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Guide to Bars & Restaurants Good for Mocktails in Buffalo & WNY

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on April 26, 2022
“N.Y. State of mind” Mocktail made with Piloncillo, Fresh Lemon, Not Wine / Photo courtesy of Hartman’s Distilling Co.

There are a ton of reasons not to drink, and if you’re looking for non-alcoholic cocktail options in Buffalo and Western New York, it might seem like daunting task at first. However, there are tons of bars and restaurants serving up delicious booze-free beverages in all kinds of atmospheres from neighborhood bars to craft cocktail lounges, restaurants, and more.

Here’s a list of spots to start your search if you’re on the hunt for a delicious mocktail – some even have full on mocktail menus!

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Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant

56 W Chippewa St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$

AmericanNew AmericanWine Bar

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Fine Dining

Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant is Buffalo's premier location for great food and unparalleled service. Featuring creative and flavorful dishes created ...

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Ballyhoo Links & Drinks

211 South Park Ave Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$

AmericanDeli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

SOB Says: A Cobblestone District favorite, Ballyhoo is as nice inside as it is homely on the outside. They offer housemade sausages and sides, craft cocktails ...

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Big Ditch Brewing Co.

55 E Huron St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

BreweryAmerican

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Big Ditch Brewing Co. is one of Downtown Buffalo's shinning stars when it comes to brewery/restaurant combos. The tap room is huge, yet welcoming and does ...

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Billy Club

228 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$

New American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Billy Club is a full service restaurant and whiskey bar located in the historical Allentown district of Buffalo, New York. In addition to good wine, ...

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Breezy Burrito Bar

1000 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$

Tex-MexMexican

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Take Out

BRINGING BOLD FLAVOR TO TEX-MEX CUISINE The legacy of Breezy Burrito Bar dates back to 2016 where we started as a boutique-style restaurant in Downtown ...

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Buffalo Distilling Company

860 Seneca St Buffalo, New York 14210 • $

Buffalo

Bar

At Buffalo Distilling Company, we take pride in making our spirits with 100% local grains, fruits, and honey sourced from small farms around Western New ...

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Cafe 59 – Allen St.

62 Allen Street Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

AmericanDeli-SandwichesVegetarian

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Cafe 59 offers fair-trade, gourmet coffee, espresso, and a variety of other hot and cold drinks. Our menu of freshly made soups, salads and sandwiches ...

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Casa Azul

191 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$

Mexican

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

In Summer 2021 Casa Azul moved from their original Genesee St. location to the corner of Allen & Elmwood (formerly Cantina Loco). Casa Azul is about ...

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Duende at Silo City

20 Buffalo River Pl Buffalo, New York 14210 • $$

Pub Food

Online

Bar

New bar at Silo City. Surrounded by towering grain silos, it was once a 1940's office building owned by American Malting Company on the Buffalo River. ...

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Flint Kitchen + Bar

50 Fountain Plaza Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Deli-SandwichesAmerican

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service, Take Out

A staple of Flint's mission is to be able to provide a postcard-like space for private events in the heart of downtown Buffalo. The modern and elegant ...

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Free Street Tavern

1469 Niagara Street, West Village Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Bar

Friendly neighborhood place for food and drinks. Step Out says: If you want to go out to watch the Bills, Sabres or any other team play, most corner ...

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Fresh Catch Poke at 500 Pearl

500 Pearl Street Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

AsianSeafood

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

There are a lot of fast-casual restaurants popping up these days. Our aim is to stand out from the crowd. At Fresh Catch, we believe our poke is more than ...

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Graylynn

537 Main St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

New American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

A European styles bistro with a Gin focus ...

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Gypsy Parlor

376 Grant Street Buffalo, New York 14213 • $

AmericanBurgers

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Bar

We strive for perfection - Whether for dinner, music or a round of drinks in the evening, visiting Gypsy Parlor is always an extraordinary experience. ...

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Hartman’s Distilling Co.

55 Chicago St Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$

American

Buffalo

Bar, Casual Table Service

At Hartman's Distilling Company, we're turning back the clock to an age when summer days were long, sunsets were never long enough, and family and friends ...

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Hydraulic Hearth

716 Swan Street Buffalo, New York 14210 • $$

AmericanPizzaVegetarian

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

The Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant and Brewery, located in the historic Larkin District, is a happy hour, dinner, and brunch destination. Our menu is focused ...

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Jack Rabbit

1010 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$

New American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Bar, Take Out

Serving scratch soups, snacks, burgers, Buffalo food, banging rotisserie chicken and cast iron pizza. Look out for live music events too!   More ...

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Jazzboline Restaurant and Bar

5010, Main Street Amherst, New York 14226 • $$$

AmericanSeafood

North Towns

Casual Table Service, Fine Dining

Get ready to witness hospitality at its finest, served up with a little magic and a lot of skill. Located at 5010 Main Street next to Reikart House on ...

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JT’s Urban Italian

905 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$$$

ItalianPizza

Online

Casual Table Service

From the people that bring you 800 Maple and Siena, this stylish Elmwood Village urban Italian restaurant with a seasonal menu is a hit. The bar scene ...

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La Verdad Cafe Smoked House

116 Davey Street Buffalo, NY 14206 • $$

BBQ

Buffalo

Catering, Casual Table Service

La Verdad Cafe is known in Buffalo and around the globe for their Smoked Brisket and Burnt ends, Gouda Mac & Cheese and their kale Apple Slaw. ...

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Lago 210

4038 Hoover Rd Hamburg, NY 14219 • $$

New American

South Towns

Casual Table Service

They say there’s much to be found at the water’s edge—Peace. Clarity. Purpose. And just as it serves up inspiration and awe, at Lago 210, water is ...

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Liberty Hound

1 Naval Park Cove Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

AmericanBurgers

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

SOB Says: The chatter of seagulls blends with the laughter of children from the park next door. A gentle breeze caresses the water's surface as a small ...

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Lombardo Ristorante

1198 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$$

SteakhouseItalianPizzaSeafood

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Fine Dining

SOB Says: In my mind what sets Ristorante Lombardo on the top of the heap is the total package, the 'dining experience'. Don't get me wrong, the food is ...

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Lucky Day Whiskey Bar

320 Pearl St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$

American

Online

Casual Table Service

Lucky Day; a Whiskey Bar with whiskey happy foods. ...

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MARBLE + RYE

112 Genesee St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$

AmericanNew AmericanSeafood

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

This is quality, 'honest' food served in a pleasant, casual atmosphere. The concise menu covers all the right bases and preparation is unpretentious. The ...

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Mes Que

1420 Hertel Avenue Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

Buffalo FoodPizzaPub FoodSpanishTapas

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Bar

SOB Says: We grabbed an intimate table near the front of the restaurant (the bar was full) and were greeted by a friendly server immediately. There is ...

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Mister Sizzle’s

346 Connecticut Street Buffalo, NY 14213 • $$

Burgers

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Bar

Everyone is welcome at Mister Sizzle's. Our casual atmosphere, quick service, and good food makes us the perfect hangout. With ten different types of burgers, ...

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Misuta Chow’s

521 Main St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

AsianJapanese-Sushi

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Bar

MISUTA CHOW'S IS FINALLY HERE $ IT'S EVERYTHING WE HOPED IT WOULD BE - 'I think there's going to be a bunch of 'wow' moments all throughout the place,' ...

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Oliver’s Restaurant

2095 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$$

AmericanItalianNew AmericanSeafood

Online

Casual Table Service, Fine Dining

One of the finest restaurants in Buffalo, Oliver's Restaurant is fine dining in the 'Old School' tradition. This gem has been turning out great food, and ...

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Panorama on Seven

95 Main St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$$

New American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Fine Dining

Enjoy the best views of Buffalo, Lake Erie and Canalside while serving prohibition style cocktails and perusing a Southern European and local Buffalo ...

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Rec Room

79 W Chippewa St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

Pub FoodVeganAmerican

Buffalo

Bar, Casual Table Service

Located in the heart of Buffalo's entertainment district. Now a full service Restaurant - Gluten Free, Vegan and Vegetarian food options available. ...

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Remedy House

429 Rhode Island St Buffalo, New York 14213 • $$

Cafe-Coffee

Buffalo

Cafe / Coffee Shop

Inside, you'll find a hand-painted drink menu with all the beverages you need for a caffeine fix. This shop is serving coffee from Propeller Coffee aka ...

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Resurgence Brewing Company

55 Chicago Street Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$

BreweryBeer Bar/HallAmerican

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Bar

Resurgence Brewing Company and Beer Garden brews high-quality craft beer to be enjoyed in our taproom, beer garden or at home. Buffalo has always been ...

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Shirt Factory

115 West Center Street Medina, NY 14103 • $

Small PlatesCafe-Coffee

Other

Bar, Cafe / Coffee Shop

Located just off the Four Corners of Medina, NY, the Shirt Factory has been operating as a successful cafe since opening in 2006. In 2018, four Medina ...

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Squeeze Juicery – Elmwood

770 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$

Juice BarHealth Food

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

We are a cold-pressed juicery. That's the Cliff's Notes description of us, but we are so much more than just a place to come grab a juice, a smoothie, ...

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Squeeze Juicery – Williamsville

5419, Main Street, Amherst Town Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$

Juice BarHealth Food

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

We are a cold-pressed juicery. That's the Cliff's Notes description of us, but we are so much more than just a place to come grab a juice, a smoothie, ...

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Symposium Wine Bar

19 W Main St Suite 400, Lancaster, NY 14086 • $$

Small Plates

Cheektowaga and East

Casual Table Service

In addition to wine from around the world and craft beer from local producers, Symposium offers small bites, charcuterie, flatbreads and brunch items. Read ...

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Tecla Rustic Bistro and Bar

5894 Ward Road Sanborn, NY 14132 • $

ItalianAmerican

Online

Casual Table Service

At Tecla Rustic Bistro & Bar we believe that great food stems from a love of cooking and an appreciation of simple ingredients. Our family-style restaurant ...

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The Grange Community Kitchen

22 Main St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

American

Online

Casual Table Service, Fast Casual / Counter Service

SOB Says: Whether you're religious or not, we're willing to bet you'll be shouting on Hallelujah from the rooftops (probably only figuratively) after one ...

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The Hollow Bistro & Brew

10641 Main St Clarence, New York 14031 • $$$

AmericanInternationalItalian

Online

Casual Table Service

The Hollow Bistro and Brew says: The Hollow Bistro and Brew prides itself on the comfort and great selection of food and drinks coupled with a friendly ...

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The Place

229 Lexington Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

AmericanBuffalo Food

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

The Place is a family style restaurant reopened April 2016 with new style, new menu, same old neighborhood atmosphere. ...

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Vue Rooftop Lounge

210 Franklin St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$

Pub Food

Buffalo

Bar

At the Curtis Hotel, enjoy a cocktail and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Buffalo, Lake Erie, and the Canadian shoreline. VUE is ...

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Waxlight Bar àVin

27 Chandler St Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$

New AmericanWine Bar

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Bar, Fine Dining

Waxlight Bar à Vin is a modern, wine-focused restaurant in the Black Rock neighborhood of Buffalo. We're led by a team of owner-operator sommeliers ...

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Webster’s Bistro

102 Webster St North Tonawanda,, New York 14120 • $$$

AmericanFrenchNew AmericanSeafoodWine BarSteakhouse

Niagara County

Casual Table Service, Fine Dining

SOB Says: In our estimation Webster's Bistro is an excellent representation of French cuisine in Western New York. Their creations are not only a work ...

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Did we miss one? Did one of these places close? Send us a note!

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This post was originally published in 2021 and has been updated.

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