Tucked away next to the North Park Theatre on the corner of Hertel Ave. and North Park, Més Que (which means "more than" in Spanish) stands out as much, much more than a standard sports bar.
I made my first venture to Més Que on Saturday night to watch the US Men's National Team friendly against Scotland. Fully ready to be disappointed (we've been down this road before with "soccer bars" in Buffalo), I could not have been more impressed.
Don't go to Més Que expecting it to be Buffalo Wild Wings or Tully's. It's not a big place. There isn't a ton of seating, and you're not going to be assaulted with five different televisions in your direct line of sight.
There are two giant televsions behind the bar, and a couple of smaller televisions near tables in the back corner. There are five or six tables, but there is plenty of floor space. The design is all about the communal experience of watching the game. If you go there expecting to have your own booth and 50 TVs with every sports station known to man on, you're going to be severely disappointed.
And you're not going to grab nachos and chicken wings at Més Que. The European-inspired menu features soups and salad, pizza, paninis, as well as cheese and charcuterie plates. I personaly tried the barbecue chicken pizza as well as their vegetarian pizza (asparagus pesto, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes) and both were absolutely terrific.
But what is it ulitimately about when you're heading to the bar to watch a game? The beer. That's where Més Que shines. A full list of beers is available on their website. I'm not a giant drinker, but I do dig a Magners Irish Cider or Boddington's when I'm watching soccer. Més Que offers both, and many, many more. I'm counting down the days until the first chance I get to stroll into the bar on Saturday morning for some Premier League soccer and a Magners for breakfast.
With Major League Soccer in fll swing, Euro 2012 starting in less than two weeks, the US Men's National Team entering World Cup Qualifying and some fascinating soccer in store at the Summer Olympics, there are plenty of reasons to head to Més Que. Once you do, it won't be your last trip.
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