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AJ's Sports Bar and Grill: Good Drinks, Good People

This "meeting place for nice people" is worth checking out for a sports game or for some good old-fashioned people-watching.

After one customer at AJ’s threatened to get on the bar and pull his pants down, a second warned he is connected to the U.S. Secret Service and the cops would be there in 30 seconds if any private parts were exposed.

About a minute later the situation was a distant memory and patrons had gone back to their drinks.

slogan is “A meeting place for nice people.”

This ongoing and (sometimes) lighthearted verbal jousting turned an otherwise standard sports bar into a people-watcher’s paradise.

The owner's are a couple who ran Braustubl, a bar in Germany, for 18 years before coming to the United States and buying AJ’s Sports Bar and Grill. They left the old owner’s Steelers memorabilia up and have fully embraced the American sports bar concept with 40 televisions, karaoke and poker nights.

Happy hour runs Monday through Saturday until 7 p.m. with $2.50 wells and $2 drafts.

The Long Island Iced Tea is well made with a distinct, but not overpowering, tequila taste that blends well with a squeezed lemon.

They have Guiness, Paulaner, Yuengling and even Jagermeister on tap alongside standards including Budweiser and Coors Light.

One shooter offered for about $3 is the purple hooter. It's made with cranberry juice, raspberry liqueur and vodka. It is a medicine-tasting sweet shot that doesn’t taste great, but hits hard. At the price, the purple hooter is worth a shot.

As far as food goes, AJ’s offers sandwiches including a reuben, salads and full-size pizzas. The large tables make AJ’s a great place for a pizza party, but the menu will accommodate diverse tastes.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. they host live trivia with a $60 cash prize and there is free poker on Fridays. Pool tables, dartboards and even a stuffed animal crane game are available. There aren’t any of the usual arcade games like golf or bowling, but those don't get much play anyway.

AJ’s has karaoke on Saturday nights starting at 9 p.m.

With televisions lining the bar and a crowd that keeps things entertaining, AJ’s is a sports bar worth remembering for a big game or checking out on any given Sunday.

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