Blue Monk | Buffalo, New York
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Blue Monk
World Class based on 53 ratings
Type: Restaurant

727 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York United States 14222 [ print map ]
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Blue Monk

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Delirium Argentum 79, Smuttynose Smuttlabs Baja Hoodie , Evil Twin Fire Water 79, Stone 19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA 99, Evil Twin Calypso Single Hop Imperial India Pale American Wheat Lager , Carton HopPun 94, Hill Farmstead Mary 99, Almanac Dogpatch Sour 99, Central Waters Summarillo 80, Against the Grain Haarlem Globefrotters , Community Beer Works Singularity: Hallertau Blanc , Perennial Suburban Beverage 97, Grimm Lambo Door , Community Beer Works KS1: Berliner Weiss , High Water Campfire Stout 97, Mikkeller Nuclear Hop Assault 96, Captain Lawrence Effortless IPA 94, Captain Lawrence Barrel Select Gold (2015) , Le Trou du Diable Apocalypso 98, Freigeist KŲpenickiade 53
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53 reviews for Blue Monk
 Ambiance  90%
 Service  84%
 Selection  88%
 Food  84%
 Value  75%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  98%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
valgalder  (14) Buffalo, New York | April 22, 2011
One of my favorite beer bars iíve been to so far. Nights / Weekends can get a bit too busy, crowded and noisy, so I try and go earlier and on weekdays. Services ranges from very good to average from my experience, but I give them benefit of the doubt. Beer selection is second to none and always changing and updating. Exciting to see all these beers on tap that you will not see anywhere else around. Food is good to excellent and even if you donít go there to eat, try their fries that are fried in duck fat and served with super tasty homemade sauces of your choice. Looking forward to riding my bike up during the summer, sitting outside and sipping on some fine Belgian beers with some friends. Only other negative is I canít afford to go there more often! Buffalo is very fortunate to have such a place though!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
gwpom  (5) Akron, New York | April 19, 2011
Iíve been to all of the ownerís establishments (Coles, Brennans) and Blue Monk is far and away the best, even if it is the smallest. Iíve grown very fond of Belgian brews and you wonít find a better selection of them anywhere without going overseas. I wish we lived a bit closer, but every time weíre in that part of town we make it a point to stop in. They maintain a lively Facebook presence, so itís easy to keep up with whatís new on tap. But thereís nothing like sitting under that big chalk board, trying to decide... :) Great place!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
RyanBflo  (20) New York | October 8, 2010| Updated January 3, 2011
A new Belgian beer bar which is only going to get better with time.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
cratez  (256) Toronto, Ontario | April 19, 2011| Updated February 10, 2014
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Ontbeertaster  (159) Ontario | January 3, 2011
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
buffalobrewer  (2) New York | January 9, 2011
Quintessential beer lovers destination. This is one of those places you go to on vacation and say "Man, I wish we had this back home". Luckily for me, itís in my backyard. The food is unbelievable, the staff for the most part is well educated and able to make suggestions fairly well. This is really a beer lovers paradise. Looking around you will see a plethora of different patrons, tons of different glassware and bartenders that know how to pour a beer.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 19/20
poppap7  (4) New York | February 28, 2011
Great food great beer. Even though i am not the biggest belgium fan i still was blown away with the selection and the food was out of this world
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
davidm  (57) Sunnyvale, California | August 11, 2011
Great place. The downstairs was loud and busy, but the dining area was relaxed, and we were able to enjoy the great selection of beers and nice food. Excellent service too.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
mabel  (230) Toronto, Ontario | July 26, 2011
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 heís around. Would happily return again, if not already taken with itís sister bar down the road, Coleís. (5/10/13/10/9/18) 92%
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
UDBeernut  (192) Between JAX and SGJ, Florida | July 2, 2012| Updated December 1, 2012
I can see why this rates so high. Cool space with padio seating and small bar. I bet it fills up at peak times. Beer selection was excellent and trended toward belgian styles but you could find most beer cultures represented. I enjoyed some lovely beer from stillwater. Food was excellent. My wife got a mussel bowl, i got the ultimate grilled cheese. Both were excellent. Marinated olives too. Excellent. Service was attentive except for the 10 minutes waiting for the hostess to seat us in a virtually empty resturant. Overall enjoyable and certainly seems like the best thing in town.

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