Sitting at a luxurious bar, martinis in hand and girlfriends at my side, I was ready to take advantage of the sweet summerlike night at an even sweeter hot spot on the Elmwood Strip, Nektar.
In Greek and Roman mythology, “nectar” is the drink of choice for the gods and goddesses. While soaking in the Mediterranean vibes at Nektar on Elmwood, you could almost picture the famed divine sipping their nectar on Mount Olympus.
The L-shaped bar inside of Nektar was comfortable and crafted beautifully, providing a very upscale appeal. Five dimly lit pendant lamps hung around the bar, giving off just enough illumination to see the long list of drinks on the menu.
Kim and I chose the Bellini, a heavenly cocktail made with orange-flavored vodka, Peach Schnapps and champagne. Cassey chose the Royal, a mouth-watering drink made with vodka, raspberry liqueur and champagne.
Martinis and cosmos cost from $9.50 to $12 and include the Euphoria, South Beach and Cherry Amour, all made with premium liquor. Later in the night, my friends and I wanted to try one of Nektar’s famous martinis, the Stavros Cosmo. This cosmopolitan is made with Grey Goose, lime, cranberry juice, Cointreau and fresh berries. The generous bartender, also the owner’s son, concocted the Stavros Cosmo in a giant martini glass for the three of us to share. This cosmo is definitely a must-try!
The wine and champagne list is also spectacular at Nektar. House wine – Reisling to Merlot, Pinot Noir and Malbec – is $8 a glass, $26 for the bottle. Other selections include La Grande Dame Rose, Dom Perignon and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Nektar doesn’t carry draft beers, but the bottled beer selection ($4 to $8) is strong and includes Blue Moon, Stella Artois, Labatt Blue, Dogfish Head and Rogue Dead Guy Ale.
While enjoying the warm Friday night, my friends and I almost felt as though we had skipped out on the Queen City and were enjoying the classy bar scene somewhere in regal Europe. Fancy cream-colored curtains lined the front windows, giving the bar an air of privacy from passers-by on the street. On the bar were tea light candles encouraging a more intimate setting.
As the night wore on, more patrons poured in and the lights inside became more faint, while the progressive house music became a little louder. Despite the larger crowd, the seating was still plentiful. Booths and tables near the front often are reserved for VIPs and bottle service parties. More tables, booths and benches line the side of Nektar and can also be found near the back of the bar. When the weather is nice, the outdoor patio is open with several tables. Live music is performed on the patio, too.
DJ’s spin on the weekends and there is no cover charge.
While Kim, Cassey and I were savoring our drinks, observing the crowd and moving to the music, a photographer came around and took our picture, contributing to the swanky scene and sense of notoriety.
Keep your eyes peeled for Nektar’s merge in its current location with former restaurant Ambrosia later this summer. Together, they will be renamed Ambrosia Taverna, meaning “nectar nights.”
Nektar is perfect for bigger groups and parties, couples, or just the gathering of a few friends. It’s an ideal escape from the typical sports bars and clubs in Buffalo, while still promising to provide just as much satisfaction.
If you’re looking for a posh night out on the town, Nektar is absolutely the place.
Where: 451 Elmwood Ave. (881-1829)
Scene: Upscale and decadent, while maintaining a comfortable setting. Relax at the bar or enjoy VIP bottle service.
Atmosphere: Casual and classy. Ladies wore short dresses, long dresses, tight dresses and jeans; the gents sported button-ups or graphic tees.
Specials: Happy hour is 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday with $5 appetizers and $5 drink specials. From 4:30 to midnight Thursdays, $6 margaritas.
Hours: Opens at 4:30 p.m. daily; closed Sunday.