As winter begins to take its hold on Western New York, I'm sure I'm not in the minority when I fantasize about warmer temps, T-shirts and "no jacket" weather. Though not exactly fulfilling my dream of summer, the mood inside Porter's Pub on the corner of Main and Delton streets in the City of Tonawanda was warm and welcoming nonetheless.
My neighbor Dana and I found two available stools at the north end of the irregularly shaped bar. The bar was spacious with a separate dining area complete with a fireplace for cozier get-togethers. To our left, a group of twentysomething guys chatted and frequently trained their focus on the football game that was playing on all eight televisions.
It took an inordinate amount of time for us to be noticed by one of the two bartenders. When we were finally recognized as new patrons, I ordered a bottle of Labatt Blue ($3.25) and Dana decided on a bottle of Michelob Light ($3.25). The service was noticeably better once we were waited on.
Dana and I chatted about kids, family and careers while Eric the bartender was trying to find the televised Sabres hockey game on the satellite system. After a few moments and some coaching from me, he was able to tune into the game.
A seasoned gentlemen came in and ordered a bottle of Coors Light ($2.25 during hockey games) and then focused on the game.
A younger couple came to our end of the bar and played a game of Cricket on one of the three electronic dart boards. The guy was noticeably frustrated as he searched a cup of bar darts for three that had relatively decent tips. As Dana and I exchanged stories about our respective daughters, I noticed the guy was being "taken to school" so to speak during the couple's game of darts.
Between periods of the game, the speakers were rather loudly playing selections ranging from Rhianna to Journey on the Touch Tunes jukebox located near the entrance.
The Sabres scored and the respectably sized crowd cheered with enthusiasm. In celebration of the goal, a few guys ordered a round of shots. They lifted their shots of Goldschlager ($3.25 each), a Swiss cinnamon schnapps, in unison and drank them down. I shivered at a 20-year-old memory of myself and a night with the newly introduced Goldschlager.
Feeling our age, Dana and I decided to bring our adventure to a close, so I placed a tip on the bar in appreciation and we headed for home.
If you're looking to mix with a younger, fun-loving crowd, Porter's Pub just might be the place for you.
707 Main St., Tonawanda 692-4549
On tap: Molson Canadian, Molson Canadian Light and Coors Light
Scene: Slightly mixed crowd that leans toward the younger side
Specials: $2.25 domestic bottles of beer during Bills and Sabres games. Tuesday dart night has $2.50 Bacardi drinks from 3 p.m. to close.
Dress code: Show your team spirit, don your best duds or simply wear the garb from your daily grind.
Hours: Opens at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; at noon Saturday and Sunday.