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Monk's Café

Monk's CaféMonk's Café

Taps: 20 / Bottles: 218
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
97
world-class

365 Ratings
Ratings: 365
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.79%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Nutleybeer

New Jersey

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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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $$$

I lucked out and happened to be in Philly for work during Russian River Mad Monday at Monks. I ended up spending four separate trips here while in Philly.

A- The bar is pretty small, with a front bar and a back bar at the opposite end of the building. Seating for maybe 100-125 people total. If you go in the evening, it is DARK! So dark that you have to use candle light at the bar to read the beer menu. Lot's of Belgium beer signs hung around the walls. It gets pretty packed and hard to maneuver around in the evenings

Q- You're not going to find an establishment that is more dedicated to serving world class beer, while serving it at proper temperature and in the right glass

S- Bartenders are super knowledgeable, the two females that I talked to were very nice and loved to talk about beer. Service was pretty efficient, even when crowded

S- The best beer selection that I have ever seen at a bar, period. In my four visits, I had Firestone PNC, Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger, Blind Pig, Supplication, Temptation, Consecration, Against the Grain Bo & Luke, Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, Older Viscosity on tap, the list goes on.

F- the fries are great and the dipping sauce is awesome, highly recommended. Burgers were good but not great, the lunch specials were very good.

V- This place isn't cheap when it comes to good beers, but you won't find a better selection in Philly, it's worth it

O- to be honest, I wasn't a fan of Philadelphia. It's not somewhere I would purposely come back to, but if I ever do, Monk's will be the first place I go

04-09-2014 21:55:42 | More by Treyliff
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DTimblin

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-08-2014 23:33:20 | More by DTimblin
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beans923

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.9%

04-07-2014 18:24:08 | More by beans923
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KXS

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I had been to a number of places in Philly recommended by beer advocate while here for a conference - but wasn't impressed with any of them until I wondered over to Monk's. It was too small, crowded and popular to bring a whole crew over from the conference without advanced planning, but I was squeezed into a table. Had an ultra hoppy IPA then a couple of their sour beers - brewed and named just for them - that were literally good enough to write home to my family about just how good it all was. I wouldn't travel to Philly just to go here, but if you find yourself here, definitely go.

Have a picture of current offerings but don't know how to post it here.

04-06-2014 23:50:58 | More by KXS
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

03-31-2014 22:49:00 | More by Rochefort10nh
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.9%

03-30-2014 13:11:53 | More by ridgeline23
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

03-29-2014 16:44:23 | More by scottbrew4u
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danshpc

New York

4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$

So this place has been on my bucket list and finally made it the other night. It didn't disappoint.
Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig on tap, as close as you get to heaven on the east coast. Add St Bernardus ABT 12 and it get's even better.

Be aware if you're going and never been;

The place is small and you must eat to get a table, so come prepared to eat. The good news here is that the food is great.

The servers can be a bit quirky, but that's all to the good as far as we were concerned.

Worth a trip from anywhere.

03-29-2014 09:17:06 | More by danshpc
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singlespeed

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

03-28-2014 20:17:42 | More by singlespeed
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Monk's Café in Philadelphia, PA
97 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.