Just like walkin' into your local sports bar in Buffalo, New York, on 4th of July.
Stars and stripes waving proudly over the Mary Street entrance of Buffalo Bar salute the vast American delights waiting within. In the wood-panelled front bar of this heritage building, tiles of red, white and blue make the bar counters pop with patriotism, and the motif continues with a buffalo mural trampling across the outer courtyard wall. The beer-garden is crisscrossed by hanging lights, with an outdoor bar and big-screen TVs for sports, Stateside or otherwise. Beverage-wise, Buffalo Bar has brews, cocktails and wine, and the front bar offers American whiskey and Scotch whisky selections.
They lean into the Americana with diner-inspired food and full-throttle flavours. Burgers, ribs, hot dogs and chicken wings — individual or sharing platter, choose your spice level — as well as magnificently calorific desserts. Candy-topped milkshakes are booze-spiked on request.
It wouldn't be American without a food challenge, and Buffalo Bar offers the spicy 'Ron Jeremy Hot Dog' for this purpose.
Images: Grace Smith.