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Caputi's is a long-time favorite that knows how to please customers

Bars and restaurants may come and go, but neighborhood watering holes like Caputi’s Sheridan Pub soldier on through thick and thin. How do we know in the case of Caputi’s? A worn sign advertising a fish fry with a “new smoke-free room” is an indication of just how long Caputi’s has been around.

The inside is just what a sports bar/tavern should be — a long bar with tons of TVs (eight in the main bar) supplemented by solid food and drinks.

We like a bar that realizes all folks don’t like to stand, too. Caputi’s has plenty of seating, including in an adjacent room with pool tables and dartboards. In short, lots of ways to hang out.

While Caputi’s has been around the block, it’s kept up with drinking times. It features a craft beers and a local brewery of the month with $1 off local beers. Ellicottville Brewing Company is on tap for February. Visit Caputi’s Facebook page for tap updates.

Bottled crafts beers are abundant and change, too. Here you might find exotic sounding beers like “To Øl Sur Amarillo” and “Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!-Blanche Du Paradis.” If you simply cannot give up Labatt, Caputi’s has it for you.

For the heavy hitters, Caputi’s features better bourbons and whiskeys — around 10 to 15 curated selections. A Bourbon/Whiskey Club meets the first Wednesday of the month in conjunction with the beer of the month small tap takeover. The added allure of Vinyl Night makes Wednesdays a great night to visit.

Caputi’s “Buffalo-centric” menu items include the likes of Buffalo Tator Tots, The Bleu Sriracha (a chicken sandwich tossed in sriracha sauce tossed with homemade blue cheese coleslaw) and a fish fry. The latest addition is a Buffalo Chicken Crunch Roll — chicken wing ingredients done egg-roll style with a crunchy coating thanks to being deep-fried. Delicious.

Wings are the thing here too from the usual to Cajun, Honey Sriracha and Cattleman Barbecue.

For the purists, we offer up The Buffalo — a trend we’ve seen on other menus — a combo plate of a beef on weck with six wings. Somehow fitting for a place that’s been around as long as Caputi’s.

HAPPY HOUR

Caputi’s Sheridan Pub

Where: 2351 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda (836-9758)

Hours: Open daily at 11 a.m.

Happy Hour: Everyday Happy Hour is from 3 to 7 p.m. (noon on Sundays during football season) with two-for-6 bottled beer, $2.75 20-ounce domestic drafts; $2.25 Domestic 19-ounce pints; 2 for $6 well drinks. Well drinks after 10 p.m. are $3.50.

Specials: Monday: half-priced appetizers, $7 single wings from 7 p.m. to close, $2.75 domestic 20-ounce mugs. Tuesday: DJ Trivia at 8 p.m., two tacos for $5, Happy Hour runs all night. Wednesday: $7 single wings, $3 domestic bottles, $5 PBR Tallboy with a shot of Jim Beam for $5. Thursday: $3.25 shots of Jack Daniel’s and Crown Royal 9 p.m. to close, plus two-for-$15 appetizers. Sunday: $7 single order of wings.

Turntable Time: Wednesday Night Vinyl Night. Dig your Aerosmith “Toys in the Attic” album out from the basement. Free pool and darts after 8 p.m.

Sabres games: $2.75 Molson pints; $2.75 20-ounce mugs.

Join the Club: Bourbon/Whiskey Club meets at 7 p.m. first Wednesday of the month.

Buffalo Pub Poker: 7 and 10 p.m. Monday.

Throwback: Check out the change machine in the poolroom.

Fun and games: Lotto machine, Quick Draw and Touch Tunes.

Yum: Buffalo Chicken Crunch Rolls.

Extra: ATM on site

Wheelchair-accessible: Yes

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