Out with the old, in with the new, as in the case of the old Fuddruckers building on the corner of Maple and Sweet Home roads. After total renovation, the slick new Anchor Bar opened in August, just in time for the heavy sports viewing season.
While we stop short of calling it “industrial,” the clean look is a nice change from the often cluttered mess most sports bars covet. Despite the big open spaces, the new Anchor Bar retains a cozy ambiance. The location of the bar is the only shadow of Fuddruckers.
We love the charm of the very Buffalo images on the walls and can’t help but think of Tim Russert, wing man and Buffalo booster, during this election year. Might he have visited this new Anchor Bar and purchased a bunch of chicken wing hats for his friends in Washington?
With a gazillion TVs throughout, the Anchor Bar accepts game-day table reservations. It's perfect for a family that doesn’t want to hang in the bar. One VIP Booth even has its own television. (A group of 20 or more can reserve a private side room.)
The volume is up for Bills and Sabres games and UFC fights. Playoff games (like baseball) get sound, too.
The extensive drink menu is filled with specialty cocktails (15), martinis (3), frozen drinks (4) and a host of bottle, cans/draft beers including all the usual suspects, plus local favorites. Game-day specials are extensive. If you can’t latch on to one, we can’t help you.
Getting down to the business of food, chicken wing inventor Teressa Bellissimo could never have envisioned that her dish would become an iconic bar food which in turn has led to an entire new “Buffalo food” category on full display at the Maple Road location.
There are regular wings plus spicy hot barbecue, spicy garlic Parmesan, honey garlic, chipotle barbecue, sweet and sour, and suicidal ($11.99 single, $20.99 double, $46.99 bucket). Wings & Weck is $14.99. Add five wings to any order for $6.95.
Why not go all Buffalo? Add wings to a cup of spicy chicken wing soup ($5), Anchor Bar Dip ($9.99), Buffalo wing burger ($10.99), Buffalo chicken salad ($10.50), Buffalo chicken nachos ($9.99), Buffalo shrimp ($7.99), Buffalo chicken sandwich ($10.99) or Buffalo chicken wrap ($10.50).
If nothing else, they might make you want to shout, “Let’s go, Buffalo!” as you cheer on our hometown teams.
4300 Maple Road, Amherst
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
Scene: Big, slick looking Anchor Bar with lots of televisions.
TV Tickets: NFL, NHL, UFC.
Hometown teams: Game specials in the bar area include $3 tall (23 oz.) Blue and Blue Light drafts; $3 tall (22 oz.) Coors Light Draft; 5/$16 bucket Miller Light, Molson Canadian, Coors Light, Budweiser, Bud Light, Blue and Blue Light.
Football Foodball: Noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, 8 to 11 p.m. Monday and 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday. Specials include:
- Small cheese/one topping pizza, 10 wings, pitcher of domestic draft, $26.99
- Large cheese/one topping pizza, 20 wings, domestic beer bong (100 oz.), $42.99
- “The Bucket Special”— Bucket of wings and two buckets (10 beers) of domestic beers, $63.99.
College football specials: $4 for 16-ounce cans of Blue/Blue Light and 16-ounce aluminum bottles of Bud, Bud light, Coors Light (bar only).
Wing A Ding Ding: Wings are 60 cents each (minimum of 10) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday (dine-in only).
Happy Hour (bar only): 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with $1 off specialty cocktails, glasses of wine and well drinks; $2.50 domestic pints.
Wing wear: Chicken wing hats, wing-related items.
Parking/accessible: Loads of parking and handicap accessible.