The Stumbling Monk
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
4.26/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
If you're a beer geek in Seattle, this is the place to go. Located on Capital Hill, the clientele is a little err "alternative". It's a dark little hole in the wall with board games and books at the front door even including the Bible and the Dictionary if the mood strikes you. The rare beer quality here is nothing short of amazing. The day I was there (7/27/2012) they had Pliny the Elder on tap and bottle, a 2000 bottle of Gales Prize Old Ale, various Belgian bottles from 2004-2006, plus about 5 different sours including the best from Russian River. They had some amazingly rare stouts and all sorts of other stuff as well. The selection was awesome and the prices were reasonable considering how rare some of the stuff was. I don't think they have food and if they did I don't think I'd eat there. The bathroom was pretty gross as well. I'll be visiting every time I go to Seattle.
07-30-2012 01:23:00 | More by arondee
British Columbia (Canada)
4.36/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
...super austere and minimal beer geek's dream... a few earthy booths and stools at the bar... chill choice tunes and a small but excellent selection. prices were totally reasonable... not noisy... no wifi, homey and intimate... made conversation with the bar tender who was a super rad dude and we connected on the mid-west, which is where we are both from... a must stop for anyone "beer-geeking" in Seattle... maybe a bit too obscure for the casual/non-adventurous/green craft brew drinker, but a rad stop for anyone who wants a cozy spot and a really delicious, smart brew... focus on the smart brew... the house knows their stuff... slightly aloof, but I appreciate that... minimal, discreet exterior, across from the most amazing vegetarian noodle shop ever: http://inthebowlbistro.com/
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06-06-2012 03:44:02 | More by trail77
4.06/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
stopped in on the stumbling monk for the first time after an interesting dining experience at nearby Poppy
Very cool atmosphere, which was especially appreciated considering the Capital Hill neighborhood can be a bit fratty and annoying. Dark and cozy - a little lively on a Friday night but there were lots of board games around that probably lead to a pretty chill weeknight atmosphere
the selection was just OK unforunately. about 12 taps - half domestic, half belgian with nothing particularly fancy or *gasp* rare. I went with a very large 5$ serving of la folie. bottle list was ok, but not a very large cooler really.
I liked the spot, but absolutely not worth leaving ballard/fremont/etc area for.
09-03-2011 16:07:13 | More by dirtylou
4.56/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Went to to this place last night and was not dissapointed.
It is a bit of a hole in the wall, its dark and kind of dirty, but its quiet as they don't play music, and they don't have a TV. This bar has a very laid back atmosphere which is really nice.
The service was alright not great but not bad.
Now to the beer. The selection here was excellent with lots of Belgians on tap or in bottles plus it was all served in correct glassware.
The prices seemed reasonable for what you were ordering.
Overall I really liked this place. It is really quiet place whither great beer where one can spend a few hours relaxing with great beer.
07-04-2011 16:48:03 | More by beerandcycling88
3.86/5 rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a place very easy to walk by. However, you would miss a great establishment if you didn't turn around and stop for a drink.
Getting to this bar was the largest hassle. I can't remember the bus line we took to get out from "downtown seattle," but the last thing I want to do is have to take a bus in a city that prides itself on being "completely walkable." If we had tried to walk (which I wouldn't recommend) it would have been at the expense of our entire next day because of how steep the surrounding landscape is...and how tired our legs would have been.
After walking past the bar and being re-directed we finally reached our destination. The place has approximately 15-20 people inside, not packed, but not empty either. Two stools were available at the bar, easy choice in seating, but the drink selection became a challenge.
The bar's tap list was small, but well thought. There were several beers that I wanted to try on the night's list. Unfortunately, this bar didn't offer samples, so I had to choose a beer on a whim. They were all fairly priced.
I hadn't tried the Sierra Nevada ovila, so that's what I started my evening with.
The bartender was nice, he answered our questions thoughtfully and promptly. We were sitting close to the bar's tiny glass steaming/sanitizing unit, so there were approximately 30 empty tulips and goblets next to us. Other customers were playing board games and enjoying themselves. I felt like this bar must have a cult following.
I enjoyed my time there at this bar, glad I ventured out.
04-23-2011 05:26:08 | More by ThePorterSorter
3.93/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
ive been enjoying the stumbling monk for years. this is a beer drinkers bar. the atmosphere is one of the best in seattle. dark, dank, cozy, and on a cold laid back night there are few bars i'd rather be in. they have a great belguim beer selection on tap, with both belguim and american choices of the style. they also have tons of bottles and cans that range from affordable to very rare and pricey. the bar tenders are nice for the most part, there's a bit of snobbyness but it's not too bad. i also really like how they switch their taps around a lot, so you can often try new beers. the music is very low, and usually soft blues or jazz, no blaring rap or dancing frat boys to ruin your good time. this place is great!
03-10-2011 20:29:47 | More by aaron12
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A: Nice, dark and laid back. I almost thought the place was closed on a SUnday evenining because it was so dimly lit. Good, laid back vibe. I dug it. A selection of board games for people to play, old wood. Cozy.
Q: Nothing but good stuff here. I had the DuPont Saison. Offerings from Cascade and locals were there as wellas a good Belgian selection
S: Our server was nice, prompt and talkative. He took the time to talk about beer scenes with us.
S: Selection was very good.
F: No food there, just beer! But with beer this good who needs food. Order in.
01-10-2011 14:47:45 | More by barleywinefiend
4.72/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Monk has the perfect atmosphere for me. No loud music, no TVs (probably the only bar in Seattle I can think of without one) and really good beer. Taps are always rotating, and every time I come in there is something new I want to try- even if its only been a couple days. The pricing for beers is always great- well within reason.
The bartenders are usually a little quiet, but they are all real good guys and extremely knowledgeable if they open up a little bit.
They don't have food for sale except some potato chips, but you are free to order delivery or bring your own.
My favorite place to go out to in Seattle, hands down.
12-24-2010 19:17:48 | More by robertfulwiler
3.64/5 rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Roughly 50 beers on the menu today - 12 taps and a beer engine among them. Dark, sparsely decorated, very noisy for the number of people here. So noisy I can barely tell if the radio is still on. Friendly bartender. A bit run-down looking, but clean.
The menu is mostly Belgian or Belgian-style beers. Very reasonable prices on sour ales and various monastic brews. Appropriate glassware on hand for most styles, though very few styles are actually available here.
Overall, this is an unpretentious hole in the wall. This is the sort of place where folks don't fight and your business is your own. Not terribly extraordinary, but comfortable. Come with friends, tho, as it seems a better place for meeting up than meeting new.
09-23-2010 07:18:14 | More by compass40204
3.69/5 rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $
This was definitely an interesting place. The atmosphere was dank and slightly grimy, but this somewhat added to how unique this was. The selection was amazing. Not being from the area the array of Belgian style beers available there was wonderful, and very reasonably priced, most offerings were less than $6. The bartender seemed disinterested in the beer, more interested in texting than seeing to our needs. The bathroom was hidden behind a curtain, not very clean, very dive-y. I would like to spend more time here, this was a place where I need to get a little more involved in there beer selection.
09-13-2010 23:14:15 | More by TastyTaste
The Stumbling Monk in Seattle, WA
96 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.