The bean blazers at Boulder Coffee Company flame-roast their coffee before brewing signature coffees and espressos. Sink into a comfy couch or float lazily on the aromatic wafts of fresh coffee while sipping on the caramel macchiato, a vanilla latte topped with caramel sauce, or a spiced chai. An artful atmosphere beckons the caffeinated critic with walls lined with paintings and negative space for seeing what's going on outside. Boulder Coffee Company’s open-mic night allows anyone to sign up to deliver comedy or perform espresso spit takes; check the calendar for an idea of upcoming acts.
There's a lot to like about Legends Sports Bar & Grille, such as the nine 50-inch TV screens, the weekly lunch buffet, and the extensive array of draft beers. But to a dedicated local sports fan, there's one thing that matters even more: Legends is an official bar of the Buffalo Sabres, a fact that gets fans hip-checking each other with excitement come hockey season. Though it's located inside the Radisson Hotel, Legends feels a lot more like it's in the middle of First Niagara Center when the puck drops and cheers emanate throughout the expansive dining room. These cheers continue during intermission, though they're directed toward a menu that features pizzas, fried calamari, and other updated sports-bar staples.
Nathaniel's Pub’s menu of classic pub fare is complemented by a sports-themed dining room dotted with big-screen televisions and neon beer signs. Chefs bustle about the kitchen frying and grilling up hearty eats ranging from 10-ounce slabs of delmonico steak to half-pound burgers and crisp salads. Open until 2 a.m. nightly, the spacious pub hosts pre- and post-game parties for Blue Cross Arena events and keeps customers’ eyes diverted with a range of sports broadcasts, including boxing, UFC, and competitive coin flipping. To bolster guests’ cheers, the pub’s bartenders pour shaken libations and drink specials from the full bar late into the night.
The brainchild of a moonlighting firefighter, Triple Deuces fosters the tight camaraderie of a real flame-wrestling unit with an inviting ambience and a varied menu of bites and beverages. The fire-engine-red walls hung with firefighting memorabilia and soot-stained suits thematically match Triple Deuces' lineup of fire starters, such as The Freelancer chicken wings in four increasingly incendiary flavors ($10.95) and Nozzleman fried calamari ($8.95). Louder stomach snarls can be squelched with a Backdraft BLT wrap ($7.95) or a traditional Fireman's Badge of thick bologna topped with cheese, tomato, and onion sided with sweet-potato fries ($5.95). Novelty miniature adults, meanwhile, can sharpen their baby teeth on a Junior Firefighter of either spaghetti, hot dogs, grilled cheese, or chicken fingers ($4.95).
Under soft, low-hanging lamps, customers hang up tweed jackets before settling in for steaming plates and hearty pints at Scotland Yard. The many-splendored dinner menu lights on English lore to slay and roast the Dragon chicken sandwich, which slathers grilled or fried chicken in special Dragon sauce ($7). Scotland Yard’s pizza offerings ($10–$12) span a flavor spectrum, from the italian sausage and pepperoni of the classic ($10) to the eponymous Scotland Yard pizza’s goat-cheese-swaddled artichoke hearts ($10). Simmering edibles pair well with frosty potables, including Guinness on draft, bottled Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout, and uncorked Marquis de la Tour split champagne ($10 for a bottle). With Friday-night karaoke and a live DJ on the last Saturday of every month, Scotland Yard welcomes customers for singing and dancing in addition to the usual socializing and surreptitious fingerprinting.
Temple Bar & Grille imbues the American sports bar with an Irish spirit, employing a staff of friendly servers to make sure that hot food, cold drinks, and room-temperature forks are in steady supply. Ramp up appetites with a fresh basket of savory onion rings ($4.95), which share top billing with a dozen buffalo wings served in one of four tongue-tantalizing styles ($8.45). Heartier fare includes a barbecue-chicken quesadilla ($8.50) loaded with enough red onion, pepper jack, and cheddar cheese to warrant a History Channel special. Temple Bar and Grille also sports a wide-ranging beverage menu that showcases 42 beers and ciders on tap and in bottles, including the dark creaminess of a draft Guinness ($5) and the weighty vapors of an Anchor Steam ($4.25).