As the name suggests, Buffalo Sports Garden has always catered to the game-watching crowd. The bar had 13 tube televisions when it opened 14 years ago, back when that was considered a lot.
Now, BSG boasts 25 flat-screens, one for every four seats, including a 110-inch projection screen and three TVs on the spacious patio.
“We put all three TVs on the Bills game there,” co-owner Joe Battaglia said. “If it’s in the 60s, people are going to be outside. It’s football weather.”
Inside, the sound from the Bills broadcast blares, but up to seven TVs can be set to show other NFL games.
Unrelated to the original Buffalo Sports Garden on Elmwood Avenue, the bar on Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park has space for about 100 people and draws close to that when the Bills are on the road. For home games, BSG gets a steady crowd throughout the day, including fans coming from nearby New Era Field.
“We get a little bit of everything,” Battaglia said. “We have old-timers who come in here, guys in their 20s, families. We cater to a lot of different crowds.”
“I come in on a Sunday and we see groups of people that have been coming since the days we opened. But we also get some out-of-towners that want to watch the Cleveland Browns game.”
BSG takes reservations for its larger tables, and, while rarely filled to capacity, “if the Bills are on a hot streak, you might want to get here early,” to get a good seat, Battaglia said. The patio will remain open as long as temperatures are in the 60s.
Though the parking lot is big enough for tailgating, most fans eat inside. Wings, on special at $8 for a single order during Bills games, are a popular order, but the full menu is available on Sundays.
Over the years, co-owner Chad Maracle has expanded BSG’s menu, and the food is what brings fans back once the Bills season goes sour.
“We’ve tried to branch off from the sports bar moniker and be a restaurant with TVs,” Battaglia said. “Our food stands by itself more than anything right now.”
Among the unique offerings: BSG’s signature crunch chicken sandwich, a French onion burger and bloody mary wings. All of the appetizers are homemade.
“Those are the type of things,” Battaglia said, “that set us apart from most sports bars.”
Where: 2945 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park
Sunday hours: Noon-midnight
Crowd: About 75
Food prices: Appetizers from $4-13, sandwiches/burgers $8-11, pizza $8-19
Specials: $8 for 10 wings; $2.25 pints, $2.75 bottles, $13 buckets of Labatt Blue/Blue Light and Coors Light
On draft: 11 craft, three domestic
Parking: Back lot with 77 spaces
NFL Sunday Ticket: Yes
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Story topics: Bills bars