To find out just how interesting the Williamsville’s Eagle House is, grab a copy of “A Taste of History” on a table near the back parking lot entrance. The place has been serving folks since 1827.
Among other things, the Eagle House was a stop on the Conestoga Wagon Line. Back then, travelers could get a meal for 25 cents and a bed for the night for a dime.
Before or after you make your way to the bar for happy hour, be sure to look at the old menus that hang on the walls and in the downstairs bathroom located under the stairs. The food prices are unbelievable. The “Oyster Social” invitation is really fun. Oh, how times have changed.
Today weary travelers stop after work for a libation that includes a surprising number of craft beers on tap, considering the old school feel to the place. The small, intimate bar is perfect for conversation. (We’d like to know if the giant butcher block and giant pot near the bar were used for serving hungry pioneers?)
Drinks are 50 cents off during happy hour, but we suggest visiting on a Craft Beer Tuesday for 20-ounce drafts for $5. There are a couple of exceptions, but the rest is fair game. Taps change but you can expect beers like Founders Back Woods Bastard, Big Ditch Cinnamon Apple, Resurgence Hefe, Southern Tier Pumking, EBC Blueberry and Lloyd Christmas Ale, Ithaca Beer Co. Flower Power, Otter Creek Couch Surfer along with some regular drafts like Guinness, Harp and Stella Artois. Beers are listed on a chalkboard with ABV numbers, too. Bottles have some nice local choices too like Flying Bison’s Rusty Chain, Southern Tier’s One Buffalo along with the Labatts, Bud and Coors crowd.
Wine drinkers have plenty to choose from, as the list is extensive. There are no craft cocktails, but the Eagle House can whip up a mean, classic bourbon old fashioned or martini; both come in a generous glass.
The Eagle House sets out complimentary hors d’oeuvres, like meatballs in a chafing dish. Another nice old-school touch. For something more substantial, the menu has good options, like sandwiches and burgers or the Eagle House specialty, Welsh Rarebit for $10 to share. This classic dish is ale and extra sharp Canadian cheddar melted and served in a casserole with toast points. Add bacon for a couple bucks for just a little something before you hit the trail back home.
Where: 5578 Main St., Williamsville (632-7669, eaglehouseonline.com)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday
Happy Hour: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday with 50-cent discount on drinks. Tuesday select 20-ounce craft beers are $5. Sierra Nevada four bottles for $15. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and bar snacks.
Scene: Warm wood and fireplace give the Eagle House a cozy feel.
Décor: Old menus hang on the wall.
Parking: Street or in lot in back.
Yum: Warm Banana Pepper Dip