The bills make us want to shout!—and sometimes cry. Don’t get us wrong, we’ll always love and support our Buffalo teams, but it’s no secret that we go through ups and downs with the Bills and the Sabres (like any normal relationship). You guys really know how to keep us Buffalonians on our toes! Regardless of the outcome, celebrate or drown your sorrows with these game day deals.
99 Brick Oven
99 Aurora St, Lancaster, NY 14086 | (716) 393-3847
Ah, 99 Brick Oven; home to delicious bloody marys in a warm and cozy, pub-like atmosphere. Join them during and after the Bills games for happy hour deals from 1-7pm. They’re pros at serving up excellent Bloody Marys packed with vodka, 99’s homemade mix, served over ice with a bacon salted rim, pepperoni straw, olives and lemon. Brick Oven has specials on beer and wine including $2.50 Bud Light, $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.50 import bottles and $1 off glass of wine. Need a little something to go with the drinks? They’re fixing up the ideal bar food to go with your beers for the game. Nachos, cheeseburger sliders, bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms and pretzel logs are on special for only $5.99.
Buffalo Sports Grill
4923 Southwestern Blvd, Hamburg, NY 14075 | (716) 648-1037
Although the Buffalo Sports Grill doesn’t have specific specials for Sabres games, they have special week night deals that can help sway your decision to choose their venue to watch the games. To name a few, on Mondays wings are 50¢ a piece (Dine-In), on Wednesdays it’s ladies night featuring $1 off all martinis and half priced appetizers, Thursdays are $1 Domestic Drafts until 9pm, and Fridays deals are crispy fish fries offered all day and $1 off all glasses of wine. For the Bills games, Buffalo Sports Grill offers $12 domestic buckets and $2 well drinks and drafts.
189 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202 | (716) 240-9392
Sidelines offers drink specials for the Sabres and Bills games on top of their delicious menu items. Enjoy some beer battered onion rings served with chipotle mayo to pair with the Ice cold buckets of 7 Coors, Blue, or Blue Light for $16, called the “716 special.” During the Bills games, Sidelines divvies out their NFL menu where everything is $5!
Casa di Pizza
477 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 | (716) 883-8200
Warm up in Casa di Pizza with a crock of French onion or some spicy banana peppers while watching the Bills or Sabres games. Casa di Pizza has occasional nightly specials that can fall on the night of a Sabres game, like their Monday and Wednesday pizza deal. Buy a large pizza with 1 ingredient for just $10.99. Now, you simply can’t have pizza without beer! Am I right? Luckily, Casa di Pizza offers $2.50 pints and $8.75 pitchers of Blue, Blue Light and Molson during the Bills games.
5433 Transit Rd, Buffalo, NY 14221 | (716) 247-5272
Rocco’s is proof that you should never judge a book by its cover. From the outside, Rocco’s looks like your average pizza joint located in a plaza on Transit road and may be overlooked sometimes. When I finally had a chance to check it out, I was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere and the fantastic bar perfect for watching the games. At the bar, Rocco’s offers 4 for $10 beers, buy-one-get-one free small pizzas, and buy a large pizza get free appetizer deals during the Bills games. Check out their nice bar and gooey, cheesy pizzas while watching the Bills games.
555 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 | (716) 878-0344
Thirsty Buffalo is my friend’s and family’s main game day spot. Not only do they offer $8 pitchers of Blue and Blue Light or a bucket of 5 bottles for $13; they take it a step further. It’s no secret that I love a good bloody mary, and they won me over with their $2 bloody marys and mimosas during the Bills games. Although the wings and chicken fingers are not on special, their signature sauces are a phenomenal reason to give Thirsty Buffalo (and their wings or fingers) a try. With sauces like Honey Chipotle, Sicilian, Honey Mustard, Nuclear, Jameson Honey BBQ (my personal favorite), jerk or BBQ Teriyaki, they bring a unique twist to the traditional Buffalo wings.
149 Swan St, Buffalo, New York | (716) 259-9632
Quickly becoming a new favorite spot of mine, Handlebar’s menu deserves a shout out. Their charcuterie plate was amazing with the salty meats and cheeses, paired with sweet Nutella and dried dates (but the amazing food is another story). According to one of the many friendly and outgoing bartenders, Handlebar likes to mix things up by doing the occasional spontaneous deal for the Sabres games. However, they do carry through with their set deals like the celebratory free shots in a shot glass made of ice when the Sabres win. Their motto; “If your blood runs blue and gold, watch the game with us!” Enjoy $3.50 Domestic bottles and $2.50 PBR pounders while giving the bike wheel a spin for a chance to win prizes.
(716) Food and Sport
7 Scott St, Buffalo, New York | (716) 855-4716
Although (716) Food and Sport doesn’t have any game day deals (yet), it didn’t feel right to write an article about sports bars and not mention the talk of the town! From the massive TV to the bar made to look like an ice rink, 716 is the prime location to hit before, during or after any game, but especially the Sabres. With team themed drinks like the deep, crisp “Sabres Blue” and the vibrant “Sabres Gold,” you can get ready for the game or celebrate a win with a festive cocktail. While you’re there, check out their Buffalo themed menu! I love the dessert consisting of a selection of house made fresh, warm cookies with a flight of mocha, vanilla, mint chip and strawberry Upstate Farms Intense Milk; clever play on RJ’s famous quote, “TOP SHELF WHERE MOMMA HIDES THE COOKIES!” The Honey Nut Cheerio fried ice cream, a combination of Perry’s vanilla ice cream sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and rolled in General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios, deep fried and served on a steamy cronut (croissant-doughnut pastry) and drizzled with caramel topping. Wow that was a mouthful! This dessert is a perfect play on the “our town smells like Cheerios” joke. I personally can’t wait to sink my teeth into their Charcuterie Pizza with their signature homemade pizza dough topped with pizza sauce, Sorrento ricotta cheese, Battistoni sopresatta, hot calabrese and prosciutto, peppadew peppers, Weber’s pepperoncini, and a blend of Great Lakes mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Damn!
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