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."
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.