by Kelsey Bradbury

ChocolateBarAlthough I’ve never been a chocolate fanatic, I found myself infatuated this weekend when I visited The Chocolate Bar, located on East Chippewa Street, in the heart of downtown Buffalo.

Not only does The Chocolate Bar serve chocolate, but the atmosphere is as indulgent as the name implies—from the warm wood paneling, to the background of melodic R&B songs, to the red rose petal that adorned my plate of cheesecake. The wall facing Chippewa Street is made of glass panels, and from a table inside, the view of Buffalo’s street life is delightful.

My companions and I all chose desserts off the menu. I ordered the “NY Style Cheesecake,” a rich round serving of cheesecake with strawberries and chocolate shavings on the side. Two of my friends ordered ice cream sundaes; the servings were gigantic and perfectly decadent in large stemmed glasses with whipped cream on top. The “Dip Your Own Berries” was another popular choice at my table, featuring a martini glass filled with warm chocolate and a plate of strawberries.

For patrons over 21, The Chocolate Bar boasts a selection of both classic and dessert themed alcoholic beverages, and has been voted the best martini bar in Buffalo, with a variety of classic and dessert martinis, including Raspberry Truffle, Swedish Fish, and Jolly Rancher. The Chocolate Bar also serves several flavors of “Alp’accinos,” which are milkshakes made with expresso and liquor. Perhaps the most unique offering at the bar is the chocolate shot glasses filled with the liquor of your choice.

And despite a name that implies a focus on specialty desserts and drinks, The Chocolate Bar delivers a fine selection of delicious sandwiches, paninis, soups, and salads.

Musical selections such as “Ooh Child (Things Are Gonna Get Easier),” “Beat It,” and “Don’t Stop Believing” helped set a relaxing, playful mood throughout the restaurant. Those who visit The Chocolate Bar on a Tuesday night can enjoy live music by Sax Man Slim from 8–11 PM.

The Chocolate Bar is open daily for lunch and dinner and can be accessed from inside the Hampton Inn, or from the street entrance at 114 Chippewa Street. For more information, including a full menu, and list of upcoming events, visit

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