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Do to the mandatory shut down of restaurants/bars, we are CLOSED until 5-1-20 OR until the closure requirement is lifted. We will be canceling or rescheduling all events that are scheduled during this time. We appreciate all of our customers and staff and hope everyone stays safe and healthy. We appreciate your business, support, and understanding. THANK YOU!Divider
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The Buff Bar, Restaurant, & Wedding Venue in Big Lake, MN

The Buff is a unique Wedding Venue, Event Center, Banquet Center, Reception Hall, Bar, Grill, and Full Service Restaurant in Big Lake Minnesota. Hosting many types of events; weddings, corporate parties, birthday parties, company events, fund-raisers, holiday parties, christmas parties, and much more! The Buff hosts bingo, bean bags, horseshoes, pool, darts and activities year round. Live bands take the stage Friday and Saturday nights!

As of January 1st, 2020, The Friendly Buffalo was changed to "The Buff".

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Canceled Until Further Notice
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BingoBingo CANCELED Until Further Notice:

Wednesday's: 7pm Game Start Time
Saturday's: 1pm Game Start Time
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Happy Hours:

Sundays: Happy Hour All Day, Bottle Beer, Tap Beer, & Drinks are $.50 off.
Tuesday-Friday: 3pm-6pm $1 OFF All Drinks. $6 Appetizers (Chicken Quesadilla, Pub Chips, 3 Walleye Cakes, Mozzarella Sticks, Chips & Queso, Chicken Alfredo Flatbread, Margherita Flatbread, Onion Rings, and Mini Corndogs).


Weddings and Events

Abbie Herkenhoff recommends The Buff.

We had our wedding reception here on 6/9/18 it was perfect everything went exactly as planned. All of the staff was amazing so friendly and helpful. They even helped us clean up at the end of the night! Our DJ Bob was great couldn’t have picked anyone better he kept everyone dancing till the end and even went around the room asking for requests! Everything about this venue was perfect! Thank you everyone for the great night and wonderful service!

Merialis Hayes recommends The Buff.
The best staff serving gourmet food in a casual atmosphere at affordable prices.

Cassie Badham recommends The Buff.
Great food, we tried Cajun shrimp Alfredo, walleye cakes and the surf and turf burger- all excellent!

Dana Wahl recommends The Buff.
Awesome and friendly employees, and a great environment.

Ryan Martin recommends The Buff.
Stopped on our way thru to the cities. Cool place, great food and friendly staff and patrons. And we won a meat raffle!!

Kelly Novak Newman reviewed The Buff
Food is always great! Prices are low. And always stuff going on there!


Upcoming Events & Activities

St Pattys Day

Coach Purse Bingo 3-21-20 11am

Steel Toe Comedy Show 4-4-20

Expo and Craft Show 5-3-20
Mother son dance

Easter Bunny Photos

Leagues Start


Big Lake Minnesota Bar, Restaurant and Event Center

The Buff has something for everyone to enjoy! Beyond our large, unique menu, The Buff hosts a variety of events and activities all week long. The facility features several bar areas, a family friendly restaurant, special event areas for parties, corporate meetings, weddings, holiday parties and a variety of other special events in the Big Lake, Elk River, Minnesota area. The Buff hosts all types of events from small birthday parties to large Weddings. Sports leagues include, darts, pool, horseshoes, bean bags and volleyball. Indoor and outdoor seating area are available as well!


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BUFF LUNCH Punch Cards: Valid only with meals purchased from 11am-2pm Wednesday - Friday.  VALID on dine-in or take-out! Pick one up at the Buff today! Your 6th punched meal is FREE.

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Bar, Restaurant and Event Center in Big Lake, MN. Featuring live music on weekends!

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Banquet Wedding PartyEvent Center

Book your special event with our Private Patios, Semi-Private Dining Room Balconies, Main Dining Room & Private Dining Event Room with state of the art Audio/Visual equipment.

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Our extensive menu ranges from creative appetizers and classic favorites to gluten free options and unique entrées.

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The Buff hosts exciting events all year long!

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