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Taps: 32 / Bottles: 77
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
727 Elmwood Ave
phone: (716) 882-6665
(Place added by: JAramini on 10-04-2010)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
Best Belgian / Gastropub in Northeast!!!! Tried Monks Café in Philly and others In NYC but Blue Monk is better for atmosphere, location, menu and outdoor/café experience. Much better service/attitude than Monk's Café (not rude and cute waitresses) and food is aligned with beer. Blue Monk is part of Buffalo dynasty for restaurants with Coles, Brennans and Liberty Hound.
10-14-2013 03:23:07 |
More by EdFlynn
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
We stopped through Buffalo on a long driving trip from St. Louis to Nantucket, and I wasn't too excited about our options given the first few exits we tried. Then I hit up the always-reliable beeradvocate review section. Man, were me my wife and I super pumped about finding this place. FIrst off, it's set in a very nice part of Buffalo, sort of older established nice homes, very well maintained with a bohemian of vibe about the area. Very cool, lots of little shops, young and old people walking around, etc. Reminded me of a neighborhood you might find in Chicago.
Anyway, this place rules. Very laid back with an open-air front, a few covered tables outside, seating on the ground floor and some upstairs.
The major focus on the beers is towards belgians, light and dark, many saisons and pilsners, a few porters, stouts and browns, and 5-6 IPAs, and just as many IIPAs. Overall a great beer selection, something for everyone. We sat at the bar, and the two women behind the counter were very friendly, knowledgeable about the beers, offered plenty of samples, and just made the vibe that much more enjoyable.
The food is also outstanding. There's is a slight bend to European-style pub food, 4 types of mussels (the red curry ones were excellent), frites, a few(!) duck confit options, amazing duck poutine, dude next to us had a burger that looked phenomenal, and the rest of the menu seemed pretty solid.
Overal, A+, we would absolutely go back. If you are in the area or just driving through, I would make a concerted effort to stop by and grab a seat at the bar, grab a pint and order anything on the menu.
06-27-2013 02:09:10 |
More by rhubyrhod
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Likely the best tap list in the city for imports and especially sours.
Very limited menu but I have never been disappointed in my orders. Slight issues with my gluten free partners meal once but was remedied with a round on the server. We waited almost an hour for food that was then made with gluten rich toppings she specified to not be on the salad and the kitchen tried to get away by just "scrapping" them off. She said she won't go back but I'm not against it.
Mixed experiences with servers knowing their beers and being clueless to beer but if you're here you should have a clue what you're looking at anyway.
Gets a bit packed and way too hip on weekends. Have witnessed many a crushed dream of some bro all shored up looking for sloots and ordering a Bud Light ...
This is not a cheap date kind of place, is a small "room" and can be busy but the taplist makes you ignore all of that.
06-09-2013 09:37:46 |
More by sliverX
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I've lived in Buffalo for a while, and Blue Monk has been one of the most welcome additions to the area in a long time. I guess it starts with the beer - so you can expect 30 high quality on tap in addition to an outstanding bottle list. Selection is a nice balance of American craft along with Belgians and others.
Service is outstanding. With just one exception, the bartenders are friendly, fun, quick, and totally happy about sharing their beer knowledge with the customers. The rest of the staff is also super! Barbacks, wait staff, and management is the best our area has.
Being vegan, I can't comment on too much of the food, but can vouch for the vegan frites, which are the best. My family likes the mussels and duck reubens.
We like attending the almost weekly tasting events- always introducing a new beer to the area or focusing on a certain style. Now that its warm, the beer garden out back enhances the space. Definitely ranks high among beer pubs I've been to anywhere.
05-15-2013 18:09:57 |
More by Gmanofleisure
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
This is a great stop for all of you beer connoisseurs. It was a crowded happy vibe that permeates the place. The wait staff is helpful and fun and the food is fabulous. This a great place to hang out after work or later in the night. In the Elmwood Village it is convenient to other bars and restaurants, but once you're here you might as well stay.
05-11-2013 05:15:48 |
More by Spiderbeerman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$$
I really like this place. Can usually score a few beers here that you won't be able to anywhere else. (served normally in tulips or snifters, depending on the beer).
It's a little pricey to get dinner and some beers, but with the quality of food and the selection of beers, it's ok.
It gets really packed on Friday and Saturdays, but the rest of the week is reasonable. Service is hit or miss, but as stated before, the beer and food make up for it.
01-31-2013 02:57:49 |
More by Michael_D
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Let me start by saying my biggest issue with Blue Monk is that I live 5 hours away. Seriously, if I was a local, I would be here multiple times a week.
The atmosphere is great. The bar is an excellent mix of beer geeks, young professionals, hipsters and families. The bar is always high energy and the back picnic area is a nice place to relax.
The quality is second to none in Buffalo. The selection is great. There are 30-35 taps, mostly Belgian, some extremely tough to find in Upstate NY. There are a handful of non-Belgian offerings, mostly local which are also excellent (Pumking is a staple in the late summer/fall).
The food is also very excellent. Easily the best food I've had in Buffalo. The frites fried in rendered duck fat are incredible. Even staples such as mac and cheese are given excellent treatment at Blue Monk.
If you're from anywhere near the area, make it a point to stop here. The best bar/restaurant in Buffalo, bar none.
05-18-2012 01:39:38 |
More by vonnegut21
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
A Belgian themed beer garden located in the heart of the Elmwood village, tons of beer on tap, some are always there (delrium, maudite and such) others change quite often. Excellent bottle selection, all types of sours and bitters and trappest beers. All beers are served in appropriate glassware, bartenders and servers are knowledgeable about most of the beers. The food is excellent, very bistro. It is definitely pricy but it is also impossible in Buffalo to find 80% of these beers. Great bar great food, almost impossible to not be elbow to elbow in there however, the bar area is small and always packed.
03-31-2012 18:40:34 |
More by gabedivision
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
This place is truly wonderful. They have only the best and rarest beers on tap for your enjoyment. They feature Belgian offerings, but are surely not limited to one style. The last time I was there I had Evil Twin Yin Imperial Stout from Denmark and my friend had Delerium Tremens. I want to get there to try Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier! They have a ton of taps and they change all the time. Worth the time, worth the money. It can become very crowded because it is such a popular destination on Elmwood.
03-03-2012 22:29:32 |
More by sdj5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited Leap Day with my fiancee for dinner.
It was fairly quiet and we were greeted not only by the bartender but our friendly hostess. We were seated immediately and our server was over in seconds with waters and a friendly hello.
The draught and bottle menu is quite extensive and unfortunately the Stillwater Two Gypsies I wanted was out of stock. My second choice was a kriek that was served in a champagne bucket. The server was a little taken aback when I wanted only one glass (my fiancee can't drink alcohol)
I ordered the Thelonious Burger (medium) with chips and it was fantastic. My fiancee ordered the Poutine and we both agreed it was a tad dry but she enjoyed it anyways.
The atmosphere was comfortable and we actually found parking right in front of the building.
Will definitely be returning.
03-01-2012 21:53:08 |
More by korguy123
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