Monks Porter House
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Reviews by peterjk:
4.85/5 rDev +6.8%
Very happy to be living in Stockholm. The appreciation for good beer is taken to a level that I've only seen in some of the Beer Meccas of the US.
Monk's Porter House is a prime example of the awesome beer culture that is thriving up here in the North.
The bar is contained in the cellar of a beautiful historic building on the main island / old city center of Gamla Stan, very close to the metro stop of the same name. The ambiance is rustic in the sense that you feel like you are in a candle let cave but also quite clean and modern (as most things in Scandinavia feel). The tenders and waiter where black and white uniforms with ties.
The basement is divided into a number of rooms varying sizes. It worked well for my birthday party with over twenty people but could also be a nice place of a date, the food is good and there are small tables tucked away in private corners. (They also have a wine bar up stairs if you or you date want vino).
The real draw is obviously the beer, the one tap selection fills a two page menu. The beers on tap focus on Scandinavia with some Belgian, German and UK. The selection varies on a regular basis and they really seem to putting a lot of effort in keeping it interesting, last time I was there they where doing an on tap IPA fest with over 20 IPAs. With winter on the way the tender said to expect Imperial Stout fest next. The glass wear is excellent and they do several different pour sizes, including a taster of five 0.1L glasses.
The bottle menu is beyond expectations, especially the large selection of hard to find American craft beer and insane list of age Belgians. The bar seems to have a special relationship with Goose Island and a few other places such that they carry nearly everything made by these brewers.
The only downside to this place is the cost. Stockholm is pricey and this bar is no exception. Beers on tap are going to cost you at least 7-8 dollars and easily more if the ABV is high or the production low. The bottle menu could probably destroy the yearly budget of a small town. There are clearly things to be avoided 8$ for a bottle of SN pale ale but other items are clearly worth the price.
If you pass through stockholm budget for at least one night at this place including at least one of those hard to find bottles.
09-18-2011 12:53:45 | More by peterjk
More User Reviews:
4.22/5 rDev -7%
First a note of warning, if you plan to seek out Monks Porter House make sure you know exactly where it is before you go. We spent about an hour looking for it and the location I got off Google took me to the wrong side of Gamla Stan. As a hint for others, it is on the west side of the old town near the "caged steeple" (you'll know what I mean when you see it). With that said, it was well worth the search!
Relaxed atmosphere inside with games rooms (at least two, one Foosball and one pool table maybe?). There are some small tables in the main bar area, and during the summer there is limited outdoor seating around the perimeter of the building.
I was interested in trying the Monks brews and the bartender was very nice describing there selection at the time, although he never offered a taste. They have a ridiculous selection of De Molen and I also seem to remember a lot of Goose Island.
We were hoping to have dinner there, but were surprised to find that their food menu was very minimal, but if you're looking for good beer and a cool hangout, this is the place!
08-02-2013 19:14:10 | More by BierMeJohn
4.84/5 rDev +6.6%
2nd beer-related stop in Stockholm; read about it in a thread and glad I did.
Monks has a few locations in Stockholm - i visited this one and the brewpub location and the porter house was quite amazing. Located pretty close to the Gamla Stan tunnelbana stop.
atmosphere - located in a cave. in a cave. the entrance is bland enough, though there are 3 massive coolers of trophy beers, primarily from the US and belgium (more on this later). the stairwell is even a little boring, but then you wind down into this dark cavernous room with candles sticking out of beer bottles you couldnt imagine to afford.
quality: great glassware, incredible selection - some obvioulsy overaged bottles but its astonishing you can even find 3 floyds blackheart in a bar
service: awesome. the bartender/partial owner really knows his stuff, offers samples, and provided a lot of cool conversation about Swedish beers and the craft beer scene.
selection: dumbfounding to be honest. Take Goose Island for example - incredibly ridiculous selection - Juliet (!), bourbon county, night stalker, red felt, vanilla, etc etc. Tons of other american beers that were shocking to see (3 floyds, southern tier, dfh, etc etc), all of the wild mikkeler bottles, sam adams utopia, etc etc. Oh and there were about 50ish taps, including about 20 scandinavian IPA's (tried 4, all great), some house brews (imperial stout and imperial IPA both great), and constantly rotaing de molens. Now that i think about it, the de molen bottle list was stunning as well. This bar is the chief importer of Goose Island and De Molen, amongst others, for the entire country (if not all of scandinavia). Really incredible place - too bad everything in Sweden is so damn expensive
food - did not try
05-24-2011 01:29:02 | More by dirtylou
4.06/5 rDev -10.6%
Located in the cellar-vaults of an 17th century (?) house in the Old Town. Black walls and ceilings, candles and rustic furniture.
Lots of beers on keg, some of them from the other brewbpub in the chain. Exclusive for the Porter House are the porter, the stout and the imperial stout named after the royal siblings.
Other beers on tap include Riegele and an ever-changing assortment of Swedish microbreweries.
The bottled beers focuses on porters, stouts, schwarzbiers and other black brews from around the world, including an impressive range of brews from Dutch brewery De Molen.
The clientele seems to include quite a lot of goth youngsters. The room layout with lots of small vaults makes it easy to find a spot for oneself.
11-13-2010 20:52:14 | More by bark
Monks Porter House in Stockholm, Sweden
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.