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Pearl Street Grill & Brewery

With its downtown location not far from Dunn Tire Park and HSBC Arena, this pub is a favorite spot for sports fans looking for a cold brew and solid pub food before or after the game. Pearl Street also has its regular customers who come just for their micro-brews with names like Lake Effect Pale Ale, Trainwreck and Lotus. There are four levels, eight bars, a basement cellar bar area for live music, and a sit-down restaurant that is perfect for the whole family.

Buffalo, NY, United States
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Founding Fathers Pub

Despite the name, Founding Fathers Pub does not harken back to those heady days of colonial tumult in the Americas. In fact, the building is from 1874 and the quaint pub/restaurant inside has only been in existence for a couple of decades. Nonetheless, former teacher-cum bar owner Mike Driscoll loves history, where he will regale you with stories and facts alongside craft brews and better-than-average pub-grub. On the walls you will see presidential portraits, national knick-knacks and memorabilia from Mike's own collection and one of the best things about Founding Fathers is the free nachos and popcorn. Everything else on the menu like sandwiches, burgers and salads, and don't forget to check out trivia night held the first Tuesday of every month, bring your thinking caps!

Buffalo, NY, United States
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Essex Pub

At first glance, it seems as if almost every hip place in Buffalo is housed in a building that dates back to last century. This space has history galore, its various incarnations were once mob hangout, diner, brewery and deli until it opened up as a pub in 1986. On the menu diners will find 'sammiches' and 'snackatizers' like wings, Reubens, Beef on Weck, etc. in addition to much more. Inside guests will find a pool table, jukebox and usually local favorite Flying Bison on tap. Overall a great place to start or finish the night.

Buffalo, NY, United States
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Rohall's Corner

Rohall's Pub is a nondescript pub located in the Black Rock district of Buffalo. Inside the decor is subdued with curated old, antique furniture, some of it from an abandoned bowling alley. The drinks run the gamut, from strong Bloody Marys to exotic imported beers, Rohall's has plenty to choose from. The proprietors also have a back room where on certain nights, guests can listen to live music or other entertainment like spoken word and open-mic comedy. Overall a nice spot to relax with a glass or two and a couple of friends in tow.

Buffalo, NY, United States
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Brunner's Tavern

This bar is the definition of local, from the beers to steak sandwiches, everything screams Buffalo. Technically it is closer to Amherst than Buffalo, but still within distance if you are staying downtown. The prices here are worth the trek. For entertainment, most of the people are local and with plenty of TVs on the wall, it makes a great place to watch the Bills.

Buffalo, NY, United States
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