Bar-Bill Tavern

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Bar-Bill Tavern

Painted Wings

Bar-Bill Tavern’s founder, Joe Giafaglione, used the precision he honed during a career in engineering to perfect the wings of this East Aurora institution. Staff methodically hand-paint each wing with housemade sauces using a paint brush, and every order of wings comes with exactly five drums and five flats. Bar-Bill’s limited menu also includes Buffalo’s renowned beef on weck sandwiches, hand carved on the spot.

Patrons pack the covered front patio and narrow bar, which features a wall filled with hundreds of glass mugs for members of “The Mug Club.” For $50, customers can purchase a mug with their name on it that stays at the tavern and allows an indefinite supply of $1 domestic draft beers; over 3,000 are now members. The most frequent customers earn a space for their mug behind the bar. A poster of Johnny Cash near the back of the tavern reminds patrons of another important fact: Bar-Bill is cash only.