ComedySportz's teams of improv artisans compete for belly laughs in a fast-paced, unscripted stage match fueled by audience participation. With humor hampers full of fluffy, clean jokes, the players act out suggestion-based scenes and yodel out impromptu songs while vying for the viewers' glow-stick votes. A referee officiates the games and penalizes off-color language by making the speaker wear an unfashionable brown bag for a bonnet. Much like snowflakes, no two shows are the same, and all are best enjoyed with an outstretched tongue.
Servers at Alternative Brews deliver frosty confections from a selection of 150 different beers, mixed drinks, and cold sodas to thirsty patrons. Though the beer menu rotates, previous selections have included the hop-laden potency of Flying Dog Old Scratch amber ($4.25), and the dark and velvety Young's Double Chocolate stout ($5). Offerings from Ayinger brewery, including Brau Weiss ($5), shuttle refreshing infusions of golden wheat from Germany to waiting glasses. Take a well or call drink of your choice ($4–$4.75) to the outdoor patio to cool off on balmy summer evenings, or show off air-harmonica skills against a backdrop of weekly live blues music. Monthly free beer tastings regale patrons with samples of new drafts from Alternative Brew's ever-changing selection.
Town Pub's grill gurus decorate tables with selections from a menu of juicy burgers, spicy wings, and specialty pizzas amid a bustling neighborhood sports-bar atmosphere. Taste buds embark on a cruise with the Grand Island burger, smothered in thousand-island dressing and topped with lettuce, tomato, and pickle ($4.99). The Ellicott Creek burger teams up with an entourage of potato chips ($4.99), and sets of 10 wings ($7.99) don toppings of garlic parmesan and honey mustard before taking flight toward customers’ mouths. The pub's action-packed calendar features activities and entertainment five nights a week, including live bands on weekends, karaoke on Tuesdays, and an open mic on Wednesdays where aspiring beat-boxers flex their vocal muscles. Big-screen TVs broadcast a steady stream of sports matchups, ensuring that customers don’t miss a second of professional toe-wrestling action.
Williamsville, NY. The early 20th century. A man guides his family’s horse-drawn carriage through the flurries of snow sweeping across their circular driveway before coming to a halt in front of a striking two-story home. The ride was long and chilly, but inside, homey warmth awaits. Today, teleportation discs may have replaced the horse and buggy, but travelers still traverse the same driveway in search of a warm welcome. Now the home of Parings Wine Bar, the turn-of-the-century house reflects the goal that owner Shelia Paolini shared with the Amherst Bee’s Jessica Finch: “We want it to feel like you are coming into a living room, that you are at home, not at a bar.”
As soon as guests push open the bright-red front door, they enter a space that combines the comfort of a lived-in family room with the gourmet flavors found at traditional wine bars. Lit by flat-screen TVs and a cozy fireplace, guests peruse Chef Scott Martin’s ever-changing menu, which often features mediterranean nachos, lobster mac 'n' cheese, and horseradish beef tenderloin. Resident sommelier Alphonso DiMono’s wine list, which culls vintages from global wineries from Australia to France to California, perfectly complements the chef's creations. The bar’s mixologists also shake up more than 20 martinis infused with treats such has espresso vodka, Godiva white-chocolate liqueur, and pumpkin puree. As they sip and eat, guests can also join in special event nights that include art shows, live music, and happy hours that feature 20 types of wine for just $20 per bottle.
Family-owned and operated for more than 40 years, Mitchell's Tavern draws diners with beer, spirits, and a lengthy menu of freshly cooked pub fare. Its historic brick building, which is more than 70 years old, housed both a deli and the local fire department before transforming into the neighborhood tavern it is today. An outdoor patio shades rows of tabletops with umbrellas; inside, sports memorabilia and photographs crowd the walls as complimentary popcorn erupts from kettles and hearty roast beef sandwiches, hamburgers, and fried fish mingle with mugs of draft beer and mixed drinks. Happy hours and drink specials give wallets a break throughout the week—Mondays, for instance, bring half-priced bottles of Bud, and ladies night every Saturday treats ladies and gorillas in convincing cashmere gowns to $2 drinks and $4 cosmopolitans.: m]]
Recently featured in Buffalo Rising, The Wine Thief navigates a laser-beam-guarded landscape to offer fine wine and a menu of inventive new American fare to Buffalo residents. The wine list boasts various vinos by the bottle or glass, eschewing fermented juice boxes in favor of more reliable receptacles. Worldly whites, such as the 1734 Vouvray ’06 (Loire, France), compete for imbibers’ taste buds against alternative reds, known for their early 1990s grungewear and soft-loud musical dynamics. The Wine Thief is also home to a Cuvee wine storage system, which keeps open wines fresh for up to two weeks, allowing a total of 36 by-the-glass wines to be ready at any one time.
Atmosphere@62 dishes out a menu of upscale cuisine in an elegant, crimson-walled dining room, earning it a nomination WGRZ's Best Taste in Buffalo contest. Candlelight flickers and a hush falls over the dining room as the lobster ravioli appetizer stuffed with scallops, shrimp, smoked salmon, and lobster arrives at the table ($15). The filet of sirloin, served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and house vegetables, takes francophile taste buds on a dream vacation with a choice of au poive or roquefort topping ($15), and the grilled cedar plank salmon, dressed in a livery of sauce vierge, tempts seafood-treasuring tummies alongside lemon-parmesan risotto and grilled vegetables ($24).