This is a mediocre brewpub in a below-average beer city (I guess that makes it a pretty decent brewpub in Buffalo). Located in downtown Buffalo, it is a large brewpub/restaurant. There were many beers on tap (maybe 10-12), although half were light beers or fruit beers. The beers are drinkable, but not great. The food menu is standard pub fare, perhaps slightly above average. It is a nice place to relax with a pint, but overall, I was not impressed.
This place is very cool - several levels of patios in the back and tons of space inside. Several bars as well. I had a sampler of their brews which were all pretty decent. The bartender downstairs was friendly and knew a good amount about their brews. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in Buffalo.
1st stop on ’Brew tours 2012’(March). Since we got there right when they opened on a Sat. morning, there was no problem parking or getting good service from them. Got a sample tray of 8 beers. Just wish they were more than 2 ounces each. The sandwhiches were good. Got a bomber bottle to go. Just wish they had kept their website updated as to which they had in stock. I saw their imperial stout listed for months that they did not have it.
Came here to beat the heat. Large restaurant with seating on two floors, outdoor balconies. Beer selection on tap eas all their own save labatt blue and labatt light. Service was attentive, but failed on the difference between a pale ale and an ipa. I had two beers, neither were above mediocre. No food thanks. Next
I went to a wedding rehearsal here last November. The placed was packed after a Hockey game and I found myself having more fun with the regular crowd than with the wedding party. Great ambiance, shocking food and excellent Lake Effect Pale Ale.
I have truly mixed feelings about this bar. The sports bar area downstairs is not really my scene, but go one floor up and you get into a belly-up beer bar. I sat at the left-end and had a bunch of beers made on premises. Is the beer amazing? No. But it’s not bad either. It’s very serviceable and I like to support a local place making their own product. Once the bar gets into "night club" territory, it gets far less desirable. My party left and came back later at night, and when I was ten steps into the bar, the doorman chased me down and told me there was a $10 cover. (He might have caught me had he been doing his job instead of gladhanding his buddies.) I declined to pay the cover and left. I don’t do cover charges, son.
My first stop on my Buffalo beer tour. Right next to the bus station and it’s a great first stop. I was here on the day of a winter festival so it was pretty busy for 11:00 AM. Dark old pub with lots of wood and brass. Great selection of their own stuff. Lots of hoppy stuff (not quite as hoppy as I’d have liked, but things rarely are). Beer specials (including a few knockbacks). Great sandwiches in here too. Friendly staff and friendly locals. I had a great visit in here. I’ll be back.
went here before a Leaf game and it was full of Canadians... loved it. They had a pile of beers on tap. We had the pre-game buffet, which was just greasy food. Would go back just for the beer selection
I have been here so many times and just recently realized I have never rated it. My experience last night wasn’t the best: rubbery chicken sandwich, hop-less pale ale, somewhat annoying service. With that said I have had several good meals in the past and their seasonal beers can be pretty solid. My advice is to stay away when there is any type of major event at HSBC Arena or anywhere else downtown, that is unless you like dealing with massive crowds of course. It can be quite nice when it is not packed. Enjoy the huge old building or sit out on one of the balconies in the summer and hopefully they will have a solid beer on tap.