The Blue Tusk | Syracuse, New York
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The Blue Tusk
Exceptional based on 38 ratings
Type: Bar

165 Walton Street
Syracuse, New York United States 13202 [ print map ]
315 472 1934

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Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am - 2am; Kitchen 11am-11pm


Mayor: AirForceHops (1) | Taps: 70 | Bottles: 10


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Beer Available At The Blue Tusk (arranged by most recent)
Stone Coffee Milk Stout 88, Allagash Bourbon Black 98, Southern Tier Live 96, Victory DirtWolf Double IPA 99, Jackís Abby Kiwi Rising 99, New England Gandhi-Bot Double IPA 99, Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA 96, Elysian Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale 88
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38 reviews for The Blue Tusk
 Ambiance  70%
 Service  63%
 Selection  81%
 Food  72%
 Value  62%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  83%
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92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
jb  (50) Rochester, New York | August 29, 2014
Great beer selection. Knowledgable bartender. Bartender warns you when a beer will be pricy. Still there were some deals. Lots of beer snob decor.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
cratez  (206) Toronto, Ontario | August 7, 2014
When I visited: Early August 2014. What I had: 21st Amendment Bitter American, Boulder Beer 35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA, and Dark Horse Edacsac Dekoorc Eert on tap, Sopressata, Prosciutto and Brie board to split, Mediterranean Veggie Wrap for myself, Caesar Salad and several glasses of Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc for my partner. What I liked: Large and attractive interior, bustling atmosphere on a Saturday night, excellent draft list with a focus on hop-forward beers, good wine menu, fast and engaging service, bartender was happy to provide samples, prices are fair for what you get, even the door staff are friendly. What I disliked: Wouldíve preferred to eat some quality gastropub fare over the barebones snacky stuff that they offer. And the tap lineup, while stellar, falls short of the better beer spots in Buffalo. But this is still a great bar. Would I go back? Definitely. Overall Rating: 78
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
pushkinwow  (123) Ottawa, Ontario | November 28, 2013
So canít believe I have never rated this considering it was one of the first places in the US that got me into craft brews. Nice setup with a bar feel at the front and more quiet tables and private booths at the back. Have really stepped up their game in terms of selection the last couple of times Iíve been considering they had founders breakfast stout, Gandhi bot, and other tasty and fresh dipas plus more on tap. Food selection is good and weíll priced. Donít miss out on the chilli if that is up your alley. Kid and family friendly during the day. Prices are all over the map and donít always make sense but there seem to always be some deals and some head scratchers.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186  (159) North Tonawanda, New York | November 17, 2013
Visited: 4-15-12 I came to the Blue Tusk after leaving J.Ryans...not even close on comparison. A: The atmosphere of the Blue Tusk is actually really nice and very craft beer centric. Q: They had some decent beers on taps but also had some faux craft beers and dogs too. S: Service was decent but not very timely while waiting at the bar for a drink. S: A nice mix between the styles but had a lot of cheap faux craft beers on tap to make up that mix. V: 7 bucks for a pint of Pyramid is obsurd (and that was their cheapest beer)...10 bucks for a pint of FW Union Jack, Ive never seen that pint over 7 anywhere else. Overall, an over priced tourist trap, nice place but wont stop back.
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops  (123) Epping, New Hampshire | July 29, 2013
Stopped in after the Empire Brew Fest on July 19, 2013. We didnít eat anything, we were here strictly for the drafts. Honestly yeah, they do have a lot of craft taps however, nothing that made me drop my jaw or raise my eye brows. But still pretty good selections; Elysian, Founders, Ithaca, Middle Ages, Stone etc. I have had about 90% of the drafts after looking at the list. Perhaps I just stopped in on an off weekend. I only had one brew that I hadnít previously had. With the amount of taps this place has it has potential to really be great. And they have great breweries, they just really need to have some more small batch or one-off selections. We sat directly in front of the main tap handles at the bar, so itís really hard judging how good the bartenders are (since since we were hard to miss) And Iím really glad no collage kids where running around. Iím sure this is RELLY over- crowded when collage is in session. I wouldnít go anywhere near this place after September 6 on any given calendar year.
34
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 1/10   OVERALL 1/20
UDBeernut  (120) Moving to Jax, Florida | October 13, 2012| Updated December 16, 2012
I went here on a thursday afternoon for a few after work beers. They were busy for 5 but I found a spot at the bar. Ambience was ok and selection seemed good enough. The problem lies with their service. I kept flagging down the multiple tenders for service but just walked by. Many other customers were waiting too. After 10 minutes I just walked out an went to empire instead. I was happy about that.
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber  (236) Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), Poland | July 25, 2012
When went there they were very busy. It was pain to order beer. Selection was very good. Service was average. Did not order any food. Generic design.
62
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 11/20
AleWife725  (66) Albany, New York | July 5, 2012
November 2011. Always crowded from open to close, making me less likely to get in there. Tons of taps, but they are spread all over the bar, and their tap list doesnít match what is truly available. Prices were decent, and I can see why people would love it for their selection, but it felt to me like they were trying to do "too much", and suffered from it. They were out of the first 3 beers I tried to order- and I had chosen them from the menus they were handing out! One fun note- they do have a less expensive "mystery tap", so at the end of the day, one can just roll the dice on that one!
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
rejtable  (113) Ontario | April 16, 2012
Got nothing to complain about this place. Great tap list, welcoming atmosphere, maybe a bit young, but not bad. Great location. Prices seemed decent. Good spot.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 20/20
jessilea  (12) edinboro, Pennsylvania | February 26, 2011
I loved the ambiance of this place, very comfortable, really nice beer selection, and very good food.

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