Everything You Need to Know About the Buffalo Cocktail Classic

Food & Drink, Things to Do


Written by Lauren Spoth

Published on October 7, 2016

Photo x Vera

Photo x Vera

Allow us to formally introduce you to the Buffalo Cocktail Classic

Sparknotes: The Buffalo Cocktail Classic is basically the Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest…but with craft cocktails. And just like the Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest, this amazing event is brought to you by the greatest people on the planet aka yours truly at Step Out Buffalo. Was that all the convincing you needed? We like your style – get your tickets here like the bad mama jama you are:
If you wanna know all the ~finer~ details, read on to learn everything there is to know about the Buffalo Cocktail Classic including exactly what you can expect on November 13, 2016 AND how you can win tickets over the next month!

The Genesis

As with any good creation story, the Buffalo Cocktail Classic’s started with booze. Kidding. Not kidding. Being lovers of a good craft cocktail, we were frustrated there was no event that highlighted not only the tastiness of these magnificent beverages but also the masterminds who concoct them. And with so many beer and wine events happening all over town, we thought it was high time that craft cocktails get their moment to shine. Ya dig?

Over the last few years Buffalo’s craft cocktail scene has gotten really…REALLY good – so what better time than now to celebrate it? After much deliberation 12 bars were chosen to compete in this year’s competition to see who makes Buffalo’s Best Craft Cocktail, the Most Creative Craft Cocktail, and the Best Garnished Craft Cocktail. And the best part? YOU decide who wins each category by (duh) tasting each bars’ craft cocktail and casting your vote from your phone using our new online voting system, which btw will be calculating the results in real time and displaying them at the event for all to see.
This year’s Buffalo Cocktail Classic will celebrate both classic and creative gin-based cocktails using Tommyrotter Distillery’s award winning gin and Campari’s delicious aperitifs with drool-worthy cocktails crafted by the talented masterminds from – wait for it – Aro Bar de Tapas, Ballyhoo, Billy Club, Hydraulic Hearth, Lloyd Taco Factory, Marble + Rye, Més Que, Panorama on Seven, The Grange Community Kitchen, Toutant, Vera- Buffalo, and Winfields Pub. Yeah, we know. It’s gonna be great.
The Buffalo Cocktail Classic hosted by Step Out Buffalo

What to expect

When you walk into The Foundry Suites.on Sunday November 13, 2016 – don’t worry – it’s a Buffalo Bills bye week. What do you think we are, monsters? – you and 750 of your fellow craft cocktail-loving Western New Yorkers will be lovingly greeted by your friends at Step Out Buffalo then go forth to taste all 12 of the bars’ featured craft cocktails. While you’re gettin’ your drank on, DJ Christian Martinez will be getting you in the zone, Yelp will be serving carnival game realness with lots of fun prizes, SPACE will have retro video games for your geeking pleasure, and our good friends at Makers, Studio Hue, and The Establishment will be doing demos and mini-classes all night long. Of course there will be a selfie station and pleeeeenty of photo ops in the gorgeous Foundry, plus Barrel + Brine and Lomo Lomo food truck will be in the house to make sure your bellies are full with the yummiest of foods and there will also be a cash bar available with additional libations.
When it comes to Step Out Buffalo events our goals are to 1) create fun, new, and different types of events the likes of which this town has never seen before and 2) support the amazing local businesses in our hometown and make sure everyone knows/tastes why we <3 them so. The first annual Buffalo Cocktail Classic will bring together 26* businesses for a once-a-year extravaganza that let’s you experience the best of the best…of the best of Buffalo and Western New York, and it is definitely not an event to be missed! *we’ll hopefully be adding more into the mix – stay tuned 🙂

Of course we couldn’t have pulled everything off without the gracious support of our sponsors, All Season RentalArctic Glacier Premium Ice, Buffalo Bites Food Tours, Liberty Cab, Mountain Glacier Water, Pyramid Brokerage CompanyRenew Bath and Body, and Yelp. These fine ladies and gentlemen deserve super recognition for believing in this event and helping make it a reality, so show ‘em some love folks!
Both general admission and a limited amount of VIP tickets are on sale now at General admission tickets include admission to the event, craft cocktail tastes from all 12 of the handpicked bars and restaurants, and access to exclusive giveaways. VIP tickets include all of the above plus a VIP only food buffet, an exclusive VIP lounge and swag bags, VIP entry, a private cash bar, and a chance to win an overnight stay for two at The Foundry Suites.

Did you group-text your friends yet? Have you invited/tagged everyone you know in the official Facebook event? The Buffalo Cocktail Classic will sell out just like it’s big brother the Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest, so don’t wait to get your tickets y’all –!

The Buffalo Cocktail Classic:

Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 4-7pm
Place: The Foundry Suites / 1738 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo NY

  • $45 General Admission Tier 2 
  • $60 VIP

Hosted By:

How to Win Tickets

Winning tickets is actually easier than you might think, so hold off on sending us your left arm and first born child…for now. All you have to do to win tickets is follow Step Out Buffalo on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat (stepoutbuffalo), Twitter, and and keep your eyes and ears open for announcements about ticket giveaways. That’s it! We’ll be posting giveaways periodically between now and November 13 so stay tuned and check each medium often. And if you don’t have one of the aforementioned platforms you can always download it, because you know they are all free and this is 2016 so you should have all of them already anyways.

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Lauren Spoth</a>

Written by Lauren Spoth

Lauren is the Creative Marketing Director at Step Out Buffalo aka the person who posts all those memes on social. A lover of Buffalo, food, travel, and animals, she can usually be found trying different local restaurants while planning her next adventure and asking passersby if she can pet their dog. Follow her dog-petting adventures on Instagram @laurenspoth
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