Parking is somewhat difficult on the street. We parked two or three blocks away on a Saturday for dinner. Big long bar no the right. The place has a worn bar look with some wood character to it. They had 35 taps on and I had two of them (one was pretty hard to get). Service was pretty good. The food was hit or miss, my burger was okay, my fries were pretty good, wifes’s large portion of onion rings were just okay. Prices for food or beer were a little high ($6.75 for a local wheat beer, over $10 for a burger). I would go back if they have something beer I am really looking forward to have, but my wife is not likely to want to go.
Well, this place has changed a lot since I moved out of Buffalo about 2 years ago. They have some quality micros from across the country. Of course the stuff on tap isn’t anything you can’t get from Premier Gourmet. I could certainly find myself being interested in the 20 or so beers they had on tap though. Decent. Pretty dumb bartender that I had.
UDBeernut (313) Saint Johns, 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.
I met up with Rudolph and IPFreeley. This is a cool place. The music is not too loud, and there is a good mix of people and age groups. The selection of beers on tap was very respectable, and a good small rotating bottle selection. I did not eat but the food LOOKED pretty good. I’d recommend that you take a cab when you visit, so you can try more beers. Plus Mr. Goodbar is next door, and they have beers that are not on tap at Coles. However, this is my kind of place to hang and have conversation. Goodbar is not IMO.
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.
Great atmosphere in both the sunny eating room and in the bar (various locals dining for lunch mid-week). Friendly, courteous staff, apologetic for taking a bit longer in getting our first drinks. Selection is impressive and fresh, both on tap and bottled. Food is gloooorious (visions of Buffalo wraps and Pulled Pork wraps are still dancing in my head) and fairly priced. Overall, a wonderful should-visit establishment if you’re in town for a few hours.
Very nice looking and clean place. Good selection of beers.(even though the 2 I wanted that were on their website were not avail.) The Hopsickle was fine though. Good selection of bar food. All our fries were cold as if waiting on the plate awhile for the hamburgers to finish cooking. The wait staff was very attentive. We had a good time here.