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326 Amherst St, Buffalo, NY, US
Capacity: 240 Age Limit: 21
Bio: 27 bars we love (excerpt) By Joe Sweeney; photos by kc kratt Sportsmen’s Tavern: a haven for country music fans This Sportsmen’s life Sportsmen’s Tavern 326 Amherst Street 874-7734 Anybody who thinks that country music’s soul is trapped underneath Toby Keith’s smelly plaid cut-offs will be glad to know that the Sportsmen’s Tavern exists. The decidedly unpolished, what-you-see-is-what-you-get West Side bar has become one of the premier live music spots in town, thanks to a crammed slate of rock and country shows that put the stress on guts and twang instead of a glistening sheen. Its website instructs concertgoers to get their tickets at the tavern itself, because there’s “no Ticketbastard here.” Buffalo, look for your appletinis elsewhere.
Status: Preview of the John Cowan Christmas show