Colleen Young, behind the bar at Founding Fathers.
Photo by kc kratt. Cover design by Chastity Taber.

Tavern, gin mill, nightclub, honky tonk, pub, saloon, café, bar. Whatever the nomenclature, a place to meet for a drink has been part of human culture for centuries. From crowded college pubs with nickel drafts to places that serve good wine in a real glass, a dimly-lit bar can offer one of the most comforting welcomes you’ll ever find. Western New York’s every nook and cranny is studded with interesting taverns—some of them have been around for over 150 years, while others opened last month. Here are a few of our favorites.
By Geoff Anstey, Tony Billoni, Marty Biniasz, Lisa Brown, Mark Criden, Bruce Eaton, Ron Ehmke, Jana Eisenberg, Donna Evans-Deyermond, Lisa Kane, Jessica Keltz, Elizabeth Licata, Ronald S. Montesano, Nancy J. Parisi, Jay Pawlowski, Maria Scrivani, and Joe Sweeney.

Exploring Buffalo history through neighborhood taverns
By Phil Nyhuis;
photos by Sharon Nyhuis.

27 of our favorite WNY bars (excerpts)
By Joe Sweeney

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By Jana Eisenberg; photos by kc kratt
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The Hot 5: An opinionated to-do list
By Christopher Schobert

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By Gerald Mead
Visual Art review: Six degrees of Ed Ruscha
By Bruce Adams
Books: Gary Earl Ross dreams the Pan-Am
By Emmalie Vance
Plus: Darwin McPherson talks to Broadway diva Lea Salonga.

Style: Bar seen
By Catherine Berlin
Gardening: Bulbs the neighbors won’t recognize
By Sally Cunningham
Conservation: A Niagara re-forester
By John Bacher
Style: Heart and sole
By Emmalie Vance
Gadget Planet: Scary stuff
By William C. Altreuter and Catherine Berlin

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By Mark Criden, Terri Parsell Hilmey, Vicki G. Marshall, and Margaret M. Toohey.

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By Mark Criden

Editor’s letter, Deadlines
Dining guide
Shopping Spree
Cultural listings
Index of advertisers
Who was there

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