Taps: 20 / Bottles: 218
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 356 | Reviews: 317 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Nutleybeer:
4.08/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
For all of the hype about this place over the years, I finally got a chance to visit it. Went on a Saturday night, it was PACKED.
It is not a large place. There are a few tables in the front, then there is the bar. In the back, there are some more tables and another bar. The walkway from the front to the back, alongside the bar, is tight when it gets this crowded. I felt bad for the servers who had to squeeze thru carrying food.
But, to the beers...for those not aware, this place is all about the Belgian beers. Their taps are limited, but they have a massive bottle list. Among those on tap, at least in the front bar, was Chimay and the Monk's Sour Ale.
The bartender was pretty amazing. On his feet & in action pretty much non-stop for the 90 minutes we were there. He clearly knew his beers. Every beer is also served in a specialty glass. You won't find too many generic pint glasses here.
While the bottled menu consists of a lot of Belgian beers, there are plenty of others available too. Stoudts, Sly Fox, Rogue, Southhampton, etc...not to mention selections from around the world. I also saw beers from Russian River, Founders and a few others not often seen in our area.
I never tried any food, but those famous garlic mussels smelled out of this world.
Monk's in a staple of Philly. A classic spot that is a must for any visiting beer fans.
05-26-2008 12:05:05 | More by Nutleybeer
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4.51/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$
Visited here for the first time yesterday. It did live up to the hype. Pliny the elder and blind pig were both deliciously on tap. Sat in the front very close quarters lucky to get a table around 4:30pm Saturday st pattys weekend in Philly. Food was wonderful get the hot wings an definitely mussels!! Our waitress was knowledgable on the beers. My only qualms were as follows: we got into the bottle ordering portion of our night asked for about 10 beers and they could not bring us one of our requests!! I drove an hour and a half in search of am overpriced bottle of supplication and couldn't get one. I felt like our waitresses were feeling us out to see if we were worthy or if we were going to run up a $400 bill before even presenting us with one of the hard to get beers. That irked me a bit. My buddy who was there before said they did the same thing to him around New Years. After he ordered his 10th bottle around New Years then they magically found those hard to get bottles. Overall I would go again but if I run into the bottle game again then they obviously don't need my business. I'm in healthcare when people need drugs i provide without discrimination. Monks please don't gimme the b.s. When I am trying to relax and give you my money so I can enjoy a rare beer that I can't get driving all the way down from lancaster,PA!!
03-16-2014 12:49:35 | More by Liberatiscioli
4.86/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Came here for the Mad Monday event to try Pliny the Younger.
Place is a gem of the American craft scene. Small, ramped place that once inside teases you with bottles of rares like Russian River, Cantillon, and others scattered about the décor. The taplist on this day was mind blowing; so much so that Pliny the elder on tap was an afterthought. On most other days they have an incredible selection of Belgian imports, hard to get domestic beers, and favorites.
Staff knows their stuff and treats you well. I was here on a jam packed bar and still was able to get service fast. Prices normally run high but then again they are pouring the rare liquid. A must visit when in Philly, even with better options around. This is a historic craft mecca (Michael Jackson adored this bar).
I'll be back and when I do go I hope to be at the bar for a stretch.
03-11-2014 01:37:16 | More by socon67
5/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
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 356 ratings.