Every Buffalonian can agree; this past winter has been unbelievably brutal. With spring finally on our doorsteps, it’s time to turn off Netflix and exit hibernation mode. On a breezy Friday evening, my boyfriend, Mike, another couple and myself did just that, and headed to Rusty Buffalo for a night out.
Located in the Wimbledon Lanes Plaza, Rusty Buffalo doesn’t seem like your typical bar with its strip-plaza exterior, but as soon as you walk in, you are greeted with the familiar vibe of a local sports bar.
Mike, Troy, Brittanee and I went to the bar to grab the first round. We were astounded at the night’s drink special: $2 Fireball shots and $2 Captain and Cokes. There was no question on what to order.
Troy and I chose to dabble in both of the night’s specials, while Mike got a Captain and Coke and Brittanee chose a grape vodka and Sprite ($3).
We claimed an open high-top table under the dozens of sports pennants hanging from the industrial ceiling. The boys instantly delved into sports babble, while Brittanee and I soaked up the electric ambience and traded stories from the past week.
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Rusty Buffalo has four 60-inch and eight 32-inch high-definition televisions and two 100-inch projectors, making it a great spot to watch the game, race or fight. The bar was exceptionally clean and also provided a pool table, a Golden Tee game and a punching bag arcade game. An island in the middle of the bar was the ideal spot for large groups.
Casually dressed patrons of all ages were buzzing around, laughing, dancing and challenging each other to friendly games of darts.
The live musical guest, Little Mountain Band, was setting up and patrons rearranged their territories to be closer to the music. A small group of younger patrons danced near the band, while many others jived to the jam band in their seats.
Brittanee and I noticed the artistic buffalo murals around the bar, including a girly buffalo painted on the bathroom wall.
Rusty Buffalo has a wide variety of beers including Bud Light, EBC Blueberry, Great Lakes, Sam Adams Seasonal, Blue Moon and Murphy’s stout (all $3 to $5).
Daily specials are phenomenal and you would be hard-pressed to find deals as cheap as Rusty Buffalo’s.
Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with specials including $1 off craft beers, $2.50 well drinks and a variety of $2 shots all on different days of the week. Pinnacle, Jägermeister, Jack Daniels and Jim Beam are just some of the liquors used for shot specials.
Daily themes include Taco Tuesday, Karaoke Night, Ladies Night and Trivia Night, all of which are advertised frequently on its Facebook page and website.
Rusty Buffalo proved to be a pleasant surprise and the perfect night out with friends. The prices are near unbeatable and there was never a dull moment. It’s a great local joint to eat, drink, catch the game or spend the night dancing away.
Where: 270 Center Road (Wimbledon Lanes Plaza), West Seneca (608-6621).
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 4 a.m. Sunday.
Scene: Regulars and newbies mingling, watching the game, downing the drink deals and grooving to the music.
Food: Burgers, wraps, wings and things. Almost the entire menu is under $10.