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Ransom Room
Steal away to The Ransom Room, an intimate dining space tucked away inside The Draft Room. The Ransom Room is available for private dinners, events and covert hostage negotiations. The story of the space revolves around the 1934 kidnapping of John S. Labatt, whose full story can be found below.
The Ransom Room seats up to 8 guests comfortably and features a close-up look of the brewery process at the Labatt Brew House. To reserve your private event in the Ransom Room please contact Eileen at sales@thedraftroombuffalo.com.
For more information on private events and catering, please click here.
Our Story

JOHN S. LABATT STROLLED CASUALLY PAST THE THRONGS OF REPORTERS OUTSIDE THE ROYAL YORK HOTEL. WHETHER IT WAS THE HEAT, THE SWARMING ACTIVITY, OR THE SHEER ABSURDITY OF THE SITUATION, NO ONE QUITE RECOGNIZED HIM. THIS WAS ODD, CONSIDERING HE WAS THE VERY REASON THEY’D GATHERED. AFTER ALL, LABATT WAS A CANADIAN ICON, REVERED BEER MOGUL, AND – MOST RELEVANT AT THAT MOMENT – THE VICTIM OF A HIGHLY PUBLIC KIDNAPPING.

Three days earlier, on a hot August day in 1934, Labatt left his summer home heading towards London, ON for a business meeting. Running late, he opted for a scarcely traveled shortcut. Labatt’s REO Sedan was the among the fastest of its day, which meant very little when a suspicious vehicle suddenly careened towards it on the narrow backcountry road. Within hours, Labatt found himself blindfolded and chained to a cabin bed. His captors held him at gunpoint and forced him to write a ransom note to his brother, Hugh Labatt. Led by a scrappy ringleader known as “Three Fingered Abe,” the criminals seemed unorganized, but their demands (and guns) were very real. Hugh was
told to check in at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel and await further direction. The note warned – as ransom notes do – that if he wanted to see his brother alive again, he’d best not involve the authorities or the press. Nevertheless, rumors of the abduction swirled. Violent kidnappings for ransom are not a Canadian custom. In fact, a grand sum of zero are known to have occurred before this, so the buzz was substantial. The amateur kidnappers, neither equipped nor inclined to withstand the media firestorm, ditched their $150,000 demand ($2.5 million today). They drove Labatt to Toronto in a panic, dropping him off with cab fare and a halfhearted agreement to pay $25,000.
In the wake of the ordeal, Labatt became understandably reclusive, cautious about his family’s safety. However, his leadership qualities remained intact. He’d serve as company President until 1950, when he stepped down at the age of seventy. During this time, he shepherded the brewery through vast expansion, public offering, and World War II. To this day, Labatt is synonymous with quality and consistency in the art of brewing.

THREE FINGERED ABE NEVER RECEIVED HIS $25,000.

John Labatt Ransom Letters
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The Draft Room Buffalo, NY: The Beer Garden

Be sure to check out our 4,000-square-foot beer garden located along Illinois Street, providing a beautiful (and dog-friendly) opening towards Alumni Plaza and KeyBank Center. Come springtime, you can expect live music, special events, and a beer garden-specific seasonal menu filled with thoughtful food and drink pairings that highlight the communal dining experience.

The Beer Garden can be booked for private and semi-private events. To reserve your event in The Beer Garden please contact Eileen at Sales@TheDraftRoomBuffalo.com.

For more information on private events and catering, click here.

The Draft Room Buffalo, NY: The Beer Garden
PRIVATE EVENTS & CATERING
At The Draft Room
  • Happy Hours
  • Cocktail Parties
  • Alumni Reunions
  • Team Banquets
  • Class Reunions
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Corporate Events
  • Industry Networking
  • Breakfast Meetings
  • Corporate Picnics
  • Graduation Parties
  • Holiday Parties
  • Birthday Parties
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The Draft Room offers a variety of semi-private and private spaces for your event based on your guest count and needs. Large events may request exclusive use of the restaurant.

 

For more information about menus, availability and pricing, please fill out the form below or contact Eileen at Sales@TheDraftRoomBuffalo.com.

 

HOURS

Weekend Brunch

SATURDAY & SUNDAY
10am-2pm

General Hours

MONDAY-THURSDAY: 11am-10pm
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 11am-11pm
SUNDAY: 11am-9pm

Bar Closing

MONDAY-THURSDAY: 12am
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 1am
SUNDAY: 11pm

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79 Perry St., Buffalo, NY
716.314.0303
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Key Bank Center Garage or Harborcenter Garage. Pricing dependent on event days.

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Join us in The Beer Garden for a 60 minute, fun and energizing vinyasa yoga class taught by our certified Impact Harborcenter instructors. Balancing and sipping your favorite Labatt Brew House Beer will be incorporated INTO poses and sequences to make this a yoga flow unlike any other you've experienced! All levels are welcome - the yoga and the beer should bring joy and relaxation into your weekend! Immediately following class, we invite you to enjoy brunch at The Draft Room. All class attendees will receive 10% off their brunch food purchase! This event is rain or shine! We will move inside weather permitting.
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SLIDERS & SUDZ

Beer Pairing Dinner

Wednesday, May 1st | 6pm

The Draft Room Sliders & Sudz Beer Pairing Dinner
Join us for a 5 course slider menu paired with beers from the Labatt Brew House Beers. Special guest Ryan Brady, head brewer from the Labatt Brew House will be in attendance. $40 per person. Excludes tax and gratuity.

MENU

Gougere Burger

Angus beef, pickled shallots, dijonnaise, arugula, blue cheese gougere, side of mini blue cheese chips

Smoked Brisket

Beer BBQ brisket, mac & cheese, "cornbread brioche with honey butter glaze"

Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich

Fried chicken, hot sauce, pickles, served on a B55 biscuit, side of coleslaw

Pork Belly Slider

Pickled daikon and carrots, green onion aioli, brioche bun

Chef's Choice Dessert Slider

Strawberry Shortcake Slider

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CURRENT EVENTS

SAT

MAY 04

YOGA ON TAP

Time: 10:00AM - 11:00 AM
Join us in the Beer Garden for a 60 minute, fun and energizing vinyasa yoga class while balancing and sipping your favorite Labatt Brew House Beer.

SAT

MAY 11

LIVE MUSIC

Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Doyle Brothers

FRI

MAY 31

LIVE MUSIC

Time: 7:00PM - 11:00PM
Geno McManus Band

SAT

JUNE 01

YOGA ON TAP

Time: 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Join us in the Beer Garden for a 60 minute, fun and energizing vinyasa yoga class while balancing and sipping your favorite Labatt Brew House Beer.

FRI

JUNE 07

LIVE MUSIC

Time: 7:00PM - 11:00PM
The Zak Ward Trio

SAT

JUNE 27

LIVE MUSIC

Time: 7:00PM - 11:00PM
Mayday

SAT

JULY 06

YOGA ON TAP

Time: 10:00AM - 11:00 AM
Join us in the Beer Garden for a 60 minute, fun and energizing vinyasa yoga class while balancing and sipping your favorite Labatt Brew House Beer.

SAT

AUGUST 03

YOGA ON TAP

Time: 10:00AM - 11:00 AM
Join us in the Beer Garden for a 60 minute, fun and energizing vinyasa yoga class while balancing and sipping your favorite Labatt Brew House Beer.

SAT

SEPTEMBER 07

YOGA ON TAP

Time: 10:00AM - 11:00 AM
Join us in the Beer Garden for a 60 minute, fun and energizing vinyasa yoga class while balancing and sipping your favorite Labatt Brew House Beer.

BACKYARD BBQ

Beer Pairing Dinner

Wednesday, May 22nd | 6pm

The Draft Room Backyard BBQ Beer Pairing
Join us in the Beer Garden for a 5 course BBQ Beer Pairing dinner. Featuring house smoked menu items and perfectly paired beers for each course. $40 per person. Excludes tax and gratuity.

MENU

Smoked Trout

Taziki, pickled Red Cabbage, Rye Crisp
Beer: Collective Arts Lunch Money (7oz.)

Smoked Wings

Chipotle Sauce, Pickled Celery and Carrots, Blue Cheese
Beer: Pressure Drop Buck Star (7oz.)

Grilled Steak Kabob

Beer Marinated Sirloin, Pineapple, Zucchini, Baby Potato, Tomato
Beer: LBH Experimental Ale (Passionfruit Helles), LBH DIPA 001 (7oz.)

Beer BBQ Ribs

House Beer BBQ, cornbread
Beer: LBH Black IPA, LBH Dubbel (7oz.)

Smoked S'mores

House Marshmallow, Chocolate, House Graham Cracker
Beer: Southern Tier S’Mores Nitro

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