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Beer Available At Blue Monk (arranged by most recent)
Hofstettner Aurora 69, Grimm Cassiopeia , Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project 2013 (Dark Ale): No. 3 Sauternes 50, L’Olmaia La 5 81, Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux 99, Community Beer Works Singularity: Centennial , BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru 2009 (San Giovese Barrel) 93, Community Beer Works Stout Affective Disorder , HeBrew Origin Pomegranate Ale 61, HeBrew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale 70, HeBrew Bittersweet Lennys R.I.P.A. 98, Hebrew Funky Jewbelation 2013 95, New England Coriolis 98, Community Beer Works Heatrays , Stillwater Import Series Vol. 5 Debauched 98, New England Gandhi-Bot Double IPA 98, Grimm Going Awry Rye Abbey Ale , Jack’s Abby Smoke and Dagger 95, Jack’s Abby Kiwi Rising 99, Unibroue Éphémère Cerise 44
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JoeMcPhee (501) Toronto, ON, Ontario | July 3, 2011| Updated July 6, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great looking spot in the Elmwood Village area of Buffalo. Bright, high-ceilinged interior with a large open bar space up front and a similarly-sized raised dining area toward the back of the restaurant. Menu focuses on charcuterie, sandwiches and mussels with a few other things as well. Absolutely killer duck-fat cooked french fries. The outsides were perfectly crispy and the insides were soft and creamy. I had a duck-confit rueben that was awesome and my wife and my sister enjoyed their mussels as well. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable and the patio seating is a nice bonus. Add in 30 great taps and you’ve got a top notch spot that would be tough to beat for a casual lunch while in Buffalo. The fact that Coles is a short 10 minute walk up the street is an added bonus. I don’t see a whole lot to complain about here.
Sammy (497) Toronto, Ontario | December 5, 2010| Updated December 17, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
The Blue Monk s a convenient place for locals, a tiny bit harder to get to for Canadian visitors. It is to me a small version of Monk’s in Phildalephia, perhaps better because of a dedicated menu and better lighting, but certainly smaller in all respects. A must go place for people moving up the beer sophistication curve from the area, and a few really good bottles. I like the draft selection on a good day at Cole’s better, but maybe I am on a dry day. a younger crowd, but also a more noticeable pretentious pre-Yuppie crowd. I had a hard-to-get Jolly Pumpkin wild ale, and there was no other beer I hadn’t tried. As Mike told me today, he needs twice to three times the room as Buffalo is eating up the place in terms of demand. It took a while to get a beer, the bottle was served way too cold. Bottom line: a place to watch for potential.
bytemesis (291) Sunnyvale, California | December 10, 2012| Updated November 19, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
This place is the real deal. Bar atmosphere, with two levels, tables and standard bar seating. Pretty good food. Pretty helpful and friendly staff. And then the taplist. Beers from all over NY, the USA and the world, including a ton I had not tried before. Prices are reasonable, and they do four-beer flights, but they choose the beers, not you, which is a bit of a bummer. Didnt even get a chance to look at the bottle list, but I spied some interesting selections in the coolers. All in all a great place that is worth the hype.
jercraigs (255) Toronto, Ontario | December 16, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visit 1: Bartowel bus trip. Saturday afternoon it would not have been that busy otherwise, but dumping 50 people in there at once overwhelmed the waitstaff who were quite friendly, and doing their best to keep up. Tried a couple of new to me drafts, an old favorite, and an awesome bottle of Ithaca Brute. Burger was pretty solid, the duck frites are better than the just okay house made chips, though most of the entrees are big enough that you won’t necessarily need the extra bulk of the frites. Grilled cheese was good but if you are averse to blue cheese like me you may want to ask them to go easy on it. Poutine was pretty tasty, I’d personally prefer it without the creamy sauce but it is pretty good as it is. Downstairs table was bloody cold with the side door opening frequently.
Visit 2: Busy Saturday night we had to wait 45 minutes to an hour for a table at prime dinner time, but grabbed a corner downstairs an enjoyed a couple of lovely pints while we waited. Waitress was fantastic, and knew her beer quite well. (I believe one of the girls referred to her as "adorable"...) My braised short rib sandwich with au jus on the side was a revelation. WOW! Unbelievably tender meat. Delicious. Blue Balls were pretty good. Highly enjoyable dinner.
Overall I really like the place. I like the décor which balances a bit of eclectic kitsch with a bit of class, and succeeds imho. Staff is friendly. Service is a bit slow when there is a crowd (not surprising) but is well within tolerances. The environment is warm, even if the temperature is not. Highly recommended. It gets crowded but that’s because people realize its a pretty nice place.
mabel (211) Toronto, Ontario | July 26, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
2010-11. Visited on a busy Saturday last November after travelling on a bus with a bunch of fellow Torontonians. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience at this bar and would heartily recommend it to anyone in the city for the day. An extensive blackboard list of beers on tap greets you behind the bar and you can go upstairs to sit for dinner. (We returned in December and enjoyed dinner here in just such a manner with friends.) The menu looks delicious and is well-suited to the brews available. The owner is extremely friendly and fun to enjoy a pint with, whenever he’s around. Would happily return again, if not already taken with it’s sister bar down the road, Cole’s. (5/10/13/10/9/18) 92%
Radek Kliber (194) Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), Poland | August 24, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice pleasant place on "main beer avenue of Elmwood". Service was prompt , food was solid. When not busy quiet nice ambinet feel. Clean , fresh and relaxing. Great tap list with Belgian bend to it....nice to see good beer events ir Mikkeler line up...
SudsMcDuff (179) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | January 26, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
very nice place, you want an eccentric selection of brews- come here, but bring your wallet, some brews were very expensive.. . . very friendly knowledgeable bartenders .. a great place, lots of awesome interesting brews. a must stop
cratez (165) Toronto, Ontario | April 19, 2011| Updated August 12, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
A world class beer bar in Elmwood Village.
The place was packed when we first came here on a Saturday night, but we still managed to snag a two-person table and received excellent, attentive service from a bubbly young lady with black hair.
Had the Charcuterie Plate and Stuffed Quail special for dinner, both dishes were phenomenal.
Over two nights I sampled Goose Island Sofie, Great Divide Titan IPA, Beer Here Dark Hops, Mikkeller Green Gold, Stone IPA and Ruination. Almost 35 draughts and maybe 75 bottles with a major emphasis on Belgian offerings. Many of the bottled imports that we have access to in Canada - like St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Maredsous 8 - are on tap here.
All of the staff are friendly, helpful, and readily able to describe any beer on the menu. The Sunday night bartender was particularly chatty, which we appreciated.
Although Blue Monk is a beer geek haven, you could easily bring your non-beer-drinking friends here, as the bar has an approachable party atmosphere on weekends, and my girlfriend had no problem finding good wines and cocktails.
Just an all-around great spot - for dinner and conversation (upstairs), a beer tasting, or getting cut at the bar. I will be returning many more times in the future.
ontbeermaker (158) Ontario | January 3, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Bar has a great atmosphere, I like the chalk tap list that is constantly updated, I had a pint poured and it was the end of the keg and the bartender noticed, let us know that we should get something else, which was a plus. Very friendly staff, an beer advocate in the buffalo area should take a stop here.
IPFreely (143) Sanborn, New York | December 8, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Jesus, some people are hard to please. Beautiful interior, awesome beer list, delicious food. I haven’t had any issues with the service. I found the service to be attentive and accommodating. Big emphasis on Belgian beers, but still a bunch of other stuff to quench your thirst for something else. The tap list is of very high quality and is constantly changing with plenty of beers that have never been available in the area being offered. The bottle list is a little more steady, but still plenty to choose from and seasonals being thrown in the mix as well. The food I had was great, and I particularly liked the duck reuben. You can tell a lot of time went into making this a high quality establishment, and that’s exactly what it is. Highly recommended.
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