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The Barrel Factory News – Bar Cultivar and Loft Style Apartments

When it comes to Old First Ward, I’m not sure what’s more exciting – news of another restaurant opening, or news of loft style apartment opportunities (see here).

Currently underway is the construction of seven loft style apartments, which is a significant number considering that the rest of the historic complex houses Lakeward SpiritsPressure Drop BrewingBuffalo’s Best CucinaSnowy Owl Kombucha, and Elevator Alley Kayak.

The new living accommodations are located on a separate wing of the building, where tenants can easily access all of the in-house amenities.

“Our residents won’t have far to go to experience all the exciting things that the Old First Ward and Buffalo now have to offer, including the great amenities here onsite at The Barrel Factory,” said Steve Bystran, CEO, The Barrel Factory.

Amenities include:

  • One bedroom; two bedroom; and two bedroom with large loft
  • Apartments have approximately 14′ to 16′ ceilings
  • Exposed brick and beams
  • Restored, original hard maple factory floors
  • Separate heat and AC
  • Stainless steel kitchens
  • Upscale lighting and ceiling fans
  • Washer/dryer hookups in each apartment
  • Large closets
  • Bathrooms with tub/shower units
  • Elevator
  • Private, rooftop patio for residents planned
  • Dogs are allowed

Rents for the units start at $1,000 – water and trash removal are included. Interested parties can send an email to

In other Barrel Factory news, another watering hole component will soon join the laundry list of other commercial tenants. Leonard Oakes Estate Winery will be opening a wine and cider bar called Bar Cultivar, which will dramatically add to the mounting buzz of the building.

“Bar Cultivar will be Buffalo’s first craft hard cider-focused establishment, adding a brand new component to the thriving craft beverage industry here,” said Bystran.

The build-out of the restaurant is currently underway. Once complete, The Barrel Factory will be operating on all cylinders. Not only will this significant building be rockin’ and rollin’, the Old First Ward in general is becoming quite the happening place to visit… and live.

The Barrel Factory65 Vandalia Street | Buffalo, NY 14204 | (716) 541-1454 | Facebook 

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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