I've been lucky enough to be friends with the same group of people nearly my whole life. Here is one of my favorite traditions we do and it's an easy, fun (and without a doubt entertaining) concept I figured, I'd share. It's the Buffalo Mystery Dinner and it's a great way to explore places in Western New York that you've never been to before.

We call it 'Mystery Dinner' and the process is easy. 

  1. One person is in charge and plans a theme.
  2. They pick everyone up.
  3. Plan every bar and restaurant we go to all night long. 
  4. Nobody else knows where we are going until we get there.

It's super simple, but we always get a kick out of it. It's fun when you literally have NO CLUE what to expect because you get no hints except for maybe what is appropriate to wear. Here are some recent examples:


This past weekend we did CIDER NIGHT. We try and go to some of the most unique places in Western New York or places that we have never been before). On Saturday, Mystery Dinner was CIDER. We went to Clarksburg Cider in Lancaster, The Cider House in East Aurora and the Mayor Brothers Cider Mill.

BEATLES NIGHT: We went to Abby Square in Williamsville and I pre-set it with the bartender making us some special drinks: a yellow one dubbed 'yellow' submarine, and black licorice one called 'Blackbird', etc. Then we went to Penny Lane, this hippy cafe place with live music that's super cool in Clarence then topped off the night with the annual Beatles tribute on the roof of Larkin.

BLUE NIGHT--Everyone was told to wear the color blue, we pre-gammed with Blue Lights and then went to Black and Blue in Williamsville for dinner and then bar hopped around to bars like the Blue Lantern and Blu Bar. 

TASTE OF ITALY--It was an obvious theme once we got in the car and there were bottles of wine and Lou Monte--The Italian Cowboy playing, we knew what we were going to do. After dinner, we hopped around to a bunch of wine bars on Hertel.

OKTOBERFEST--We went to Schnitzel + Co.for dinner and bounced around local Oktoberfests in the area. Naturally, the car was decked out in Fall foliage and we only drank Oktoberfest beers. 

Now, we can't give you all of our ideas, but it is a riot! Give it a try and let us know what your themes were.

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