The Blue Tusk
Taps: 66 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 58 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by John:
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Finally getting to a well overdue visit and review of the Blue Tusk. After a leisurely stroll around Armory Square we arrive at the Tusk for some pre Porcupine Tree concert brews and nosh. FYI the show was phenomenal, easily top five of all time for me.
So after a quick survey of the place, I found a couple spots at the bar and save a seat for my wife whos still browsing the shops. Theres a decent crowd in here for 4:30 on a Tuesday afternoon. My understanding is that the interior was remodeled recently. What youll find inside is an L shaped place with lots of dark wood with sort of a library feel. Theres plenty of space and seating at the bar and at bar area tables. The bar is three-sided with taps on the wall behind, as well as several draught towers on the marble bar top. The overall feel is that of a quasi-European bar. The back room implies a Belgian monastery theme. The taps are plenty and the quality of the offerings cannot be denied. Wont even try to list them, the selection is outstanding. I started with a Southern Tier Hop Sun, followed by Magic Hat HiPA and a couple Lake Placid Frostbites. The drink selection now includes a full bar (liquor, mixed drinks, etc.) when before there was none. Theres a small kitchen behind the bar area to prepare a limited but interesting gourmet slanted menu consisting of sandwiches, cheese platters, soup, etc. The sopressata, prosciutto and cheese platter with baguette was nice. Service is very good and the barkeep is quick with refills and samples. Some chatter with the locals makes for an even more pleasant visit. Theres a mix of clientele, young, older and a distinctly Bohemian thing going on here, Dead on the sound system, plenty of tie-dye and dreads. The blend seems to work just fine. Outdoor seating. The Tusk is a real gem in Syracuse. Cheers to their dedication to great beer. I enjoyed our visit and will definitely be back again soon.
05-18-2005 20:30:25 | More by John
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
07-20-2014 21:56:58 | More by Roguer
The Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY
94 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.