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Bathtub Billy's team of servers and brew-slingers fulfill guests bellied up to the bar or dining on the two-tiered outdoor deck with the menu's variety of American pub fare. Perform avant-garde victory dances after delving into an array of burgers that includes the Tailgater's steak bomber ($8.99), a succulent blitz of grilled sirloin, mushrooms, and bleu cheese. Grill artists douse roaster-sized chicken wings ($7.79/lb.) in 11 different kinds of sauces, and flatbread pizzas ($7.99) warm evenly over the open flames. Olympic rings ($7.99) make a gold-medal landing into mouths with battered onions layered in a sash of mozzarella and hot sauce. Little ones feel more appreciated by the restaurant's kid's menu, which brims with smaller options, than they would by receiving a birthday call from Luke Skywalker.

630 W Ridge Rd
Rochester,
NY
US

A mainstay for Best Irish Pub on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's annual Rochester's Choice list, Johnny's Irish Pub welcomes the neighborhood in for appetizing eats and enticing alcoholic drinks. Mouth-mow your way through the menu, starting with a dozen jumbo buffalo-chicken wings ($8), served with blue cheese and celery sticks, or the nacho supreme ($7), which heaps melted cheese, tomatoes, jalapeños, and Johnny's hot meat sauce onto a tower of tortilla chips. Bread-and-bun-bookended offerings include a turkey or corned-beef Reuben ($7), a chicken Caesar wrap ($7), and a jumbo hot dog with sauerkraut ($4.50), as well as paninis ($7.50)—all are served with a side of chips, macaroni salad, or potato salad. Slide up to the bar and order a perfectly poured pint of Guinness before subsequently pouring it into your mouth chalice.

1382 Culver Rd
Rochester,
NY
US

Hailing from channels such as Comedy Central, HBO, and BET, the energetic performers at Last Laff Bar & Grill keep audience members howling into heaping plates of American comfort food. Guests can guffaw to the candid remarks of actress and former Playboy playmate Julie Michelle McCullough, the witty jabs of Danny Liberto, or the biting, quick-witted pocket shark of veteran comedian Steve Sabo. Once they're nestled into plush, royal-purple booths, visitors can chortle over forkfuls of N.Y. strip steak rubbed in Montreal seasoning or a 14-ounce chunk of beer-battered haddock as comedians stand alone on a simple corner stage backed by marbled red-and-white bricks. Since acts change weekly, guests can check the schedule to choose a favored performer.

4768 Lake Ave
Rochester,
NY
US

The beverage slingers at Marshall Street Bar & Grill draw from a full-service bar and a wide selection of draft beers while sating appetites with a menu of classic pub fare served in a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere. Diners can toast to a new job or a new phase of the lunar cycle over frosty glasses of Saranac pomegranate wheat or Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald. Hops play starring role in the Three Heads Skunk Black IPA , and Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy and Sierra Nevada Summerfest pay delicious homage to the dog days. After moistening palates, patrons can dig into the Kilauea Volcano plate, a flavorful eruption of chicken fingers, a sloppy joe, and a choice of two meat or vegetarian entrees. Choose from a main course smorgasbord of a hot dog, hamburger, pulled pork, or an additional sloppy joe, or harvest their plant-kingdom cousins: the veggie dog, veggie burger, or veggie sloppy joe. Fries, macaroni salad, jalapeño queso, and hot sauce finish the cornacopious spread.

81 Marshall St
Rochester,
NY
US

Papaya Restaurant’s Asian dishes play with a range flavors to appease all taste buds. The freshly caught fish of the day is simmered in a spicy curry coconut sauce and drizzled with roasted red-pepper relish. A spicy-sweet basil sauce coats udon noodles, while pork chops are paired with spicy green beans and umeboshi plum sauce.

Just as the menu combines different styles of Asian cookery, the restaurant’s aesthetic plays with textures and materials. Exposed ductwork in industrial gray meets soft taupe walls. Wooden boards woven through metal bars serve as a modern partition between diners, and cable-threaded railings line the front of the dining area. Lime-green lighting illuminates the bar, where dangling starburst lights emit a red glow over plates of sushi rolls stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes, tempura shrimp, or seared steak or that day's elegant sashimi presentation.

270 Miracle Mile Drive
Rochester,
NY
US

No Irish pub is complete with the customary decorations: vintage Guinness posters, etched Jameson mirrors, and tin Magners signs. Caverly's Irish Pub has it all, along with a smattering of four leaf clovers and Ireland’s flag standing guard over the bar. And just like any bar, the libations flow freely. Bartenders pour Smithwicks, Harp, Guinness, and Magners into 20-ounces glasses. They also top off pint glasses with a bevy of craft brews, and wine is available for the oenophiles.

741 South Ave
Rochester,
NY
US