Where: 1738 Elmwood Ave. (874-5400, acquarestaurant.net/The-Foundry-Lounge)
Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday (kitchen and bar) and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday (kitchen closes at 11 p.m.).
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday. Small Plate Sundays with $6 small plates; Martini Mondays featuring $6 martinis and crafted drink specials; Blue Tuesdays with $5 Skyy Vodka Drinks and two Labatt Blues for $5; Wine Down Wednesday has half-price glasses of wine; Throwback Thursdays with $3 draft beer; Happy Hour Fridays with drink specials and complimentary buffet.
Extras: Ample parking. Free pool. Peter Fowler artwork on display.
By Emeri Krawczyk
Special To The News
For those looking for a special evening out, add the Foundry to your list of places to visit.
The urban chic/industrial vibe brings Buffalo’s past into the present. Built in the 1900s as a manufacturing plant for railroad signals, the age of the railroad industry was ushered in right here in Buffalo.
Located in what was once the former FWS, the Foundry also was part of the legendary Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company. The refurbished complex now includes a boutique hotel and lounge, and is part of the trend in Buffalo that is turning everything old into something wonderful and new.
The area includes a long bar, tables, lounge furniture, two fireplaces and a pool table. In keeping with the upscale vibe, the Foundry offers high-end liquors, wines and craft beers. Bottle and tap craft beers range around $6 ($5 for domestic beers). Mixed drinks range from $7 to $9, with specialty cocktails and martinis in the $9 to $10 range. The Foundry Manhattan updates a classic, using Old Forester Bourbon with Carpano Antica, Luxardo Maraschino and orange bitters. For a local call, the Lockhouse Paloma features Buffalo’s Lockhouse Vodka mixed with tequila, cilantro, simple syrup and lime.
There is a variety of wines, too (including sparkling) that run from $7 to $10 per glass. Fortunately the Foundry offers nights like Martini Mondays with $6 drinks or Throwback Thursdays with $3 draft beers.
Yet, when you want to splurge, highly trained bartenders stand at the ready to make you a cocktail you didn’t even know you wanted.
When hunger strikes, the Foundry features small plates for noshing, but not just ordinary small plates ($11-$14-ish). Sink your teeth into items like a Short Rib Burger, Marinated Skirt Steak with Thyme Aioli Dipping Sauce or Shrimp Fritters. Add a game of pool and you’ll experience one of the swankiest nights out Buffalo has to offer.