On Our Radar: Escape the Zombie Outbreak at Lock & Key

Nightlife, Things to Do


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on June 17, 2016

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Imagine this – you’re going about your business at work one afternoon when your office is suddenly plagued with a deadly Zombie disease, transforming it’s victims into mindless walking dead. As fate would have it, you’re bitten. #cantcatchabreak. You and your friends (also infected, naturally) have no choice but to find the antidote in less than an hour – or risk life as a Zombie for-ev-er.
Video game? No. Bad dream? Not exactly. Escape room theme? Yes.
“Zombie Outbreak”, as they call it, is just one of two thrilling escape room themes at one of Buffalo’s very first escape rooms, Lock & Key on Elmwood Avenue. The second theme, “House of Secrets”, features the rescue mission of renowned antiquarian and occultist Dexter Worthington who has disappeared. When you arrive at his residence to investigate, upon entering his study you notice both a strange collection of artifacts and some terrible presence that lingers over the room.  The only sound to break the oppressive silence is the sliding of the latch on the door’s lock. You have one hour to escape before whatever befell poor Dexter befalls you as well…

If you’re confused about the whole escape room trend, first of all you must not have read our WNY Escape Room Guide, and second should prepare to fall in love with your new favorite group activity. What is an “escape room” you ask? To put it simply, it’s an interactive adventure game filled with puzzles and riddles that you work through with a group of friends to solve in order to meet your end goal: get the hell outta there (AKA escape) in under one hour. Did we mention these things aren’t exactly easy? Meaning there’s a good chance you’ll actually feel challenged and therefore have an absolute blast.
If you’re thinking this is the perfect rainy day activity or group outing for next time your friends want to get together, your right. Lock & Key, located right at 504 Elmwood Ave in Buffalo, also hosts experiences for corporate events, parties, and team building sessions.
Maybe it’s just the nerd in me, but an interactive, immersive experience that tests your wits and challenges you to do more than drink a beer while sitting on a bar stool (or worse – standing) is worth trying at least once. Amirite? These guys do a nice job of offering multiple experiences too, so when you love it, you can easily return to enjoy a new plot and twist.
Here’s how it works:
Grab your friends/family/strangers (you need 3 – 8 people to book), pick a date and time that works for you (Lock & Key is open Mon, Tues, and Thursday from noon until 9pm, Friday 1:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday – 11:00am to 10:00pm, and Sunday – 11:00am to 10:00pm), and spend an hour trying to escape! The cost is $25 per person, not matter the number of people you have playing and you’ll never be forced to play with another group of people. Make sure you make a reservation ahead of time here.

Lock & Key Escape Room

504 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222
Hours: Mon, Tues, and Thursday from noon until 9pm, Friday 1:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday – 11:00am to 10:00pm, and Sunday – 11:00am to 10:00pm
Cost: $25 per person


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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. 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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