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

165 Walton Street
Syracuse, New York United States 13202 [ print map ]
315 472 1934 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

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

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

The Blue Tusk

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Beer Available At The Blue Tusk (arranged by most recent)
Stone Coffee Milk Stout 94, Allagash Bourbon Black 98, Southern Tier Live 96, Victory DirtWolf Double IPA 99, Jack’s 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%
Rating Distribution

Capa  (270) Manama, Bahrain | January 25, 2011
Was there the evening after a Syracuse basketball game that afternoon so this may be a bi off, but wow...crowded. Extremely loud, drunk college kids being, well, drunk college kids, no place to sit, and barely able to hear the person next to you. With that out of the way, the beer selection was quite nice. Had some of the local stuff on tap, some classic craft beer standbys, and a rarity here and there. Prices may have been a little high but I didn’t notice it too much. Had it not been so loud and crowded I would have wanted to stay longer but only had one. I would love to visit on a less crowded day to really get a handle on what it can be like.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Photog  (26) Camillus, New York | November 14, 2010
This place has the greatest selection that I’ve found in syracuse. It’s a charming place but can get a bit crowded depending on the day. This is probably my favorite bar in the Armory Square area if you want to drink something unique.
  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  (247) Montréal, 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  (6) 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.

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