Cole’s | Buffalo, New York
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Cole’s
Excellent based on 57 ratings
Type: Restaurant

1104 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York United States 14222 [ print map ]
716 886 1449

colesbuffalo.com

Hours: M-Sat 11am-4am, Sun 11am-10pm


Mayor: swoopjones (46) | Taps: 36 | Bottles: 150


Cole’s

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Beer Available At Cole’s (arranged by most recent)
Ommegang Hop House 93, Goose Island Demolition Ale 86, Community Beer Works Mr. Blofeld , Community Beer Works Rutherford Brett Haze , Community Beer Works Singularity: Apollo , Anderson Valley Bahl Hornin’ Nettied Madge Black IPA 89, Anderson Valley Keebarlin’ Pale Ale 54, Otter Creek Kind Ryed IPA 96, Brooklyn Cuvée La Boîte 89, Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA 98, Elysian Dragonstooth Stout (Barrel-aged) 76, Victory Hop Ticket #1 Session IPA 92, Southern Tier 2XONE 97, Tröegs Cultivator 72, Tröegs Scratch 131 , Elysian Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale 87, Community Beer Works Singularity: Falconers Flight , AleSmith Speedway Stout (Vietnamese Coffee) 100, Captain Lawrence Frost Monster 95, Ellicottville E’vil Hoppy Winter Ale
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57 reviews for Cole’s
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  78%
 Selection  83%
 Food  80%
 Value  76%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  92%
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92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
cratez  (185) Toronto, Ontario | April 19, 2011
Cole’s is a must-visit beer destination in Elmwood Village. It has an awesome Cheers-style ambience with a large, busy bar adjacent to some wooden tables and booths and a bright, open dining room. When we first came on a Sunday afternoon, we were seated with a bunch of college kids who seemed to be grabbing their hangover breakfasts. The atmosphere was quite loud, almost raucous, but we rolled with the punches and ended up having a great time. Second visit was much more laid back, we sat at the bar and received quick, affable service from a middle-aged man who knew a lot about the brews he was pouring. Beer selection is 35 taps and a massive 100+ bottle list of mostly U.S. micros. Over two days I had Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale, Bear Republic Old Scouters Barley Wine, and Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black I.P.A. on draught and Green Flash West Coast IPA in the bottle. The bartender also gave me a small sample of Harpoon Island Creek Oyster Stout. Unfortunately the food was mediocre: my eggs were overcooked, the hash browns were soggy, and my girlfriend’s salad had way too much goat cheese in it. However, Cole’s is simply a fantastic place to drink in with the best selection of American craft beer that I’ve encountered thus far. And similar to Blue Monk, its lively and approachable vibe appeals to beer geeks and non-beer-drinkers alike. We really enjoyed ourselves here and we’ll be back on future trips to Buffalo.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
Ontbeertaster  (158) Ontario | December 18, 2010| Updated January 3, 2011
Very nice bar. Man was alittle slow serving us, but it was busy, he did a good job of pouring our pints. Lots of beers to choose from. Recommend a trip here for any beer lover.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
IPFreely  (143) Sanborn, New York | February 22, 2005| Updated July 31, 2010
Older place, lots of character. Nice selection of taps and bottles as mentioned by rudolf. Bar owner really looking to bring in some good stuff. Also being right next to Mr. Goodbar you really can’t go wrong.
64
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk  (137) Washington D.C., Washington DC | November 27, 2012
had a good drink here. Apreciate the sample trays. The have still got some work to up the ante on beer taps. Very goood service though. Looks like good bottles on menu.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
miketd  (124) Cleveland, Ohio | August 1, 2010
Went on a slow Saturday night. Initially, service sucked but it got better the longer we stayed. The draft list was pretty impressive and it had many beers I was interested in trying... and that isn’t an easy thing to do. Food was very good - high end pub grub. I enjoyed this place quite a bit.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
blipp  (104) Newark, New Jersey | June 9, 2008| Updated October 12, 2010
Very good selection on draft that is always changing. Including some Green Flash and Bells which is usually pretty hard to find in Western New York.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut  (103) Near Buffalo, New York | July 7, 2012| Updated November 4, 2012
Went here mid to late afternoon to beat the heat. Crowd at the bar was locals chewing the shit. Large selection of american brewed beers on tap save 2 imports. Service was good an attentive. Beer served in proper glasswear. Food was standard pub grub but well prepared. A bit pricey but all in all a cool spot.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf  (101) Buffalo, New York | February 20, 2005
Cole’s has been an Elmwood fixture for 70 years. Recently they’ve done a serious upgrade of their beer selection. Last time I went there were taps from Bear Republic, Stone, Flying Bison, Rogue, Ellicottville, Wagner Valley, Brooklyn and others. The bottle selection included Rare Vos, Celebrator, Delerium Tremens, 60 Minute and many more. They even had Robert The Bruce and Alpha King! Bar staff is great, they remember you after your first visit and take care of you. The owner came up to IPFreely and I when he saw us drinking 3 Floyds and we talked for a while. This place rocks! Next door to Mr. Goodbar
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
mds  (100) Toronto, Ontario | June 19, 2005
I liked this place. It was a pretty easy place to find driving from Premier. Meter parking on the street. The interior had a lot of character and a comfortable atmosphere. Lots of nice draught selection that evidently rotates quite often - Bear Republic, Stone, Blue Point, Smuttynose, etc. Also some bottles available like Ommegang and Magic Hat. Food was pretty good - I had the burger...I was disappointed though that they didn’t have any Kobe beef left. Everything was reasonably priced too. Service was quick and attentive. I’d love to have a place like this in Toronto, I’d be in here all the time.
74
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable  (91) Ontario | April 16, 2012
What a great spot. Good mixed crowd, although after 12am it was on the younger side, but what place isn’t at that hour? Great tap list with lots of range. I didn’t look at the bottle list at all.

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