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08-APR-2004 Karl R. Josker


333 Franklin St. Buffalo

This was popular with my crowd in the mid to late sixties. It has had various names since then, and it has been an interesting place, particularly the exterior wall murals through the years.

9-21-04 note: after remodeling and considerable investment, this has reopened as Laughlin's Beef and Barrel Restaurant. It has also been repainted.

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Larry 09-Feb-2017 14:03
This place was like a spaceship. When you walked thru that front door it just took off for outer space nary to return till 3:30/4:00 am or thereafter, if ever in my mind👽
Guest 15-May-2015 12:43
Great to see the old place, I use to work for Lambros and Suzy, they were like family to me.
Sissie 18-Oct-2014 03:18
Lived at this place in the 60 "s. Drove from Hamburg every night just to be at Laughlin's. The faces flash before me. The names I can still recall. Our gang always had the front window at the end of the bar. Thanks Dave, Susie, Eagan, Pat, Jim you all know who you are. I visited Buffalo last summer and had to drive by Franklin and Tupper. Some of the best times of my life.
Guest 20-Aug-2014 13:42
25 cent Simon Pures, Iriy's, Schmidt's, sweet smell of weed our on sidewalk, cops didn't hassle too much, nice friendly ladies, etc. the best time
Guest 15-Mar-2014 19:03
Previously known as Sanctuary, and closed for dwarf-tossing incidents.
Larry 21-Jan-2014 06:56
Larry. "If I Had The Wings Of A Dove"
Guest 21-Jan-2014 06:49
Larry. Thanx for remembering Carlos and Pike. "If I Had the Wings of a Dove" was favorite on great jukebox. Two-bit Iris and Simon Purrs. Disgusting bathrooms but who the help carers. Words drug bar next door. Thanx Dave S. best bar ever
Tim 18-Nov-2011 00:25
James - are you asking about Ulrich'sl Tavern? Still there and lively w/entertainment. Ray Flynn's on Main St. also became a popular theater crowd handout.
Guest 06-Jun-2011 16:04
Great spot for a 25cent draught in 65. The home of Carlos, gentleman and scholar.
GUEST 17-May-2011 11:09
james 03-Mar-2009 03:06
anybody remember the name of the bar at E. Tupper and Washington? Popular hangout for actors and crew of Studio Arena Theatre in the early '80s...
Susie 06-Jun-2008 18:14
Best bar in buffalo at the time, 1966 - 69. Went there every night, and finally lived across the street from it. Anybody remember Egan? The daytime barkeep would sometimes make sure I had cigs when the guy came to fill the machine. Loved this place! I lived in North Buffalo and hitched a ride with a quarter in my pocket for a draft beer and stayed all night long.
joe kempkes 21-Sep-2007 15:22
In the mid-1960's I went to Laughlin's and realized there was a bigger world outside of Buffalo because of the interesting group of people who congreated there. One day I saw a guy I used to deliver the Courier Express to when I was a kid. When I collected the money for the paper he was Laughlin's he was a different person: friendly, cosmopolitan, almost transcendental. The place had that effect of people: it made it possible for you to remake yourself.
Guest 30-Aug-2007 02:08
Don't forget Andy Bongiorno, Dave Adowski (sp?) and their run with After Midnight!! Great for cops from pct. 3 and restaurant people, plus right next to the Tudor Lounge
Jeremiah 17-Jul-2006 11:21
This was The Sanctuary pre-laughlins... by many thought to be the dirtiest kinkiest club around.. had a great time!
guest 27-Feb-2006 20:14
Laughlin's has been redone into a gorgeous restaurant and bar. Truly one of the highlights of Allentown