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Bills bar review: High-energy, diverse crowd at Mister Goodbar

A cornerstone of the Elmwood Village since 1968, Mister Goodbar draws fans of live music, stand-up comedy, craft beer and the college party scene throughout the week.

But Sundays are for football fans.

Crowds of close to 100 people gather to watch Bills games on the 110-inch projection screen in the back room, according to bar manager Brad Thomas.

“Our Sunday crew is anything from age 21 to 70, it’s very diverse,” Thomas said. “It’s a high-energy, upbeat crowd. It’s a big open space and we don’t take reservations, so people can meet with a group of friends and you don’t have to worry about who else is there.”

When the weather is nice, there are about 20 seats on the patio from where fans can see the big screen, Thomas said. And even with the big crowd, there is space on the checkered floor to play on the pool tables and dartboards during games.

The bar subscribes to NFL Sunday Ticket and has 10 additional screens of at least 42 inches. Steelers, Giants and Bengals fans are regulars.

Well-known for its wings special ($6 for 10) on Sundays, there are also specials on beer and bloody marys.

“It’s a friendly and exciting atmosphere where people enjoy themselves no matter the score of the game,” bartender Corey Gordon said.

But it wouldn’t be a proper Bills bar without a bit of disdain for division rivals.

Craft beer enthusiasts will have extra incentive to go to Mister Goodbar on Sunday as it’s the last day of the bar’s “Remarkable Weekend.”

Celebrating the fifth anniversary of distributor and importer Remarkable Liquids, Mister Goodbar and neighbor Coles will feature a number of beers from Remarkable’s portfolio and Cantillon bottle pours.

Mister Goodbar will also have four beer engines pouring micro and import cask conditioned ales, as opposed to the usual two, Thomas said. Patrons can purchase a prepaid card for 10 discounted craft beers.

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Mister Goodbar

Where: 1110 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

Sunday hours: 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Crowd: About 100, more when Bills are on road

Prices: Bar menu items ranging from $3-10

Specials: $6 for 10 wings, $6 bloody mary bar, $8 pitchers of PBR

On draft: 29 craft beer taps, four domestic cans

Bottles/cans: 35 craft, 12 domestic

Parking: Street and small pay lot behind bar

Credit/debit: Yes

Jonah Bronstein is a [BN] Blitz contributor. Suggest a bar for him to watch the Bills at jonah.bronstein@gmail.com.

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