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10 great things that happen after 2 a.m.

Over the past few months, as the debate over moving back Buffalo's bar closing time has intensified, we've heard the refrain ad nauseum:

"Nothing good happens after 2 a.m."

Well, not in our experience. As denizens of Buffalo's thriving late-night culture, we in The Buffalo News features department present 10 examples of late-late-night experiences that contradict this drowsy assessment of Western New York and world culture:

1. This sandwich from Jim's Steakout

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Best argument for staying out in Allentown till 5? Chicken in the Grass from Jim's. - Andrew Z. Galarneau

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2. The glory of Frizzy's photo booth

Via Flickr user Sean-Franc Strang.

Via Flickr user Sean-Franc Strang.

The later it gets, the better you look. - Colin Dabkowski

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3. Celebrity gawking and classy cocktails at Mothers

Buffalo News file photo.

Buffalo News file photo.

Celebrities who pass through Buffalo often make late-night stops at this Allentown institution, which serves food through 3 a.m. -C.D.

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4. The mere existence of The Old Pink

The scene at The Old Pink at 223 Allen Street in Buffalo on Thursday night, December 23, 2004. (PHOTO/Elizabeth A. Mundschenk)

The scene at The Old Pink at 223 Allen St. one late night. (Buffalo News file photo)

If you don't get it, you don't get it. -C.D.

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5. Meteor showers. That's all.

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Don't knock drunk stargazing if you haven't tried it. Coming up: The Lyrids on April 22. -C.D.

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6. The jams get going strong 

Celebration of the life of Pete Perrone, former owner of Mohawk Place, tops Mike Farrell's list for this weekend. {Photo by John Hickey / Buffalo News file photo}

Rock fans assemble outside Mohawk Place for a celebration of the venue before it briefly closed in 2013. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

Musicians, particularly those given to improvisation, get warmed up as the audience gets warmed up. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen a band peak at 3 a.m. -Jeff Miers

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7. Bonding with old friends

Patrons inside East Aurora Tap House.

Patrons inside East Aurora Tap House. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

Let’s face it – we all work too much. If you’ve managed to do all that it takes to plan a night out with friends – matching schedules, hiring babysitters, making sure someone else can cover the Kissmas Bash show, whatever – why not make a full night of it? -Jeff Miers

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8. The weirdos come out at night

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Some of the most memorable moments in Buffalo's Infringement Festival -- from random beat-boxing sessions to roving people in skintight body suits -- happen in tiny art spaces and outdoor pocket parks well past the witching hour. -C.D.

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9. A student-free University Heights

Students pile on the bus at UB South campus to go back to the North Campus at about 1:25 a.m. on Halloween, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Students pile on the bus at UB South campus to go back to the North Campus at about 1:25 a.m. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

You've heard of the gangs of students in Buffalo's University Heights neighborhood? Those problems diminish at 2 a.m., when the last bus departs for North Campus. So your window for fun in the Heights runs from 2 to 4 a.m. and beyond.

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10. The realization that you live in a city with a rich culture, one that is worth staying out until 4 a.m. to enjoy.

An aerial shot of downtown Buffalo, which has been a hub of innovation long before 2014. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)

An aerial shot of downtown Buffalo. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)

I was not born in Buffalo. The incredible musical nightlife brought me here, and it also convinced me to stay. In the '90s, we’d go to several clubs to see bands, end up for a nightcap at the Old Pink, and have an early breakfast at The Towne Restaurant to wind things down. This was never anything less than awesome. - J.M.

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