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Tūk Tūks to double-deckers: 5 ways to tour Buffalo breweries

For those looking to stop by several of Buffalo’s many drinking destinations in afternoon or night, there are many fun, unique and safe transportation options.

Whether you want to zip from Buffalo RiverWorks to Lafayette Brewing Company in a sputtering, open-air motor cart or hit up Lakeward Spirits and Pressure Drop Brewing at the Barrel Factory before busing to Flying Bison Brewery, the booze cruise chariot of your choice awaits.

The next time you’ve got a big group of thirsty friends looking to enjoy a night out on the town, remember it’s not just about the destination. It’s about the journey, too, which is why we’re here to walk you through a choose-your-own-adventure-style list of a few of the best options.

Brew Bus Buffalo

An all-inclusive, guided, air-conditioned drinking excursion. This big blue bus owned by Bill and Dawn Shaflucas was inspired by a brew bus which saved them from the Miami heat while they were walking between breweries on vacation.

BBB leaves from Pizza Plant downtown at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, providing a perfect opportunity to grab lunch before the beer blast. "After-hours" tours from 6 to 10 p.m. are available for private parties.

Stops: Pizza Plant, Flying Bison Brewery, Resurgence Brewery, Lafayette Brewing Company

Price: $90 per person, $65 for a designated driver (non-alcoholic drinks included), $750 private tours.

Seating: 14

Duration: 3.5 hours

Includes: Samples at each brewery, bartender gratuities, brewery tours, snacks, BBB swag.

Allowed to drink en-route: No

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Queen City Tūk Tūk

A Tūk-Tūk, AKA tuktuk, AKA auto-rickshaw, is an open-sided, three-wheeled motorcycle of sorts most commonly utilized in Asian countries as taxis. The tuktuk you may have spotted buzzing around Buffalo is all-electric and has a red-white-and-blue zebra-stripes paint job.

Inspired by the Southeast Asian travels of two best friends and Buffalo’s renaissance, Queen City Tūk Tūk promises "an unforgettable adventure" guided by a driver who possesses "the wisdom and experience to make it more than a simple trip."

Tour stops: Lafayette Brewing Company, Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, Buffalo RiverWorks

Seating: 6

Price: $149 for the group.

Duration: 2-3 hours

Includes: Sample glass, samples, one pint

Allowed to drink en-route: No

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Nickel City Tours

Board the big blue Nickel City Tours truck-bus and take an adults-only field trip for a hands-on-pint learning experience. Buffalo’s craft beer scene is booming, and Nickel City Tours is booking public and private tours of various drinking destinations.

The brewery/distillery tours take off from their outpost at 223 South Park Ave. at 7 p.m. every Friday and 2 p.m. every Saturday. For now, Bars of Buffalo tours must be booked privately.

Seating: 35

Stops: Flying Bison, The Barrel Factory (Pressure Drop Brewing and Lakeward Spirits), Old First Ward Brewing at Gene McCarthy’s, Lafayette Brewing Company, Thin Man Brewery (three or four stops each tour; changes, so call to check)

Price: $25 per person for public tours, $495 for private bookings

Duration: 3.5 hours

Allowed to drink en-route: Yes

Includes: Reduced-rate flights and pints, on-board docent/guide, brewery tours (brewery/distillery tour only).

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Buffalo Double Decker Bus

Every Friday and Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., this big red English-born behemoth transports passengers between three brewery/distillery/tavern stops as a murder-mystery unfolds.

On Fridays, the Western-themed "Killing at Buffalo Creek" plays out as participants sip crafts. Saturday’s beer-soaked
"Death at Doug’s Dive" takes place in 19th century Buffalo’s nefarious red-light district.

Stops: Flying Bison, Swannie House, either The Barrel Factory (Lakeward Spirits and Pressure Drop Brewing) or Lockhouse Distillery.

Price: $30 per person

Allowed to drink en-route: No

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Buffalo Pedal Tours

Embark on a make-it-your-own drinking/pedaling adventure on a trolley with a dozen or more of your friends, cruising through the streets of downtown Buffalo, stopping at whichever watering holes you wish.

You’re free to bring your own food and snacks, play your own music by connecting a phone to the sound system, even decorate the trolley.

Price: Group rate is $349.99 Monday through Thursday, $399.99 weekends. Don't have a group? Contact BPT for single seats at $34.99.

Duration: 2 hours

Seats: 15

Allowed to drink en-route: Yes, with a limit two 12-ounce cans per person; no glass or hard liquor.

Stops: Customizable, but BPT recommends Pearl Street Grill, Lafayette Brewing Company, Tap House, D-Tour Martini Bar, Deep South Taco and Big Ditch Brewing Co. for "great service, super drinks and enchanting environment."

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