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Happy Hour: Conlon's Bar & Grill

Conlon’s Bar & Grill
382 Abbott Road

Happy Hour: 3 to 5 p.m Fridays with $2 domestic bottles, $2 well drinks, $2 off wine.

Specials: Wednesday Mercy Hospital Employee Night 7 p.m.-close has $1 off domestic bottled beer, $2 off wine, $1 off well drinks. Saturday 40 cent wings from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m.

St. Patrick’s: Special celebrations in March include corned beef dinners served all month. Plus a heated patio tent.

Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday; 3 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday except for St. Patty’s celebrations.

The Scene: A South Buffalo favorite neighborhood pub with TVs, darts, pool table and eclectic clientele.

What else: Thursday Trivia Night. Sunday Beer Brunch events (five-course brunch paired with award-winning beers).

“Gin mill,” “tavern” and “watering hole” describe Conlon’s in South Buffalo. Like most old taverns in Buffalo, owner Dan Conlon says the building has been a bar since the 1940s with living quarters upstairs that he now uses as an office. Ironically, Conlon bought the bar from Craigslist when he was looking for work as a chef, and the rest was history. He and his wife Emily recently celebrated the five-year anniversary of Conlon’s.

The atmosphere is warm and inviting with eclectic Irish décor including Irish postcards Conlon shellacked right on the wooden bar top. For all St. Patty’s events, Conlon’s will open up its backyard patio with a heated tent to accommodate revelers.

Maria Palmieri, left, and Diana Dorner, both from Lockport, choose a song on Conlon's jukebox in 2011. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Maria Palmieri, left, and Diana Dorner, both from Lockport, choose a song on Conlon's jukebox in 2011. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

The bar has that “been around forever,” feel yet with a modern touch, like a wide variety of craft and higher end beers on tap (15 total). For St. Patty’,s the taps will be flowing with Guinness, Smithwick’s and Harp, along with local beers, like Hamburg Brewing Company’s Irish Red. Bottle beers are basic, as are mixed drinks. If you are seeking a high-end specialty cocktail, look elsewhere. However for those who are gluten-free, Conlon’s does carry Redbridge beer.

Dan Conlon mans the kitchen, and serves an eclectic mix of items from chicken wings and “Irish Nachos” made from pub fries rather than tortillas, to sandwiches, burgers and full dinners, including a beef and lamb Shepherd’s Pie and Guinness Beer Battered Fish & Chips.

On Saturday, March 14 for the First Ward’s Parade, a breakfast buffet that includes corned beef hash will be served from 8:30-11. Conlon’s invites patrons to walk the parade with them for $30, get “beer, bathroom privileges, T-shirt and $1 off drinks.” Conlon’s will be open Sunday, March 15 and Monday, March 16 at 3 p.m. with a $13.99 corned beef and cabbage dinners (served then entire month). And of course, Conlon’s will be open on St. Patrick’s Day with music by The LeftOvers, who will be playing traditional “Irish folk and rebel music.” And because everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s, bring your friends and find something to rebel against.

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