4 Cocktail Bars for a Stiff Drink This Winter

By Pat Sandora-Nastyn

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Not since before Prohibition have Buffalo’s options for drinks, libations, spirits, and nightcaps been so diverse. From cold ones to cocktails and with a bit of gusto, there’s no shortage of places supplying creative beverages and a barstool to perch on during a cold and blustery evening in the Queen City. Here are four cocktail bars that have just what you’re looking for:

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The Dapper Goose, 491 Amherst St., Buffalo
Award-winning cocktails and a family like staff make this Black Rock bar and restaurant one of the city’s best. Try the “Broken Garden Tools” for a celery-and-parsley-flavored drink you’ve probably never had before.

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Lucky Day Whiskey Bar, 320 Pearl St., Buffalo
The sound of jazzy live music, the detail of the interior woodwork and a warm cozy feel, Lucky Day is downtown’s speakeasy. The wall of more than 500 variations of whiskey, bourbon, rye, and scotch can leave you feeling…intimidated. But never fear, the knowledgeable staff will craft the perfect drink for your tastes.


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Billy Club, 228 Allen St., Buffalo
Sleek and chic, this Allentown gem is the perfect place to sip a drink and people watch. Try one of their signature concoctions—like the “Buck Wild” made with their own loganberry liqueur— or ask the friendly bartenders to mix you up something special.

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Ballyhoo, 211 South Park Ave., Buffalo
Located near the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, RiverWorks and the KeyBank Center, Ballyhoo is the perfect place for before- or after-event drinks. A cross between a tiki bar and classic dive, the bar’s motto of “not that fancy” means all are welcome.

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Pat Sandora-Nastyn is a creative producer and half of “Billy & Pat” on YouTube.