The Hoppy Monk
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
3.94/5 rDev -15.8%
Awite, on tap selection, yes, this place is legit and I can see why it has popped up on "Best Craft Beer Bars in America" lists and all that jazz. There are tons of great taps for the craft beer lover and the prices are reasonable.
Prairie Bomb!, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide, Duchesse du Bourgogne, the list was robust. I was happy with what I got here. Plus the staff knew their beer and weren't the pretentious, arrogant types that can come with a craft beer establishment.
But there are some things I"m not particularly impressed by at The Hoppy Monk. The place smells like shit. Like acrid, dirty mop water that has been used to clean up vomit. The smell pervaded the place and made it hard to enjoy my beers.
Then there's the insultingly high price for bottled beers here. Every beer is marked up 100% it seems. $20 bottles in stores were going here for $40+. And these weren't rarities. I think I saw the ubiquitous Arrogant Bastard bombers going for like $15. This is highway robbery, man.
I didn't try the food because the off-putting smell wasn't conducive for eating, so I can't speak much on that.
I'd say this is a place you pay homage to, grab a beer or two---particularly the rarities they seem to get--- and then be on your way.
08-05-2014 15:19:21 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.33/5 rDev -7.5%
Surprised by the selection of beers probably one of the best in El Paso. The quality of food was always good. Prices are a little high for the food but I thought the beer pricing was good. All beers are served in the recommended glasses for each style.
02-12-2014 01:54:41 | More by DanThaMan85
4.44/5 rDev -5.1%
Nice to find a place like this in El Paso, where Bud Light and Mexican Loggers are the norm. Apparently open less than a year, it was quite lively on a Thursday night.
Beautiful copper backed tap wall with a good 30 beers on draught ranging from Chimay to locals like Real Ale from Blanco, Tex. Stone, DFH, Bear Republic, Tremens, Dechutes, etc. Very nice selection. Didn't even look at the bottle list but it is upwards of 100 beers, plus single malts and cigars.
Smoking patio in front has sold wood picnic tables and bar rails for standing. I sat at the bar and talked with a drunken old man who new his beer better than you would think, then with a newly arrived grad student at UTEP. Good mix of young and old, chicano and gringo. Music was a bit too clubby for me, but not to the point of irritation. Couple of big screen tvs over the bar, but they were turned down and did not dominate the room. Service was prompt and friendly.
If you are a beer geek in town on business or pleasure, this is probably the best beer bar in town. Great place.
07-15-2011 04:26:20 | More by firkinhophead
4.45/5 rDev -4.9%
Loved this place. Checked out reviews on Yelp when I knew I would be staying overnight in El Paso on my way home to California.
El Paso is lucky to have a bar this great. I wish there was a beer bar this good in my hometown.
70 taps, great food. Relaxed but lively atmosphere. I would be here all the time if this bar was in my town.
Great crosss-section of styles. Only thing missing was draft sour beer (although they did serve Duchess - so they did have one).
Beers from Colorado, Texas, Oregon, California, New York, New Mexico, Belgium of course... And that's just what I can remember now.
11-27-2012 16:48:13 | More by FutureJack
4.5/5 rDev -3.8%
My friends and I are regulars here every Tuesday. The atmosphere is great for going out with buddies to have a few drinks and also if you are going out on business. Not only does it have the best selection of beer in all of el paso the food is exceptional as well. The beer is a little pricey though. I can understand why but for some of the more common craft brew its kinda ridiculous. The excellent food is very reasonably priced on the other hand. If you love beer, food, and a comfortable environment for any arangement, I would hit this place up. Also if you order the beer of the day on Tuesday you get to keep the glass free of charge.
05-13-2013 21:57:26 | More by aty11b
4.66/5 rDev -0.4%
Best selection in El Paso by far. Always have great specials, the food is top notch,and there's, of course, lots of tasty beer. It is home to 75 taps or so, and they rotate them out regularly so there's always something new to try. I have discovered many a good brew here.
09-14-2013 21:46:33 | More by zachgroves
4.73/5 rDev +1.1%
This place ROCKS. I go to El Paso on business a lot. It is a excellent way to end the day. Amazing selection of beer on tap and great athmosphere. You need to check out the fountian on the back patio. I am going to do this at my cabin very cool. The food is typical bar menu but I have never had anything that was not good.
02-28-2013 02:46:45 | More by MountianSledHead
The Hoppy Monk in El Paso, TX
99 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.