TOP TEN: Tara’s Top Libations for Conversations

Food lies at the heart of our bodies and our culture; it is there for celebrations and sustenance. NOMaste features a local fierce foodie each month, in four weekly segments. First, an interview, then a top 10 list, followed by a recipe to share, and finally a food review. This food corner will not just feature local chefs but also restaurateurs, buyers, suppliers — any woman involved in any aspect of the food chain, from farm to food truck. Join us each week as we get to know another Foodie in the city. Part I of this month’s series can be found here.

Tara takes you on a liquid tour, starting with a raucous night on the town, to a more high-brow hang sesh, to the recovery fluids you’ll need to withstand a night (or weekend) of the following. I don’t know about you, but this is basically a schedule rather than a top ten list! Grab your favorite partners in crime and get your drink on at the places below. Be sure to eat plenty while you do it — or you’ll never make it to Sunday juice and coffee!


A Whiskey and Raspberry Jam Session followed by a walk along the water.

Lakeward Spirits

An Erie Mule — Kombucha and Grain Canyon Vodka, out on the patio looking out on the grain elevators.

Rohall’s Corner in Black Rock

Arguing about art in the back room.


Trying a little of everything alongside a sake flight. Don’t miss “Wandering Poet” or the Japanese slaw.

Lloyd Taco Factory on Hertel

Any cocktail goes better with late night tacos and churn soft serve.

Buffalo Proper

Best Pimm’s Cup in town and it practically counts as a salad with all that garnish.


The bottle of wine/appetizer combo options here have fueled many a deep conversation, and by deep conversation I mean life-vivisection.

Undergrounds Coffee

After all this you will need some coffee.  Head to Undergrounds Coffee and feast on their cold brew.  Plenty of room here to spread out for meeting friends or working alone.

public espresso + coffee

Wander through the stacks at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Central Library, then get a smarter seasonal latte with Red October syrup at public espresso + coffee.


Go for the full recovery effect with fresh juice from Ashker’s. The raspberry pineapple smoothies are amazing.