Cole’s | Buffalo, New York
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Excellent based on 58 ratings
Type: Restaurant

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

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

Mayor: swoopjones (48) | Taps: 36 | Bottles: 150


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Beer Available At Cole’s (arranged by most recent)
Great Lakes / Cigar City Wandering Pelican Black Lager 89, Brooklyn Ridgy-Didge 76, Bells Planet Series: Mars - The Bringer of War 99, Bells Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale 97, Bells Debs Red Ale 94, Widmer Brothers Reserve Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout 94, Other Half IPA 88, Other Half Hup! Hup! Hup! , Stone Coffee Milk Stout 91, Anchor IPA 92, Captain Lawrence Pilot Batch #116 Red IPA , Boulder Beer 35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA 90, Green Flash West Coast IPA (2014-) 98, Abita Select Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout 89, Goose Island Ten Hills 82, Green Flash Hop Odyssey White IPA 95, Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting IPA 96, Dark Horse Sarsaparilla Six 69, Great Lakes Spacewalker American Belgo 86, Victory Hop Ticket #3 Dry Hopped Pils 92
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58 reviews for Cole’s
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  77%
 Selection  84%
 Food  80%
 Value  76%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
cratez  (207) 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.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk  (174) 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
Ontbeertaster  (159) 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.
  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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
miketd  (125) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut  (124) Moving to Jax, Florida | 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
blipp  (120) 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable  (114) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee  (110) Bedford, New Hampshire | June 2, 2011
8/13/2009 I went here last week while on vacation with the family. Our visit was on a Tuesday evening for a late dinner. We were there at about 8pm and the place was quite busy, we got one of the last tables in the dining area. It was a long day of yelling at the kids in the car and I needed an attitude adjustment badly. The place is separated into two rooms the one on the right houses the bar area and to the left the dining area which also has a patio for outdoor seating towards the front. The beer menu was about the same size as the food menu and had about 30 taps most of which were stellar. Many great bottles on the menu as well. I had on tap ST Choklat, Weyerbacher Heresy, and a Big Rock Chophouse Sour Cherry Tripel. All were excellent. I had a steak and my wife had a sandwich. My steak was good, my wife’s sandwich was as well. The kids split a sandwich. Points off for no kids menu! Our waitress was slow but attentive. She took the kids meal that they split and put it on two plates without being asked, that was nice. I wish I had more time in Buffalo because I would have loved to work my way through the tap list. Oh and as a tease they listed Oak Aged Ten Fidy as coming soon on tap, they suck :)
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf  (104) 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

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