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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 NMBeachBum:
Photo of NMBeachBum
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

If you are a fan of great beers and excellent selection, this is the place to be; not just in Traverse City but in northern Michigan. In many ways 7 Monks is a true tap room; 46 on tap and just as many in bottles. Nothing north of central MI even comes close to what is offered here.

A lot of money was spent to create a great tap room environment; polished metals, expensive wood, couches, mirrors, lighting; everything is first class. However, all these hard materials can make this a noisy place at times; not a problem if you have visited similar establishments in other places. Service was as described in previous reviews at first, but now there are servers to care for the customers who are not sitting at the bar. Some of the food is very good; some is marginal. But it many ways 7 Monks is still a work in progress; it continues to evolve as co-owners Jim and Matt receive feedback from their customers and implement those that add quality and value. People in this area can be hard to please, partly because of the variety of eating and drinking establishments. But the staff at 7 Monks works very hard to be customer friendly.

7 Monks is not for everyone; no drinking establishment is. But if you like what has been described in the reviews thus far, then this is the place to be. I'm confident that with the passage of time, 7 Monks will only get better. Say hello to me when you visit; I'll be the guy at the bar sampling the newest dark brew, usually as suggested by Jason, Kaitlin or one of the other knowledgeable staff (another plus; bartenders who KNOW beer!).

In an earlier review Mitchster mentioned that Bay Leaf was preferred. Bay Leaf is a great wine bar, but it is NOT a tap room. If I want to drink great wines from an excellent selection, I head straight to Bay Leaf. However, any serious beer drinker (perhaps I should say beer snob) will prefer 7 Monks hand down.

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