The Stumbling Monk
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 36 | Show All Ratings:
4.38/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Monk is presently a tiny little corner shop that you would never notice if you hadn't heard about it here. It almost appears as if they also own the adjacent space, but decided not to use it as part of the bar.
Furnishings are amazingly minimal. Bar seats about 6, additional sidebar seats 3, about 3 tables for 4, a table for two, and 3 boots that might sit 4 if you're very close friends. Light is daylight during the day and a few small lamps at night. Potentially a very dark place. Bathroom is dark and small, but clean.
At any given time there are about 8 - 10 beers on tap, usually 50% belgian and 50% domestic belgian-style beers. Bottled selection is about 2 or 3 dozen beers and lambic. No food is served, save a few stale-looking bags of chips hanging on a wall. I've frequently seen patrons bring a pizza, a sandwich, etc. without complains from the barkeeps.
The bartenders are quiet, aloof, but fairly knowledgable if you can get them to open up. They'll provide the designated offcial glassware if they have it, which is about a third of the time. I've never had a beer that wasn't fresh, but I do think they serve some brews a little cold.
The prices are good to average, but for the selection, it's the best you could hope for in the city. You can tell that the managment decided to go for selection and price over furnishings, and for that The Monk wins.
05-30-2006 03:24:26 | More by ojiikun
4.64/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I love Seattle, plain and simple. Seattle is like a good well worn pair of jeans you can't wait to put back on. I get this feeling from The Stumbling Monk. This small place has Belgian and Belgian-style breweriana covering the well worn walls. It has low mood music and no TVs. Gives a good atmosphere to have real conversations within. They mainly serve Belgian and "Belgian-styled" beers (only of the highest quality). Speaking of quality, watch how well they clean the glassware. The bartenders I spoke with had top-notch knowledge of the brews they serve - very impressive. Out of all the bars I went to on my Seattle trip, I enjoyed this one more than any. Mostly locals and that is all for the better. The prices were very reasonable. I highly recommend this place.
04-19-2006 21:53:37 | More by TheEclecticGent
4.5/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Now this is my type of drinking establishment! Small place with sparse breweriana covering the walls. Low music, so you could hear what the other people at your table had to say. If you like Belgian beer this the Spot to go in Seattle. Brouwer's has nothing on this place. The Monk is cheaper and a more friendly place. It only has about ten or so taps, but everything on them is exceptional. If for some reason you can't find anything on tap the bottle selection shouldn't pose the same problem. It was the kind of placce that you could bring some of your school books and study while having a refreshment. They've got lots of boardgames and the like, which is a nice change from darts and a pool table. The waiter was more than willing to answer any of my questions, and the regulars seemed to know a thing or two as well. Tucked away in a non-touristy area keeps the rif-raf to a minimum. Enjoy!
03-18-2006 23:42:03 | More by fourohstudent
4.46/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Most places where you can find Belgian beer, its far more expensive than here. Each time I have visited they've had great stuff on tap. Brasserie Des Rocs Grand Cru, La Chouffe, Gouden Carolus Noel, N'ice Chouffe, and many others. Each time I have ordered, I get a rinsed glass that is also the proper glassware for the drink. If one of the 10 or so taps don't suit you, there seems to be a wealth of bottles to choose from, the majority of which are Belgians. The bottles can be a bit pricey (but then when aren't belgians expensive in or out of a bar?) but they even offer non belgian fare, such as Fish Tale Leviathon and many others. No food is offered but the area is rich with places that are within walking distance to fill the ol' belly after downing some quality beers.
03-07-2006 01:48:36 | More by TheBungyo
4.88/5 rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
An incredible bar that seems to have been wholly underlooked by the Beer Advocate faithful.
I was just there tonight and the current on tap selection was as follows.
St. Bernardus 12
Duchesse De Bourgogne
Foret Organic Saison
Monkfish Belgian Triple
Far West Dubble
Dick's Silk Lady
Unbelievable selection of Belgians AND Maudite all on tap and all, unbelievably, for $5 or less a glass in proper brewery glassware. This place is mecca for belgian beer lovers in Seattle. They also have about 30 different bottled beers (on hand, 80% of which are belgian including all five of the six belgian trappist brews (no Westvleteren, big surprise) and much more. Nearly all bottled beers are $6 except for the few domestic offerings and La Fin Du Monde which is a steal at $2.50. For the record there's no kitchen but outside food is welcome (and commonly seen), it opens at 6pm daily.
5/23/06 Edit: all taps are rotating (and frequently so) except for the following: Stella (they have to have one lager..), Hoegaarden & Chimay Triple. Besides those three there are two brewery specific rotating taps for Unibroue & A'Chouffe. Monkfish triple has also been there a damn long time, but doesn't have permanent status.. though may soon. (Side note Last time I was there they had Unibroue's new Chambly Noire on tap and it is an incredible experience and about 5x's better than the bottled version, maybe Unibroues best effort ever when on draft, go now quick!)
10-11-2005 05:37:43 | More by deeplennon
4.01/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Visited Monday June 16th, 2003.
This is a funky, shunky odd little dive in a town reknowned for beer and full of clean spaces for those hop drivs en beers of the NW.
Sure there's smoking. Sure it's got it's share of young hipsters talking and talking about films and philosophy.
But the beer.. ahh thank you Jebus. 9 taps, all Belgian (or Domestic Belgian Styles) and another 20 bottles or so with only 1 IPA to satisfy that crowd. Prices are reasonable and the joint is fun in that divey way. It's located in an old typewriter repair shop and still has a few of them on the walls. Lots of little tables and a row of booths for non-bar seating. Books and games for your pleasure and a focus on the beer.
06-17-2003 12:05:18 | More by drewbage
The Stumbling Monk in Seattle, WA
96 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.