There are the harsh elements throughout the Buffalo area's changing seasons, whether frustrating accumulation of snow to plow or shovel, whipping winds off Lake Erie, or sub-zero temperatures that make leaving home more torture than great escape.
But there’s also the romance. Slowly falling snowflakes aside a backdrop of moonlight, or a chill only alleviated by a bundled embrace. And once you gear up for a stroll or ride, that warm neighborhood pub to welcome you as you ride out the inclement weather.
Southtowns roadside refuge Eden Pub is this type of place. Set along North Main Street inside a suburb favored for its farm-to-table fare, the former Eden Ale House reopened under its current moniker by Pat and Yvette O'Brien in June 2018, offering an expanded list of craft beers and hearty dinner specials inside its cozy, wood-hewn barroom and rear dining room.
It's the picture of the neighborhood bar, perfect for friends to pop in after work, or for neighbors to straddle bar stools, share a few laughs, then suck down a few $12 Labatt Blue buckets during Sabres action.
But along with the genuine charm and service of a spot to patronize throughout all seasons, it’s the locale’s viability as shelter from the storms that provides its time to shine.
Rolling in from surrounding neighborhoods, patrons can find all kinds of ways inside the Eden Pub to settle in and shake off any type of undesirable weather. A few servings of the seasonal accommodation (and ample punch) of Founders’ Canadian Breakfast Stout (11.7 percent ABV) during some jukebox-served Springsteen? Yes.
Rounds of the fruity Aloha Traveler Pineapple Shandy to put drinkers in a summer state of mind? Also yes. Selections from noteworthy (Rogue, Bell’s) and newer (Big Ditch) craft names on its unexpectedly diverse bottle list while patrons intently watch reruns of "Live PD"? All are for the taking for those intent on trudging through the elements and finding a comfortable seat inside.
But this being Eden—home of the Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club, and host to favored area sledding trails —there are other ways to escape to the community watering hole during the wintriest of weather. Via Arctic Cat, Polaris and Yamaha, snowmobilers can carve through Erie County trail #S42B, then find a spot for their off-road vehicle in the Eden Pub side lot, located just off the trail.
And once again, this being Eden, winter can sometimes stretch into April, giving these Ski-Doo-clad patrons the chance to add to the spot’s ambiance as not just some corner tavern, but as a welcoming clubhouse for those committed to embracing the unpredictable elements—however they see fit.
Dig out the truck. Strap on some North Face boots. Kick up some powder under the treads of a Bearcat 7000 XT. Choose your mode of travel, then find of spot at a high top for a steaming crock of French onion soup ($5.99), a single order of delectably crispy wings ($10.99), or an ample serving of Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip ($7.99), perfect to be split with friends or snowmobile passengers.
Yes, winter will pass and Western New York's traditionally truncated spring will arrive—at some point. In the meantime, take advantage of locales that complement our most complicated season. For those stiff-arming these complications in corn country, the trek to the Eden Pub can be the comfortable reward.
Address: 8557 N. Main St., Eden
Hours: The kitchen is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The bar is open later daily.
Scene: Neighborhood pub in the heart of corn country, and the perfect stop for a few frosty pints throughout even the most inclement weather.
Drink specials: $3 bottles, $7 pitchers and $12 buckets of Labatt Blue and Blue Light for all Sabres games.
Style the Ski-Doo: Located off a main Erie County snowmobile trail, the locale is perfect for those who would rather sled out for beers.
Parking: Side lot.
Don’t forget to: Check out the craft pint of the month for $4.