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25 places to find food near the NCAA games in KeyBank Center

Welcome to Buffalo. If there’s one thing we love here it’s eating, so we promise you won’t go hungry during the NCAA Tournament.

We’ve compiled a list of 25 restaurants and bars within a 15-minute walk of KeyBank Center where you can have a drink, grab a quick sandwich or even enjoy a high-end steak dinner.

(716) Food & Sport (7 Scott St., HarborCenter). Giant sleek sports bar with multiple televisions will show all the games. Open 10 a.m. March 16, 11 a.m. March 17-19. Special DJ from 10 p.m. to close March 16. Serving regular menu. Family friendly. Distance from KeyBank Center: 0.2 miles.

Ballyhoo Links & Drinks (211 South Park Ave.). Laid-back bar known for its scrumptious “jam session” cocktails, craft beers and homemade sausage sandwiches. Open from 10:30 a.m. to midnight March 16, 11:30 a.m. to midnight March 17, 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. March 18 and noon to midnight March 19.

Owner Tim Stevens said the patio will be open so “dress for it” and specials will be posted on Facebook. Service will be fast and casual. Distance from KBC: 0.4 miles.

Brawler’s Back Alley Deli (76 Pearl St.). Located below the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, Brawler’s is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 16-19 with food and drink specials including quick grab-and-go sandwiches. Bar opens early. Takeout available. Distance from KBC: 0.5 miles.

Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Concession stand and The Ward restaurant both open at 9 a.m. March 16 and March 18. Quick service Buffalo favorites buffet ($17) on March 16 between basketball sessions. Open at 11 a.m. March 17 and March 19; regular menu both days. Family friendly. Distance from KBC: 0.9 miles.

The tater tot poutine from Buffalo RiverWorks' The Ward. (Ben Tsujimoto/Buffalo News file photo)

Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.). Large venue will host the 97 Rock College Basketball Viewing Party on March 16 and 18; doors open at 10 a.m. with $5 admission. Games will be shown on a special theater-screen setup. Food and drink specials include pizza by the slice, $20 Labatt Blue/Light pitchers, Jim Beam cocktails and a special Bleed Orange Cocktail.

Live 97 Rock broadcast, MC DJ Jickster, giveaways and raffles at this all-ages event. Open at 2 p.m. March 17 serving regular menu, closed March 19. Distance from KBC: 0.3 miles.

Buffalo Creek Casino (1 Fulton St.). There are three food and drink options in this casino: The Creek Stop, with fresh-prepared food to go available 24 hours; Stixx Sports Bar, where you can catch a game and enjoy drinks; and the new upscale steakhouse WD Bar and Grille (open 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and to midnight Friday and Saturday. Reservations are suggested.). Distance from KBC: 0.8 miles.

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino's WD Bar and Grille presents a tableside s'more. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Cobblestone Bar & Restaurant (130 South Park Ave.). Cobblestone has the NCAA drill down pat. With plenty of TVs for viewing, Cobblestone will serve an abbreviated menu heavy on quick items like wings, beef on weck and burgers. Usual drink menu with beer bucket specials. Open 9 a.m. March 16, 3 p.m. March 17, 9 a.m. March 18, closed March 19. Distance from KBC: 0.2 miles.

Elements at Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St., 853-1211). Elements will open March 16 between basketball sessions, then remain open, serving a regular menu that features appetizer baskets, sandwiches and flatbread pizza. Full bar. Open at 5 p.m. March 17; March 18 hours will depend on game time. Call for hours. For entertainment around the games, check out the offerings at the Helium Comedy Club. Distance from KBC: 0.3 miles.

If you're looking for healthier options near KeyBank Center, Healthy Scratch is just steps away at HarborCenter. This is the arugula, prosciutto and mascarpone toast. (Mark Mulville/The Buffalo News file photo)

Healthy Scratch (75 Main St., HarborCenter Marriott). Walk up fast-casual restaurant serving healthy food — cold pressed juices, smoothies, healthy toasts, bowls, grab-and-go salads, wraps and healthy snacks. Specialty coffee. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Distance from KBC: 0.1 miles.

Lagerhaus 95 (95 Perry St.). Gastropub serving craft beers, wines and creative cocktails. Open 11:30 a.m. March 16-19, with all-day buffet ($20 per person) throughout the weekend. Corned beef on March 17 for St. Patrick’s Day buffet ($25). Drink specials and patio open weather permitting. Family friendly. Distance from KBC: 0.2 miles.

Liberty Hound (One Naval Park Cove). Located by the historic Erie Canal site, Liberty Hound will serve an abbreviated menu of appetizers, burgers, soups, salads and entrees. Large selection of cocktails and beers. Patio will be open, weather permitting. Open at 11:30 a.m. March 16-19. Family friendly. Distance from KBC: 0.1 miles.

Lockhouse Distillery (41 Columbia St.). First distillery opened in Buffalo since Prohibition has a down and dirty vibe that feels like half-bar, half-warehouse. Bar opens 10 a.m. March 16 and noon March 17-19. In addition to regular cocktail menu and craft beers, Lockhouse will serve Irish cocktails and Irish coffee. Regular food menu throughout the weekend. Rolling distillery tours begin at 10 a.m. Distance from KBC: 0.3 miles.

The Mahony (199 Scott St.). Located in the historic Fairmont Creamery building, the industrial chic bar has lots of wide open space perfect for gathering. Open at 11 a.m. March 16 and 17 and at 4 p.m. March 18 (unless games are earlier). Call for hours. Regular gastropub-style menu served. Family friendly. Distance from KBC: 0.7 miles.

Milo’s (126 Michigan St., 856-4342). A small diner serving breakfast and lunch directly across from the Seneca Buffalo Casino. Will serve a limited menu, no alcohol. Open at 10 a.m. March 16-18; closed March 19. Distance from KBC: 0.4 miles.

Pan-American Grill & Brewery (391 Washington St.). Located in the historic Hotel @ The Lafayette, the restaurant will open at 11 a.m. March 16-19 serving its regular menu with $3.50 pints throughout the weekend. Distance from KBC: 1.4 miles.

You'll get a great view with your food and drink at Panorama on Seven, the bar and restaurant in the Marriott. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Panorama on Seven (95 Main St., HarborCenter Marriott). Swanky restaurant/lounge in the HarborCenter with stunning views of Lake Erie. An abbreviated dinner menu to get people in and out. Special drink is the Hop Step — a rum, Lockhouse aged gin, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, dash of Lillet Blanc and Big Ditch IPA syrup cocktail. Open daily for breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m., followed by lunch/dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Distance from KBC: 0.2 miles.

Pearl Street Grill & Brewery (76 Pearl St.). Three levels of eating and drinking. Open at 10 a.m. March 16-18 and noon March 19. Serving a regular menu on the first level, buffet service on the second and third floors. The $17 per person buffet will include Buffalo favorites. Family friendly.

Pettibones Grille (275 Washington St., 846-2100). Located at Coca-Cola Field, Pettibones will be open on March 16 and 18. On March 16, it opens between games; hours on March 18 depend on game time so call. Serving a buffet ($18.95) with cash bar. Reservations highly recommended.

Pizza Plant is known for its pizza pods. Here is one with sesame seed dough filled with peppers, green olives and garlic. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Pizza Plant (125 Main St.). Located in the Courtyard Marriott across from HarborCenter, Pizza Plant will serve an abbreviated menu including the restaurant’s signature pods to speed up service through the weekend (March 16-19). Look for drink specials. Open every day at 10 a.m. Family friendly. Distance from KBC: 0.3 miles.

Swannie House (170 Ohio St., 847-2898). Iconic Buffalo tavern serves good basic food, including Buffalo favorites like chicken wings and beef on weck. Good selection of cold beer, regular cocktails. Open 8 a.m. March 16-19. Corned beef dinners and sandwiches served the entire the weekend. Family friendly. Distance from KBC: 0.4 miles.

Tewksbury Lodge (249 Ohio St.). Cute and cozy restaurant overlooking the Buffalo River will serve a best of Buffalo food buffet ($17.95) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 16, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 17 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 18. Price includes one beer. Free shuttle to and from KeyBank Center. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 19, regular breakfast and lunch menu. Family friendly.

Tim Hortons HarborCenter (1 Scott St., corner of Main Street). Grab something quick at this Buffalo institution, a chain of coffee shops started by former Buffalo Sabre Tim Horton. Coffee, coffee drinks, baked goods, soups, sandwiches. Open daily 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on event nights). Distance from KBC: 0.2 miles.

Washington Square Bar & Grill (295 Washington St., 849-0619). Washington Square is a well-oiled machine for March Madness. Canned beer on ice is sold out of the old phone booth and the front room is cleared of tables for quick carved beef on weck sandwiches. Open at 11 a.m., March 16-19.

William K’s Restaurant (329 Erie St.). A fine dining restaurant that features stunning views of Lake Erie. Open at 4 p.m. March 16 and 3 p.m. March 17-18. On March 19, brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner starts at 4 p.m.


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