Blue Monk

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Blue MonkBlue Monk

Type: Bar, Eatery

727 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York, 14222-1638
United States

(716) 882-6665

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Added by JAramini on 10-04-2010

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Photo of SpoiledInVT
3.51/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

If you're looking for a pretentious beer bar, with snobby and self-centered staff, this is your place! A truly impressive tap list is marred by the poor attitude of the staff, coupled with overrated food and your quintessential beer-snob clientele. After having two beers and a poor rendition of "duck fries", all while in a crowded and stale-smelling space, I happily paid my bill and got out. Pass.

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Photo of briancregg101
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Tomkob11
4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of HoppyBastard1
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Great food, nice beer selection, awesome staff and great layout. Only knock would be parking. If you are in the Buffalo area, the Blue Monk is a must.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Tucked away in a quaint part of Buffalo, on a street of storefronts adjacent to blocks and blocks of residences, the Blue Monk is a good spot to stop in for a beer. It was not terribly crowded, even on a Saturday night, with what crowd was present seeming less boisterous and more conversational. Service was quite prompt, and seemed to know a little bit about beer. The tap list was top notch in both variety and quality, well curated. I'd definitely stop in again, were I to find myself in Buffalo for any reason.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After years of procrastination, I finally kicked myself hard enough in the ass to make the trek to Buffalo. The primary objective of me and my buddies’ visit was Football-related, but Beer was obviously high on the agenda as well. Our hotel was in the outskirts near the university campus, so it made sense to visit the two recommended bars in Elmwood village. We started off here at Blue Monk.
Good lively ambiance on a Saturday evening, the downstairs section was filled up, with no room to belly up at the bar, but a few spots in the standing section by the garage windows. Patrons ranged from mid-20 to 40-somethings out for some fun. We were told by the host that there was a 45 minute wait for a table. No problem, looking at the Beers listed on the chalkboards list I knew I was going to spend some quality time here. Surprise, we barely got our first round half-way done when our table was ready up on the mezzanine.
The décor was mainly Belgian inspired trinkets all over the walls, from old maps to pictures of Belgian royalty, and of course plenty of Beer advertisements, new and old. If they were going for the classic Belgian bar feel, I’d say they nailed it, with the right amount of worn parts to give it a homey feel, but maintained well enough to not give a dive bar vibe. I liked that the bathroom stall was pieced together with parts of old doors.
We weren’t famished and only ordered a few appetizers, which clearly ticked off our assigned waitress. She warmed up a bit after we kept ordering rounds, but overall didn’t add much positive to the experience. She couldn’t answer any of my Beer-related questions, but was quick to fill our water glasses and bring our order, so it deserves a passable grade I suppose.
The apps we got were pretty good, we went for Calamari and fries. The ketchup with truffle oil was a fascinating mix; I’m definitely going to add that to my repertoire next time I invite guests over. The rest of the menu and the neighboring tables’ plates looked fine, but we had a huge lunch so we kept it light.
The Beer list had variety, with local brews and micros from all over the US, and some good to great imports from all over, be it Québec (Dieu du Ciel and Unibroue), the UK, Belgium and Germany. Two cask ales were served gravity-style on the bar. From Dogfish Head to Firestone Walker, Weisenstephaner to St-Bernardus 12, from entry-level lagers to funky bretty brews, they seem to cover pretty much every angle here. Awesome! If I really was fishing for something to criticize, it would be that the tap lineup was a bit high ABV-heavy. So not much of a complaint! Prices were a bit on onerous, but the beers were top shelf and tasted fresh.
Overall, I can see why this place tops the list in Buffalo. Next time I’m in town I’ll be back for sure.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of AugustusRex
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of eflynn2
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

For beer lovers this is ground zero yet they are not arrogant and still provide great service.

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Photo of Vivelepositif
4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

Photo of Wingalls
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome spot. It gets slammed so service can be a tad slow, but it's not because the staff isn't trying their hardest. Amazing food to go with amazing beer. Expect to spend ~$17 for a great burger and a beer.

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Photo of Misterphinister
4.86/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Steffanie
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Definitely worth the wait. Go here, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of liamt07
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Moc513
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Chide
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of buzzedup
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of marcy222
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Danny511
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of madnismo
4/5  rDev -8.7%

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 greg4579
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bgeisel
5/5  rDev +14.2%

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Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY
Place rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 83 ratings