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Monk's Café

Not Rated.
Monk's CaféMonk's Café
BA SCORE
98
world-class

428 Ratings
Ratings: 428
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.5%
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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Reviews by ckeegan04:
Photo of ckeegan04
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%

Dropped in on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Bars were both crowded but there were empty table scattered about. Only problem is you cant sit at one of the tables unless you are ordering a full meal, which we were not. We were able to grab a corner of the bar that was a little cozy for the four of us, but it got the job done. Only a few beers on tap at the front bar, but they were some interesting ones including RR PUblication, Port Wipeout IPA, Duvel Green and a couple of others. The "Beer Bible" was sitting on the bar which had their bottle list...wow. Easily the best bootle list I have seen (including the Brickskeller in DC, and Monks actually had all their listing available). Huge selection of Belgians and alot of American micros. Some of the highlights I remember were Lost Abbey (Veritas, Isabelle), Russian River (Consecration, Temptation, Beatification), Cantillon, Stone, all the trappists except Westy, Dupont, Fantome and many more. Prices were steep but very reasonable given rarity of the brews. I had the Publication on tap and then a bottle of Beatification. We also ordered the pommes frites which were excellent and the other food I saw flaoting around looked great. Service was slow but friendly given the large crowd at the bar and only one lady working the bar. Very dark setting which I always enjoy. Felt very welcoming.

Overall I really thought this palce was great. Might not be the best bar if you are not really into beer because the prices were a little steep, but I would make a trip to Philly just to go back.

ckeegan04, Oct 27, 2009
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Davepoolesque, Monday at 07:08 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

anteater, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of Fusebuddy
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

NIce beer bar if you're in Philly. Only a short 10-15 minute walk from my hotel by the convention center. Small place for sure and as others say, its quite dark in there. Which is cool by me, so I was at home. Loads of Belgian offerings here, I'm guessing more than half the beers. Had a Damnation on tap, sure nice to enjoy a RR beer on the east coast, then a Racer 5 IPA. Food was so-so, the service was fine. In between my two beers, I did waste some time trying to order off the beer list which said they had FW PNC and 17. Each time the server going around looking for the beer, then coming back to advise that its no longer available. After waiting to find out they didn't have those, just went with tap offerings. I would say its a must place for any BA in Philly because its really a cool beer cave, but I wasn't exactly overwhelmed.

Fusebuddy, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of ChicagoNick
2.5/5  rDev -43.4%

Monk's Cafe has some decent bottles, but I don't get the hype. Unless you're a local that can stop in anytime for special tappings, this place is extremely mediocre. Food is okay. Service is okay.

My recommendation: go during the day (dimly lit at night and loud) and don't bother reading the online menu. Expect them to be out of at least one thing that you ask for. Also, they like to leave certain high-demand bottles on their list that are long gone. Fair warning to those interested in one of the 5 Cantillon bottles which have been sold out since September 20th. (Today is Oct. 13)

ChicagoNick, Oct 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Davelucas88, Oct 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Lupo, Oct 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

stephenjmoore, Sep 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

NJBeer265, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

beerded_drunk, Sep 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Devman171, Sep 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Stephenjtorres, Sep 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

ILuvBeer, Sep 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Dizzy242, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

kwa357, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of MWilcox20
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 :)

MWilcox20, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Wonderful selection, and the food is great!

MicroBeerMan1980, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of KornWallace
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.

KornWallace, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Slatetank, Aug 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

BigRizz62, Aug 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

SFNC, Aug 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Lehighace06, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

MattXT, Aug 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

mklisz, Aug 13, 2014
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Monk's Café in Philadelphia, PA
98 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.