Taps: 20 / Bottles: 218
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 352 | Reviews: 315 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Donnie2112:
4.2/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
So I went to this place for the first time last night. I was sitting there talking to my girlfriend and my buddy Ben. My girl refuses to drink any beer that is below 10% ABV (I know she can be so closed minded sometimes :) And my buddy Ben really likes trying new stouts. I just like almost all beer that I try so I thought that it would be a really fun little group for checking this place out. Then we had a couple of tag alongs. Anybody ever have this happen? You have a nice little group of people that like good beer go to a bar dedicated to interesting and different beer and then some people tag along and whine about you not going to a place that has "normal" beer, then they throw around the offensive term "beer snob." It's interesting how people attack what they don't understand. Anyway, I didn't have that great of a time at monk's but it wasn't because the bar sucked, on the contrary it was awesome. I got to try Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout on tap (nice but I remember liking it more out of the bottle), Avery Hog Heaven on tap and I had a Flemish sour ale that I can't remember the name of. All very very nice and the staff was knowledgeable and fun for me to talk to while my friends ignored me. Anyway, the place is cool, it's kind of crowded but that might have something to do with their awesomeness. The price was also much more reasonable then the old city prices I'm acustomed to. I highly reccomend this place. I want to go without the closed minded folks next time and maybe on a school night so I can just sit there with the girlfriend and we can talk to the bartender and and just get drunk on a great beers.
04-20-2008 17:00:53 | More by Donnie2112
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5/5 rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
At the suggestion of my local bottleshop owner in Washington, I made a stop in Philly specifically for this place on a trip to the East Coast. I wanted to stay for the last 7 days.
The front section has the restaurant and main bar, but it also has a smaller, almost "exclusive" room in back with handles and plain wooden seating. Busy, fun, bit loud but that is a sign of a good business and happy customers.
Huge Belgian selection of both taps and bottles. Friendly, witty staff that know just about every beer they offer. Served in correct glasses of course. Overall a Belgian "Mecca" that, if you are in Phily, you need to try. Slightly expensive but Belgians usually are anyways and sadly didn't try the food. Go forth!!
03-06-2014 22:55:10 | More by Sound_Explorer
Monk's Café in Philadelphia, PA
97 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.