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8 bars to watch sports

Mes Que / 1420 Hertel Ave. / Buffalo / 836-8800

Named after the mantra for FC Barcelona, the European soccer powerhouse, Mes Que is Buffalo's first soccer-only bar (with an occasional Syracuse game mixed in). The Hertel watering hole will televise every 2014 FIFA World Cup match on six TVs inside, a 60-inch TV stationed atop its patio and in the alley way on the North Park Avenue side of the bar. Mes Que regularly televises English Premier League, Major League Soccer, United States Men's National Team, La Liga (Spain) and Serie A (Italy) league matches.

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Coles Restaurant / 1104 Elmwood Ave. / Buffalo / 886-1449

Known for its solid beer selection and often crowded bar area, Coles is an ideal place to huddle with friends and watch a sporting event. Because the bar is not particularly deep, the TVs are closer to the viewer than many other establishments.

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Gecko's Bar and Grille / 1464 Hertel Ave. / Buffalo / 835-9073

The Hertel sports bar boasts 10 new flat-screen high-definition TVs spread throughout the establishment so patrons don't have to crowd around the bar to catch a glimpse of the action. From the NHL playoffs to the World Cup, Gecko's doesn't shy away from a variety of sports.

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Tully's / 1459 Niagara Falls Boulevard / Buffalo / 446-0007

This regional franchise started in Syracuse and then Batavia before opening its first Buffalo-area restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the early 2000s. It now has three. Tully's is jammed with television sets that always are turned to sports and its menu is jammed with an assortment of finger foods and beverage choices that any sports fan would appreciate.

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Mooney's / 1531 Military Road / Town of Tonawanda / 877-1800

Mooney's, which has two other locations in Depew and the City of Tonawanda, is not an Irish pub -- this place is a haven for sports lovers, and also lovers of pop culture. Vintage Budweiser and Guinness ads are framed and peppered along the knotty pine walls. Sports memorabilia like old-school NFL pennants and various sports jerseys fill the walls and other empty spaces, and some of it is even for sale.

Griffon Gastropub / 2470 Military Road / Niagara Falls / 236-7474

The Griffon Pub caters to the sports-watchers with wide-screen televisions over a long bar. The unusually broad selection of draft beer from near and far, 50 taps strong, doesn't hurt, either.

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Big Tree Inn / 4277 Abbott Road / Orchard Park / 649-9892

Nestled on the corner of Abbott Road and Route 20A in the shadow of Ralph Wilson Stadium, Big Tree Inn has been a popular gathering spot for Buffalo Bills fans (and, often, actual Bills players) since 1982. Decked out in Bills d├ęcor with maple sculptures of Andre Reed and Chris Berman standing outside, the sports bar offers an array of domestic beers, mixed drinks and shots, along with wings and a full lunch and dinner menu.

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Amherst Pizza and Ale House / 55 Crosspoint Parkway / Amherst / 625-7100

Mostly American menu features local favorites (fish fry, wings, pizza) as well as creative takes on burgers, chicken, macaroni and cheese, and wings. The extensive local and national beer selection changes with the season. Television-heavy and memorabilia-infused environment is great for sports viewing; a scrolling "sports ticker" displays updated scores.

Photo by Harry Scull Jr.

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