Karl R. Josker
The Bars Of Buffalo
> Locker Room
Karl R. Josker
1389 Delaware Ave. Buffalo
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What a great bar town, for me it was the 70's. Masthead Bar on Grant St (I lived right around the corner on Rees)every Thursday night for Beatles night and foosball. John Valby was a regular there. Then down Grant street to Binky Browns. Go up Forest Ave to Ivanhoe near corner of Elmwood Ave (near Royal Pheasant restaurant?). Head over to No Name on Elmwood and Bidwell (great fern bar) and drink while playing backgammon. My late sister was a bartender there. Then up to Delaware Ave to Locker Room (they used to play alot of J Geils alot there - "Wammer Jammer" and the place would go nuts. Then over to Alley Bar to decompress. Incredible memories. Thank you Buffalo for being a great town to grow up in. DId I mention the amazing live music scene then?
Gotta love the locker room! Met my husband of 29 years there! Best party place of the late 70's early 80's! Lrac often comes up in conversation... many a night my arm was twisted to go there, while writing a paper for school! But totally worth it! So sad that my kids won't be able to experience the Locker Room!
Mid-70's....Tuesday night was Nurses' Night....Boz rocked behind the bar. We drove in from Cheektowaga on a REGULAR basis to party here!!!
Remember duke m.at the door .boz,frenchie,coczi,and my buddie Dino behind the bar.also captain himo and heavy duty Leo playing the tunes
Wow Locker Room in the 90's was awesome. 2 for 1 on Thursday nights, had Fridays off from work thank god.Upstairs, and the back pATIO...NEVER A DULL TIME.
Good times in the early 90s. The bouncer was a friend of mine. Always let me and all my 16-year-old friends in no issues. Thursday nights were Locker Room nights for several years.
Chris's note of the late 70's really stirred some names from the past. My buddy Bones and I spent a lot of time there. I remember that Bozo used to do 'amaretto toes', where he'd go down the bar pouring amaretto on the Buffalo Gals with open toe shoes, than follow-up by licking the amaretto off. Crazy, but fun, times.
I washed dishes and became short order cook, 1970-1975 - had a great time, many friends like Bobby, Paul and Dennis. If anyone recalls, email accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org Joe Maroney
Wow..what memories..buff state grad school 81-83. The looker room, stuffed mushroom, bullfeathers, mr good bars, merlins...lived near childrens hospital. Good times. Went to darlings in pinehurst nc today for beef on wick.
Mary Jo Marchi (Poorten)
Wow - why do they always have to get rid of classics? LRAC was definitely a place to make memories. I was so disappointed when I visited & it was gone. I was there in the 70's - my beau was Dave Mulhern & we even lived upstairs for awhile before moving to California (after the blizard of '77). Coxie and Bozo were working there as well as many Mulherns as mentioned. Other Mulhern siblings followed to California & were on the family feud show - lost the second game to a bar question no less - the story made the bufalo evening news (it was painful). Gues whta the ? was? "what do you serve in a bar to make people thirsty to drink more?" answer "chicken wings!" It was a fun time and some wild times - when you're young you can handle that. I still tell stories noone beleives me about having the beef at the bar and cutting it to each desire - best beef on weck ever! mary jo marchi aka poorten
I worked the door at the Locker Room in the late 1970's with the 6'6" albino,the late Paul Clifford.
Then I was promoted to day bartender with Herbie, the when Herbie left to work in the Bio-Medical Field as a factory rep, I was again promoted to General Manager (against my will..
kicking and screaming)!! I worked at the Locker Room with Kathy, Maureen,Kevin,Chris,and all the other Mulherns. Bozo worked the front bar, Coxie (Larry Cox)worked the back end of the main bar, and Paul Shelter worked the small Club Bar. Tommy Howard was the sound man (the best I've ever known)and Paul Goodlander was our fearless leader (owner)!! I had a great time working at the Locker Room, I had some of the best times of my life at that stinkin'bar !! I was saddened when I learned that it was gone....Before I worked there, I was a patron, in the days when Bobby Hens held court there every day !! Other names from those days are John Nelson, and Pie Face.....I wish I could remember them all.
I spent time at Meyer's Tavern, and then stopped in when it was The Locker Room. My parents and grandparents went there when it was Gaughan's, in the 1930's, I think. Alway great Beef on Weck.
I met my wife to be...twice at the Locker Room. We have been married for 27+years. I think it was the cowboy hat that became popular after the olympics.
i grew up in north tonawanda but have been in north carolina the last 30 years. the memories in the late 70s of the cases of rolling rock splits at the brick bar on monday nights are still very clear. also, the locker room on friday nights with nazareth blasting on the sound system. still some of the best times of my life.
I lived in Buffalo right after college, in 1973, I even played softball for the locker room.... ( I stunk! ) I remember Bobby Hens and some of the other staff there, can't remember names, but the faces are clear.. I loved those delicious roast beef sandwichs. They would have that huge piece of beef and slice it paper thin, in front of you and put it on that great bread.... I can still taste it!. One weekend I went to Miami to see the Bills play on one of their group outings.
Yes Lynda, I remember those days very well. Meyer's Tavern on the right side and a liquor store on the left. My friend lived upstairs and his dad was an alcoholic. I guess a great place to live if you like the sauce. We used to hand out at Gates Circle in the park and also in the circle fountain area. Great memories and a great place to grow up.
- Jim (email@example.com)
Back in the 50s and 60s (not sure when it changed) this was Meyer's Tavern...famous for beef on kimmelwick...I lived on Inwood Place off Dealaware Ave...as a teenager we hung out at the Gates Circle park with a group from the surrounding neighborhoods...any of you out there remember?
Locker Room was the place to go on Friday nights in the late 70's. I remember music being played from a records, it was like family. There use to be a small bar right next to the Locker Room called the Alley Bar. Fun times, met my husband there St Patty's Day in 1973. Thanks for the memories, the name may have changed and painted a bit different but it still looks like the same place.
I used to live on W. Delavan Ave. near the Locker Room...This is a historic tavern, originally called Gong's Tavern, established in early 1800's as a stopover along a trading route...My Grandfather used to take me there three times a week in the early 40's (1940's, that is)when I was a pre-teenager...He would have his glass of ale and I would have a draft root beer...Always a favorite of the staff at Millard Fillmore Hospital, and famous for Beef on 'Weck...There was a mural above the bar painted by A. Beardsley, Grecian gods and nymphs, semi-erotic...I wonder if it was salvaged?
The Locker Room was in our regular bar-hopping rotation for a while, I think it was a Thursday night hot-spot. In 1984 I met a nurse there whom I ended up dating for a while. She lived in Lockport so driving her home in my '55 Chevy hot rod at the end of the night could be somewhat of an ordeal, especially depending on how much partying we did. She happened to be a virgin and unbeknownst to me she had decided that as my birthday present she would give herself to me. That night she drank more than usual and the way back to her house in Lockport I had to stop so she could throw up! She was as sick as a dog and when we got back to her place she told me what my present was to be. She still wanted to go through with it, but I wouldn't let her. I wasn't very keen on her first time being in a drunken stupor, that's not romance. We ended up breaking up, never having done the dirty deed. Some months later she showed up at my door and announced that she was no longer a virgin so we could now "do it." I'll always remember her as a sweet, but somewhat confused girl at that time.
anne canfield hoffman
Millard Fillmore School of Nursing '72-75- many a hang overs from here- those poor house mothers at the dorm!
Yup, the locker room . rumored to be the birthplace of the roast beef on weck!. I used to work @ the nursing home down the street and drink there on Wednesday nights nurses night!3 labbats for a buck ! later to be black label spilts . I can proudly say i ran the foosball table there for many a year~!
It's 1972 and the Locker Room is in full swing as -the- hangout. Purchased by a Mulligan's alumni bartender, Bobby Hens, it was the place to eat wings and gather for a bus ride to the Bills games on a Sunday afternoon. Patty Jammer was there and many of the bartenders came on their nights off during the week. Bobby had an old bus that he took people to the games in. I was on the bus on a really cold Sunday and it broke down from the cold. Bobby put out the call for alcohol and several bottles of vodka down the radiator later, we chugged back to the warmth of the Locker Room.
I spent many a Friday night waiting in line to get into this place. Crazy, crazy times! That was between 1971-1977.
This is on Gates Circle?