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The Blue Tusk

Not Rated.
The Blue TuskThe Blue Tusk
BA SCORE
95
world-class

84 Ratings
Ratings: 84
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 66
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

165 Walton St
Syracuse, New York, 13202-1224
United States
phone: (315) 472-1934

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thebluetusk

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Reviews by Edwaka01:
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3.86/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Came here after eating and getting a flight and being thoroughly disappointed with the beer at Empire to drink a good beer before heading home.
A - Went in mid-day Tuesday - it's a nice place, but I don't think I can accurately rate the vibe, I've heard it gets pretty damn collegy at night.

Q - Great beers all over, and some pretty crappy ones too!

S - Bartender somewhat unwillingly answered a couple questions I had, although to be fair, he did answer them.

S - Decent representation of NY beers and craft beers in general, but not many beers that I can't find at most beer stores in NY. Maybe 5 or so beers out of 60ish that surprised and excited me.

10oz or 20oz pours for most beers, 10oz pours for the specialty beer section. Prices varied with the different brews of course, but none were cheap.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Cooker_stp
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of OGShotzy
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Brenden
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

This is one of the larger bars I've been to. It's not an especially private place (not that a lot of people go to bars for private time all that much), and it gets crowded pretty early in the day. There are plenty of places to sit in several different areas/sections of the bar (restaurant?). There are open tables, booths, tables at the glass walls facing the sidewalk, bar stools, and private areas, too. There are sheltered booths where noise can be heard but it's not so obtrusive; these booths are nearly enclosed. Surprisingly, even when it's busy (always?) these booths are a good place to study. The patio has dozens of tables, in lines rather than bunched up against each other, down the long stretch of sidewalk closed in by a wrought-iron fence. There's also a back room with a large enclosed single table that looks to fit 10 or so in a room of its own past a room with a few booths and higher standalone tables. The decor is mostly a lot of decorative wrought-iron fixtures, lots of wood, and black marble tabletops. The beer menu is digital, updated almost to the minute, separated by categories. This bar is for people who know their beer, but those not so familiar with all there is to offer can get some old favorites like SNPA or SABL. Local are also a good portion of what's available, but the taps still branch out all over the US. There are 66 taps, so there's always something to pick, and they throw a few nice ciders and meads on as well. There's a separate counter for food orders and pickups. The staff is polite and fast; while extraordinarily busy, they take note of who needs to be helped and work as quickly and skillfully as they can. I didn't pay more than $7 for a pint. Between the feel, the decor, the selection, and the service, this place is pretty amazing.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of ClavisAurea
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Best beer bar in Syracuse hands down. outside seating is wonderful when the upstate NY weather is nice (see the picture). dozens of taps and bottles available for anyone's tastes. Last time I was there they had a limited edition collection of craft brewery's collaborations. I had an english bitter that was a damn fine example of the style. super refreshing.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Bar decor is fine, but there's a preppy, want-to-be upscale vibe to the place that is a bit off-putting. The occasional live band is nice, and the booths are excellently appointed. The bathroom is a near disaster area.

Beer quality is certainly exceptional. Most of the selections are American craft, but there are a number of excellent import taps, as well. The is guaranteed to be a beer here on tap that you like, and quite possibly something you cannot easily get elsewhere.

Service has been really hit or miss. Some of the bartenders have been friendly, while others have been detached. Bartenders always seem busy, even with a small crowd.

Selection follows quality: 69 taps. A very small handful are domestic AALs, but the vast, vast majority are craft from around the US and the world.

Food is really tasty, although they focus on deli-style food for the most part, so the selection is not huge.

Beer and food prices get a little pricey pretty quick, but there are reasonable choices available, as well.

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The Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY
95 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.