Nickel City Drink


From October 12-16, Buffalo is going to experience a cocktail festival featuring some of the hardest hitters in the craft cocktail scene: Nickel City Drink. Founding members include: Buffalo Proper, Vera, Marble + Rye, Mes Que, Toutant and of course, lloyd.

What do we all have in common?

A love for making great cocktails from scratch. Each bar differs in their approach, but the tale remains the same: using incredible ingredients to make incredible cocktails.

The Rundown

Each bar will be hosting educational classes for the serious bartender, bar takeovers from liquor reps boasting their spirits, dinners & themed parties, because, after all, it SHOULD be a week-long party.

The craft cocktail scene in Buffalo grows by the DAY! We’ve gotta give props to Vera for getting things started years ago, and we’re just happy to be apart of what we hope will become a yearly tradition

Our Schedule

Thursday 10/13

  1. “The Wonderful World of Agave”

(Educational Class)

Where: Bacchus Restaurant (56 W Chippewa Street)

When: 12:30p

Price: $15 (20 people max)

Host: Adam Schuman from Skurnik Wines

What: Adam Schuman from Skurnik Wines and Spirits will be educating Agave lovers on all the different varietals that are used in making Mezcal. Get a chance to sample some of the rarest spirits available to us. By the end of it, you’ll be an Agave all-star. Munchies provided.

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Mezcal Pit

2. “Taste and Tipple with Mayahuel”

(Eat & Imbibe Dinner)

Where: lloyd Taco Factory

When: 7p seating (20 ppl max)

Price: $55 (includes tax & gratuity)

Host: Skurnik Wines & Spirits

What: Join us for a 5-course dinner and cocktail pairings with rare mezcal tastings from El Jolgorio, Real Minero, Nuestra Soledad and Agave de Cortes. We’ll take you into the mysterious “Inventing” room of the Taco Factory for a private tour of tortilla production. Introduce yourself to your new favorite word, “nixtamalization”, an age old Aztec process we use to create our corn tortillas from scratch.

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3. “Big Kahuna Tiki Night”

(Bar Takeover)

Where: lloyd Taco Factory

When: 10p-2a

Price: FREE!

Host: Cognac Ferrand

What: Start your weekend early & party with lloyd on this glorious Thursday. We’ll have luau dancers, tiki torches, leis and more! Summer isn’t dead yet, keep the dream alive!


Friday 10/14

  1. “Jamaican Me Crazy”

(Happy Hour)

Where: lloyd Taco Factory

When: 5p-9p

Price: FREE!

Host: Campari Group w/ Apple Estates

What: Enjoy a delectable food and rum cocktail combo meal for $22! Terrapin Station gift card up for grabs, giveaways, etc.



2. “Big Lebowski Bash”

(Bar Takeover)

Where: lloyd Taco Factory

When: 10a-2p

Price: FREE!

Host: William Grant feat. Reyka Vodka, Balvenie Scotch & Ancho Reyes

What: White Russians, Black Russians, Sarsaparilla Highballs, Beer, Snacks, bowling balls, screening of The Big Lebowski with music from Creedence Clearwater Revival to be played, awesome giveaways and a rug to tie it all together.


Saturday 10/15

  1. “How Rita Got Her Groove Back”

(Educational Class)

Where: Hydraulic Hearth

When: 12:30p

Price: $15

Host: Fortaleza (Pete & Yuri will lead the way!)

What: Come and learn about everyone’s favorite cocktail, the margarita. It’s one of the most popular drinks on the planet, yet most consumed today bear little resemblance to the original. This classic cocktail has been bastardized so much that an entire neon green mixer industry has sprouted up in the name of making the margarita “easier.” However, the traditional way is almost fool proof! We will discuss history, demonstrate proper hands on technique and taste some proper variations.

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2. “Single Village Supper”

(Eat & Imbibe Dinner)

Where: lloyd Taco Factory

When: 7p seating (20 ppl max)

Price: $55 (includes tax & gratuity)

Host: Del Maguey

What: Join us for a 5-course dinner and cocktail pairings featuring the diverse and bountiful line-up of Del Maguey, exploring the terroir of Mezcal. Tour the coveted Tortilla Facility and get NIXTAMALIZED.

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3. “We Need the Funk! World’s Smallest Disco Party”

(Bar Takeover)

Where: lloyd Taco Factory

When: 10p-2a

Price: FREE!

Host: Terlato Artisan Spirits

What: Taking the World’s Largest Disco, shrinking it down and bringing the FUNK to Hertel Avenue. 70’s dress encouraged, we’re talking wigs, high-tops, bell-bottoms and chest hair.


Click on the links below to purchase your tix!