It’s hard to believe that JP Fitzgerald’s has been around for 27 years. Owned by the Brunner family, it seems like only yesterday Bob Brunner converted the former small bar/restaurant into the much larger iconic Hamburg establishment it is today. With additions and renovations, the former inhabitants undoubtedly wouldn’t recognize the place that sits near the corner of Clark and Buffalo streets.
The building isn’t the only expansion. Following Hamburg’s roundabout construction, the parking lot was made bigger, making it a popular place for folks to meet up before or after a Bills home game. New Era Field is a mere four miles away from JP’s down Clark Street to Abbott Road.
But we like to stay comfy and cozy watching games, making JP’s the perfect place to hang out and watch your favorite team.
Ten televisions in the bar and 16 others throughout restaurant (including the patio) keep the action at hand so folks can move about JP’s freely without missing a play.
JP’s has an extensive list of craft beers and domestics on tap and by the bottle, with the usual suspects on special during the week. So take your pick, whether watching the NFL Sunday, Monday and Thursday, college football on Saturday or Sabres games at anytime, something is bound to be cheap. Even cheaper is free salty popcorn that guests can help themselves to in the bar area.
The super-friendly and efficient staff works like a well-oiled machine. Dressed in Bills/Sabres gear, bartenders keep guests well-cocktailed and fed, pausing only to celebrate with patrons when the home team scores.
The sound is turned up during Bills and Sabres games. When the Bills score the “Shout!” song plays, for Sabres games a red goal light goes off.
It wouldn’t be an Irish bar without Irish fare like corned beef, bangers and mash and Shepherd’s pie. Buffalo combos (wings/fingers/weck) are served every day, fish fry on Fridays. The entire menu is available at the bar during earlier games. For night-owls, a late night menu provides sustenance by way of finger foods from green bean “fries” and nachos to Buffalo wraps and wings.
“JP” was a real person — John Patrick Fitzgerald of Dingle Bay, Ireland, and also Bob Brunner’s grandfather. JP died in 1990, the year after his namesake bar opened. And while he may no longer be here, the true spirit of Irish hospitality lives on in JP Fitzgerald’s not just on St. Patricks’ Day, but on game days as well.
4236 Clark St., Hamburg (jpfitzgeralds.com)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 4 a.m. on Saturday.
Atmosphere: Friendly Irish pub in Hamburg
TV tickets: NFL, NHL, MLB, plus all college football, including Big Ten.
Specials: Tuesday Industry Night has happy hour all night with $3 domestic bottles and well drinks; Wednesday Craft Day has $1 off craft pints and craft cocktails.
$2.50 beer nights: Monday and Tuesday, Bud/Bud Light; Thursday (PBR, Coors/Coors Light, Genny Light; Friday is Labatt Blue/Blue Light; Saturday is Miller/Miller Lite/Miller 64.
Sabres games: Labatt giveaways and $4 Crown Royal shots.
For your health-conscious friends: “Fitz Fresh” menu, gluten-free ciders and beers.
Late-night menu: Available for Sunday and Monday for NFL games, plus 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday and midnight to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.