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Monk's Café

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

413 Ratings
Ratings: 413
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
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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Nutleybeer

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -7.7%

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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MWilcox20

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Amazing place and a must when in Philly. There may be some better places to get a beer in town (Eulogy, Tria) but Monk's is a classic and usually has some amazing stuff on tap. Went there last week and had Lost Abbey Deliverance - rocked my world. Monk's has an epic reputation and is well worth the visit.

Also the mussels are incredible :)

08-25-2014 17:58:42 | More by MWilcox20
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MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Wonderful selection, and the food is great!

08-25-2014 07:49:04 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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KornWallace

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

I was at Monks for their Pliny the Younger offering in March. The bar itself is a little on the small side, made even smaller by the large number of people who were there for the special offerings that day.
That day their offerings were amazing, as to be expected, I did take a look at their bottle list while there and there seemed to be a good deal of bottles that I would have loved to have tried. While I was there I had one of the burgers which was very good.
The pricing was pretty expensive as was to be expected. The bottle list was slightly over the price points I would have expected.
The servers that day were overwhelmed. They did what they could and remained calm cool and collected throughout the day.

08-23-2014 15:19:11 | More by KornWallace
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-22-2014 16:54:22 | More by Slatetank
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BigRizz62

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

08-19-2014 15:43:16 | More by BigRizz62
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SFNC

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

08-17-2014 20:56:35 | More by SFNC
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.1%

08-16-2014 21:25:20 | More by Lehighace06
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MattXT

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.5%

08-16-2014 20:40:53 | More by MattXT
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mklisz

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

08-13-2014 17:28:26 | More by mklisz
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Monk's Café in Philadelphia, PA
98 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.