These Are the Best 3 Cocktails in Buffalo According to Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2017 Winners

Lloyd Taco Factory, winners of Buffalos Best Craft Cocktail at Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2017 // Photo x Stephanie Dubin @artiswhy

Last night was a night, let me tell you. An absolute favorite event of the Step Out Buffalo team, the Buffalo Cocktail Classic presented by Compeer was held at The Foundry Suites on Elmwood, and ten of the best cocktail bars throughout Western New York battled it out in a friendly competition to see who made the best craft cocktail in all the land. Drinks were drunk, fancy cheese was consumed, garnishes were pushed to the limit, and countless Instastories documented the entire thing. Here’s who came out on top and the cocktails that got them there:


Buffalo’s Best Craft Cocktail x LLoyd Taco Factory, “Gin & Juice” // Photo x Stephanie Dubin @artiswhy


1st Place: Lloyd Taco Factory 🏅, “Gin & Juice”

2nd Place: Panorama on Seven

3rd Place: Casa Azul


Best Garnished Craft Cocktail Winners Panorama on Seven // Photo x Stephanie Dubin @artiswhy
Best Garnished Craft Cocktail x Panorama on Seven, “Peach Better Have My Money” // Photo x Stephanie Dubin @artiswhy


1st Place: Panorama on Seven, “Peach Better Have My Money”

2nd Place: Lloyd Taco Factory

3rd Place: Casa Azul


Most Creative Craft Cocktail x Casa Azul // Photo x Stephanie Dubin @artiswhy
Casa Azul Most Creative Winners // Photo x Stephanie Dubin @artiswhy


1st Place: Casa Azul, “El Papi Faba”

2nd Place: Panorama on Seven

3rd Place: Lloyd Taco Factory



Huge shoutout to ALL the bars including 100 Acres: The Kitchens at Hotel Henry, Ballyhoo, Billy Club, Casa Azul, Lloyd Taco Factory, Més Que, Panorama on Seven, Pasión, The Dapper Goose, and Winfield’s Pub for not only showing up but bringing it. Every single cocktail was noteworthy and we here at Step Out commend the craftsmanship that went into it all. More pics to come of all the cocktails and then some. Stay tuned!


Thank you Friends & Sponsors!

The return of this event would not be possible without our friends and sponsors at Compeer of Greater Buffalo, Inc.Tommyrotter DistilleryOrangetheory Fitness Amherst – Transit RoadBuffalo Cigars, and Print2Web, so send some love their way and tell ’em we sent ya! We couldn’t do it withoutcha fam. 😉


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Author: the blonderooster

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.

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