And then there were two.
The fun and exciting action on this year’s men’s NCAA basketball tournament will conclude this evening when Duke and Wisconsin hit the hardwood in the national championship game.
For hoops fans who will not be attending any late night Dyngus Day celebrations and want to be somewhere fun to watch the action, we have some suggestions on where to head before the ball is tipped.
Our first two installments of destinations to watch the tournament can be found here and here and while all of those are fine places to take in the game, here are some more hot spots to consider visiting as another tournament comes to an end with what we all hope will be a competitive and entertaining game.
4360 Milestrip Road in Hamburg / www.thewarehousepizza.com
An incredibly fun place to watch living 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 of the championship game 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.
Mooney’s Sports Bar & Grill
1531 Military Road in Kenmore / www.mooneyssportsbarandgrill.com
There are now five different locations, with the bar in Kenmore being my personal favorite. You will find hardcore sports fans planted in front of the big screen TVs at Mooney’s. Great drink selection and food that is out of this world. The stuffed hot pepper soup is amazing and you can’t go wrong with their bourbon chicken wings and the lobster mac ‘n cheese. They also have half-pound hamburgers that can be topped in a wide variety of ways, including the truly unique peanut butter ‘n jelly. You are guaranteed to have fun watching any game at any one of Mooney’s locations.
Tully’s Good Times
8070 Main Street in Clarence / www.tullysgoodtimes.com
When you go out to watch a game you want to be able to see the action without any concerns of not getting a good seat. No reason to worry about that at Tully’s Good Times, because there are televisions virtually everywhere you turn. They have nearly six dozen TVs strategically located throughout the sports-themed, casual dining restaurant. Your toughest decision will be figuring out what to eat and drink since there are so many choices, with the food menu being highlighted by their popular chicken tenders, served with the best honey mustard dipping sauce you will ever have the pleasure tasting.
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 the munchies for the game. 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 to the place 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 that allows 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.
Buffalo Sports Grill
4923 Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg / www.buffalosportsgrill.com
Conveniently located along the portion of Route 20 that cuts through the heart of Hamburg, here is a tremendous option for basketball fans in the Southtowns. Awesome servers and bartenders who go above and beyond for their patrons, there are plenty of televisions to watch the action while you have something to eat and drink. Take my advice and order the “Buffalonian Burger” for a delicious and satisfying meal.
4190 North Buffalo Road in Orchard Park / www.thewellop.com
Plenty of televisions, a festively decorated bar area and a fully stocked bar that includes over a dozen different types of beer are just a few reasons that make The Well an ideal location to watch the title game. There is plenty to like on the food menu, including their flat bread chicken finger pizza, their triple decker sandwiches and my favorite, the Buffalo Road Burger.