For sports fans out there hoping to get some serious face time with la television this weekend, we’ve gotcha covered. Why stay home when we’ve got a full list of places that will cook, clean, and wait on you while you relax with a cold one? Exactly. Read on and take your pick.
The Press Box
1841 Abbott Rd, Lackawanna / lapressbox.com
Leading our list is one of our local favs in Lackawanna. What makes this place special? First off it has the requisite TV’s, but more important we love the friendly service and the family atmosphere. You mix that in with good beer, drink specials and some of the best Buffalo sauced food around, and you got yourself a great spot to camp. If it’s me I’m getting there for an early lunch and staying right through dinner. Read our recommendations here.
The Ward at Riverworks
359 Ganson St. Buffalo / buffaloriverworks.com
Set along the river-facing side of the facility, The Ward has indoor seating stretching all the way from the ice rinks end of the building to the side facing the Labatt Blue silos. Owned and operated by the same group that manages Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, the menu at The Ward is pretty similar but with a twist. Not only is this a great place to catch the game on TV, if the action gets a little dull you can usually amuse yourself with some live action just outside the door. The space is magnificent, the beer list outstanding and the games… we’ll see. Get the beef on weck dip.
The Century Grill
320 Pearl Street in Buffalo / thecenturygrill.com
Located across from the Hyatt Regency Buffalo in the heart of downtown, The Century Grill has an extensive menu with a distinctly Buffalo flavor. For football fans, this represents an ideal setting to grab a bite to eat and enjoy some drinks while watching the playoff action unfold.
Local Kitchen & Beer Bar
88 W. Chippewa St. in Buffalo / FACEBOOK
Something like a gazillion taps (~55) serving one of the best selections of “local” beer is enough to bring me around. A great location, large oval shaped bar in the middle (love it), nice menu and plenty of up front TV views is just gravy. This place is brand spanking new – you might even smel the fresh varnish on the sharp looking wood sourced from local bans. We loved the Rib Eye sandwich.
Bada Bing Sports Bar & Grill
115 West Chippewa Street in Buffalo / badabingbuffalo.com
This bar has slowly evolved from being known in its infancy as “a college bar” in the Chippewa business district of downtown Buffalo to a more friendly, comfortable and relaxing restaurant that serves drinks and delicious food for lunch, dinner and late night snacks. Ordering a “Bing Sangwich” is almost required for any first-time patron. Check out the 18 high-definition televisions located throughout the restaurant.
Sidelines Sports Bar and Grill
189 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo / sidelinesbuffalony.com
Cold drinks, live music and everyday happy hour specials are the norm at Sidelines. The sports bar theme is alive and well at this establishment. They do serve food, including a Friday fish fry featuring crispy battered haddock served with homemade sides, and a fun atmosphere for watching any sporting event.
716 Food and Sport
7 Scott Street in Buffalo / 716foodandsport.com
With over 13,000-square-feet of space, seating for over 350 people, including over 130 bar stools and a special VIP area, 716 has quickly become one of Western New York’s premier places to visit for anyone wanting to watch a sporting event in an enthusiastic atmosphere. The place really requires you to experience it for yourself because any attempt to explain just doesn’t do it justice. Did I mention the televisions? There are nearly six dozen big-screen high-definition TV, including some embedded in the bathroom mirrors and the grand-daddy of them all, a 38-foot feature video screen that is located over the main bar that can be seen by both the first and second floor viewing areas. Reservations accepted. Read our recommendations here.
5007 Lake Ave, Blasdell / www.bwbbq.com
Located on a bit of a commercial stretch on Lake near Abbott this place boasts plenty of tubes, a cheery atmosphere, and an abundance of good eats. If you’re gonna spend 8 hours on a stool watching football (no judgement here), this is a good pace to do it. Pretty much everything is good, but the 12 Gauge sandwich is a standout – thick slices of tender smoked pork accompanied with caramelized apple, garlic mayo and Monterey jack cheese – $9.95. Pair it with the sweet potato fries and a cold one with a hint of hops.
4360 Milestrip Road in Hamburg / www.thewarehousepizza.com
An incredibly fun place to watch live sporting events, The Warehouse has 16 different draft beer selections and a spectacular bar menu that includes Chicago deep dish pizza and an extensive selection of flavors for your chicken wings. I strongly suggest the pulled pork nachos as an appetizer. At halftime you can shuffle over to The Warehouse’s game room and play some air hockey, do some bowling or play any number of racing games. The place is always packed, and the atmosphere is what you would expect for a top-notch sports bar.
Santora’s Pizza, Pub and Grill
7800 Transit Road in Williamsville / www.santoras.com
With a full food menu that includes pizza, chicken wings, salads, sandwiches, pastas and their delicious traditional Italian dishes, Santora’s has you covered with all sorts of munchies for game day. They also have an extensive beer menu with local, domestic and imported choices. The really fun vibe comes from the crowd that gathers at Santora’s, many of whom are diehard fans of the UB Bulls. There is always plenty of room at the bar and plenty of TVs at Santora’s.
Say Cheese Pizza Company
1771 Love Road on Grand Island / www.saycheesepizza.com
Here is a place that is an alternative to the typical sports bar scene with a comic book theme, but that doesn’t mean sports fans can’t plop down and watch the big game on one of their many TVs. The atmosphere is fun, the food is fabulous (highly recommend the white pizza with extra onions and a side of their french fries) and the customer service behind the bar is exceptional.
Magruder’s Restaurant & Pub
4995 Broadway in Depew / www.magruders.org
A fun and festive pub that has that fond neighborhood feel, allowing you to truly enjoy watching any sporting event. Great ambience at the bar, exceptional customer service and a nice selection of beverages. The menu is dynamite, with the turkey burger and their horseradish flavored coleslaw a personal favorite.
Ballyhoo Links and Drinks
211 South Park Avenue in Buffalo / facebook.com/buffaloballyhoo
The former Malamute Tavern is one of the visible improvements in downtown Buffalo’s continued renaissance (but only from the inside). Within walking distance of First Niagara Center, there are plenty of sports fans who frequent this place. They are well stocked with craft beers and specialty drinks involving “Carbon-A-Teas” and “Jam Sessions” that absolutely must be sampled before proper analysis of which flavor is your favorite. Nice variety on the food menu, including a number of different house-made sausages. For more specifics, check out this previous SOB review of Ballyhoo.
Adolf’s Old First Ward Tavern
555 South Park Avenue in Buffalo / facebook.com/555tavern
A really fun place in South Buffalo that reopened recently after being renovated, this is a cool and classic Irish pub owned and operated by extremely friendly people. They have eight different beers on tap, including five local brews, but please note that no food is prepared on site. That being said, customers are encouraged to bring in whatever they want to eat or you can even order something from one of the local pizzerias or neighboring restaurants. Carbone’s is right across the street. If you prefer to watch the action in a cozy and comfortable pub-style atmosphere, this may be the ideal place for you.
555 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo / thirstybuffalo.com
For those who are not familiar, Thirsty Buffalo has probably the city’s biggest happy hour that runs from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Their viewing area to watch major sporting events is simply spectacular, with 22 plasma televisions strategically located throughout a carefully decorated and enthusiastic room. Plenty of choices for your before, during, and after the game snacking satisfaction, including hand cut smothered French fries, “Buffalo” style quesadillas and an outstanding beef on weck sandwich.
The Wellington Pub
1541 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo / wellingtonpub.com
Very fun and exciting place to watch any game thanks to the enthusiasm showed by not only the patrons but the employees. This is a sports bar where you can bring the family or hang out with a group of friends and you know you will get tasty burgers and beer with terrific customer service in a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Menu selections for you to munch on include their Chiavetta’s chicken wings, stuffed banana peppers, and pub burgers.
1420 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo / mesque.com
While many may refer to it as “Buffalo’s soccer bar,” a moniker they take great pride in, Mes Que also has the ability to draw some football fans to the bar provided it does not interfere with the viewing of any “real” futbol games. If you are not a soccer enthusiast, you may want to call ahead to make sure “football” will be made available on each least one of their high-definition televisions. Mes Que normally opens at 4pm, with food served daily starting at 5pm.
Pearl Street Grill and Brewery
76 Pearl Street in Buffalo / pearlstreetgrill.com
One of Buffalo’s older and most well known watering holes for sports fans, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery has it all including an amazing selection of beer, a full menu for lunch, dinner and late night snacks, and plenty of televisions and room to watch them. It gets particularly fun when the Sabres are in town. Read our recommendations here.
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