If you're interested in a cool and comfortable atmosphere with reasonable prices, Lock 34 is a natural choice.

A small-town bar and restaurant, Lock 34 has frequent opportunities to enjoy local, live music accompanied with daily drink and dinner specials. The setting is perfect for a night out with the girls, a family gathering or to catch the game with your buddies.

Sitting at the horseshoe-shaped bar, my eyes scanned the tantalizing martini list and immediately found a drink that is also my favorite dessert: a cheesecake martini.

With cocktails in hand, my friend and I instantly felt at ease as the vibrant UltraViolet Band played its upbeat, rock 'n' roll tunes, creating an electric atmosphere. The aromas from the illustrious brick-oven pizzas (ranging from $10.95 to $11.95) filled the air as casually dressed friends, couples and families enjoyed their meals at both the bar and inside seating. The brick-oven pizzas are conveniently named after Lockport streets such as High Street, Outwater Drive and Livingston Place. Other quirky meal names incorporating Lockport establishments are Anna Merritt Alfredo and the John "Pounder" Burger.

Want to sit outside and enjoy your meal? No problem – just ask to be seated at the back patio protected by an awning for those unpredictable days.

There's more to do inside than just devour delicious food and drinks; gather up your friends to play a round of darts or take a seat at the comfortable bar to watch the game on one of three flat-screen televisions. And if there's a song you'd like to hear, bop on over to the jukebox and choose from hundreds of classics or the newest songs to hit the airwaves.

It's hard not to notice the giant disco ball hanging over the bar. It illuminates the bartender serving specials including Bud light drafts, well drinks and martinis during happy hour (3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day on Sunday).

Other appealing beverages include drafts of Guinness, Shock Top and seasonal Sam Adams ales. As far as bottles go, you can order something as simple as a Budweiser or more fruity and flavorful such as Magic Hat No. 9.

The martini list also includes more options for the sweet tooth including the Milky Way, Almond Joy and Fruit Loop martinis. Regular priced martinis are $6; bottled beers go for $3 to $4.

Wednesday is ladies' night and karaoke night at Lock 34 with drink specials including $4 Cosmopolitans, $2 well drinks and $1 Bud Light drafts. During nice weather, karaoke is set up on the outside patio that has a bar and several tables. You can bring your friends and family for a fun-filled night enjoying the local talent.



Where: 80 Main St., Lockport (433-4222)

Scene and dress: Small-town chic.

Entertainment: Wednesday is karaoke night; Thursday has live acoustic music (on the patio weather permitting); Saturdays include live bands.

Hours: Opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.