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EVERY DAY'S A BEACH DAY

Mickey Rats/Captain Kidd's

8934 Old Lakeshore Road, Angola-on-the-Lake (549-5782, www.mickeyrats.com)

Age: Barely legal to over-the-sand dune.

Atmosphere: Rascal Flatts' "Summer Nights."

Entertainment/drink specials:

Mondays are "In The Biz" nights for local restaurant/nightclub employees.

Tuesdays All You Can Eat Crab, 4-9 p.m. with $3.50 Absolut Vodka drinks.

Wednesday happy hour, 4-7 p.m. with 2-4-1 drink specials, complimentary buffet and live music, no cover at 7 p.m.

Thursday Country Night with WYRK, 8 p.m.

Friday Caribbean Extravaganza on the patio, 6 p.m. Live music at Rats, 11 p.m.

Saturday Beach Day Patio Party with $3 Molson and Coors Light, $3.50 Malibu Rum drinks noon-5 p.m. Live music at Rats, 11 p.m.

Sunday Funday with $4 Three Olives Drinks/Shots plus $3 Labatt and Bud, noon-5 p.m.

Eats: Sandwiches, wraps, salads, fish fry, fajitas, clams and more.

Extras: Sand volleyball. Boats can drop anchors offshore.

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Sunset Bay/Cabana Sam's

South Shore Drive, Irving (934-9953, www.sunsetbayusa.com)

Age: Whether you're into Elvis or Eminem, you'll fit right in.

Atmosphere: School (or work's) out for summer!

Entertainment/drink specials:

Two-for-one happy hours, 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2-4 p.m. Saturdays.

Monday all-you-can eat crab legs, Absolut vodka drinks and Bud specials at Cabana Sam's.

Tuesday "oldies," discounted drink prices; Sauza Tequila margaritas at Cabana Sam's; live entertainment with Party Squad or Happy Days.

Thursday happy hour extended to 9 p.m.; all you can eat ribs, Malibu rum specials and $2 Yeungling at Cabana Sam's; Sunset Celebration of live music, 7-11 p.m.

Saturday Two-for-One Prime Rib, Cruzan Rum drinks and Corona specials at Cabana Sam's.

Sundays Bloody Mary/Harvey Wallbangers, noon-2 p.m. at Cabana Sam's. Tom Sartori on Cabana Sam's patio, 7 p.m.

Sundays in July, "Beauty and the Beach" bikini contest.

Eats: Finger foods to full dinners daily at Cabana Sam's.

Extras: Souvenir cups for specialty drinks (handcarved coconut monkey heads anyone?). Free wireless access. Ice cream stand, T-shirt shop. Boats can drop anchor offshore.

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South Shore Beach Club

8966 Lake Shore Road, Angola, 549-3026 (next door to Mickey Rats)

A gentler version of the Big Kahunas

Age: Old enough to know better; young enough not to care.

Atmosphere: Rollicking good time.

Drinks: Happy hour, 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. ($3 well/$1.50 draft). Martini/Margarita Madness on Thursday nights, Margarita specials on Friday ($3).

Music: Live music every night except Wednesdays (karaoke).

Eats: Sandwiches, finger food, fish fry. Monday night is Seafood Night.

Eextras: Annual Pirate Raid at noon July 20. Get wet and be wild.

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>SOUTHERN EXPOSURE

Root Five, 4914 Lakeshore Road (Route 5), Hamburg (627-5551, www.rootfive.com)

Age: If you remember "The Love Boat," you're good.

Atmosphere: The Lido Deck.

Drinks: Specialty beers on tap.

Music: Big bands, 7 p.m. Wednesdays; JJ Swing at 5 p.m. Sunday and July 24; swing bands, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7 and Aug. 4; live music Friday and Saturday nights.

Eats: Full menu.

Extras: Covered patio lets you party in the rain.

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Dock at the Bay

3800 Hoover Road, Blasdell (823-8247, www.dockatthebay.com)

Age: College buddies -- from today and yesterday.

Atmosphere: Regular Joes and Jills.

Drinks: Happy hour at the indoor bar, 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Sundays half-price martinis at the indoor bar.

Music: Every night during the summer. Boys of Summer every Tuesday.

Eats: Finger foods and sandwiches on the patio. Full menu indoors.

Extras: Sand volleyball.

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>CITY VIEWS

AcQua (formerly Harry's Harbour Place Grille)

2192 Niagara St. (874-5400, visit them on facebook)

New ownership and staff getting their sea legs.

Age: More Eddie Bauer than Abercrombie.

Atmosphere: Summer chic.

Drinks: Happy hour, 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. with drink specials and $5 Pinnacle Whipped Vodka martinis. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres on Friday.

Music: DJ, 10 p.m. Friday, Saturdays. Live music, 3-7 p.m. Sundays.

Eats: New menu with sandwiches, salads, pizzettes and full dinners. Seafood specials.

Extras: Upper and lower patio bars; soft seating on lower terrace.

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Dug's Dive

1111 Fuhrmann Blvd. (821-9600, www.curtinrestaurants.com)

Age: A mishmash.

Atmosphere: Buoyed spirits.

Drinks: Dug's Down & Dirty Happy Hour, 3-6 p.m. daily.

Eats: Full menu. Get summery with clams, oysters or a lobster dawg.

Extras: Bar is shaped like a boat. Views of boats, steel mill and windmills.

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Templeton Landing

2 Templeton Landing (852-7337, www.templetonlanding.com).

Patio open to 11 p.m. Indoor bar perfect to watch a sunset or storm.

Age: A little bit of everything.

Atmosphere: Is that your company's CEO? Swanky, but comfortable.

Drinks: Fresh Taste of Summer specialty drinks like Ruby Reds ($8) and Burning Mandarin Martinis ($9); craft beers on tap.

Music: Live music, Thursday-Sunday.

Eats: Full lunch and dinner menus. Special patio menu.

Extras: Close to Moondance Cat, Spirit of Buffalo and Buffalo Harbor Cruises. Guy shucking clams at the main indoor bar.

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>NORTHERN EXPOSURE

The Shores Waterfront Restaurant

2 Detroit St., North Tonawanda (693-7971, www.shoreswaterfront.com)

No patio bar but you can carry drinks outdoors.

Age: Age boxes 30-35, 36-42, 42-55 plus.

Atmosphere: Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Music: Live music, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 p.m. Sunday.

Drinks: Happy hour specials, 3-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Eats: Finger food to dinners.

Extras: "Goodfellas" decor. Large outdoor area; view of the Grand Island Bridge. Boats can dock at gas dock.

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Dockside Inn

153 Sweeney St., North Tonawanda (693-3100, www.docksideonthecanal.com)

Age: A place to take your future in-laws.

Atmosphere: Good clean fun.

Drinks: Margarita Mondays, Tequila Sunrises and specials for Hog Night Tuesdays, Whisky Jack Wednesdays, Three Olives Vodka Thursdays, Frozen Cocktail Fridays, Stoli Saturdays; Bloody Mary Sundays.

Music: Karaoke, 9 p.m. Thursdays; live music 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays.

Eats: Monster fish fry; sweet potato Tater Tots! Hog Night features Hog Wings.

Extras: Docking for boats. Cool view of train trestle spanning canal.

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River Grill

70 Aqua Lane, Tonawanda (873-2553, www.rivergrilltonawanda.com)

No clear view of the water, but you know it's right there, plus there's a patio bar.

Age: You, your parents and their neighbors.

Atmosphere: Middle-aged "Road House" minus Patrick Swayze and the fights.

Drinks: Happy hour, noon to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Music: Live music daily.

Eats: Full menu with lots of seafood specials.

Extras: Giant carved wooden tiki heads.

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Water Street Landingm

115 South Water St., Lewiston (754-9200, www.waterstreetlanding.com)

Age: Seniors (college graduates to the AARP'ers)

Atmosphere: A little Chippewa feel.

Music: Music on the patio, Friday-Sunday. Tuesdays with Jack Civiletto (Frank Sinatra songs and $11.99 dinner specials). Music on Mondays for the Clam Slam.

Eats: Fine dining to fish fries, ribs and clams. Clam Slam Mondays $4.99 a dozen, Wednesday $5.99 ribs; $5.99 Friday Fish Fry; $9.99 lobster tails daily.

Extras: Tide turns at 10 p.m. with DJ mixing everything from Salt-n-Pepa to TLC to Jay-Z. Covered patio. Tired of the young folk? Head upstairs to the Side Bar.

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>A RIDE TO LAKE ONTARIO

Sunset Bar & Grill

18 Shore Drive, Wilson (751-6868, sunsetgrillwilson.com)

Age: Legal drinking age to the Ancient Mariner.

Atmosphere: "Summer Breeze" by Seals & Crofts.

Drinks: Sunday happy hour, 2-6 p.m.

Music: Blues bands, 6 p.m. Wednesdays; live music, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Eats: Blue Wednesdays with Blue Burgers, Blue Point Oysters, Lobster Corn Dogs, Oysters Rockefeller, raw bar items and more. Select 2-4-1 appetizers on Sunday.

Extras: Chalkboard notes the time of the sunset.

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Wilson Boat House

57 Harbor St., Wilson (751-6060, www.wilsonboathouse.com)

Beautiful covered patio bar with views of swanky boats.

Age: Spring chickens to not so spring.

Atmosphere: Hanging at the yacht club (even if you don't belong).

Drinks: Local wine tastings throughout the summer.

Music: 6 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays.

Eats: Full seafood/steak-y menu.

Extras: Free Duffy boat shuttle.

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