FAQs

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General FAQs

The mission of the Gaelic American Athletic Assoc. of Buffalo, NY Inc. (dba Buffalo Irish Center) is to act as the fulcrum through which our Irish culture and heritage can be shared with the community.  It is a gathering place for those of Irish descent as well as those who wish to learn more about the Irish heritage. We welcome people from all nationalities and backgrounds!

We are many things – a pub, a full-service banquet facility, a cultural and heritage center, a dance studio, and we host concerts, meetings, and a huge variety of community events. We are incredibly thankful to all the support over the past 47 years and were still going strong!

Absolutely Not!   We welcome nationalities and backgrounds! You don’t have to be Irish or a member to enjoy all the BIC has to offer!  We are open daily to the public!  Everyone in the public and in our community can enjoy our pub, enjoy our food, rent one of our beautiful rooms for an event, and much more!

YES!  We are open to the public – all year long. You don’t have to be Irish or a member to enjoy all the BIC has to offer!

Everyone in the public and in our community can always enjoy our pub, enjoy our food, rent one of our beautiful rooms for an event, and much more!

YES! – The BIC Event Rooms are available for any event – breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and late-night.

Event Rooms for Rent are open to the public and are often available even when the Pub is not open!

Types of Events We Host – Wedding, Meetings, Showers , Birthday Parties, Banquets,  Luncheons, Anniversary Parties,  Memorial Receptions, Funeral Breakfast/Brunch, Stags, Jack & Jill, Dances, Benefits, Fundraisers, Golf Tournament Banquets, Concerts, and/or any event!

Room Rental

You can now book a room for any event online in a few minutes with a few easy steps…

  1. Check Our Calendars – check to see if the room you want is available.
  2. Fill out the online form.
  3. You will get a free instant, no obligation quote.
  4. Click “Book Online “ – if you would like to book the room and see the agreement.   (You still are not obligated or locked in until your Agreement & Room Payment are received – rooms are book on a first-come-first-serve basis. We do not guarantee room availability until you are locked in).
  5. Click ‘Make a Payment”  – to make the room payment. Once the room is Paid-in-Full we will lock the room in instantly once we have Agreement.
  6. Agreement & Payment – You will receive an e-mail with the agreement and details. Once we receive that e-mail back with “Event Details Agreed Upon” & the payment for the room – your room is locked in!
  7. Room Cost – is for room rental only!  It does NOT include cost of the bar, catering, and gratuity. This will be paid the night of your event.
  8. Online Planning – Once you are locked in for your event, we now offer Online Planning which you can access 24-7!  You will receive a password for the your personal online planning area – you can update the plans for your event. This will also assist the BIC in making sure we have everything you need for your event.
  9. Help! We are here to answer your questions! If you have questions at any point, feel free to contact our Booking Manager – Kevin McCarthy – booking@buffaloirishcenter.com  (716) 472-7700 – cell. One of our main goals is to make the booking process as easy as possible.

Room Rental Pricing

There is the cost of the room, bar tab, catering, taxes, and gratuity.

Room Rental – The costs of the room are due at booking… the rest is paid night of your event.

$275.00 – The Emerald Room – up to 250 people – The price is $275.00 for your event regardless of hours.

$250.00 – The Claddagh Room – up to 110 people – The price is $250.00 for your event regardless of hours.

The quote you will receive online is based on 5 hours. The reason is because the one factor that changes the price after 5 hours is the bartenders.

The room price is NOT hourly based… so you do NOT have to put in quotes multiple times – but you can if you want!

You  SAVE $50 of the room cost if you use BIC catering!

Table Linens are now included in the price to room rental!

If you are using the bar for your event… 

$55.00 – per bartender  – for up to 5 hours of event time. If you have more than 80 people you need to add a second bartender.

If you event is longer than 5 hours… the only additional charge is for the bartender(s)

$9.50 – per hour, per bartender

The bar & BIC catering cost will handled at the end of event and must be paid night of the event.    (If you are using Tom Gang Catering you will deal with him directly).

Gratuity – There is an 18% Service Charge/gratuity that is divided among the BIC staff involved in the event.

Taxes  – please contact us if you are tax exempt – we’ll adjust your room cost.

There are a number of reasons why the BIC is a great choice for your next event!

  1. Experience – We’ve been around 47 years and still going strong!
  2. Affordable – We offer VERY reasonable prices considering all the BIC has to offer. We have very competitive prices for our rooms, bar, and catering!
  3. Friendly staff – We feel we have the best in S. Buffalo! Most all of our staff lives in the community and they all believe in the BIC and our mission.
  4. Beautiful Building – We are proud of our building! With a classy, traditional feel, your guests enjoy the look and feel of the BIC both outside and inside as well.
  5. Large rooms – We can accommodate up to 360 people when you combine both of our banquet rooms (250 in Emerald & 110 in Claddagh).
  6. Catering  We offer 2 affordable catering options – BIC Catering & Tom Gang & Co. We proud of the quality of our food options.
  7. Features – The BIC is handicap accessible.WiFi is available at no charge! We can also offer PA & Mic, stage, multiple table setups, chairs, linens, napkins, etc… these are optional and there may or may not be an additional charge. Video projector and screen are available for rent.
  8. Parking – We have 1 very large parking lots with free parking and a smaller one on the side… there is parking on the street very close for large events.
  9. Online Booking & Planning – You will love our new booking system as it makes every step the your event so much easier to book and plan.
  10. Support – We want you to have the best experience possible. We are here to help with your event and answer any questions both prior to your event and night of! We encourage you to contact anytime – Click here for our Support Page.
  • Questions & Help! First – please read our FAQs.  We are also always here to answer your questions!
  • Questions Booking Event Room  – Please contact our Booking Manager – Kevin McCarthy – booking@buffaloirishcenter.com  – (716) 472-7700 – cell.
  • Questions BIC Catering & Bar/Beverage For Events – Please contact our Catering Manager – Jill Sullivan – jillsullivan47@yahoo.com  – (716) 982-3511 – cell.
  • QuestionsTom Gang Catering – (716) 826-1292  (716) 341-7681 – cell.
  • Please e-mail first when possible, but no problem to text or call if urgent or more involved.

The BIC Event Rooms are available for any event!

Types of Events We Host – Wedding, Meetings, Showers , Birthday Parties, Banquets,  Luncheons, Anniversary Parties,  Memorial Receptions, Funeral Breakfast/Brunch, Stags, Jack & Jill, Dances, Benefits, Fundraisers, Golf Tournament Banquets, Concerts, and/or any event!

We are a full service, affordable banquet facility with everything you need to put on any type of event!

The BIC is handicap accessible.WiFi is available at no charge!

Video projector and screen are available for rent.

We can also offer PA & Mic, stage, multiple table setups, chairs, linens, napkins, etc… these are optional and there may or may not be an additional charge.

No, we provide all of that for you, at no additional charge. We are a full service banquet facility.

Catering

  1. BIC Catering – The Buffalo Irish Center offers BIC Pub Food for smaller events.
  2. Tom Gang & Co. is the official caterer for the Buffalo Irish  Center.

We do not allow outside catering at this time.  We DO allow outside desserts.

  • Questions & Help! First – please read our FAQs.  We are also always here to answer your questions!
  • Questions Booking Event Room  – Please contact our Booking Manager – Kevin McCarthy – booking@buffaloirishcenter.com  – (716) 472-7700 – cell.
  • Questions BIC Catering & Bar/Beverage For Events – Please contact our Catering Manager – Jill Sullivan – jillsullivan47@yahoo.com  – (716) 982-3511 – cell.
  • QuestionsTom Gang Catering – (716) 826-1292  (716) 341-7681 – cell.
  • Please e-mail first when possible, but no problem to text or call if urgent or more involved.

Food arrangements can be finalized with the caterer.  A final count is need not less than 14 days before the event.

Yes! You are able to bring in your own wedding cake, cupcakes, or other special occasion desserts.  We are unable to provide any refrigeration for cakes or dessert brought in from off-site. All cakes and desserts must arrive the day of event.

Other than our caterers, you may choose your own coordinator.  Our only request is that we be kept aware of the vendor choice, their responsibility etc. You may bring in favors or decorations of your choice.  We can recommend companies if preferred. We reserve the right to refuse a vendor.

This time frame will be discussed closer to the event. We don’t have refrigeration for perishable items such as real floral arrangements, wedding cake, cupcakes etc. so they need to be delivered the day of the event.  Please contact us with any questions regarding this.

Misc.

Your room is booked for a 5 hour event.  Setup time is not included and will be coordinated with your schedule and the BIC schedule. We ask that any items you bring in be taken out at the end of the event.

Confetti, small stones, etc. are not permitted   Only poster putty may be used to hang signage.

We accept online payments, checks (personal or bank), cash or credit cards.

For room rental payment click here.  https://buffaloirishcenter.com/make-a-payment/

Linens are available in white and napkins come in a variety of colors.  There is now no fee for basic white linens and/or napkins. It will be an extra $3 per linen charge per table for color or fancier tablecloth.

YES – we have plenty of FREE parking spaces on both sides and in front of our building!  We have extra on the street along Abbott Rd.

Parking – Left side of our building – We have 47 park spots on the left with 3 handicap spots for 50 total spots

Parking – Right side of our building – we have 9 spots with 1 Handicap spot for 10 total spots.

Parking- Front of our building – we have 7 spots right in front of our building on our side of the street.

We have a total 67 parking spots total on each side and right in front of the BIC!

Additional parking goes up and down Abbott Rd and side streets.

For our busiest events, we’ll have well over 400 people and we can handle that amount of parking between our lot and  local streets.

Yes, we often have a variety of events going on at the BIC and it has never been an issue. The BIC has 2 separate banquet rooms:  Claddagh Room ( capacity 110) and the Emerald Room (capacity of 250) and a front pub. At our busiest times, we can have full events with music going on in all of our rooms with out a problem!