Where: 318 Pearl St. (thecenturygrill.com)
Hours: Kitchen is open 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Open Sundays during Bills season. Bar is open later than kitchen.
Happy Hour: 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with $4 drafts, $4 well drinks and $6 wine.
Extras: At the bar, Nacho Average Wednesdays (queso and chips), Hot Pretzel Thursday, Tater Tot Friday, House-Smoked Bacon Saturday. Monday Nights: Geeks Who Drink Pub Trivia (moves to Wednesday during the fall). Happy hour specials offered to patrons with a Queen City Roller Girl Ticket stub on bout days when they come in. Ten percent off with Bills or Sabres ticket stubs.
By Emeri Krawczyk
Special To The News
One of the charms about Buffalo is that at any given moment, you could be drinking in a historic location, as in the case of the Century Grill. The building was built as a Freemasons temple in the Corinthian style. It also has served at times as a livery and apothecary. Located across from the downtown Hyatt, the long, brick building is also on the Main Street Metro line. The pay lot next door provides convenient access as well.
The interior is comfortable (even cozy) despite the high ceilings and long bar. Décor ranges from neon beer signs and old beer trays to lots of taxidermy.
Because of the size, Century can be crowded but not feel mobbed. The elevated bar runs down the left side of the building, with seating and booths down the right side. Wood is everywhere on floor paneling, beer coolers, etc. (Those of a certain age might remember the location was once the “Macaroni Company.”) Along the bar, patrons will also notice engraved worn brass plaques of names of regulars before Century’s time. Who were “Evil Jim Brady” and “Ox Our Greek?”
Beer is the name of the game at Century. Selections on tap and by the bottle are displayed on a board at the entrance, with plenty of local choices.
“We feature local and regional beers for the taste of Western New York and the Tri-State area,” said owner (and former Queen City Roller Girl) Kelly DiDomenico. “We also carry the standard Guinness, PBR and Labatts to keep some familiar faces out there. Our beers are always changing, and always based on the hot beers of the season.”
Non-beer drinkers have fun specialty drinks to choose from, like Kiki’s Love Juice, which DiDomenico said is soon to be bottled by a local distillery. For lovers, there is Century Sangria, a big mason jar for two.
For those seeking sustenance in addition to the freebies at the bar, Century’s menu offers perfect bar food, like chips and salsa, nachos, chicken fingers, quesadillas, spinach dip and our favorite “Pou Tots” a take on poutine except this version combines tater tots with cheese curds and gravy. We also recommend the wings, served with traditional sauce. Other choices include barbecue, sweet chili, garlic Parmesan, honey mustard or spicy garlic.
With a winning combination of beer and bar food, we can see Century Grill being open for the next 100 years and beyond.