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Monk's Café

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Monk's CaféMonk's Café
BA SCORE
98
world-class

465 Ratings
Ratings: 465
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 218
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

264 S 16th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102-3357
United States
phone: (215) 545-7005

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Ratings: 465 | Reviews: 338
Reviews by Donnie2112:
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4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

So I went to this place for the first time last night. I was sitting there talking to my girlfriend and my buddy Ben. My girl refuses to drink any beer that is below 10% ABV (I know she can be so closed minded sometimes :) And my buddy Ben really likes trying new stouts. I just like almost all beer that I try so I thought that it would be a really fun little group for checking this place out. Then we had a couple of tag alongs. Anybody ever have this happen? You have a nice little group of people that like good beer go to a bar dedicated to interesting and different beer and then some people tag along and whine about you not going to a place that has "normal" beer, then they throw around the offensive term "beer snob." It's interesting how people attack what they don't understand. Anyway, I didn't have that great of a time at monk's but it wasn't because the bar sucked, on the contrary it was awesome. I got to try Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout on tap (nice but I remember liking it more out of the bottle), Avery Hog Heaven on tap and I had a Flemish sour ale that I can't remember the name of. All very very nice and the staff was knowledgeable and fun for me to talk to while my friends ignored me. Anyway, the place is cool, it's kind of crowded but that might have something to do with their awesomeness. The price was also much more reasonable then the old city prices I'm acustomed to. I highly reccomend this place. I want to go without the closed minded folks next time and maybe on a school night so I can just sit there with the girlfriend and we can talk to the bartender and and just get drunk on a great beers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of American_Hawk
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Nmelione
3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2 | selection: 5

Photo of PhillyFoodie
4.95/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Amazing selection of primarily Belgians and rare beers. Food is excellent and and as affordable as can be in Center City Philly. Truly a beer connoisseur's heaven. I had my first Rochefort 10 there 15 or so years ago and it has held a special place in my heart ever since.

Photo of ohyeahitsmuff
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Bill69
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Flooz
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Johnsfolly
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5

Small place that can be full. Belgians on tap that are hard to find. Highly recommended.

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of stevehagy
4.21/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of swalsh666
4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Craft_Imperial
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Madmartigan78
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I am an out of towner, but whenever I am in Philadelphia I make time for Monk's. Incredible selection of drafts which usually include a few offerings from Russian River. The mussels and frites are also top notch. The crowd can get pretty big depending on the day/time but it is worth the wait.

Photo of AdamTebbs
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I hope you like Belgian beers because this place has got them. I love Monks. It is a must see when in Philly.

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Awesome selection but VERY tiny. Hard to get service and hard to get what you really want.

Photo of Mfbda1daonly
1.59/5  rDev -64.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1 | selection: 1

My wife and I went to Monks Sunday on a whim. Their website, which I checked before taking the trip over said they had many beers on tap including Pliny the Elder. Once we arrived, it took the bartender about 10 minutes to emerge from the back area. He wasn't very helpful. Their tap list stunk. They only had Damnation on tap and the other selections were nothing special. My hopes were dashed and I won't be back.

Photo of shoretaxi
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jeiiVP
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Ohiovania
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mattysuke
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Monks is part of our Mussel Fest annual event and should be visited not only for the incredible beer selection, but also for a pot of some of the best mussels in Philly. The Red Light, Ghent and Monks mussels are outstanding and taste even better being washed down with a glass of Pliny or Blind Pig. Excellent stop for beer and mussels!

Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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Monk's Café in Philadelphia, PA
98 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.