The Stumbling Monk
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
3.64/5 rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Roughly 50 beers on the menu today - 12 taps and a beer engine among them. Dark, sparsely decorated, very noisy for the number of people here. So noisy I can barely tell if the radio is still on. Friendly bartender. A bit run-down looking, but clean.
The menu is mostly Belgian or Belgian-style beers. Very reasonable prices on sour ales and various monastic brews. Appropriate glassware on hand for most styles, though very few styles are actually available here.
Overall, this is an unpretentious hole in the wall. This is the sort of place where folks don't fight and your business is your own. Not terribly extraordinary, but comfortable. Come with friends, tho, as it seems a better place for meeting up than meeting new.
09-23-2010 07:18:14 | More by compass40204
3.69/5 rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $
This was definitely an interesting place. The atmosphere was dank and slightly grimy, but this somewhat added to how unique this was. The selection was amazing. Not being from the area the array of Belgian style beers available there was wonderful, and very reasonably priced, most offerings were less than $6. The bartender seemed disinterested in the beer, more interested in texting than seeing to our needs. The bathroom was hidden behind a curtain, not very clean, very dive-y. I would like to spend more time here, this was a place where I need to get a little more involved in there beer selection.
09-13-2010 23:14:15 | More by TastyTaste
3.81/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Kind of out of the way, not a real attractive place. The selection is mostly Belgium style beers, so not a big variety, but they do have a consistent line up of great beers. Bottle list is nothing special. Honestly, some of the stuff I’ve found here is awesome. Great place.
05-30-2013 16:54:03 | More by Smurf2055
3.86/5 rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a place very easy to walk by. However, you would miss a great establishment if you didn't turn around and stop for a drink.
Getting to this bar was the largest hassle. I can't remember the bus line we took to get out from "downtown seattle," but the last thing I want to do is have to take a bus in a city that prides itself on being "completely walkable." If we had tried to walk (which I wouldn't recommend) it would have been at the expense of our entire next day because of how steep the surrounding landscape is...and how tired our legs would have been.
After walking past the bar and being re-directed we finally reached our destination. The place has approximately 15-20 people inside, not packed, but not empty either. Two stools were available at the bar, easy choice in seating, but the drink selection became a challenge.
The bar's tap list was small, but well thought. There were several beers that I wanted to try on the night's list. Unfortunately, this bar didn't offer samples, so I had to choose a beer on a whim. They were all fairly priced.
I hadn't tried the Sierra Nevada ovila, so that's what I started my evening with.
The bartender was nice, he answered our questions thoughtfully and promptly. We were sitting close to the bar's tiny glass steaming/sanitizing unit, so there were approximately 30 empty tulips and goblets next to us. Other customers were playing board games and enjoying themselves. I felt like this bar must have a cult following.
I enjoyed my time there at this bar, glad I ventured out.
04-23-2011 05:26:08 | More by ThePorterSorter
3.9/5 rDev -11%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Kind of a hole in the wall place that is really easy to drive pass. The pricing of the beers compared to some of the other places I visited this past weekend in Seattle was very reasonable. Their selection is not as wide as some of the other bars such as Uber or Brouwers but what they have is of high quality. The bar tender was a little stand offish at first but once we began talking beer he opened up. One of the gems I was able to have here was Cascade's Vlad the Impaler, which was just an awesome beer. If you are anywhere near the place it is worth stopping in.
01-21-2009 21:07:45 | More by Trailmix242
3.93/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
ive been enjoying the stumbling monk for years. this is a beer drinkers bar. the atmosphere is one of the best in seattle. dark, dank, cozy, and on a cold laid back night there are few bars i'd rather be in. they have a great belguim beer selection on tap, with both belguim and american choices of the style. they also have tons of bottles and cans that range from affordable to very rare and pricey. the bar tenders are nice for the most part, there's a bit of snobbyness but it's not too bad. i also really like how they switch their taps around a lot, so you can often try new beers. the music is very low, and usually soft blues or jazz, no blaring rap or dancing frat boys to ruin your good time. this place is great!
03-10-2011 20:29:47 | More by aaron12
4.01/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Visited Monday June 16th, 2003.
This is a funky, shunky odd little dive in a town reknowned for beer and full of clean spaces for those hop drivs en beers of the NW.
Sure there's smoking. Sure it's got it's share of young hipsters talking and talking about films and philosophy.
But the beer.. ahh thank you Jebus. 9 taps, all Belgian (or Domestic Belgian Styles) and another 20 bottles or so with only 1 IPA to satisfy that crowd. Prices are reasonable and the joint is fun in that divey way. It's located in an old typewriter repair shop and still has a few of them on the walls. Lots of little tables and a row of booths for non-bar seating. Books and games for your pleasure and a focus on the beer.
06-17-2003 12:05:18 | More by drewbage
4.06/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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
The Stumbling Monk in Seattle, WA
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