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Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café

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Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer CaféCheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
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 MilwaukeeCrusher:
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, May 29, 2013
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Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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).

outoffocus, Tuesday at 10:11 PM
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3.94/5  rDev -4.8%

DenverHopHead, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
3/5  rDev -27.5%

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.

ArrogantB, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

GRG1313, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of buffs9
4.14/5  rDev 0%

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.

buffs9, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Yetiman420
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

Yetiman420, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%

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

JoeAmerican77, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%

This little whole in the wall is located across for the Cathedral in downtown Denver.

The inside of the bar is nicely done with wooden booths and beer signs from all over Belgium.

I order an Orval and was presented with the bottle and a matching orval glass, it was quite impressive. My friend order Chimay blue and Rochefort 8, both of which came with their own logo glasses. It was a nice touch.

I did not try the food but the beer was good, and not that much more than you would pay in the store to buy a bottle of Orval or other Trapist beer.

The selection was impressive and I plan on returning.

LeeryLeprechaun, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of spdyfire83
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Close to downtown Denver on historic Colfax, this Belgian beer bar has added quite a unique touch to the Denver beer drinking scene. The draft and bottle selections are decently limited, but they always have some very good options. In general, Belgian beers tend to be a bit pricier - as they should be...most of the "real ones" come from across the pond - but I'd say Cheeky is in the middle of the road. I've drank at other Belgian beer bars around the country/world and, on average, the prices here seem to be just fine.

The food selection is quite grand (and ever changing), but there's not a bad thing on the menu. They have an excellent lunch menu and a reasonable happy hour deal that new fails to disappoint. Plan your trip here accordingly and you can often drink for 1/2 off!

The staff is often very helpful in recommending beers for folks that are less than familiar with Belgian beers and very friendly. I really enjoy the style of the bar and think, all-in-all, this is a great spot to visit.

spdyfire83, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of mattkooler
4.47/5  rDev +8%

Atmosphere- Walked in, and first impression is almost everything in the restaurant is wood. Feels very old timey and cozy. The ceiling is really intricate plaster (i think) and decorative. Almost feels as though you've been transported out of Denver circa 2010 and moved to Europe of a previous era.

There was an interesting mix of people. Some, like us, were eating in the dining area, which was pretty quiet. Over by the bar area, there were quite a few people being quite loud. This might bother some, however, I thought it was fine, and actually quite enjoyable, and added to the atmosphere.

Quality- All beers are served in correct glassware for the style, and furthermore, most of the beers are served in their own logo glass, which is very cool. They have many unique glasses here. From what I could tell, beers were also served at the right temperatures, which I really appreciated.

Service- When we walked in, we were quickly greeted and told to seat ourselves wherever we wanted. Our server was fairly aloof, and didn't talk much, however, when I ordered a sour beer, she made sure I knew it would be sour, which was probably smart considering some of their clientele might be put off by that. We were served promptly, and taken care of very well though.

Selection- Nice selection of beer. Mostly belgian style beers. I was pleased to see quite a few different sours on the menu. Although they specialize in belgian beers, they have something for everybody including at least one ipa, imperial stout, and pilsner.

Food selection was also fairly varied, so I would think most everybody could find something that they enjoyed.

Food- I had the fish and chips. I thought overall the food was very good. High quality ingredients and prepared superbly.

Value- The beers are a bit pricey (average around 8 dollars), however, I felt it was somewhat understandable considering the types of beers they had. Food was quite reasonable.

mattkooler, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Hibernator
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%

After a tour at the state capital and a brief record store excursion, it was time to enjoy a nice craft beer.

As you walk in, you'll notice tables & chairs to the left and right with a nice wooden bar in the center.

The Cheeky Monk showcases about 30 drafts with highlights that include Chimay Tripel, Kwak, Tripel Karmaliet, Houblon Chouffe, Delirium Tremens, St. Bernardus Abt. 12, La Chouffe, Piraat, Avery Dugana, DFH 90 Minute IPA, Victory Headwaters, Great Divide Grand Cru and Lindemans Faro (super rare). Expect about 25 solid Belgian bottle options too.

I had a Kasteel Rouge that was delicious. Served in appropriate glassware and a flavorful beer showcasing flavors of tart cherries and wooden oak.

Service was engaging, friendly and kind enough to provide a tasty sample of Lindemans Faro.

Hibernator, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of hopstradamus
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

This place was more of a restaurant than a bar, but it was still a great place to stop. We were in town for GABF, and with all the great American beers we tried over the weekend, a Belgian cafe was just the change of pace we were looking for.

The service was good, and the selection was impressive. They had a good tap list and an even better selection of bottles, and almost everything on the menu had a recommended beer pairing.

Everything we had was served in the proper glassware.

We had lunch and that cemented that I will definitely be going back! With all the great beer available in Denver, it is nice to see that there is still room for such an amazing Belgian cafe.

hopstradamus, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

Fortunately, this is my local watering hole. They have all the standard belgians (Kwak, Duchesse, Rochefort, St. Bernardus, Chimay, Delerium, etc.) and a whole-mess of Belgian-inspired brews from Colorado (New Belgium, Avery, Great Divide, etc).

They have a sidewalk cafe where they allow smoking (+1 in my book), and decent service.

I've only eaten there once, but the food was good, unfortunately there are only 2 or 3 things on the menu that are veg-friendly (good barkeep, this is Denver! I know it's not Boulder, but c'mon).

One bit of caution is that this place is a no-go during GABF (as are most great beer spots) unless you want to be overrun by throngs of gaudily dressed beer-tourists, who are polite but generally ... way too drunk.

codewarrior, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Was in town for GABF, and didnt leave myself much time to hit up local establishments...had a great time and will definitely correct this my next trip.

Planned on attending the "Brunch with The Bruery" event on Saturday morning, the place was about a 15min walk from our hotel and we arrived maybe 15min early (due to our local Belgian-brunch place having an insane line). 2nd couple there.

Decor inside was mostly Belgian Bistro with a hint on Irish pub feel to it. The place was not very big and the tables seemed a bit spread out, which could be good or bad.

Beer-wise, we split a Bruery sampler for $10...which came with 4oz or so pours of four Bruery beers, no special releases but still quality stuff I have had before. There are at least two dozen taps with an emphasis on Belgians, but also some quality US crafts (Stone, Victory, DFH, RR, etc...). I also ordered a Tempation (review to come), and everything was served in appropriate glassware, with most Belgians coming in their respective logo'ed glasses.

We sat at the bar, and therefore had service from maybe 3 different employees, and they were all super friendly. Though it was somewhat busy, the managers and other servers in the back had a hell of a time taking tickets, pouring the samplers, keeping everything organized, etc...it was somewhat amusing (to be on the other side) though I could see how service could suffer if the place was a bit more packed.

I guess they dont normally have a brunch menu, but they should. I had some Nutella and cheese stuffed french toast which was delicious and a perfect base for the day, also came with perfectly cooked home fries. My partner had a Belgian waffle, it was damn good as well.

Overall, very enjoyable visit. Enough so where I will be sure to attend future brunch events at hopefully many future GABF's for me in the future. Cheers to the Cheeky Monk!

Stigs, Sep 20, 2010
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Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café in Denver, CO
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