Blue Monk | Buffalo, New York
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Blue Monk
World Class based on 50 ratings
Type: Restaurant

727 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York United States 14222 [ print map ]
716 882 6665 | twitter

Mayor: swoopjones (97) | Affiliated user(s) here swoopjones | Taps: 32 | Bottles: 75

Blue Monk

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Beer Available At Blue Monk (arranged by most recent)
Anderson Valley Rye IPA , Westbrook India Pale Ale 97, Bells Planet Series: Mars - The Bringer of War 99, Evil Twin Femme Fatale Kabosu , Evil Twin Femme Fatale Sudachi 72, Birra del Borgo Caos 69, Birrificio Italiano Extra Hop 96, Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Style Weisse Buchweizen 69, Thornbridge Medici 88, Tröegs Hop Knife 97, Tröegs Scratch 149 74, Tröegs Scratch 143 , Stone Coffee Milk Stout 91, High Water Hop Logic 96, Evil Twin / Crooked Stave Ryan And The Gosling 88, Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Extra! Ale 99, Community Beer Works Alex Placito Has A Posse , Allagash Fluxus 2014 91, Allagash Bourbon Black 98, Birrificio del Ducato Frambozschella 97
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50 reviews for Blue Monk
 Ambiance  90%
 Service  83%
 Selection  88%
 Food  84%
 Value  74%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
SoberDave  (9) Ontario | February 11, 2013
Really nice place, full of Belgians, beers that is. A little short on stouts but good food and good times.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff  (183) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | January 26, 2013
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
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis  (367) Sunnyvale, California | December 10, 2012| Updated November 19, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
solidfunk  (174) Washington D.C., Washington DC | October 22, 2012| Updated May 24, 2013
Wow! Great place in a desolate city. Went here for my birthday and was amazed at the tap list of 32 - nearly half Belgian - that apparently rotates all the time. Good bottle list with a couple of cheap finds even. The ambiance was super busy - this after the cab driver tried to tell me not to go there because it was small. Big props for the Fela Kuti music. Food was also amazing. Had some pork to die for, and a great burger between me and the lady. Top notch place that makes it worth going to Buffalo for.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
UDBeernut  (126) Moving to Jax, 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
frylock  (80) Atlanta, Georgia | June 2, 2012
Great place in the heart of the Elmwood Village. Selection is hands down the best in the area the focus being mainly on European beers, but plenty of Americans are represented as well. There will be beers here that you will find no where else in Western NY. The place is a little small and can get overly crowded, which is the only bad thing I can really say about it. Good mussels and frites too.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
AGAquino  (50) Toronto, Ontario | May 27, 2012
Heard so many good things about this place I wanted to see first hand. Selection is very good, prices are reasonable.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow  (123) Ottawa, Ontario | May 2, 2012
So I look at the score I am giving this place and its honestly much better but the selection that was on tap when I was there did hold it back *although was still good. That being said its a great set-up, went for lunch and it was nice and quiet - had attentive service, food was very good and reasonable, although drinks were somewhat on the expensive side (happy hour and Saturday flights seems to be the way to go to save a few bucks though). The cellar list of bottles is definitely worth looking through and I imagine this is the kind of place that depending on when you go they can have amazing selection - just wasn’t the case when I visited so hoping when I am next in town they up the anty.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
rejtable  (114) Ontario | April 16, 2012
Hard to find much bad to say about this place. Lovely place for a pint or 6. Great decor. I didn’t look much at the bottle list, but it seemed extensive. Tap list was great. Went late on a Friday evening, and the crowd was very young.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
rudolf  (104) Buffalo, New York | February 20, 2012
Its great to have Blue Monk as my local. Its a smallish place, which gets crowded later in the evening. Selection is hands down the best in Western New York and every time I travel somewhere like NY or San Francisco I’m amazed that a bar in Buffalo has a better selection than the best places in these major cities. Drafts rotate constantly with a heavy emphasis on Belgian imports & high end American micros. Bottle list is solid but emphasis tends to be on draft offerings. For what they’re pouring prices very reasonable - I assume that bar prices are twice what I would pay at a bottle shop and blue monk’s prices usually fall around or below that level.

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