Vintage bar with lots of cool pictures of the club's glorious past.
226 Condon Street, Buffalo (at Vulcan)
Friday & Saturday Nights; usually after 9pm
Associate membership cost $5. Full memberships require the purchase of a small life insurance policy through the Croatian Fraternal Union. You may also become a “guest” of one of the members for a temporary, “one day” visit.
While the club’s official name is the Holy Name of Jesus Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge #557, it is more commonly referred to as “The Cro” by its regulars who love its “off the beaten path” location. The Croatian Club was founded in 1923 to serve a large Croatian population in Riverside and Black Rock. Originally the building was to have additional floors built on top of the “dugout,” but a lack of funds during the Depression halted expansion. During the early 60s the club was frequented by Buffalo Bills coach Lou Saban, himself of Croatian decent.For over 40 years, the club was home to the legendary bartender Bob Svetko who befriended many Buffalo politicians including Mayor Jimmy Griffin. Tonight we invite you to toast, “Živjeli,” which means, “to life/health.” (ZHEE-vi-lee) as we salute this unique private Buffalo club.
Forgotten Buffalo Tip
Ask for a shot of Slivovitz, a Croatian plum brandy. The word Slivovitz derives from the Croatian "šljiva" meaning plum. Slivovitz is primarily produced in Slavic regions of Central and Eastern Europe, both commercially as well as by many households on an informal, homemade basis
Hours of operation and membership requirements change without notice. Many clubs host private, member only events at which time clubrooms are not open to the public. Please call ahead before visiting. Enjoy
Forgotten Buffalo makes a tour stop at the "Cro."
Mickey Mantle was a one time guest at the Croatian Club