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Joey’s Place

There was a time when Buffalo was loaded with lounges. If you ever go to a flea market and run across old matchbooks, you will discover countless lounges that once existed here. Unfortunately, the time of lounges ran its course, and today it can be tough to find one. One of the all time best lounges (in this day an age) was the King’s Court on Delaware. Unfortunately, the interior succumbed to the same fate as the rest of them when someone got a hold of the place for an instant (not the current occupants), and destroyed the interior. That place was awesome. Then there was The Royal Pheasant on Forest Avenue, which met its match only a short time ago (brings tears to the eyes). Today, The Elmwood Lounge is one of the only remaining lounges left in the city – there are a couple of lounges on the East Side, but for the most part the former home of Lance Diamond is still one of the last vestiges of what was considered commonplace in Buffalo.

Enter Joseph “Joey” Dallos, Jr., a real estate broker who knows a lot about lounges and bars in Buffalo. He once owned Fortunato’s in Riverside, and a member of his family owned The King’s Court. He was also intimately familiar with The Elmwood Lounge. You might say that Joey is a lounge lizard, or more like a lounge guru I suppose. After being away from the lounge scene for a while, he has suddenly found himself right back in it by opening Joey’s Place on Hertel Avenue. How did this happen? Well, after purchasing the building (the former Class Act) a couple of years back, he set out to find someone that would want to operate an establishment – one that they would build out. After two years of searching, he threw his hands up into the air and decided to do it himself… probably the best thing that ever could have happened to the place.

Today, Joey’s place is a super chill place that is reminiscent of a lounge. It might not accommodate a large crowd, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in heart. It’s the type of bar that most anyone would want at his or her corner. If you’re looking for the largest selection of craft beers around, or a trained mixologist that loves to shake, shake, shake, then this is not your place. If you’re looking for a cold PBR bottle, Barry White playing on the sound system, real candles (thank God!), and a bowl of chili, then this is the place for you.

Last night I stopped in to have a beer, and ended up shooting the s#@t with the bartender (Angela) for a couple of hours. I was not intending on staying that long, but a couple of guys that I knew from around town walked in and we all got hooked on the UFC fights that were on the boob tube. That’s what’s so great about Joey’s – if you’re sitting anywhere in the place, then you’re in close proximity to the rest of the patrons. You’re bound to start talking to someone, which is kind of what the lounge experience is all about.

The menu at Joey’s features a very limited offering of food. According to Joey, he does a couple of things great, and that’s all he wants to do. “The hand carved roast beef and the roast turkey are slow roasted and delicious,” he told me. “We also have a new England clam chowder and chili… that’s it. But what else do you really need? I’m concentrating on bringing the lounge atmosphere to North Buffalo.”

Joey’s Place | 1122 Hertel Avenue | Buffalo, NY 14216 | (716) 322-6209 | Open for lunch and dinner daily

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Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.

    Does anyone remember when this place used to be Sandy’s Ace of Clubs back in the 1970s? Biker bar, I believe. Man, those were the days.

  • greenca

    So besides having PBR and not having the largest selection of craft beers around, or a trained mixologist that loves to shake, shake, shake, what are they serving at the bar? Is it PBR, Coors Lite and maybe Blue Light? Anything on tap? Any local beers at all?

    • Mytwocents

      If you’re that concerned you might not find something you want at a BAR, you might want to stick to what you know. If a domestic beer and/or call liquor just won’t do, it sounds like you might want to skip this place.

      • greenca

        If it’s only mass produced domestic beer, yes, I would skip it. If they also offer a greater selection, then I’d go try it out. Maybe they do offer some selection, but you wouldn’t know by reading this poorly-written article.

        • HousingBubble2

          Maybe people will go here to get away from the craft beer drinking hipsters that have recently fallen out of style. Sometimes people just want to go to a regular bar and hang out with real people have a beer/sandwich and go home !

          • BuffaloGals

            If there’s one thing I know, its that people aren’t “real people” if they’re drinking a dreaded craft beer. And I sure don’t know of any “regular bars” that serve sandwiches that serve the dreaded craft beer.

          • HousingBubble2

            Thanks Ashley Judd! 😉

          • eagercolin

            Hipsters don’t drink craft beer. They drink cheap stuff like PBR.

          • HousingBubble2

            Hipster loooooove craft beer. They like when the foam gets stuck in their beards !

          • Johnny Pizza

            Sure they do. Hipsters don’t drink to get drunk. They drink to be perceived as more “cultured” because they’ve tried something different. And true hipsters are always asking “did you hear this new song” “did you try this new craft brew place” “did you read that blog”. They do this once they have done whatever it is that they are asking about so that when you respond “no” they can subsequently tell you all about it and how it is. Most of the time they will also insist whatever new thing they’ve tried is definitively better than whatever alternative you are currently using/drinking.
            “Oh you’re still drinking Molson? You should go to the Village Beer Merchant and buy local beer for 4 times the price its so much better with better ingredients and they use copper fermentation tanks which are so much better than stainless steel, I can’t even drink beer that is fermented in stainless steel anymore because I can taste it.”

          • HousingBubble2

            ….and then they will march and throw rocks at windows!

          • eagercolin

            This is true, if you use hipster to mean “some jerk I dislike.” This is often how it’s used. But actual hipsters value irony and are either broke or like to appear broke. Microbrews won’t do, since they are an earnest attempt at quality and are more expensive. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/whatll-you-have-not-a-pabst-blue-ribbon-2015-07-16

          • Ivan Putski Jr

            PBR is so cliche it’s surprising it is still so popular among the hipster crowd. I still recall that PBR fad starting up while hanging out in Oswego NY circa 1992 of all places…Blue Velvet was the movie that started it all. High Life light is my bad beer of choice

        • Johnny Pizza

          Based on the picture, they have Labatt Blue, Coors Light, an IPA (looks like Southern Tier but I’m not 100% and one other that looks like maybe a Sam Adam’s Tap.

          • jonny99

            not really sure but I think hard core craft beer hipsters do not consider Sam Adams a true craft anymore

          • Johnny Pizza

            I think you’re right, I was just saying what I think I can see from the picture.

          • Matt Marcinkiewicz

            Seems hard for anyone, hipster or not, to consider Sam Adams to be craft when the owner’s a billionaire. Their ad campaign from a year or two ago where they had people guess what percentage of the beer market they could claim was hilarious…people guessed things like 10%, and it turned out the correct answer was 1%. Well, 1% of the American beer market translates to lots of money–enough to easily disqualify you from ‘craft’ status–even if you do roll out seasonal IPAs and the like

          • Matt Marcinkiewicz

            yeah, that’s Southern Tier. I fail the eye test on the other ones, so good work on those

        • Mytwocents

          If you can’t make that inference from what he wrote, I can’t help you. I’m not one to defend Newell’s writing, it’s atrocious 95% of the time. But in this instance, I find you are nit picking just to write a comment and tell everyone how CoOol you are because you won’t drink a domestic beer. Every time I hear a beer snob like you snicker or looking down their nose while going through a list of beers the bartender doesn’t stock, I shudder. I’m not against crafts, I love em, I just can’t stand a man that won’t split a case of buds, or go to a regular bar due to “lack of selection”.

          • greenca

            So what is your inference from what he wrote? Do they or don’t they serve anything beside PBR and the like? It sounds like they don’t, perhaps they do. Who knows? That’s my beef. If you’re trying to help out a new place, give your readers more information. I really don’t care if you like craft beer and domestics. And no, I don’t go to a bar and ask for a list of beers that I want. I ask what they carry and choose from that. Sorry to disappoint.

          • Johnny Pizza

            My inference is that Newell wrote a crap article because he is not familiar with what he is writing about. Newell can’t really relate to the blue collar, average guy mentality that would be attracted to this type of establishment. Newell is better at covering the more “feel good” optimistic new places that can boast for 20 minutes that the cheese on their burger is flown in from France.

          • Mytwocents

            “If you’re looking for the largest selection of craft beers around, or a trained mixologist that loves to shake, shake, shake, then this is not your place.” The inference I make from this quote is that you should stay away, because they don’t have crafts beers. And I didn’t say that you specifically did that, I called you a beer snob, and said that I’ve heard such snobs do that. Sorry you’re a fool.

  • Wally Balls

    “Today, Joey’s place is a super chill place ”

    “on the boob tube.”
    I love when old dudes try and sound hip.

  • Andy Wulf

    Nice article, but Newell, would it kill you to clean the smears off your camera lens before you take a picture? That’s like rule number one of night photography.

    • mightyNiagara

      maybe he wanted that affect to appear like the photos that were taken of alike bars during the era that the lounges ruled buffalo? geez

  • Michael Jarosz

    In Kaisertown we called them gin mills. We drank whatever was cheapest.

  • GUEST

    I don’t care what beer they are/are not serving. That neon “Joey’s Place” sign is fantastic.

  • mightyNiagara

    saw this place the other day with my girl, def gonna have to check it out. it’s about time it’s been revamped into something attractive.