Barhopper: Grab a brew in the Brighton area

05:00 AM, Jan 04, 2013

The Distillery at Winton Place has about 35 TV screens. (Gretchen Lee Carletta)/


Written By Jinelle Shengulette

Sometimes there is nothing like the familiarity of a local watering hole. Our visit to town bars continues with a trip to Brighton (one of the oldest towns in Monroe County) and a hotspot just across the town line in Henrietta.

Here’s look at a few places where folks wet their whistle and get a bite to eat.

The Otter Lodge

This Brighton sports bar has an array of NFL paraphernalia on its walls, including Bills banners, Syracuse gear and more. Enjoy the game on one of 19 TVs with one of 20 draft beers in hand. The bar is stocked with its signature Wet Whiskers Ale, made by Custom BrewCrafters for the bar. Visit on a Saturday between noon and 7 p.m. for $2 bottles of beer. Golden Tee, Quick Draw and two dart machines are available upstairs, and one dart machine is set up downstairs in a room that can be booked for private events. If you’re hungry, choose from a menu that includes burgers, chicken sandwiches, panini, fish fry, wings and more. The bar occasionally hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays, but call ahead for a schedule.

Location: 1776 Monroe Ave.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily (hours change seasonally).

For more info: (585) 442-8790 and otter-lodge.com.

MicGinny’s Sports Pub

This sports pub features two floors of seating with 20 HD TVs. There is also a party room available, with nine TVs, a leather couch, tables and chairs. A pool table, darts, Golden Tee and Quick Draw are available in the bar. Stop by on Thursday night to attempt the chicken wing challenge: If you can eat six chicken wings in a super-hot sauce in less than five minutes, and sit for five minutes afterward with no napkin or drink, you win a free T-shirt! If you’d rather leave the bar with the same number of tastebuds that you came with, try the bar’s take on the Garbage Plate, aptly named the MicGinny’s plate or their take on a Primanti Brothers sandwich, named the Steel City Deli, with corn beef, coleslaw, fries, sauerkraut and 1,000 Island dressing. The pub also offers full-service catering and has a stand in the summers at Frontier Field., as well as at events and festivals around town.

Location: 2246 East River Road

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Saturday; noon to midnight 12 a.m., Sunday

For more info: (585) 247-7770

Zebb’s Deluxe Grill & Bar

There are 15 TVs in the bar area, along with darts, Golden Tee and other games. The bar, which is an octagonal shape, has 20 beers on tap. This restaurant and bar offers a menu of soups, salads, steak, pasta, barbecue, burgers, sandwiches and more. While some signature burgers come fully dressed, most burgers are served plain and customers help themselves at the fixin’s bar. Food specials change every eight weeks, noted with menu inserts. An in-house bakery serves up fresh, homemade rolls, cookies, brownies and more.

Location: 1890 S. Clinton Ave.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

For more info: zebbs.com

The Distillery

This sports-themed regional chain bar and restaurant, located in Winton Place near the Brighton town line, has about 35 TVs, as well as two dart boards and a claw game for the kids. There are daily beer specials, featuring six different beers and half-price appetizers from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Try the chicken wings and the Friday haddock fish fry, prepared six different ways. This bar has both the NFL and the NHL tickets.

Location: 3010 Winton Place, Henrietta

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Saturday; noon to 1 a.m. Sunday.

For more info: (585) 339-3010 and thedistillery.com.