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A guide to Buffalo's Irish pubs for St. Patrick's Day weekend – and beyond - Buffalo News

Posted: 14 Mar 2019 04:00 AM PDT

Buffalo has found its way onto a few viral internet lists claiming to know the best cities for St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

Regardless of how much stock you put into rankings, if you've seen the sea of green and glittery face paint at our parades or the whites of patrons' eyes as they muscle their way to the bar for another Guinness, then you'll know we don't need a ranking to prove that's probably true.

To celebrate, we throw two parades and frequent one or two (or more) local pubs, making it a kind of Small Business Saturday for dive bars.

Here's a guide to a few you might want to grab a whiskey on-the-rocks at, or corned beef and potatoes, or probably both to balance each other out after going a little too hard at those parades.

Adolf's Old First Ward Tavern

555 South Park Ave.

Opened in 1934, the pub is as a pub should be: a hole-in-the-wall designed for beer-drinking and greasy food consumption. Its menu details all of the pub food you could crave, from Reuben-style potato skins to a Guinness-braised "banger" (sausage) hoagie served with chips and a pickle.

It pays homage to Ireland through its abundant liquor selection and shamrock lights. And since its 2014 renovation, the tin ceiling and redone bar shift the pub into a more modern era, as its clientele has changed a bit in nearly a century. "...The place originally catered to grain scoopers and rail workers, men intent on drinking and avoiding sunlight after demanding shifts," News contributor Michael Farrell wrote in 2014 about Adolf's.

Brennan's bartender Keila McConkey pours a Thin Man Burning Money. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Brennan's Bowery Bar & Restaurant

4401 Transit Road

Expect the roomy and dim Irish restaurant, which bustles on any given weekend evening, to be stuffed near St. Patrick's Day. You can have your dark, smooth Guinness, but if that gets heavy, take your pick of craft beers: IPAs, ales, stouts, lagers and ciders.

It's the kind of place where you can funnel mashed potatoes and pot roast, but also eat anything else. There are chicken fingers for picky eaters, salads dressed with fruit for healthy eaters and an elk burger for adventurous eaters.

[Related: Brennan's boasts ideal backdrop for Irish season]

Conlon's

382 Abbott Road

After recently closing following nearly nine years of businesses, the owners had a change of heart. They decided in January to re-open for two days a week (Thursdays and Fridays). While the menu isn't as large as it used to be, you can still order some Irish classics, such as shepherd's pie and a Reuben-stuffed baked potato.

[Related: Two days a week, Conlon's feeds South Buffalo again]

Doc Sullivan's

474 Abbott Road

If you go to Doc Sullivan's you should probably have a burger or wings. Sure, you could have a beef-on-weck but the thick loaded burgers might change your mind. Have a Buffalo-style black-and-bleu one, or peanut-butter-and-jelly-topped patty. The uniquely spiced "Smitty's" wings are a local standby.

Dwyer's Irish Pub

65 Webster St., North Tonawanda

In Buffalo, where Irish pub culture thrives alongside a generation-spanning chicken wing love affair, pubs adapt for both. So it's not surprising that Dwyer's is known for its wings as much as for its uniquely pub-centric ambiance.

With more than 30 kinds of wings, from raspberry barbecue to wasabi plum to just plain old mild, the Niagara County pub makes a prime post-drinking or post-parade stop.

[Related: At Dwyer's Pub Scotch Club, bonding over love of whiskey – and wings]

Buffalo is the fourth best city for St. Patrick's Day celebrations. We'll cheer to that. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Jordan's Ale House

107 Abbott Road

This family-run restaurant embraces its relative newness (it opened in 2015) with a dose of fresh enthusiasm, from hosting live Irish music often to cultivating a social atmosphere more emblematic of Irish bar culture than a bar decorated with shamrocks. On the menu, you'll find finger foods, cheap draft beer and wine.

The Irish family embrace of Jordan's Ale House

McPartlan's Corner

669 Wehrle Dr.

McPartlan's is a true family spot. Those nostalgic of homemade Irish food can comfort in a plate of corned beef, while finicky children delight in a cheese quesadilla. Plus, you can order a fish fry on any day of the week. Fried food is a known hangover cure, even for parade-fueled day-drinking ones.

Potter's Field

425 Potters Road

Don't expect to sacrifice venturesome food for fried appetizers in every pub setting. Here, try the barramundi (a type of Australian sea bass) sautéed and topped with pineapple salsa for something off-the-beaten-path. There's always the corned beef and cabbage served alongside carrots and potatoes, which will likely be an entree on most tables around you.

The vintage sports memorabilia will remind you of how your old Irish grandpa used to decorate the living room and then sit down for some golf, which often plays on the television.

[Read more: Potter's Field is a golfer's haven, even in winter]

The Blackthorn

2134 Seneca St.

For those who want to wear neon green St. Patrick's Day parade attire but also eat crab cakes and filet mignon, this one's for you. And here, if you order a mandarin orange and goat cheese salad, they won't laugh in your face and hand you a block of iceberg lettuce.

Any bar that holds Guy Fieri's attention can serve you up more-than-sufficient drunk Irish food. If the weather's being nice to you, take your pint out to its recently expanded two-story patio.

The Irishman Pub & Eatery is a popular bar and restaurant on Main Street in the heart of Williamsville. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

The Irishman Pub and Eatery

5601 Main St., Williamsville and 160 Buffalo Road, East Aurora

Going for the kind of pub an Irish Millennial might patronize, modern decor blends with traditional wooden booths and a fireplace to meld both old and new together. Guinness stew -- beef and vegetables stewed in house-made Guinness gravy -- and bangers and mash keep the restaurant close to Irish heritage.

And the party continues all weekend for St. Patrick's Day. Under a heated tent on their patio, revel warmly in a weekend stuffed with live Irish music. From Friday through Sunday, catch Irish dancers and bands each day.

[Related: The Irishman opens in East Aurora]

4 Reasons To Support Small Companies On Small Business Saturday® And Beyond - Forbes

Posted: 31 Oct 2018 12:00 AM PDT

Small Business Saturday® 2018 takes place on November 24. Photo Credit: Getty Royalty Free.

Whether you're a small business owner, a consumer, or the CEO of a big corporation, you likely know that small companies are a pretty big part of the economy. This year, show your support for small enterprises by participating in Small Business Saturday® (SBS).

My accounting and payroll software company, Patriot Software, is an advocate of Small Business Saturday. And personally, I am a major supporter of small businesses. I know how much time, dedication, money, and hard work entrepreneurs pour into their small companies.

On Small Business Saturday and beyond, get out and connect with your local businesses. If you're a consumer, kick off your holiday shopping at your local small business. If you're a small business owner, support and partner with other companies in your area.

What Is Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday is a national shopping day that takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving. What separates this shopping day apart from Black Friday and Cyber Monday is that SBS revolves around small businesses.

Still relatively new, Small Business Saturday was started in 2010 by American Express. In 2011, the U.S. Senate officially recognized Small Business Saturday.

This year, Small Business Saturday 2018 takes place on November 24. Small businesses nationwide promote and participate in the day by staying open and offering incentives to customers. But, small businesses aren't the only entities that can engage in Small Business Saturday.

Consumers can participate in Small Business Saturday by shopping. In addition to customers and small businesses, larger businesses and neighborhoods can get involved.

Businesses with approximately 150 employees or more can apply to be corporate supporters. Corporate supporters promote Small Business Saturday to their employees, customers, and social media followers. For more than five years, Patriot Software has been a corporate supporter of Small Business Saturday.

Organizations, businesses, and individuals can apply to be neighborhood champions for Small Business Saturday. Neighborhood champions rally businesses and consumers to participate. Champions must encourage at least 10 local businesses in their communities to participate, organize at least one community event, and distribute Shop Small® merchandise.

As you can see, there are many ways to get involved with and support Small Business Saturday. But, why should you? What have small businesses ever done for you? Read on to learn why you should support SBS.

4 Reasons To Support Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is more than a fun day to shop solo, with family, or with friends. When you support small businesses on Small Business Saturday and beyond, you support:

1. The Economy

There are 30.2 million small businesses in the United States, accounting for 99.9% of U.S. businesses. Could you imagine if 99.9% of all businesses didn't exist? Our consumer choices would be severely limited.

Small businesses promote competition and help prevent monopolies. By encouraging competition, small companies move the economy along.

Consumer spending on Small Business Saturday put a substantial amount of money back into the economy in 2017. Nationwide, consumers spent about $12 million on Small Business Saturday alone.

If you're a consumer shopping on SBS or a small business participating in SBS, you can directly support the economy. And if you support small businesses by encouraging others to shop, you can indirectly impact the economy.

2. Your Community

Small Business Saturday is a community-centric day. It's a day where communities can rally around their local small companies and host community events.

Consumers who spend on SBS support their local communities. Plus, small businesses are crucial to communities. Small enterprises add diversity, can become tourist attractions, and put money back into their local economies.

Small businesses that participate in SBS support their communities, too. Many small companies use Small Business Saturday as a chance to donate a percentage of their revenues to their communities.

3. The Workforce

The unemployment rate is at 3.7%. And, 47.5% of U.S. employees (59.9 million) are employed at a small business. Small businesses consistently produce new jobs, fueling economic growth and contributing to a low unemployment rate. When you support small businesses, you also support the individuals working there.

Support the employees and owners behind the brands this SBS. Small Business Saturday has the potential to turn strangers into lifelong customers, encouraging the success of the enterprise, and ultimately the employment of its staff.

4. Authenticity

Small businesses are famous for offering original items, personalized service, and face-to-face conversations with the owners themselves.

I'm not saying the items or customer service provided by chains and big corporations are fake—but there's something about learning the history of an item and meeting the owner that gives small businesses that unique edge.

Small Business Saturday gives consumers the opportunity to check out new businesses, learn where the products come from, and get to know the people behind them. And, it allows small businesses to tell their authentic stories, warts and all.

Small Business Saturday by the numbers: 67 million expected to shop, $85 billion spent - CNBC

Posted: 24 Nov 2018 12:00 AM PST

Almost before the leftover turkey is put away into Tupperware, the holiday shopping season is fully underway.

But now, popular shopping day Black Friday has to share the spotlight with its relatively new sidekick: Small Business Saturday. This year, the shopping day, when consumers are urged to shop at independently own stores to support those business owners, falls on Nov. 24.

Here's a look at Small Business Saturday day by the numbers.

In the five days between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, 164 million people are planning to shop, according to an estimate from the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade association, and Prosper Insights & Analytics, a consumer data company, released Nov. 16.

Of those, 41 percent — 67 million — are planning to shop on Small Business Saturday, according report, which is based on a survey of 7,516 consumers conducted between Oct. 29 and Nov. 7.

Of that 67 million, 78 percent report they "will do so specifically to support small businesses."

By comparison, 34 million people plan to shop on Thanksgiving, 116 million plan to shop on Black Friday, 32 million are expected to shop on Sunday and 75 million are expected to shop online on Cyber Monday.

Small Business Saturday was launched in 2010 by American Express in the wake of the 2008 recession. In 2011, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution to support Small Business Saturday, according to the American Express.

In the eight annual Small Business Saturdays since the marketing campaign launched, customers have reported spending $85 billion at independent shops and restaurants, according to the American Express website.

"Small businesses are generally independently owned and can exist in a variety of forms including, but not limited to, corner stores, online boutiques, among many others. They can give a neighborhood strength and create vibrant, diverse communities," the American Express Shop Small website says.

There are 30.2 million small businesses in the United States, according to the U.S. government Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy report published in August 2018. (The federal government's U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy generally defines a small business as having fewer than 500 employees. The report uses the most recent governmental data available, collected in 2015 and released in 2016-2017.)

Of those 30.2 million small businesses, 80 percent — 24.3 million — were solo entrepreneurs (no employees). That's a number on the rise; in 1997, there were 15.4 small businesses with no employees, the SBA's Office of Advocacy says.

Still, Main Street businesses are a significant factor in the nation's job market. Small businesses employ 47.5 percent of private sector employees (59 million out of 124 million), according to the SBA office of Advocacy.

Emma Newburger contributed to this report.

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