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Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café

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Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer CaféCheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

56 Ratings
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 25
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

534 E Colfax Ave
Denver, Colorado, 80203-2018
United States
phone: (303) 861-0347

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thecheekymonk

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(Place added by: Mebuzzard on 09-14-2007)
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Reviews by Domingo:
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Cheeky Monk has been around for a few years, but thanks to a location that's weird for me (and the Vine St. Pub being very close), I've only recently stopped in.
The first thing you'll notice is that this isn't a typical beer bar. Everything is wood paneled and somewhat upscale...but not in a pretentious way. The familiar looking bar in the middle of the room definitely lets you know that you're not in a normal restaurant, though.
The food consists of French/Belgian/European inspired dishes, along with sandwiches and more traditional options as well. Mussels and fries, Beef stew, fish & chips, bangers and mash, and even the ubiquitous Monte Cristo are there.
I guess they have a killer lunch sandwich special and good prices as well. The food's terrific based upon our appetizer, 2 entrees, and dessert.
With beers - they have a ton of options. Everything from Chimay (all 3), to Lucifer, to Duvel, Baccus, Kasteel Rouge, Rochefort, Blanche du Bruxelles, Orval, Kwak, and more. All items are served in the proper (often branded) glassware as well.
In addition to Belgian options, they also have a few local special beers like GD's Yeti/Hades and Odell Mountain Standard. I also saw beers from Lost Abbey and normal 'ol Carlsberg pils as well.

A word of warning with the Cheeky Monk - as a dinner option you're probably going to spend a fair amount of money here. Keep in mind that it's really the nature of the beers and food. They really aren't marking anything up very much, but the reality of things is that Belgian beers are typically somewhat pricy. Most goblets are going to run from $7-10. The food options offer large portions and are tasty - but those dishes are also not cheap to make either. Just a heads up, certainly not to fault the place.

If you want Belgian beers in Colorado, this is THE spot without a doubt.

EDIT: Something DEFINITELY worth mentioning is the CM's lunch special, which is available 6 days per week including the weekend. There are $5.99 meals (most are a sandwich & fries) and all draft beers are 1/2 off. It's quite the deal and the best time to visit and try lots of new beers without breaking the bank.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Stopped by while in Denver because it was the only bar I could track down Pliny on tap. It was empty on a Sunday afternoon. I have to say I was pretty astonished by the price of some of the regular trappist beers, and unimpressed by the tap and bottle selection. The bartender was really friendly though, and it is a bright and pleasant place for a beer. On my way out there was a street brawl on Colfax with about 20 high schoolers (half fighting, half recording on their phones).

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.56/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.94/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ArrogantB
3/5  rDev -28.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Ok so I finally checked this place out and left very unimpressed. To start off they had Pliny the Elder listed at $8 which I thought was a little expensive until they brought it in a 25cl glass, super expensive seeing as how Falling Rock has pints for $7. If they are selling short pours it should be noted on the menu. We were also seated in a side room that has terrible ambience. The service was good but the good was mediocre. I ordered mussels ($13) and not only were there not very many but they were way to salty. There is a French restaurant her (le central) that not only has much better mussels but they are only $10 and you get a huge bucket. Between the overpriced beer and mediocre food I won't be back and is advise others to avoid unless you really need Belgian beer. They did have Cantillon gueuze on the menu for $22 per 375ml.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A place of elegance within one of the harsher areas of town. Beer line up was impressive and tap list superb. I did think though in some instances they were overpriced but that might go with the territory as places downtown seem to run a little more quite often. Server was very knowledgeable about beer. This is definitely worth a stop if you're into Belgians and want a wide range of good craft from one source. I myself though will probably go to other alternatives in town with some many other less expensive choices.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Cheeky Monk on Colfax Avenue, a weird hodgepodge of porno stores, homeless people and hipsters. Parking kind of weird, one of the most uneven parking lots behind the place totally being displaced by tree roots underneath it, and construction going on across the way.

Get inside, and it looks more like the quinetessential English pub decor, tons of polished wood. But then you start to notice the glassware, the Gulden Draak tower, etc. . . and it definitely takes on the vibe of a Belgian place. Overall, nice and impressive, plenty of space beyond the bar area for dining, a few tables in the bar area. A

Good list of beers, heavy on the Belgian stuff, they were out of all the Russian River stuff. Believe I had a Green Flash Linchpin here. Service was good, waitress checked on us the right amount, cheery.

Food smelled good. Had it at the other location, I have no reason to think this place isn't as good. Ultimately I like the Westminster location a little more (having more Avery & Russian River will do that). But this is a worthwhile stop, especially with the awesome 2UP bar down the road and Argonaut around the way. Plus, if you're the type who likes skinny jeans and porno, this neighborhood is for you.

Photo of buffs9
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Cheeky Monk is located on Colfax Ave on the east side of downtown Denver. Street parking is available nearby.

The interior is dark with brick and wood, plus some large pieces of art. Some signage of available beers

Tons of Belgian options on tap, all served in proper glassware. Had St. Bernardus 12, Kwak and Tripel Karmeliet.

I didn't eat any food, but did enjoy a few relaxing beers on a slow day. The bartender was beautiful, which didn't hurt

Overall I really liked this place and would definitely visit again and would recommend it to any beer lover visiting Denver.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My friend and I visited Saturday morning of GABF for a special "Breakfast with the Bruery" prior to the noon GABF session.

Located in a neighborhood that appears to be undergoing revitalization. An easy cab ride or nice walk from downtown.

Because they typically don't serve breakfast and this was a special event, my experience may differ from yours. The overall experience was very pleasant.

We went with a Bruery paddle which consisted of ~4 oz pours of Autumn Maple, Saison Rue, Hotenroth, and Mischief. I think they were $12 each.

The food was high quality and generous portions for the price.

We finished by splitting a glass of the Bruery Bourbon Barrell Cuir (14%) for $14. I was hoping they would have more rare Bruery stuff available and maybe even the chance to meet Partick Rue. No dice on either.

When I asked my server what order to consume the flight, she had no idea but the service steadily improved during the course of the meal. Some basic beer training could improve the service.

The decor had lots of rich wood furniture and an impressive bar but was otherwise bland with your standard Belgian beer signs.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Now this place is THE BOMB! I'm not giving it a 5/5 just because i'm an honest kind of guy, however I love this place.

Good atmosphere, not in the sexiest place in Denver but definitly gets a more respectable crowd than lodo bars.AMple seating inside, also some outside available.

Never had an issue with service here. Great workers, quite knowledgable.

Selection really cannot be beat in CO as Belgian beer goes. And Belgian Beer is the Rason de Etre for going here.

Food was solid. Last visit there, I had the steamed mussels and rabbit stew. Both were wonderful.

Wish it were cheaper, but then again they import 98% of their booze from Belgium so its bound to be expensive

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Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café in Denver, CO
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