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Happy hour: Anchor Bar Williamsville

Anchor Bar Williamsville
7662 Transit Road, Buffalo, NY 14221
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Hours: Open daily at 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, until 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m. and 9 to close. $4 craft beer; $3 well drinks; 2.75 domestic drafts. $5 select appetizer including deep fried pickles, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, garlic bread, Buffalo shrimp, and more.

Extras: $2 off Margaritas on Monday, $4 Wine Wednesdays, $4 Craft Beer Thursdays. $2.75 Labatt Blue, Blue Light Drafts and bucket specials during Bills and Sabres games. Deals of the day posted on Facebook.

The second location for the famed Anchor Bar opened in October 2014, taking the place of the former Corner Bakery Café. Unlike the original Anchor Bar on Main Street in downtown Buffalo, the Williamsville location is new and sleek with granite countertops and stone, but with a nod to the past with pictures of the Original Anchor Bar, well-known Buffalo personalities like Tim Russert, Shea’s, schools in the area and other historic landmarks.

Despite being new, the location manages to keep the friendly vibe as well as provide good service.

John Perc, the first customer in the new Anchor Bar, grabbed a beer with his chicken wings. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

John Perc, the first customer in the new Anchor Bar, grabbed a beer with his chicken wings. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

“We wanted a Buffalo-style tradition with a more modern, classy feel,” said co-owner Michael Schiappa, who notes that this spring the establishment will also have an outdoor patio. Tuesday night trivia nights with 97 Rock have started. Live music is also planned at some point in the future.

While the bar area flows right into the dining area, it does have four tables, a fireplace and several TVs. Drink options at the bar include 12 taps that change and include choices like Southern Tier, Big Ditch, Great Lakes Brewing, Flying Bison, and crowd favorites like Samuel Adams, Blue Moon, Stella Artois, Founders, Labatt Blue and Blue Light, and Bud Light. Bottled beers are basic with the usual Labatt and Bud choices, Coors, Molson, Corono, Heinekin, Miller Lite and Yuengling.

Wine drinkers will find a decent selection to choose from, with all the bases covered with reds that include Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Apothic’s Red Blend. Lighter wines range from Pinot Grigio and Moscato to Chardonnay and White Zinfandel.

Although drink specials are abundant, don't overlook the chicken wings. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Although drink specials are abundant, don't overlook the chicken wings. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Fun handcrafted cocktails provide humor along with a powerful punch, like Frank and Teresa's Paradise Punch, a combination of Smirnoff vodka, Amaretto Disarrono and Malibu rum with orange, pineapple, cherry and lime juice. When life has you down, Circle the Wagons Cosmo combines Grey Goose Vodka with Grand Marnier, pomegranate and cranberry juices for a quick picker upper.

The ‘77 Blizza’rita will warm your toes with Jose Cuervo tequila, Blue Curaca with pineapple, lemon and lime juice. The most famous drink is the Anchor Bar Bloody Mary made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Anchor Bar Hot Sauce garnished with a saucy chicken wing and celery, of course.

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