These 7 Restaurants Have More Than Just Great Bloody Marys

Food & Drink


Written by Elise Rich

Published on March 6, 2018

Acropolis OPA - Buffalo NY

Acropolis Gyro // Photo x Step Out Buffalo

Updated January 2020

It’s the best day of the year!

On Sunday, March 4th 2018, bars and restaurants battled it out for the titles of Buffalo’s Best Bloody Mary, Best Garnished Bloody Mary, and Most Creative Bloody Mary. All of the contenders make a mean, competition-worthy Bloody Mary, but who are they really? From outdoor patios to amazing happy hour specials to drool-worthy menu options, these bars and restaurants have so much to offer all year round, for lunch, brunch, and dinner, inside and out. Let’s meet them shall we?



photo x Acropolis


708 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 / WEBSITE / FACEBOOK

This family run restaurant serves up authentic (and delicious) greek food in the heart of the Elmwood Village. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, and the large bar selection here includes Greek wines that the executive chef hand picks on his trips to Greece~


photo x Billy Club

Billy Club

228 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201 / WEBSITE / FACEBOOK

Billy Club has the ultimate trifecta of delicious food, great atmosphere, and amazing service. They also have an extensive liquor selection, and a killer Sunday brunch. Duh.


photo x Burning Buffalo

Burning Buffalo

1504 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 / WEBSITE / FACEBOOK

The Burning Buffalo exudes Buffalo pride, from the history behind their name to the local beer and food to the strong Buffalo vibes. The food menu is small but mighty, featuring mouth watering pub fare with a twist. Plus, they have really good happy hour specials.


photo x Colter Bay

Colter Bay

561 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202 / WEBSITE / FACEBOOK

Colter Bay is a local hotspot with a cozy ski lodge atmosphere and an updated menu to match. With over 40 beers on tap, there is something here for everyone, including something called The Impossible Burger. Ever heard of it?



photo x Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

4350 Seneca St, West Seneca, NY 14224 / WEBSITE / FACEBOOK

This brewery has a rustic, laid back atmosphere with bar games and a large beer garden in the back. Keep your eye out for fun events hosted here, like trivia, craft nights, open mics, and Sunday Fundays on the patio during summer.


photo x Thin Man Brewery

Thin Man Brewery

492 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 / WEBSITE / FACEBOOK

Thin Man is the only brewery operating in the Elmwood Village. NBD. They serve innovative beers and tasty eats in a cool industrial setting, and on Sundays they have themed brunches (80’s, 90’s hip hop, and then some).



photo x This Little Pig

This Little Pig

4401 Transit Rd, Buffalo, NY 14221 / FACEBOOK

An upscale restaurant and bar featuring fresh, made-from-scratch American Cuisine. The environment is warm and casual, with the option to dine on the outdoor patio when it’s warm out, obv. Also. So much fresh bread. #droolingbrb

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Elise Rich</a>

Written by Elise Rich

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