"The newly opened Lakeward Spirits in the up-and-coming First Ward neighborhood makes its own vodka and infusions and will soon be adding gins and Scottish-style whiskys to the mix. Everything is made with New York State produce, and the huge, airy loft space also hosts events."
- Condé Nast Traveler, Oct. 20, 2016
Buffalo Doubler Decker Bus at Lakeward Spirits in The Barrel Factory on July 7th!
The Barrel Factory:
Redevelopment & restoration
of the landmark,
114-year-old historic factory in Buffalo's legendary
Old First Ward!
The Barrel Factory is NOW open with
the Lakeward Spirits craft distillery as its anchor business!
The Barrel Factory!
The Barrel Factory was built in 1903 in the Old First Ward of Buffalo, NY. Bordered by Hamburg, Republic (formerly Tecumseh), & Vandalia Streets, the huge, multi-level brick structure was home for many decades to Quaker City Cooperage Co., and later to several other local businesses.
Known as "The Barrel Factory" to Old First Ward locals, the City of Buffalo granted private railroad rights along Tecumseh St. to the company in 1903, with the Erie Railroad connecting to the company tracks.
Located opposite the famous, iconic tavern, Gene McCarthy's and its Old First Ward Brewing Co., and just yards from the new Mutual Riverfront Park and Kayak Launch on the legendary Buffalo River, the old structure has finally been re-purposed as restoration and redevelopment enter their final stage.
Usage includes several new and expanding artisan/craftsman-type local businesses, bringing even more activity and excitement to a great, historic Buffalo neighborhood!
Resident businesses include Lakeward Spirits, the Buffalo area's newest & largest craft distillery and The Barrel Factory's anchor tenant with a Tasting Room & Store, new 2-level outdoor patio, distillery tours, & a new cigar porch, plus Elevator Alley Kayak and Snowy Owl Kombucha. In addition, the Lakeward Spirits Event Center on our 2nd floor is NOW OPEN and taking reservations for banquets, weddings, and events. Per The Barrel Factory's master plan, the building's arts space, Paracosm Arts, also has opened on May 5th with its first exhibition!
Details on more new resident businesses, including a new craft brewery, winery, and restaurant, will be revealed later THIS SUMMER. These three endeavors will fill-out the building's remaining commercial spaces!
Several loft-style apartments will also be included in the build-out, and a number of them are already under lease!
The Barrel Factory is also in close proximity to Buffalo River Fest Park, Buffalo RiverWorks, the Cobblestone District, Silo City, Canalside, Harborcenter, Downtown, Larkin Square, Riverbend, Coca Cola Field, Seneca Casino, Pierce Arrow Museum, 500 Seneca/Hydraulics Lofts, Buffalo Naval & Military Park, and more. In addition, two new upscale apartment buildings are now being completed nearby on Ohio St. adjacent to the Buffalo River.
We're very proud to also be cheerleaders for the renaissance currently happening in Buffalo's Old First Ward and the surrounding area!
Lazarus Properties took possession of the 45,000 SF structure on July 11, 2014. For information on leasing and other details, please contact us! Thank you!
The Barrel Factory
Old First Ward
65 Vandalia Street,
corner. of Republic & Hamburg Streets,
Buffalo, NY 14204
LEARN MORE NOW:
From Lakeward Spirits' Grand Opening Celebration
- Buffalo Niagara Tesla Festival on Sept. 22nd at The Barrel Factory!
- Pics from Buffalo Beer Goddesses' BEER PROM "Hoppily Ever After!"
- Check out new feature story by Buffalo Rising (6/28/17) - "Lakeward Spirits adds Outdoor Patio, and a new Cigar Porch | Buffalo’s Best Grill to Come"
- Lakeward Spirits Event Center on 2nd floor of The Barrel Factory NOW OPEN & taking reservations!
Now open at The Barrel Factory:
Creation - Stewardship - Community
The opening marks the completion of a significant undertaking that took a dilapidated structure and restored it into a spectacular venue in the Old First Ward."
- Buffalo Rising, Oct. 5, 2016
Old First Ward Community Events & Activities:
Elevator Alley Kayak
Snowy Owl Kombucha!
New Event Center
Resident businesses at The Barrel Factory!
Elevator Alley Kayak
Store with kayaks, equipment, and more, plus rentals and tours!
Snowy Owl Kombucha
Production studio with free tastings, kombucha shares, and growlers available!
Craft distillery with a tasting room and store, distillery tours, and an Event Center!