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We apologize, but we cannot take anymore beer, craft or otherwise. Bypass the breweries (including dudes with beards in flannel shirts) and set the GPS for the D-Tour Martini Bar & Kitchen on Chippewa Street. It's easy to spot. Propane heaters burn under a sleek awning. Like beacons they welcome those of a certain age with, "Hey, we know you might remember this plac…

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Previously, the wife and brother of my Significant Other (Greg), were too busy to join us for an impromptu night out, either because they needed a babysitter or were providing shuttle service. Now their kids are teens (one a new driver) and they are free to throw caution to the wind. Invited to meet up at the Cheektowaga Tully’s on French Road near their home on a Fr…

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Hamburg native David Busch grew up listening to his grandfather, Ray Gates, tell stories about his time behind the bar at The Steakhouse, an institution where Mason’s Grille 52 now stands. As he takes over the bar program at Carte Blanche on the corner where he used to work as a dishwasher at Buffalo Street Grille, he's right at home. “I came into a family atmosphere he…

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In an age where bars seek to compete against one another with high-concept gimmicks, fascinating drink choices and modern dance hits to attract younger crowds, Loughran’s remains the stubborn, old-fashioned grandfather – and that’s not a bad thing. In fact, it could be said that Loughran’s lack of gimmicks is from the respect owner and Erie County Legislator Tom Loughran …

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In an age where bars seek to compete against one another with high-concept gimmicks, fascinating drink choices and modern dance hits to attract younger crowds, Loughran’s remains the stubborn, old-fashioned grandfather – and that’s not a bad thing. In fact, it could be said that Loughran’s lack of gimmicks is from the respect owner and Erie County Legislator Tom Loughran …

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Google Map the corner of Canal and Mott streets in New York City and it certainly doesn’t look like the place where you would find Irish ruffians hanging out, circa late 1800s, as depicted on Brennan’s Bowery Bar placemats. The Transit Road version features a great wooden bar that looks old, but in a good way, like most people in their 40s (pushing 50). It’s how long the …

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The idea was to head deep into Depew to check out a bar at which I’d seen some friends’ bands play a few years ago. The bar, tucked into the corner of Ellicott Place and Hinchey Avenue, was a great venue for live entertainment – complete with a stage. I was looking forward to a return to Ellicott Manor, but when I arrived, something was different.The name and ownership had…

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Every Buffalonian can agree; this past winter has been unbelievably brutal. With spring finally on our doorsteps, it’s time to turn off Netflix and exit hibernation mode. On a breezy Friday evening, my boyfriend, Mike, another couple and myself did just that, and headed to Rusty Buffalo for a night out. Located in the Wimbledon Lanes Plaza, Rusty Buffalo doesn’t seem like…

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Perhaps the ultimate sign that we are now a craft beer nation is that the perennials, the restaurants those born and raised in Western New York recall being dragged to as wee ones, are now craft crazy. Case in point: The Eagle House on Main Street in Williamsville. I have fond memories of family dinners there, as well as not-so-fond ones of seemingly endless grown-up coff…

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What appears to be a quiet dive bar from the outside turns out to be a fun, rambunctious neighborhood gathering place once you step inside. Longneckers in the Village of Lancaster was bustling with activity on a recent Saturday night. Balloons marking a birthday celebration lined the wooden frame above the bar in addition to the stringed lights that usually hang there. M…

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The Pearl Street Grill & Brewery is like a cruise ship, looming in downtown Buffalo’s Canal district. She’s an old ship (originally built in the mid-1800s), but she’s been renovated with four decks, eight bars and countless attractions including its pub grub, pool tables, big-screen TVs, live music, dance floors and in-house craft brews. That’s what I was promised whe…

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The Northtowns needed Moor Pat, and needed it badly. As craft beer meccas have sprouted up throughout Western New York, things up north have been relatively quiet. There are a few go-tos with to-die-for taps, like the great Pizza Plant on Transit Road. But a need existed, specifically in Williamsville. Enter Moor Pat, a new Western New York beer destination that ranks amon…

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It’s karaoke night, and karaoke is king.The televisions above the bar flicker with muted hockey games. The pool table is covered with a board to add table space. Darts remain unflung. About two dozen patrons crowd the bar area while a few brave souls wander toward the dark dance floor to add their names to the singers’ list.This is a typical Saturday night at…

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My first trip to San-Dee’s Pub on Grand Island was a bit of an adventure. If you aren’t an Islander (is that even a real phrase?), then you might need a GPS to get there, which is part of the charm of the multigenerational, family owned pub. It took me a few wrong turns and the assumption I must be totally lost before I saw the dimly lighted sign in the dista…

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You need more than lamppost banners and 50 nights of business a year to start a bar district.The establishment of such requires investment, vision and blind ambition, all focused on generating interest in an area of the city known more for its parking lots than for its pulsating Saturday nights. It involves patience while waiting for familiarity and word-of-mouth to eventu…