The place was friendly and a little hip. Service was very good even though the joint was busy on a Thurs night. More beers than one can enjoy in two days. And if you don’t they’ll have something different in a day of so. Add my name to the list of those who love the place..
One of my favorite beer bars i’ve been to so far. Nights / Weekends can get a bit too busy, crowded and noisy, so I try and go earlier and on weekdays. Services ranges from very good to average from my experience, but I give them benefit of the doubt. Beer selection is second to none and always changing and updating. Exciting to see all these beers on tap that you will not see anywhere else around. Food is good to excellent and even if you don’t go there to eat, try their fries that are fried in duck fat and served with super tasty homemade sauces of your choice. Looking forward to riding my bike up during the summer, sitting outside and sipping on some fine Belgian beers with some friends. Only other negative is I can’t afford to go there more often! Buffalo is very fortunate to have such a place though!
I’ve been to all of the owner’s establishments (Coles, Brennans) and Blue Monk is far and away the best, even if it is the smallest. I’ve grown very fond of Belgian brews and you won’t find a better selection of them anywhere without going overseas. I wish we lived a bit closer, but every time we’re in that part of town we make it a point to stop in. They maintain a lively Facebook presence, so it’s easy to keep up with what’s new on tap. But there’s nothing like sitting under that big chalk board, trying to decide... :) Great place!
RyanBflo (20) New York | October 8, 2010| Updated January 3, 2011
A new Belgian beer bar which is only going to get better with time.
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | April 19, 2011| Updated February 10, 2014
A world class beer bar in Elmwood Village.
The place was packed when we first came here on a Saturday night, but we still managed to snag a two-person table and received excellent, attentive service from a bubbly young lady with black hair.
Had the Charcuterie Plate and Stuffed Quail special for dinner, both dishes were phenomenal.
Over two nights I sampled Goose Island Sofie, Great Divide Titan IPA, Beer Here Dark Hops, Mikkeller Green Gold, Stone IPA and Ruination. Almost 35 draughts and maybe 75 bottles with a major emphasis on Belgian offerings. Many of the bottled imports that we have access to in Canada - like St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Maredsous 8 - are on tap here.
All of the staff are friendly, helpful, and readily able to describe any beer on the menu. The Sunday night bartender was particularly chatty, which we appreciated.
Although Blue Monk is a beer geek haven, you could easily bring your non-beer-drinking friends here, as the bar has an approachable party atmosphere on weekends, and my girlfriend had no problem finding good wines and cocktails.
Just an all-around great spot - for dinner and conversation (upstairs), a beer tasting, or getting cut at the bar. I will be returning many more times in the future.
Bar has a great atmosphere, I like the chalk tap list that is constantly updated, I had a pint poured and it was the end of the keg and the bartender noticed, let us know that we should get something else, which was a plus. Very friendly staff, an beer advocate in the buffalo area should take a stop here.
Quintessential beer lovers destination. This is one of those places you go to on vacation and say "Man, I wish we had this back home". Luckily for me, it’s in my backyard. The food is unbelievable, the staff for the most part is well educated and able to make suggestions fairly well. This is really a beer lovers paradise. Looking around you will see a plethora of different patrons, tons of different glassware and bartenders that know how to pour a beer.
2010-11. Visited on a busy Saturday last November after travelling on a bus with a bunch of fellow Torontonians. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience at this bar and would heartily recommend it to anyone in the city for the day. An extensive blackboard list of beers on tap greets you behind the bar and you can go upstairs to sit for dinner. (We returned in December and enjoyed dinner here in just such a manner with friends.) The menu looks delicious and is well-suited to the brews available. The owner is extremely friendly and fun to enjoy a pint with, whenever he’s around. Would happily return again, if not already taken with it’s sister bar down the road, Cole’s. (5/10/13/10/9/18) 92%