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Blue Monk

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

67 Ratings
Ratings: 67
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.95%
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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Reviews by LittleDon:
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4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A near perfect place for beer and food. One of the best I've been to.

I was excited when I found this place on BA. Great beer and food menu. I was not disappointed when I got there. I'll start with my only negative experience at Blue Monk. It was loud. Really loud. I could bare hold a conversation with my colleague on the other side of a two top. Aside from that, everything was top notch. Interesting two story location. The vibe was a mix of young and old BAs. Lots of folks at the bar downstairs. Mostly people standing a few deep, but also a small number of tables. There were additional tables on the second floor. The night I was there was Stone Cask Night, with five beers to choose from. The waitperson was extremely helpful in our moments of beer indecision. There were an additional 27 taps, so this was no small feat. To add to this, the food was excellent. I had the Delerium Tremens mussles which came in a rich broth. The meal was finished with meatballs stuffed with blue cheese and seasoned with caraway. If I every make it back to Buffalo, I'll definitely make it back.

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

Im giving the bar and beer selection a 4 ONLY. The food and sous chef suck balls! She cant cook, the fish was under cooked. the burger wasnt even cooked, i ordered medium rare it wasnt even rare..she argued about it to me...and over cooked the mac & cheese. she really sucks...If you are looking for a beer, great place though!

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Photo of jwjon1
3.02/5  rDev -34.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

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.

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4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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!

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Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY
100 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.