Blue Monk | Buffalo, New York
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Blue Monk
World Class based on 52 ratings
Type: Restaurant

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

Mayor: swoopjones (80) | Affiliated user(s) here swoopjones | Taps: 32 | Bottles: 75

Blue Monk

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Beer Available At Blue Monk (arranged by most recent)
To l Fuck Art - The Heathens Are Coming 96, To l Insane In The Grain 90, Grimm Psychokinesis 91, Lagunitas Equinox Ale 96, Central Waters Illumination Double IPA 98, 21st Amendment Hop Crisis! 98, Ithaca Golden Secret , To l Simple Life 92, Ngne / La Chingoneria / Central Cervecera M.O.L.E. 98, LoverBeer A Renna Glh 73, Domus Greco 85, Finback The Loneliness Of Distant Space , Finback Moby Hop 83, Finback IPA , Finback Auspicious Day , Finback / Rushing Duck - Duck, Duck, Whale , Community Beer Works Spelt Saison , Community Beer Works Singularity: El Dorado , Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA 97, Omnipollo Onda Mosaic Pale 95
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52 reviews for Blue Monk
 Ambiance  90%
 Service  83%
 Selection  88%
 Food  84%
 Value  75%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
MrManning  (60) Hamilton, Ontario | March 17, 2013
After a lovely Senators win yesterday against the Sabres, we went to The Blue Monk for dinner. The Duck Frites were great, my fish and chips were excellent, and Lisa had an ultimate grilled cheese which was real good. Selection was very good with about 30 taps, all of which were US micros and Belgians. Nice to see some stuff I had never heard of including Community Beer Works. It was really busy but the wait staff kept their cool and did a great job. We will be back!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Miked1687  (8) Buffalo, New York | March 11, 2013
Blue Monk is in a hip part of the city - the food is normally wonderful (try the braised short rib sandwich - amazing), and the beer selection is always great. Lots of imports and rarities. The bartenders are knowledgable, and are there to help. Prices are a little high for bottles, but sometimes its worth it for the things you can only find there. I definitely frequent it, and am a huge fan.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
SoberDave  (18) Escondido, California | 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  (188) .....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  (561) 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  (232) 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  (188) 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.
  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  (128) 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 wasnt the case when I visited so hoping when I am next in town they up the anty.

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