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Monk's Pub

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Awaiting 10 Reviews
Reviews: 6
Visits: 21
Avg: 4.02
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 70
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

205 W Lake St
Chicago, Illinois, 60606-1803
United States
phone: (312) 357-6665

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @monkspubchicago

Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2011

Bar closes at 2am.
Monday - Tuesday: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 am

Closed Saturday & Sunday.
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Reviews: 6 | Visits: 21
Reviews by Northsider:
Photo of Northsider
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

I'd have to say the atmosphere is what this place is all about. Bookshelves line the walls. Wood everywhere. Very "european" feel to it.

Drink selection is 'meh'. I mean, it's decent for a Loop join, but they were out of the two tap options I asked for, and one of the domestic bottles I asked for. Erm...ok. I opted for Lagunitas Sumpin Sumpin which was brought in a bottle and FROZEN glass. Not chilled. Absolutely FROZEN...there was still ice surrounding the brim. At least my waitress was very attentive...she checked in with us every 2 minutes.

Drinks aside, the food was pretty 'meh' as well. For as pricey as it is the quality really sucks. I got the grilled chicken and didn't finish it. My wife got the surf n turf and didn't finish it. Nice place to drink after work, but not a place to seek out for craft beer or good food.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of xanok
5/5  rDev +24.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a great place. Tap handles line the bar along with old school art and bookcases. Beer ranges from local stuff to a good variety of Belgian beers. Prices are fair.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Very good selection of drat and bottled craft beers. Excellent chili and their other food is good. Used to have lunch here regularly in the 1990s when it was a dive smoky bar serving a few types of beers. They have changed recently to offer a great selection of craft beers, and they offer regular tastings and other events by craft brewers. Only drawback a bit pricey, but not overly for location and offerings. Great place to visit downtown.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

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4.26/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of gtk1989
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

This is, to me, a great price. I do find it a bit pricy but to me entirely worth it. My friend and I meet up here since we live in different areas and have always been please with the food and atmosphere. The beer selection is good but not the greatest but since they have great food it entirely makes up for it. Overall a great place for both food and beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Our final destination on an impromptu Loop bar crawl, in spite of the single digit mid-January deep freeze happening outside.

The olde-timey rustic vibe is fairly played up here, with eclectic decor and design choices. It feels worn in and cozy, old wood beams and floors littered with peanut shells. The lights were up way too bright though. Everywhere you looked there were bookshelves, chandeliers, antlers, barrels, exposed wood beams with barrels on them. Behind the bar, numerous shelves held a stein & tap handle collection. Jukebox provided an incongruous session of early Metallica.

Service was friendly and quick, they let us know right away which taps were out, and pointed us to the special menu from the GLBC tap takeover the night before. Turnover seems pretty good here.

About 50 or so Belgian bottles, and the usual craft staples with some eclectic selections. Revolution Eugene and GLBC Blackout had just kicked, we went with Ommegang Abbey and Moinette Blonde. Appropriate chalice for the Moinette, no frozen pints here. Current menu is listed on beermenus.

Food was pretty good, great crispy sweet potato fries. Burgers were alright (chargrilled is always good), though they were frozen pre-formed patties, albeit with creative topping options. Best beer & burger still goes to Bad Apple, L&E, or Owen & Engine, though this is a decent one downtown.

Overall a good beer spot, more of an after work place as they are closed on weekends. Not too far from the train stations, though Millers or the Gage are better picks in the north end of the Loop. Monk's has it's own vibe with a down to earth crowd, it's definitely worth a look.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Yes, two of the drafts were out, but for the Loop this might be the best place. I had not been here for 15 years at least, and the big long wood bar is beautiful. Slightly divey, but in a good way. Not too loud, you can speak to each other here.

Each beer we had was well served in appropriate glassware. Not too hot, not too cold. Just right. And the service at the bar was attentive.

Aside from the fact that 2 taps were out, they did have an Oud Briun and Finch cans, solid bottle selection of both American Crafts and Belgians. What is not to like here, only the prices were a bit much but the loop location is great. Might be the only choice in the nearby radius.

Take another look if you haven't been in awhile.

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