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Whether off the city streets of Dublin, aside the Atlantic coast in Doolin or amid the acoustic echoes of Galway, Ireland’s pubs have always been about one thing: the people. The same goes for the Irish-leaning locales of South Buffalo. Whether straddling bar stools and exchanging stories with family, hanging placards for friends’ stags or hovering over high tops afte…

Watching Buffalo football has always been about community. For more than five decades, Bills fans have gathered for games across parking lots, patios or packed inside a Lou Saban-loving grandmother’s living room. But it’s within bars, pubs and taverns — both inside and outside Buffalo — where true Isley Brothers-backed camaraderie thrives. Patrons wear jerseys of…

Colter Bay Grill is up for sale.Owner Dennis Brinkworth has sold or closed the rest of his bar and restaurant holdings in recent years, including Brinks, House O’ Quinn and Morrissey’s. The latest location was looked after by his father Dennis Sr. until his death in 2007. Since then, Brinkworth has been running the restaurant in addition to a full time job as a beer di…

The best foyers create a good first impression, keeping potential customers comfortable while they’re waiting for the chance to start eating and drinking. More important than décor, though, is the host. A place that does robust walk-in traffic needs a staffer who is part traffic cop, to effectively triage the crowd. ¶ When customers have done their part – confirmed…

City Tavern on Chippewa Street is closing. It is going out in glory, with a blowout planned for Sept. 18 and 19.The bar was popular among the under-30 crowd and often played host to deejays and dance parties.“The past five years have been quite the ride, the best learning experiences one could ask for,” the Facebook announcement read, in part. “I’m neither sad nor …

A downtown bicycling destination that’s also a bar? Why not?The ambitious project was envisioned by Sarah Schneider, co-owner of Merge Restaurant, who also bikes.“I feel like biking gave me my first real taste of independence as a child, and I’ve found that as I’ve continued biking around cities I’ve lived in as an adult, biking has continued to provide a sense o…

Gordon’s motto is “Nobody Leaves Here A Stranger.” With a somewhat “dive-y” hole-in-the-wall sports bar feel, Gordon’s remains a go-to place for its loyal customers. A North Buffalo neighborhood fixture, Gordon’s recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary.The crowd is a nice mix, from 20-somethings to veterans, with everyone getting along just fine. It’s a…

Toutant, James Roberts’ downtown parlor of Southern delights, already numbers fried chicken, shrimp and grits and baked-to-order cornbread among its siren songs. This month, Roberts departed from his Louisiana bayou roots to apply his chefly skills to the native cuisine of Buffalo. The bologna sandwich he unveiled last week at his restaurant, 437 Ellicott St., profoundl…

Santora’s Pizza Pub & GrillWhere: 7800 Transit Road, Amherst (634-6000, santoras.com)Hours: 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.Scene: Suburban escape on busy Transit Road.Patio: Covered bar with fire pit area, couch seating in the sun, two dining sections.Dress: Flip flops to wedge sandals. Bar: Featured beers of the m…

Akron Ale House, a bar and restaurant drawing on the model of the successful Ebenezer Ale House and Eden Ale House, opened a month ago. It’s the third place from owners Nathan Springer and Shawn Schweis. “We’re doing the same things we’ve done at our other places, and people seem to be enjoying it,” Springer said. The new place, 15 Main St., Akron, lists a wide…

Elmwood Village favorite Nektar will be expanding under new owners, with a new menu and a new name. The restaurant’s patio will be enclosed for seating, adding about 800 square feet to its dining space, said Thomas Cowan, one of the new owners. If all goes well the restaurant, at 451 Elmwood Ave., could be open by the end of October, he said. It’s not clear yet what …

Doc Sullivan’s, the South Buffalo tavern known for its “Smitty's style” wings, is getting freshened up under new owners – but the Smitty's wings will stay the same. “The wings are going to stay exactly the same, and we’ll expand the menu a bit and add some wings for people who don’t like Smitty’s,” said Thomas Cowan, who bought the place with a partner. …

Coyote CaféWhere: 37 Main St., Hamburg (thecoyotecafe.com)Hours: Kitchen open 4 to 9 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Bar is open later.Happy Hour: 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday with $2 domestic bottles, $2 well drinks, $4 house margaritas, $4 house wines and $2 off martinis and margaritas (all kinds…

Cabana Sam’s / Sunset Bay Beach ClubWhere: South Shore Drive, Irving (934-9953, sunsetbayusa.com)Cabana Sam’s hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 2 a.m. Sunday.Beach Club Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.Scene: Bad boy Elvis from “Girls! Girls! Girls!” meets up with sweet Sandra Dee’s…