Taps: 36 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Been going to Cole's for years. Food is great, everything, from brunch to dinner to chicken wings. Draft list rotates very well and they do a good job of keeping some local beers on the list most of the time. The bar is long, but there is only six feet of room behind the bar stools and a lot of the time the people who end up at the bar are not very welcoming to you ordering a beer around them. Bartenders are slow at times and do not know a great deal about the beers(rotating taps so I understand). Most of a time its a great place to go for a drink and some food, but the bar can be very crowded and that is my only real complaint.
05-20-2014 00:48:47 | More by timmy2b
4.88/5 rDev +15.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This is my favorite bar and restaurant in Upstate NY!!! Perfect location on Buffalo's hippest and best neighborhood with a college theme. Incredible draft beer selection and bottle selection. Love this place because 45 year old conservative wife slightly uncomfortable with the hip bar. I cannot say enough about this place. If I lived in this neighborhood I would be there Thursday through Sunday.
10-14-2013 03:34:09 | More by EdFlynn
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4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Very popular bar with the beer and non beer crowd alike. Likely the best American craft tap list in the area. At times can be overwhelmingly busy and hard to get a beer at. Servers run from knowledgable to clueless as you would expect. Food is slightly aboe average "pub" food. Expect to see a lot of suits and their "dates". Usually a slightly older crowd compaired to Goodbar. Never a bad choice as there's always something new to tick.
06-09-2013 09:47:35 | More by sliverX
4.65/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
The first beer bar I've tried in Buffalo, compared to places I've been in Ontario this was stupendous. A whopping 35 taps and a massive 100+ bottle list left me in awe of my options.
Luckily our server was extremely and let my buddy and I try a few samples before we each settled on the Brooklyn Brewmaster's Reserve which went amazingly well with our meals. Food was solid and tasty and went down a treat.
We'd hoped to try Blue Monk that afternoon but it doesn't oapen till thee. Seems it is the same owners who manage both Coles and Blue Monk.
We sat in the bar area and its a sweet, dusty place with a definite emphasis on the beer but the food is no joke either. I'll be back often.
12-28-2011 14:01:08 | More by PeerlessMark
4.58/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
04-19-2011 22:14:52 | More by cratez
Coles in Buffalo, NY
93 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.