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Blue Monk

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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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Reviews by TheSevenDuffs:
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.56/5  rDev -22.1%

Visited for a pint on a recent trip to Buffalo.

Tap list was board was 30 strong but about 5 or 6 were tapped out and hadn't been replaced, which was a little disappointing. As far as the 25 or so that were available, there was a largely Belgian theme, as expected. That said, there was very little that excited me. A few non Belgian styles were available, such as Life & Limb and Pumking, but overall I think the non-Belgian selection was incredibly underrepresented. If they are trying to strictly cater to Belgian beer lovers, perhaps they are succeeding, but they need to diversify a little more IMO.

Service was friendly. Atmosphere was pretty cool with a really nice backyard/patio area.

With Cole's right down the street, I am not sure if I will ever return here.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 05, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of madnismo
4/5  rDev -12.5%

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!

madnismo, Today at 02:13 AM
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4.35/5  rDev -4.8%

greg4579, Thursday at 11:12 PM
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

bgeisel, Jul 24, 2014
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generallee, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of jwjon1
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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Dee13, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
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%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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

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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
Photo of rhubyrhod
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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Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY
100 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.