Blue Monk | Buffalo, New York
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Blue Monk
World Class based on 54 ratings
Type: Restaurant

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

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Beer Available At Blue Monk (arranged by most recent)
Galaxy Hop Something Huell Melon IPA , Galaxy Galactic Nova IIPA , Mikkeller Hop On Drink’in Berliner 85, Community Beer Works Summer Jam 2015 , Community Beer Works Singularity: Equinox , Community Beer Works / Great Lakes Francois , Grimm Super Symmetry 85, Grimm Afterimage 97, Schuppenboer Tripel 81, KoekeDam 86, Dogfish Head Choc Lobster 84, Schneider Weisse Tap X Mathilda Soleil 97, Cantillon Zwanze (2015) 98, Sierra Nevada Ovila Golden - Pomegranate , Almanac Pumpkin Sour (2015) 97, Cantillon Gueuze (Classic/Organic/Bio) 99, Cantillon Iris Grand Cru 98, Delirium Argentum 81, Smuttynose Smuttlabs Baja Hoodie 67, Evil Twin Fire Water 79
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54 reviews for Blue Monk
 Ambiance  90%
 Service  84%
 Selection  88%
 Food  84%
 Value  75%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  98%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
F_radar  (30) Paris.Bxl.Geneve, France | October 2, 2011
Un bel endroit mais un choix très limité en terme de qualité au fût. La carte bouteille n’est pas beaucoup plus encourageante, Entre kwak et maredsous delirium guiness ou trappe double on fait bien mieux dans la région en choix.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1  (66) San Diego, California | August 28, 2011
Busy bar that didn’t seem to have anything going on to separate it from the masses...I did get to venture around to closed off patio space to hang out with the bartenders and other employees on their break as they smoked cigs and weed, and apparently have old school friends that work there...the tap list was pretty boring to me though...I ended up having two of the same beer because it was the only thing of their 30+ taps I hadn’t had (and I live 2000 miles away), but please understand this is just a 1st visit rating, my old school friends of buffalo seemed to have high thoughts, so I will definitely give it a 2nd chance next time in town.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Radek Kliber  (268) Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), Poland | August 24, 2011
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...
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
davidm  (61) 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 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense  (72) , | August 7, 2011| Updated August 15, 2012
Friendly, though table service can be a bit slow at times. Selection of beer is world class - locals belgians, imports, always something new here. Mussels and Duck Frites are the way to go, though the sandwiches are tasty. Prices are pretty high however. I managed Brewdog/Mikkeler I Hardcore You and Peche Mortel within a week of eachother here - sweet!
  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 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%
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee  (529) Toronto, ON, Ontario | July 3, 2011| Updated July 6, 2011
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.
  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 i’ve 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 don’t 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 can’t 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
I’ve been to all of the owner’s establishments (Coles, Brennans) and Blue Monk is far and away the best, even if it is the smallest. I’ve grown very fond of Belgian brews and you won’t find a better selection of them anywhere without going overseas. I wish we lived a bit closer, but every time we’re in that part of town we make it a point to stop in. They maintain a lively Facebook presence, so it’s easy to keep up with what’s new on tap. But there’s nothing like sitting under that big chalk board, trying to decide... :) Great place!
  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.

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