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Monk's Café

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

350 Reviews
Monk's CaféMonk's Café
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

264 S 16th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102-3357
United States

(215) 545-7005 | map
www.monkscafe.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
350
Ratings:
522
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
218
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 350 | Ratings: 522
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

After attending Monk's many times I decided to review the place. This place hold up to its reputation. It is certainly one of the greatest places to find and enjoy beer. From beer enthusiasts to first timers, there is a beer for anyone. The beer selection is vast. Tons of bottles and superb draughts. You can find anything from mild session beers to rare vintage gems. Ontop of the phenomenal beer selection, the food is awesome too. Ive tried just about everything there and it has always been good. The portions are plentiful and the food is prepared well. This is the type of place where you can tell the people there care about whats inside. A very low key chill spot with a fancy 5 star selection. Always a favorite.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bmf5581
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of WunderLlama
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Drove three times around the block and finally landed a spot right in front

Belgian colors adorne the outside

Dark, word paneled interior

Very impressive beer bible , I had a de Molen / yards collaboration, delicious

I got to go back, I recommend you visit it as well

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Photo of owenwood
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Two words come to mind: "as advertised"
We got there about 4:30pm on a Saturday and luckily got a table for 2 immediately. I started off with the RR Blind Pig, then the Monk's Flemish Sour and wrapped up with the Tired Hands saison. The Brussels burger & fries were above average and our waiter was outstanding. We've never had faster and more attentive service anywhere. The experience that we had at Monk's reaches far beyond the "check the box" mentality that so many folks have when they visit this place. We will certainly be back again.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.97/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

AMAZING BEER SELECTION!! When I was there this weekend they had Hill Farmstead, Russian River, Lost Abbey(amongst many others) on tap. This is a great place to enjoy a great beer with others that like a wide selection of beer choices and rotating schedule of what is on tap.

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Photo of gholmes
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

To say that Monks is world-class is an understatement. They have an untouchable bottle list of mostly belgian beer. They also have consistent access to Russian River and others. There is a brewery in Belgium that makes a beer just for them which you can find on shelves in several cities. The atmosphere is beer focused, with no TVs, and the food is excellent. It is worth traveling to Philly just for this bar.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Was there for craft brewers conference. It was way too crowded. I feel like there could've been either another bartender in the front (albeit small bar) or maybe a door guy with a limit on the number of patrons. May not the best tim to visit and rate on a normal night. But this is a huge event that could've been prepared for a little better. The menu had a few solid and really interesting beers on tap. Would like to try on a normal day and also the food.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of nickfl
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

This place has a great vibe, provided it isn't ruined by being literally packed full of humanity. It is decorated nicely in what I would describe as "Belgian Pub" style, but it is kind of tiny. There is a second bar and some more seating way in the back, past the bathrooms which may be less crowded if the front is packed, but it is a small place and it seems like it may just get too busy to really enjoy at peak hours. When we were there it was too full and service was all but non existent, which wasn't really their fault, though they really could have had another couple of bar tenders on duty. The draft selection wasn't huge and some of it was pretty meh, but there were a couple of real stunners on there to make up for the "I can get that anywhere" kind of stuff. Didn't eat but it seems like it would be worth going back to try that aspect. Really not my best philly beer experience, but I'd like to give it a try again some time when its a little less crowded.

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Photo of glass_house
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Wowzers. Taplist was impressive, the bottle list even more so. The duck salad sandwich was one of the best sandwiches I've ever had. Service was slow, but with the craft brewers conference in town, we fully expected that. And we were in no hurry. Incredible. I'll never go back to Philly without making a stop here.

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Photo of Resuin
4.58/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Hitchcock
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of RLM15
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I am lucky to have been to fantastic beer bars all over the country. No matter how great the beer selection, food, or ambience, all other beer bars fall short of the mystic of Monk's. When you enter Monk's you are transported to another place and time and it is easy to spend the entire day, leisurely eating, drinking, and conversing with friends and new acquaintances. The beer, the food, the service, and the atmosphere simply can not be beat.

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Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of pagriley
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of thepenguin
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of tmac
4.14/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Visiting for only one night... so I didn't know how packed this place is in the evening.
Lucky to get a spot at the bar (two hour wait for a table!) and had Corsendonk's Noel on tap and bar food.
I bought "Monk's Beer Bible" and later found out that I had had over 150 of its 300 beers.
There will have to be another time for dinner... and make a dent in the rest of the list.

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Photo of Shnanign
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.14/5  rDev -28%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Photo of mkh012
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Maybe my favorite restaurant. Go here if you get the chance. Small, cozy, good music playing quietly, usually a tame crowd. Can get pretty crowded on weekends, but the people are usually chill and courteous. The service is very knowledgeable but can be a little snippy/condescending (mostly when they're busy). The food is probably an 8/10 but a 9 or 10/10 for a bar. Amazing burgers. The mussels are pretty good as well. The beer list is just...almost intimidating. There are usually only about 20 beers on tap, but they're mostly hard-to-get gems like Pliny the Elder. The bottle selection is mindblowing. Yes, there may not be as many beers on tap here as there are at other places, but there are probably well over 200 different bottles of beer to choose from. I've had many of my favorite beers here for the first time. Dreaming right now about a bottle of Goulden Draak and a goat cheese burger...

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Photo of beershawn
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of MasterRigger
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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Monk's Café in Philadelphia, PA
97 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.
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