Syracuse: Blue Tusk
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Blue Tusk
Exceptional based on 36 ratings
Type: Bar

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

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

Blue Tusk

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Beer Available At Blue Tusk (arranged by most recent)
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA 96, Elysian Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale 87
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36 reviews for Blue Tusk
 Ambiance  69%
 Service  62%
 Selection  81%
 Food  73%
 Value  61%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  81%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
DAwoodennickel  (2) hillsborough, North Carolina | June 11, 2010
I used to frequent this place daily when I lived in the ’cuse. If I miss anyplace on this planet it is the tusk. Great beer selection with a ton of rarities and the people working and sipping make it a visit in itself. can’t wait to go back soon.
MikeF  (204) Cleveland, Ohio | May 29, 2010
Many taps with many hard to find regional as well as international beers. A truly impressive selection. A world class beer bar. Very nice, classy wooden bar. Very knowledgeable and friendly servers. Did not try the food, but it did not look that impressive. In combo with dinosaur bbq, syracuse becomes a beer destination! Prices are reasonable and the more expensive draft beers are offered as 5oz glasses as well for about half the pint price. fyi -- visited here in the early afternoon, so I had no problems with noise or crowds.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 11/20
busster88  (9) Syracuse, New York | May 17, 2010
Great selection, decent food, way high prices! Still a place to go for hard to find tap beers.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
pubguy  (3) | February 13, 2010
too load but still good place
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
williamherbert  (60) Syracuse, New York | July 27, 2009
This used to be THE premier beer bar in Syracuse, but now it is too loud, too expensive and just not what it used to be ... sigh. Still, it does have a lot going for it. A massive amount of taps from all over the nation, and in all different styles. The prices have gone way up, but if you look hard enough you can usually find a good bargain. The laminated beer list, however, is often out of date. The food is very good (my fave is the Chicken Tusk) and there is a lot of room to sit, especially during lunch time. It used to have a low-key hippie vibe, but in the last few years it has attracted more hipsters, with louder music, which makes it harder to hear your mates. It’s a must-visit if you come to Syracuse, just not quite what I wish it was anymore.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL  (239) Montréal-Nord, Quebec | October 27, 2008
Établissement visité le mardi 14 octobre vers 13h30. Ambiance: Boiserie, brique et marbre. Présence de cubicule intime pour petit groupe. Musique du monde et jazz. Service: On commande à un comptoir pour la nourriture. On paie et on attend que notre buzzer sonne et on va chercher notre repas. On doit se rendre au bar pour nos consommations. Sélection: Environ 100 fûts et 10 bouteilles comme choix. Nourriture: Nous avons pris: Quesidillas au poulet et fromage et un roulé au poulet et tomates séchées. Le tout était correct. (112e rating d’établissement)
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
rustbucket0873  (5) Krikville, New York | March 17, 2008
They have alot of beers on top, can get over crowed later in the night, but also a nice place to hang out at.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
hoplover406  (30) Crofton, Maryland | March 1, 2008| Updated April 5, 2008
They have a small but impressive selection of aged beers, mostly Belgians. I had a 10yo bottle of Westy 8 and a ’98 SN Bigfoot there recently. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is good. There is a great selection of beer on tap. I have had some ’dirty’ beer due to bad tap lines. They are usually pretty busy.
Goldorak  (114) Montreal, Quebec | July 25, 2007
I was pretty impressed by the amount of taps. I took a look around before heading to the bar for my first pint. Nice alcoves to have a quiet drink, fun atmosphere, good crowd covering all age groups. The large Beer label laminated signs hung above the windows were a nice touch, and the patio section looked inviting as well. No service at the tables, but it didn’t take long to get noticed at the bar. Fairly long list of regular taps, the new arrivals were up on a chalkboard, but the best way to find out what was on is to walk around the bar and check out the taps. The bartender did give a few suggestions and didn’t hesitate to hand out samples. They covered a wide variety of styles, plenty of selection to satisfy everyone. I started out with the Brooklyn abbey single and it was pretty good. They had two hand pumps from Middle Ages, the Wailing Wench on cask was fantastic. Pints were a dollar off during happy hour, and ranged from 4 bucks for my cask ale all the way to 8 or 9 dollars for the Brother Thelonius, we went for a half-pint on that one. I’ve seen cheaper, but I’ve seen worse. Not a stale pint in the bunch. We had a terrific time there, definitely a must visit.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
dmradus  (13) Ithaca, New York | July 19, 2007
Biggest beer selection in Syracuse - very popular place any night of the week. Very large non-rotating tap list as well as a constantly changing guest tap selection. Lots of Rogue, Middle Ages, Southern Tier, Brooklyn Brewery, and Saranac, usually something from Avery, a couple of Belgians, plus more. Pretty loud place with a nice outdoor area; age ranges from college-aged to middle-aged. Lots of staff on hand but you do need to get them to notice you at the bar. Beers are quite expensive, especially those with higher abv’s, as expected. Unearthly is $10/pint, for instance, but you can always order a 12oz glass for half the price. Great place, good food as well.

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