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We always wait for our ship to come in (preferably with piles of cash carried by hunky sailors) but until then, we will make do with the dollar-pinching happy hour offered by Templeton Landing on Buffalo’s waterfront. Alas, we are old enough to remember when Crawdaddy’s and Shanghai Reds occupied the same location. The look has changed (the indoor bar was flipped so pat…

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In the 1996 Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn film, “Swingers,” Favreau’s struggling character Mike describes one of the benefits of knowing about a hidden bar is, “It’s like you’re in on some kind of secret.” Downtown workers and wedding guests who have discovered Statler City’s Lobby Bar likely feel the same way. Tucked off Delaware Avenue with no street signage or obvious…

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Sometimes a fun happy hour location happens in a place where you least expect it – like Pasquale’s. It is amazing that what was once a basic, take-out pizzeria that opened in 1975 has become three full-scale restaurants that serve good food in very nice surroundings. The bar at the West Seneca location is compact, but that makes it even cozier, especially during chilly mon…

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Men fleeing the pristinely furnished areas of their homes to carve out personalized corners in garages and basements isn’t new.Garages have been converted into workshops or makeshift patio rooms for decades, no longer the utilitarian square footage “The Simpsons” bartender Moe Szyslak once referred to as his “car hole.” Basements once relegated to roles as damp storage and…

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The building Marinaro’s Larkin Tavern occupies is more than 120 years old. Once a grocery store and more recently Sharkey’s bar, Marinaro’s was opened four years ago by brothers Chris and Jerry Marinaro.One can’t help but love the retro gin mill vibe against the backdrop of the developing Larkinville area.With nods to two of Buffalo’s entrenched nationalities, Irish and It…