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That familiar chill is in the air. Before we know it, Buffalo will be erupting with Zubaz and the high hopes of this being our year. Now, whether our guys in red and blue will rise to the occasion, one thing is for certain: There won’t be a better place to spend your Sundays than at Westby’s Pub & Eatery in Wheatfield.

After playing a tough volleyball match on the sand courts behind Westby’s, my boyfriend, teammates and I decided to squelch the sting of defeat by heading to the bar. We were impressed that despite the copious number of teams pre-gaming for their own matches, the bar was quite spacious and accommodating.

We grabbed a couple of stools and sat at the long and winding bar. Both Jen and I ordered a Leinenkugel Summer Shandy from the tap, while Mike ordered a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. Other draft beer options include Shock Top, Guinness, Bud Light, Coors Light, Magic Hat #9 and Rusty Chain. All draft beers range from $3.25 to $4.50.

Bottled beers range from $3.50 to $4.25 and include Corona, Heineken, Bud Light Lime, Amstel Light and Molson.

There are many delicious martinis to choose from as well, from a Classic Cosmo to a Creamsicle to a more fall-appropriate drink such as a Caramel Apple Martini (all from $5.75 to $6.25).

Westby’s also has a respectable wine selection. White wines include pinot grigio, riesling, moscato, peach sangria and chardonnay. Reds include cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot Noir. Glasses range from $4 to $6; bottles are from $17 to $19.

Sippin’ on our cold brews and looking around, it was obvious Westby’s is a sports fan’s paradise. At least six crystal-clear HD televisions are by the bar, and a scrolling ticker with updated scores is in the vicinity, too. The walls are lined with Buffalo sports collectibles. Jerseys, signed pictures and many more wall hangings will help any Buffalonian feel proud enough to forget the Bills’ 13-year streak without making the playoffs – well, almost forget.

A unique part of Westby’s is the gigantic screen and projector inside huge goal posts against one wall. Once football season begins, fans can enjoy the NFL Sunday Ticket at Westby’s on this theater-sized screen.

For those who don’t like to just sit and watch sports, there are dart boards and pool tables, too, plus plenty of other entertainment options. From 8 to 11 p.m. Thursdays, it’s karaoke night with Okie Rich. A DJ spins on Fridays, and live bands are planned for Saturday nights in the fall.

After the first round, Mike, Jen and I headed to the wraparound patio outside. It was fully equipped with a fire pit, tiki bar and plenty of seating.

We chose a table and sat down to soak in the remaining sunshine. Music pumped through the speakers, and we discussed how excited we were for the upcoming sports seasons.

Looking around, it was great to see so many patrons of all ages enjoying the scene of a bar with so much to offer year-round.

Westby’s is truly an ideal place to hang around. Beer, football and friends. That’s all we really need, right?