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The bar: Gypsy Bohemian Grove Bar (GBGB) The breakdown: 617 Main Street is nestled in the heart of Buffalo’s Theatre District, but the address has doubled as a pseudo-graveyard for restaurateurs who’ve attempted to utilize the locale’s behemoth square footage for one culinary or brewed focus. Latest tenant EXPO Market has installed a more tenable concept, instead enlisti…

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Downtown Buffalo has plenty of bars, ones that come in all styles and servings. But when Canalside was first conceived and eventually took shape into its current iteration, it was always envisioned as the city’s family-friendly enclave. With January’s opening of Northtowns-favorite Pizza Plant’s location on the ground floor of Buffalo’s Courtyard Marriott, the waterfront …

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Nobody can be certain of the next Buffalo nightlife trend, but one that’s doubtful is the resurrection of the bare-bones bar. Craft drafts are now a necessity in any location, and modern accompaniments such as Internet jukeboxes, muddled cocktails and maintained mustaches on patrons and employees are an understood certainty. Not the case inside Historic Polonia’s R&L …

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The bar: Lloyd Taco Factory The breakdown: It takes a certain amount of style, talent and popularity to earn notoriety by one name. Banksy. Beyonce. Coolio. They’ve all done it — albeit without any of the tacos and tequila that has boosted Buffalo’s mononymously named Lloyd. Once solely attached to the city’s most popular fleet of food trucks, the Peter Cimino and Chris D…

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Dependent on the amount of sunlight, stretches of downtown Buffalo can be cold, bleak places post quitting time between November and March. That’s one reason why the Ellicott Street color explosion that is Deep South Taco is so appreciated this time of year. Aside from its ambitious menu of tacos, cocktails and chicharron (crispy pork skin), the locale is an escape from t…

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Mammoser’s, a Village of Hamburg favorite, is so cozy and accommodating that it’s the type of place you wouldn’t mind being barricaded inside by lake-effect snow. Its rustic interiors and mounted game busts give off the vibe of a neighborhood shotgun shack, but its narrow, intimate barroom encourages patrons to get close — and actually have friendly conversations. A novel …

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The bar: Allen Burger Venture (ABV) The breakdown: Of all the bars to pop up across Buffalo over the past 12 months, there might not be one more indicative of the city’s trending vibe than Allen Burger Venture (ABV). From the outside, the alcohol-by-volume-inspired Allen Street addition to owner Mike Shatzel’s impressive dossier of craft beer bastions appears as a nondes…

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Often times, when a bar tries to provide patrons with a solid serving of everything – whether beer selection, live music or a genuine jovial atmosphere – it fails to deliver exceptional helpings of anything. Not the case with Buffalo’s historic institution known simply as Goodbar. Set on the Elmwood strip since 1968, the joint’s been favored by SUNY Buffalo State students,…