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7 Monks Taproom

Not Rated.
7 Monks Taproom7 Monks Taproom
BA SCORE
96
world-class

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.86%
Taps: 46
Bottles: 74
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

128 S Union St
Traverse City, Michigan, 49684-2611
United States
phone: (231) 944-9198

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @7monks

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(Place added by: mattbtr on 07-08-2011)
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Reviews by Mitchster:
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3.14/5  rDev -28%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Went to the new taproom today. They had 43 beers on tap and more in bottles. The beer was fresh (of course, because it just opened), and served in appropriate glassware. Germany, Belgians, and American's were well represented. British selection was meager. Of course, the selection focused on Michigan beer.
Take a peek yourself at the beer menu:
http://www.7monkstap.com/beer/

Prices were OK, but to be honest, one can get better prices down the road at the Bay Leaf, where almost everything is $4. I had a Trois Pistoles ($9), a GLBC Dortmunder ($5), and my GF had Celebrator ($6.50) and some Monks Blood Red wine from Left Foot Charleys (on tap-and for $6, the pour was disappointingly small).

The problems - There are 7 large screen TV's, so this is not a place to ENJOY your beer, per say. It makes business sense to have 7 TV's because people will drink more as they watch the game and scream and yell (as they were doing today), even at 3:30 in the afternoon when I thought it wouldn't be too busy and not to loud.
The other problem: When we sat at a table (after waiting about 20 minutes), the waitress told us all food and beer is ordered at the bar. The problem with this is: 1) The tips for the waitress are going to be lower if I have to wait in line to place an order (isn't that her job?), and 2) I forgot to pay the waitress and paid the bartender instead, with tip...Oops.

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4.52/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

This is an excellent taproom with 40 beers on tap, a beer menu, a good food selection and a very clean and comfortable environment. It does not get any better than this place.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of joe1510
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

7 Monks is a brick faced building, newly redone, with a glass facade. Upon entering it's somewhat dark and cozy with the yellowed lighting. The bar is to the right, a wall bar to the left along with some high top seating, booths and table seating in the rear with a couple TVs in the corners of the bar and a monsterous TV toward the back. The taplist is extensive (46) and well laid out by style featuring a ton of Michigan tap only beers, everything from brewpubs to breweries offerings. The service was friendly and helpful. I didn't ask any questions about the beer but I did have a couple questions about the food and they were answered quickly and correctly.

The taplist is very strong with offerings from Kuhnhenn, Shorts, Founders, Perrin, Terra Firma, and loads of other Michigan favorites,most of which are tap only releases. The online list has been well kept and updated in my experience. The lines are clean, the beer expertly poured and the service friendly and prompt. The prices are reasonable and the pours are large.

The food is top notch. I recently spent two nights in Traverse and ended up eating at 7 Monks both nights, mostly for the amazingly addictive bacon wrapped dates but the Harvest Pizza was excellent as well and the burger was good though slightly overcooked. Great frites as well, with a garlicky aioli.

7 Monks was my favorite bar while recently up in Michigan. Great selection, great atmosphere, friendly service, top notch bar food, and reasonable prices make 7 Monks a must stop in Traverse City.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City, MI
96 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.