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Allen Street Hardware

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BA SCORE
89
very good

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 7.4%
Taps: 3
Bottles: 40
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

245 Allen St
Buffalo, New York, 14201-1323
United States
phone: (716) 882-8843

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(Place added by: pbsmooth on 10-20-2005)
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Reviews by BeerBelcher:
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%

This is a pretty cool place. Allen Street seemed to me (an outsider) a little higher end and artsier than other joints in Buffalo that were far more dive-like. Cozy dim lighting, soft colors, and art on the walls. There were a few tables with a small bar. The selection was the best I saw in Buffalo, with a handful of taps which featured both crafts and imports (Harpoon and Duvel were on-tap) and an extensive bottle list with some nice options there also. Service was OK...a goatee-d bartender who insisted on calling me "Buddy"...incessantly. Oh well, I guess it's better than "Bro" (as in 'Don't tase me 'bro!'). I had a Pile Driver IPA on draft (the house beer), which was OK, and the bartender couldn't really answer my questions about it (such as who brewed it). The food menu looked awesome...sandwiches, salads, a cheeseplate, etc. If I wasn't full of wings from the Anchor Bar, I would've loved to eat here. I will be back...

BeerBelcher, Dec 12, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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sliverX, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of guenther1973
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

favorite spot for drinks and excellent food. great chef with interesting app and entree specials. regular menu includes great cheese/bread/spread apps, burgers, and panninis (meat loaf is my fav). 4 beers on tap. almost always includes long hammer ipa and rare vos. many random bottled beers to choose from.

last night i had a few draft southern tier harvest ales and the wife was drinking bottled ayinger brauweiss. ate one of the best burgers (w maytag blue and bacon) in recent memory. solid shoestring fries (w skins). started my meal with an a sherry cream soup w portobella...so good. wife went with their regular soup option, gumbo and goat cheese, veggie, and portobella pannini.

guenther1973, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of JAZwara
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Great bottle selection, pretty sub par tap selection. They have tons of bottles, both domestic and foreign, but the problem with that is it ups the price.

The place is also really really small. It makes for a pretty nice atmosphere, except it can get crowded really quickly. The nice thing though is that its right amongst a few other good bars that you can walk to, so usually I'll stop in for a beer before going to somewhere else.

Only eaten here once, but when I did it was good. The menu is a little more eclectic than other places, not just a gastropub type menu.

Best time to go here is for a drink before going to dinner somewhere else honestly; its not to crowded around then, you can get a great beer, then go somewhere else when it starts to fill up with the dinner crowd.

JAZwara, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of VegasBill
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

This place is small and the bar is small, just a few stools. Somehow I thought it would be bigger, just my imagination. The tap selection is very limited so I had the house IPA called Pile Driver, it was not good so I followed up with a bottle of Three Philosphers. The bottle selection is ample with many local,northeast, brewers represented.
I did not try the food but the two people next to me where eating and everything looked very tasty. Instead I walked down the street to Gabriels Gate where someone told me the wings are better than the Anchor Bar, and they are as I was at the Anchor Bar the nite before.

VegasBill, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Hibernator
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%

We dropped by here last night after checking out Bill Mahar at the University at Buffalo. I had been down to Allen Street before, which is a pretty cool area for different bars and Buffalo nightlife.

Allen Street Hardware is a very small and funky little bar. Dim (very dim) lighting and candles set the atmosphere with the red walls. There was a DJ setting up while we were there. It was very crowded and I just wasn't in the mood for a packed bar with minimal room to move and waiting for long periods of time to make my way up to the bar to get a drink.

In terms of beer selection, there are way more bottles to choose from. I ordered a Goose Island Honker's Ale, which was a pretty good English Bitter Ale. Other good bottle options included Southern Tier, Smuttynose IPA and Ommegang Three Philosphers.

There are two bar areas with what looked like 3 or 4 tap selections at each station. I could barely see what was on tap during my visit, but I did notice Ommegang Rare Vos and a German Hefeweizen.

I'd like to check this place again, but not on a Saturday night when it's so crowded that it takes away from having a good time. We ended up going down the street to Gabriel's Gate (145 Allen Street) where I got a SN Pale Ale and an order of extremely hot Suicidal Wings. If you're not familiar with the area and you like wings, check out Gabriel's Gate.

Allen Street Hardware has some nice beer options, but not a beer destination.

Hibernator, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%

A brisk walk from Mister Goodbar gives me the opportunity to have a breather and take a momentary break from beer. Allen Street Hardware is the third stop in my Buffalo bar-hop, and by the time I get there, I feel thirsty and in fine spirits. Allen Street itself seems like a funky little strip, and there's some sort of street music festival going down, and the music pleasantly wafts through the bars doors, giving the place a cool indie vibe. That would suit this bar. While not exactly ritzy, its a step up from Goodbar in terms of decor, and seemingly draws a hipper crowd. There's a guy at the bar dressed as either Bob Dylan or a 19th century gentleman. Perhaps it is Bob Dylan... I hear he's getting stranger in his old age. The service at the bar is good, but sadly the taplist is not. Only 3 taps, I'm informed - a Fuller's, Duvel Green and the bar-specific Piledriver IPA. I opt for the green because I'm curiously how this beer matches up to its bigger brother. The answer is poorly. The bottle list seems somewhat better, but I always thought bottles were for home consumption. I pay up and leave. Its a nice place, and in a good location, but I don't know if I'll ever be back.

bobsy, Jul 28, 2009
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Allen Street Hardware in Buffalo, NY
89 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.