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Nickel City Drink offers overflowing cup of cocktail events

Cocktail students, fans and just plain drinkers can all find a favorite event at Nickel City Drink, the citywide cocktail festival starting Oct. 12.

More than 50 events are detailed at, some free and others requiring ticket purchase, handled through the website.

The week ends with Sunday Shakedown Oct. 16 at Town Ballroom. Buffalo’s fastest bartender will be crowned after an onstage competition. A dinner of Italian-American favorites, two cocktails and drink samples from liquor vendors are included in the $40 ticket.

Drink pairing dinners abound, including two meals designed with tequila and mescal in mind at Lloyd Taco Factory on Oct. 13 ($55). Craving’s Adam Goetz will pair food with Fernet Oct. 14 at Mes Que ($50). That night at Buffalo Proper, Edward Forster presents a Jagermeister-inspired menu ($45).

Want to learn more? There’s a dozen classes, with fees of $10-25. Check out the normally private surroundings of the Twentieth Century Club on Oct. 13, for a discussion on women’s role in craft cocktail culture, with refreshments. Or stop by Virgil Avenue Tobacconist on Oct. 15 for an afternoon of hand-rolled cigars paired with scotch ($25).

There’s also plenty of free tastings and special menus at participating establishments not named above, including Vera Pizzeria, Toutant, Bacchus, Panorama on Seven, Tommyrotter Distillery, Dapper Goose, Tipico Coffee, Marble + Rye, Lockhouse Distillery, Gates Circle Wine & Liquor, Hydraulic Hearth, and Founding Fathers.

The event benefits Crisis Services.

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