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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 bundle…

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Dependent on your experience or ethnic construction, the term “Irish family drinking atmosphere” can conjure a variety of imagery. Hearty laughs between colorful, cross-generational stories. Frothy pints sipped between sing-a-longs around the kitchen table. Sibling revelry that may take an occasional turn for the worse, dependent upon everyone’s version of history and/o…

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Opening a bar is a decision that, regardless of vocational training, management acumen or basic rationality, people routinely discuss as a viable business opportunity. Is this because it’s an easy gig? No. It’s because the idealistic expectation of the bar, tavern or pub is the monetization of hangout space, crafted for customers who will patronize a place as their pers…

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Four years after a soft opening on Thanksgiving week, the idea behind Moor Pat hasn’t changed: search endlessly to acquire some of the world's best craft beer, and offer it to the fine, thirsty folks of Western New York. Moor Pat was Williamsville’s first craft beer bar, and it is among the premier destinations for must-have beer in the area. Connor O'Brien was working …

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Drive around Buffalo, and you’ll find plenty shops, bars and buildings that, side by side or block by block, are emblematic of the city’s developing past-vs.-present dichotomy. There are 1800s-era homes next door to inventive craft breweries. Loft apartments inside converted Catholic elementary schools. And an indoor hockey palace across from lines of grain elevators. T…

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One of the most defining characteristics of Buffalo is its neighborhood bars. Dingy dives are nestled deep among the houses that approach a century in age. The oak tops are scarred from decades of supporting bottles and cans and glasses and elbows - cradling heads, and many, mostly unmentionable, things. Rare is it that one of these bastions of the Queen City’s rich Rust …

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We were sad when The Warehouse closed. Located just off the Blasdell Thruway exit, it was a nice place to meet our Southtowns friends, especially during the Sabres season to catch a game. After several months of driving by an old faded sign, we noticed a new one this spring along with a slightly new name: The Original Warehouse. Would it be the same? It was time to i…

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If you’ve ventured inside any date-appropriate South Buffalo bar-restaurant over the past 15 years, then you’re likely familiar with the scenery resplendent inside each. Framed photos of the city’s industrial past intermixed with Irish imagery. Traditional drafts and dinner items interwoven with some mildly adventurous fare on tap and tables. Settled-down Generation Y a…

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The astounding growth of downtown Buffalo and the waterfront area has grabbed the lion’s share of the attention from both local and national outlets. The deeper story is the improvements that have been made throughout the city, and North Buffalo is no exception. The KO Bar & Grill at the corner of Delaware and Tioga is a shining example of a reinvigorated neighborho…

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By now, locals are familiar with what constitutes “New Buffalo,” the straightforward moniker slapped on anything progressive amid the region's ongoing transformation. From Canalside to craft cocktails to culinary adventures inside cafés and food halls, the changes are impressive, and continue to advance the local landscape toward potential that’s been waiting to be tapp…

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The season of spiced pumpkin and fall drinks is officially here with many area bars and restaurants creating drinks to match the flavors of the autumn. To create a new fall selection of cocktails and drinks, Craft and Cork Gastropub, the newly reimagined restaurant that was formerly Daniels, is using familiar seasonal flavors including apple, cinnamon, pumpkin and ginge…

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Most Buffalo-area residents experience a little bit of end-of-summer denial this time of year. Despite our best efforts, there is no stopping autumn. The Bills and the Sabres are back and the temperatures are falling. Patio weather has wound down and we’re heading inside to sit elbow-to-elbow at our favorite pubs. The Jake, located on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore, is one …

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Parochial Buffalo can be a humble place, full of residents raised to understand that nothing they’ve ever done should be boasted as that big a deal. It’s a working-class mentality, and in these exhausting look-at-me times, such reservation can be a refreshing thing. However, there are times that locals cultivating impressive operations would be doing a service to all of…

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Craft brewing and distilling have become serious business in Buffalo. The proliferation of both have given birth to homegrown tastes and brightened previously dormant addresses. Drinkers with sophisticated palates can explore their favorite tastes, then weigh each on their locally sourced ingredients, mouthfeel and magnitude within their given designation. But aside …

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For many people in the Southtowns, Southwestern Boulevard is the route to New Era Field, the home of the Buffalo Bills. When they hear "Southwestern," they'll likely utter the first thought that comes to mind: "How many traffic lights can I get through without stopping?" One reason to stop before or after a journey to a Bills game would be Pamp's Red Zone Bar & Gril…