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.
The Ransom Room
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.

BEER GARDEN EVENTS

BBQ BEER PAIRING DINNER | MAY 22ND | 6PM
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SUMMER KICK-OFF
FRIDAY NIGHT BEER GARDEN BASH
MONDAY NIGHT CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

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.

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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
  •  

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: 11am-11pm 
SATURDAY: 10am-11pm
SUNDAY: 10am-9pm

Bar Closing

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

FIND US

Inside Labatt House

79 Perry St., Buffalo, NY
716.314.0303
info@thedraftroombuffalo.com

Parking

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

CURRENT EVENTS
The Draft Room Happy Hour

FRI

MAY 24

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SUMMER KICK-OFF

Join us in the Beer Garden as we kick off the summer season! Enjoy live music on Friday from Toast (6-10pm) and Saturday from West Of The Mark (4-8pm). Enter in our Cornhole Tournament on Sunday at 1pm. $10 cash entry per team 80/20 split for first and second place winners.

SAT

MAY 25

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SUMMER KICK-OFF

Join us in the Beer Garden as we kick off the summer season! Enjoy live music from West Of The Mark from 4-8pm. Enter in our Cornhole Tournament on Sunday at 1pm. $10 cash entry per team 80/20 split for first and second place winners.

SUN

MAY 26

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SUMMER KICK-OFF

Join us in the Beer Garden as we kick off the summer season! Enter in our Cornhole Tournament at 1pm. $10 cash entry per team 80/20 split for first and second place winners.

FRI

MAY 31

LIVE MUSIC

7 PM - 11 PM

Stoneflower

FRI

MAY 31

FRIDAY NIGHT BEER GARDEN BASH

7:00 pm

Every Friday Night meet us in the Beer Garden for our Beer Garden Bash! Enjoy live music along with craft brews & yard games such as corn hole, jenga and connect four! 

SAT

JUNE 01

YOGA ON TAP

10 AM - 11 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

JUNE 01

Twenty One Pilots Pre-Concert Party

6:00 pm

Join us before Twenty One Pilots show at The key Bank Center for a pre-concert party!

MON

JUNE 03

MONDAY NIGHT CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT - DOUBLES

6:30 PM

Every Monday Night: Cornhole Tournament in The Beer Garden! $10 entry per team (cash only). Double elimination with cash payout: 80% First Place, 20% Second Place. Maximum 18 teams. Rotating weekly between Doubles, Singles and Blind Draw play. Weather dependent.

FRI

JUNE 07

LIVE MUSIC

7 PM - 11 PM

The Zak Ward Trio

FRI

JUNE 07

FRIDAY NIGHT BEER GARDEN BASH

7:00 pm

Every Friday Night meet us in the Beer Garden for our Beer Garden Bash! Enjoy live music along with craft brews & yard games such as corn hole, jenga and connect four! 

MON

JUNE 10

MONDAY NIGHT CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT - SINGLES

6:30 PM

Every Monday Night: Cornhole Tournament in The Beer Garden! $10 entry per team (cash only). Double elimination with cash payout: 80% First Place, 20% Second Place. Maximum 18 teams. Rotating weekly between Doubles, Singles and Blind Draw play. Weather dependent.

FRI

JUNE 14

FRIDAY NIGHT BEER GARDEN BASH

7:00 pm

Every Friday Night meet us in the Beer Garden for our Beer Garden Bash! Enjoy live music along with craft brews & yard games such as corn hole, jenga and connect four! 

MON

JUNE 17

MONDAY NIGHT CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT - BLIND DRAW

6:30 PM

Every Monday Night: Cornhole Tournament in The Beer Garden! $10 entry per team (cash only). Double elimination with cash payout: 80% First Place, 20% Second Place. Maximum 18 teams. Rotating weekly between Doubles, Singles and Blind Draw play. Weather dependent.

FRI

JUNE 21

New Kids On The Block Pre-Concert Party

7:00 pm

Join us before New Kids On The Block show at The key Bank Center for a pre-concert party!

FRI

JUNE 21

FRIDAY NIGHT BEER GARDEN BASH

7:00 pm

Every Friday Night meet us in the Beer Garden for our Beer Garden Bash! Enjoy live music along with craft brews & yard games such as corn hole, jenga and connect four! 

MON

JUNE 24

MONDAY NIGHT CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT - DOUBLES

6:30 PM

Every Monday Night: Cornhole Tournament in The Beer Garden! $10 entry per team (cash only). Double elimination with cash payout: 80% First Place, 20% Second Place. Maximum 18 teams. Rotating weekly between Doubles, Singles and Blind Draw play. Weather dependent.

FRI

JUNE 28

FRIDAY NIGHT BEER GARDEN BASH

7:00 pm

Every Friday Night meet us in the Beer Garden for our Beer Garden Bash! Enjoy live music along with craft brews & yard games such as corn hole, jenga and connect four! 

MON

JULY 01

MONDAY NIGHT CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT - SINGLES

6:30 PM

Every Monday Night: Cornhole Tournament in The Beer Garden! $10 entry per team (cash only). Double elimination with cash payout: 80% First Place, 20% Second Place. Maximum 18 teams. Rotating weekly between Doubles, Singles and Blind Draw play. Weather dependent.

FRI

JULY 05

FRIDAY NIGHT BEER GARDEN BASH

7:00 pm

Every Friday Night meet us in the Beer Garden for our Beer Garden Bash! Enjoy live music along with craft brews & yard games such as corn hole, jenga and connect four! 

SAT

JULY 06

YOGA ON TAP

10 AM - 11 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.

MON

JULY 08

MONDAY NIGHT CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT - BLIND DRAW

6:30 PM

Every Monday Night: Cornhole Tournament in The Beer Garden! $10 entry per team (cash only). Double elimination with cash payout: 80% First Place, 20% Second Place. Maximum 18 teams. Rotating weekly between Doubles, Singles and Blind Draw play. Weather dependent.

FRI

JULY 12

FRIDAY NIGHT BEER GARDEN BASH

7:00 pm

Every Friday Night meet us in the Beer Garden for our Beer Garden Bash! Enjoy live music along with craft brews & yard games such as corn hole, jenga and connect four! 

MON

JULY 15

MONDAY NIGHT CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT - DOUBLES

6:30 PM

Every Monday Night: Cornhole Tournament in The Beer Garden! $10 entry per team (cash only). Double elimination with cash payout: 80% First Place, 20% Second Place. Maximum 18 teams. Rotating weekly between Doubles, Singles and Blind Draw play. Weather dependent.

FRI

JULY 19

FRIDAY NIGHT BEER GARDEN BASH

7:00 pm

Every Friday Night meet us in the Beer Garden for our Beer Garden Bash! Enjoy live music along with craft brews & yard games such as corn hole, jenga and connect four! 

MON

JULY 22

MONDAY NIGHT CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT - SINGLES

6:30 PM

Every Monday Night: Cornhole Tournament in The Beer Garden! $10 entry per team (cash only). Double elimination with cash payout: 80% First Place, 20% Second Place. Maximum 18 teams. Rotating weekly between Doubles, Singles and Blind Draw play. Weather dependent.

FRI

JULY 26

FRIDAY NIGHT BEER GARDEN BASH

7:00 pm

Every Friday Night meet us in the Beer Garden for our Beer Garden Bash! Enjoy live music along with craft brews & yard games such as corn hole, jenga and connect four! 

SAT

JULY 27

LIVE MUSIC

7 PM - 11 PM

Mayday

MON

JULY 29

MONDAY NIGHT CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT - BLIND DRAW

6:30 PM

Every Monday Night: Cornhole Tournament in The Beer Garden! $10 entry per team (cash only). Double elimination with cash payout: 80% First Place, 20% Second Place. Maximum 18 teams. Rotating weekly between Doubles, Singles and Blind Draw play. Weather dependent.

FRI

AUGUST 02

FRIDAY NIGHT BEER GARDEN BASH

7:00 pm

Every Friday Night meet us in the Beer Garden for our Beer Garden Bash! Enjoy live music along with craft brews & yard games such as corn hole, jenga and connect four! 

SAT

AUGUST 03

YOGA ON TAP

10 AM - 11 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.

MON

AUGUST 05

MONDAY NIGHT CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT - DOUBLES

6:30 PM

Every Monday Night: Cornhole Tournament in The Beer Garden! $10 entry per team (cash only). Double elimination with cash payout: 80% First Place, 20% Second Place. Maximum 18 teams. Rotating weekly between Doubles, Singles and Blind Draw play. Weather dependent.

FRI

AUGUST 09

FRIDAY NIGHT BEER GARDEN BASH

7:00 pm

Every Friday Night meet us in the Beer Garden for our Beer Garden Bash! Enjoy live music along with craft brews & yard games such as corn hole, jenga and connect four! 

MON

AUGUST 12

MONDAY NIGHT CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT - SINGLES

6:30 PM

Every Monday Night: Cornhole Tournament in The Beer Garden! $10 entry per team (cash only). Double elimination with cash payout: 80% First Place, 20% Second Place. Maximum 18 teams. Rotating weekly between Doubles, Singles and Blind Draw play. Weather dependent.

FRI

AUGUST 16

FRIDAY NIGHT BEER GARDEN BASH

7:00 pm

Every Friday Night meet us in the Beer Garden for our Beer Garden Bash! Enjoy live music along with craft brews & yard games such as corn hole, jenga and connect four! 

MON

AUGUST 19

MONDAY NIGHT CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT - BLIND DRAW

6:30 PM

Every Monday Night: Cornhole Tournament in The Beer Garden! $10 entry per team (cash only). Double elimination with cash payout: 80% First Place, 20% Second Place. Maximum 18 teams. Rotating weekly between Doubles, Singles and Blind Draw play. Weather dependent.

FRI

AUGUST 23

FRIDAY NIGHT BEER GARDEN BASH

7:00 pm

Every Friday Night meet us in the Beer Garden for our Beer Garden Bash! Enjoy live music along with craft brews & yard games such as corn hole, jenga and connect four! 

MON

AUGUST 26

MONDAY NIGHT CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT - DOUBLES

6:30 PM

Every Monday Night: Cornhole Tournament in The Beer Garden! $10 entry per team (cash only). Double elimination with cash payout: 80% First Place, 20% Second Place. Maximum 18 teams. Rotating weekly between Doubles, Singles and Blind Draw play. Weather dependent.

FRI

AUGUST 30

FRIDAY NIGHT BEER GARDEN BASH

7:00 pm

Every Friday Night meet us in the Beer Garden for our Beer Garden Bash! Enjoy live music along with craft brews & yard games such as corn hole, jenga and connect four! 

SAT

SEPTEMBER 07

YOGA ON TAP

10 AM - 11 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: Labatt Brew House - Belgian Dubbel 001

Smoked Wings

Chipotle Sauce, Pickled Celery and Carrots, Blue Cheese

Beer: Flying Bison - Rusty Chain

Grilled Steak Kabob

Beer Marinated Sirloin, Pineapple, Zucchini, Baby Potato, Tomato

Beer: Labatt Brew House - Experimental Ale (Passionfruit Helles)

Beer BBQ Ribs

House Beer BBQ, cornbread

Beer: Labatt Brew House - Black Ale 001

Smoked S'mores

House Marshmallow, Chocolate, House Graham Cracker

Beer: Southern Tier - S'Mores Nitro 

RESERVE YOUR SEATS

The Draft Room Memorial Day Weekend

The Draft Room Beer Memorial Day Weekend

LIVE MUSIC IN THE BEER GARDEN

Friday 6-10pm

Toast

Saturday 4-8pm

West of the Mark

CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

Sunday 1pm

Double Elimination
$10 Entry Per Team (cash only)
Cash Payout: 80% First Place, 20% Second Place
Maximum 18 Teams

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Phone: (716) 314-0303

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The Draft Room Cornhole Tournament

$10 entry per team (cash only). Double elimination with cash payout: 80% First Place, 20% Second Place. Maximum 18 teams. Rotating weekly between Doubles, Singles and Blind Draw play. Weather dependent.

DATES

June 3rd - Doubles

June 10th - Singles

June 17th - Blind Draw

June 24th - Doubles

July 1st - Singles

July 8th - Blind Draw

July 15th - Doubles

July 22nd - Singles

July 29th - Blind Draw

August 5th - Doubles

August 12th - Singles

August 19th - Blind Draw

August 26th - Doubles

The Draft Room Beer Garden Bash

The Draft Room Beer Garden Bash

LIVE MUSIC

May 31 - Stoneflower (7-11pm)

June 7th - Zak Ward Trio (7-11pm)

June 14th - This Or That (7-11pm)

June 21st - TBD

June 28th - TBD

July 5th - Jamie Holka Band (6-10pm)

July 12th - The Kensingtons(6-10pm)

July 19th - TBD

July 26th - TBD

July 26th - Mayday (7-11pm)

August 2nd - TBD

August 9th - Jamie Holka Band (6-10pm)

August 16th - TBD

August 23rd - TBD

August 30th - TBD