There's a pretty relaxed feel to Yanks Old Niagara Bar and Grill, in Niagara Falls.

Start with the menu - nothing fancy, just the kind of food anyone can enjoy without having to dress up or put on airs. New York-style pizzas of all sorts. Some great poutine. Burgers, like The Big Ethel. Buffalo-style chicken wings.

Same with the beverages. They offer six on-tap brews or 20 brands by the bottle. They have cocktails plus local and imported wines, too. They want everyone to be comfortable, don't you know.

Yanks opened in 1995 at 5008 Centre Street, at the top of Clifton Hill in the heart of the city's world-famous tourist district.

They call themselves Niagara's First Bar and Grill - well, a few other bars and grills might argue that point, but there is no disputing the laid-back vibe inside.

Yanks has billiards (for exercise, they say on their website), a great juke box programmed by local DJ Dave Rotella plus four TVs for when you're not watching the live entertainment.

Oh yeah, the entertainment.

The last day of the work week is known as Vinyl Fridays but many nights they have musicians playing for you as well.

In the past, Yanks even hosted one of the iconic Light of Day shows that were started in New Jersey by Bruce Springsteen's friend Southside Johnny and have spread around the world, including one a year in Niagara Falls.

On the Foursquare restaurant rating website, viewers were impressed by the selection of beer and the friendly staff.

"Just keep ordering wings! They're the best!" wrote one visitor, while another noted, "great wings. Feels less touristy than other bars in the area, would recommend to anyone visiting Niagara."

Last modified: August 2, 2021