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Blue Monk

Not Rated.
Blue MonkBlue Monk
BA SCORE
100
world-class

61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Taps: 32
Bottles: 77
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

727 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York, 14222-1638
United States
phone: (716) 882-6665

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(Place added by: JAramini on 10-04-2010)
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4.35/5  rDev -4.8%

greg4579, Sep 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

bgeisel, Jul 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

generallee, Jul 20, 2014
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3.02/5  rDev -33.9%

In Buffalo on business, and as per usual, sought out a highly rated bar for after work beers.

Walked in and was immediately hit in the face with the stench of stale beer. Not a great first impression, though it did take me back to my college days. Grabbed a seat at the bar and studied the tap list, being immediately greeted by a bar tender who was very nice and patient. The tap list was decent, with a large number of Belgian beers (no surprise). What was surprising was the lack of locals. One Community IPA, and a Southern Tier on nitro. Nothing on the list really screamed must try, or even, can't find this most places, so went with the Community.

My second impression was even more of a disappointment than my first: my pint tasted like the line hadn't been cleaned for some time. I can't tell you the last time I had a pour from dirty lines, but the rancid taste is unmistakable.

I had planned on enjoying a few beers and eating dinner here, but I was so turned off with the apparent lack of hygiene of the place that I went elsewhere after one beer.

Given the great reviews of the place, I'll assume I just caught them at a bad time. I was definitely unimpressed.

jwjon1, Jul 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

km000, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev -12.5%

KBaum09, Jun 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Dee13, Feb 27, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev -1.3%

The best beer bar in Western New York. Nestled right in the heart of Elmwood Village.

Everybody knows about Blue Monk, so it gets a bit crowded. With good reason- the beer selection is outstanding. It's sort of got a Belgian beer bistro feel to it, and there's always some good Belgians on tap, as well as occasion 3F and Cantillon bottles, but the selection is so much more than that. They carry great local microbrewery Community Beer Works all the time, have some great Southern Tier, Ithaca, and Ellicotville local brews, has other great US craft breweries of every kind and location, and then a ton of other international beers from countries most beer bars don't even touch. I've had a smoked imperial stout from Iceland (Lava) a big, beefy porter from Finland (Sinebrychoff) a tasty IPA from Sweden (Dugges High Five!) and an earthy Italian saison (Nuova Mattina). Lots of Evil Twin on tap most of the time as well. One of the most varied and inventive tap lists I've ever seen. Incredible that this place exists in Buffalo!

The food is good, but typically expensive. They have all of the usual Belgian beer bar food suspects- pommes frites, mussels, etc, etc. Only had food there once and I enjoyed it.

The beer is expensive, but understandably so. Some of the kegs had to have been hard to acquire. Their bottle list is very pricey, but I've never dabbled with it. Pricey is somewhat ok if you can order Cantillon, though, so there's that.

Must stop. Go now!

GreesyFizeek, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

BeerBucks, Jan 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

vermilcj, Dec 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

dichotomousfish, Dec 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

BfloBrewHound, Oct 18, 2013
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4.81/5  rDev +5.3%

Best Belgian / Gastropub in Northeast!!!! Tried Monks Café in Philly and others In NYC but Blue Monk is better for atmosphere, location, menu and outdoor/café experience. Much better service/attitude than Monk's Café (not rude and cute waitresses) and food is aligned with beer. Blue Monk is part of Buffalo dynasty for restaurants with Coles, Brennans and Liberty Hound.

EdFlynn, Oct 14, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +0.9%

We stopped through Buffalo on a long driving trip from St. Louis to Nantucket, and I wasn't too excited about our options given the first few exits we tried. Then I hit up the always-reliable beeradvocate review section. Man, were me my wife and I super pumped about finding this place. FIrst off, it's set in a very nice part of Buffalo, sort of older established nice homes, very well maintained with a bohemian of vibe about the area. Very cool, lots of little shops, young and old people walking around, etc. Reminded me of a neighborhood you might find in Chicago.

Anyway, this place rules. Very laid back with an open-air front, a few covered tables outside, seating on the ground floor and some upstairs.

The major focus on the beers is towards belgians, light and dark, many saisons and pilsners, a few porters, stouts and browns, and 5-6 IPAs, and just as many IIPAs. Overall a great beer selection, something for everyone. We sat at the bar, and the two women behind the counter were very friendly, knowledgeable about the beers, offered plenty of samples, and just made the vibe that much more enjoyable.

The food is also outstanding. There's is a slight bend to European-style pub food, 4 types of mussels (the red curry ones were excellent), frites, a few(!) duck confit options, amazing duck poutine, dude next to us had a burger that looked phenomenal, and the rest of the menu seemed pretty solid.

Overal, A+, we would absolutely go back. If you are in the area or just driving through, I would make a concerted effort to stop by and grab a seat at the bar, grab a pint and order anything on the menu.

rhubyrhod, Jun 27, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev -6.1%

Likely the best tap list in the city for imports and especially sours.
Very limited menu but I have never been disappointed in my orders. Slight issues with my gluten free partners meal once but was remedied with a round on the server. We waited almost an hour for food that was then made with gluten rich toppings she specified to not be on the salad and the kitchen tried to get away by just "scrapping" them off. She said she won't go back but I'm not against it.

Mixed experiences with servers knowing their beers and being clueless to beer but if you're here you should have a clue what you're looking at anyway.

Gets a bit packed and way too hip on weekends. Have witnessed many a crushed dream of some bro all shored up looking for sloots and ordering a Bud Light ...
This is not a cheap date kind of place, is a small "room" and can be busy but the taplist makes you ignore all of that.

sliverX, Jun 09, 2013
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4.98/5  rDev +9%

I've lived in Buffalo for a while, and Blue Monk has been one of the most welcome additions to the area in a long time. I guess it starts with the beer - so you can expect 30 high quality on tap in addition to an outstanding bottle list. Selection is a nice balance of American craft along with Belgians and others.

Service is outstanding. With just one exception, the bartenders are friendly, fun, quick, and totally happy about sharing their beer knowledge with the customers. The rest of the staff is also super! Barbacks, wait staff, and management is the best our area has.

Being vegan, I can't comment on too much of the food, but can vouch for the vegan frites, which are the best. My family likes the mussels and duck reubens.

We like attending the almost weekly tasting events- always introducing a new beer to the area or focusing on a certain style. Now that its warm, the beer garden out back enhances the space. Definitely ranks high among beer pubs I've been to anywhere.

Gmanofleisure, May 15, 2013
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Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY
100 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.