whiskey, vodka, gin, and several award-winning specialty liquors. Our robust cocktail menu uses the finest and freshest ingredients for each custom-built drink.

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Oliver’s Bayfront Mini Golf

This 18-hole course is the newest addition to Oliver’s Beer Garden, offering stunning views of Erie’s Bayfront and the Bicentennial Tower. Play your round and then enjoy delicious food & drink from the snack bar or Oliver’s Food Truck!

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 458-bed hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital serves as a regional referral hub and is the only accredited trauma center in the region.

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Erie Events

Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.

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814 Photo

Showcasing the incredible year round beauty of the City of Erie and its surrounding areas, commonly referred to as its area code "the 814". Explore some of Erie County's most breathtaking landscape photography.

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AHN Saint Vincent- Award-Winning Medical Care

AHN Saint Vincent has been here from the beginning, providing award-winning inpatient and outpatient medical care. Need express care? We’ve conveniently placed AHN facilities on the west and east side of Erie, just walk-in! AHN Saint Vincent is not only recognized locally (Erie’s Choice- Best Hospital) but nation-wide, so you can expect high-quality care, greater safety, and better results.

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Country Fair

We proudly opened our doors in Erie in 1965. A lot has changed between now and then, but our mission remains the same – offer fresh food, from our favorite local brands, at a convenient location. In one stop, you can fill up your gas tank and grab breakfast, lunch, groceries and a bottle of wine or a 6-pack to go. We look forward to serving you and your family during your trip to Erie!

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