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3.53 w/ 3 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

51 West Chippewa Street
Buffalo, New York, 14202
United States

(716) 855-1330

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Added by wailingwench on 04-25-2005

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Reviews by wailingwench:
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Brinks is Colter Bays younger, more upscale little brother located in the Chippewa party district. The building was renovated to historic preservation standards, which is a rarity in the demolishion by neglect mindset of Buffalo. The walls are adorned with large black and white reprints of photos from Buffalo's shipping heydays. Maps show what the original waterfront area looked like prior to urban renewal. The history of the building is tastefully presented next to the men's bathroom. Restored hardwood floors, bar, tin ceiling. Small eating area in the rear, all dark hardwood. Classy, stab at urban hip in downtown Buffalo. Long, beautiful wooden bar in the English sense. I feel like I'm at the zoo when I'm here. The wrought iron fence seperates the brick patio from the 4 am madness that is Chip. Easy to sit there and ooogle, drool, gaze, and be amazed at what you will see. The place to be if you wanna see the nightlife and it's participants.

Taps include Flying Bison, Southern Tier, Magic Hat, Sam Adams, Guiness, Smithwicks, and Blue Moon. Pints are $3.50, which are a steal considering a warm Blue next door would cost you $2.50. Food is Colter Bayish, sandwiches, wraps, apps. Hot dog guy conveniantly located within reach of the fence.

A nice place to start the evening out, but if you find yourself on Chip past 1 AM, you're gonna need some bail money and a really good lawyer.

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3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

I have been to both Brinks and Colter Bay numerous times and I have to admit that although Brinks is in the heart of the Chippewa district (i.e. < 21/beer from plastic cup/bar fight crowd), I really do like it better than Colter Bay. First off, its always less crowded than Colter Bay, which is nice because you can sit at the bar and order a beer and have a real conversation with someone. The beer selection is not bad; they usually have some belgian bottles to go along with the standard "buffalo irish-pub" imports (newcastle, guiness, hoegarden, harp) and micro's (flying bison, southern tier). Their food is also quite good. Better than most pub food. Plus I really like their bar area. Nice high bar seats that are spaced far apart so that you are not crammed in next to your neighbor. The service is good too; they will search through their coolers for bottles that they have up on the shelves and usually they will find it. Prices are reasonable ($3.50-$5.00 a pint)

Note* I have never been here past 10 or so on weeknight or 11 on weekends so maybe it turns into a sausage fest then!


Updated Review:

I stopped in here with my wife yesterday after the Taste of Buffalo. After visiting I felt compelled to update my review since things have changed since my last one. The main difference is that the beer selection is not very good anymore. They no longer carry any sort of craft beer in bottles; now all you can get is the typical Chippewa swill (Bud, Miller, Labatt, Molson). The draft selection is also not as good as before as now they pretty much have all of the macro beers that people think are cool to drink on tap (Blue Moon, Sam Adams Lager, Yuengling, Guiness, you get the picture). The only decent taps were Lake Placid Ubu Ale, Long Trail Ale and Ithaca Aprihop Wheat.

The service was still good and the atmosphere was fine as it was not crowded and they had two big plasma tv's with sporting events on.

Just do not go here for beer anymore.

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Photo of liquorsuit
3.53/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

One of the few downtown places (other than Prespa) that has a decent beer selection. 1 or 2 of the taps rotates but can quickly sell out. Many times the rotating tap is dry (why can't they at least keep a backup of something else).
Recent tap selections were: Guinness, Blue Moon, Stella Artois, Sam Adams Seasonal and some microbrew that was out.
Bottled beer is just the standards.

Food has been consistanly good! The standard fare... burgers, wraps, wings, sandwiches.

Service... when it's busy, be patient as the bartenders get a bit too chatty with the regulars.

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