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Not Rated.

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Taps: 36
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1104 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York, 14222-1226
United States
phone: (716) 886-1449

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Reviews by wailingwench:
Photo of wailingwench
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Jeers before Cheers: The prices. You have to be kidding me. $4.25 for SA Winter Lager? $5 for a Anchor XMas? And the worst part: $7 for 2 Bud Light bottles? Coles is a 2 beer max place for this BA and his friends. What really burns me is the establishment next door has $2.50 pints (with a draft card). So what exactly am I paying for? Soap in the bathroom?

Cheers: Mgmt seems open to this BA suggestions. Mike is making it really hard to think of any jeers. Outstanding beer board in dining room. Every table is presented with a brew list, excellent descriptions, and BA rankings. A Buffalo legend in terms of their Bloody Marys. Bar area made to look like an alpine lodge. Tap selection has really come around: you can tell they put some thought into it besides just throwing on some taps. Finally some NY brews other than Brooklyn and Flying Bison: Lake Placid, Southern Tier, Middle Ages, and Ellicotville. Thanks!!! Consistent rotating seasonal tap selection. Ever expanding selection of bottles in well displayed microfridge to keep you occupied if the taps don't intrigue you. Bartender is 100 % business, shirt and tie. All regional Brewing News are available here. Fireplace in "garden atrium" room. Servers attentive. Unlimited H2O and coffee refills and they're serious about refilling you. FREE muffins with breakfast. Food is outstanding. Standard Buffalo pub fare, plus some original goodies. Older, more refined crowd during the day, most likely hiding out from spouses or bosses. Younger Canisius college crowd at night. All in all, a well behaved, mild mannered place to spend an evening, where the biggest disagreement that you will see is collar up, or collar down.

Jeers: The majority of Coles patrons drink Blue and Bud Light out of a <gasp> chalice. This is a practice that clearly needs to be stopped. The west coast beers (besides the Stone) don't seem to move very well as I have had multiple past their prime.

Note: Goodbar and Coles seem to be competing with each other in terms of the number of handles on. Coles is the clear winner in terms of atmosphere, sanitary conditions, and service. My advice: Go to both. Both are filling a well needed niche.

wailingwench, Dec 19, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

beerhan, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of bgeisel
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bgeisel, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

generallee, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of ecrawley
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

ecrawley, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of timmy2b
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

timmy2b, May 20, 2014
Photo of Dee13
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Dee13, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of vermilcj
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

vermilcj, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of EdFlynn
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

EdFlynn, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of sliverX
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

sliverX, Jun 09, 2013
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Coles in Buffalo, NY
94 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.