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Monk's Pub

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

205 W Lake St
Chicago, Illinois, 60606-1803
United States

(312) 357-6665 | map
monkspubchicago.com

Notes:
Bar closes at 2am.
Kitchen:
Monday - Tuesday: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 am

Closed Saturday & Sunday.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2011

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
34
pDev:
10.35%
 
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by Northsider:
Photo of Northsider
2.83/5  rDev -33.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

I'd have to say the atmosphere is what this place is all about. Bookshelves line the walls. Wood everywhere. Very "european" feel to it.

Drink selection is 'meh'. I mean, it's decent for a Loop join, but they were out of the two tap options I asked for, and one of the domestic bottles I asked for. Erm...ok. I opted for Lagunitas Sumpin Sumpin which was brought in a bottle and FROZEN glass. Not chilled. Absolutely FROZEN...there was still ice surrounding the brim. At least my waitress was very attentive...she checked in with us every 2 minutes.

Drinks aside, the food was pretty 'meh' as well. For as pricey as it is the quality really sucks. I got the grilled chicken and didn't finish it. My wife got the surf n turf and didn't finish it. Nice place to drink after work, but not a place to seek out for craft beer or good food.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Eman17
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of HopHEAD1522
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ackeeper
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of grover37
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

Great service from Trevor. No prices listed, which is a huge no-no, but we had all our questions answered and prices were very reasonable, especially bottles (Cuvee Rene and BFM √225 were both $8). Cool little place but a little too much B's on the walls to feel authentic. Lovely crowd but not overly crowded on a Friday night. Recommended, but not as a beer meccha.

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Photo of zimm421
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mantooth
4.42/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of cryptichead
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DrBass
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Easy to get to this place via mass transit (Took the Brown Line). Definitely has character to it and the feel more like a monastery in some senses than a pub (but you can glean both easily enough). The selection of beers is outstanding (especially the Belgian list). Just seems like they should have some different music playing for a place like this (they had heavy metal roaring overhead...?)

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Photo of FBarber
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Love this place. Best thing about this place is the vibe - It looks like an old English pub with lots of old world decorations. Ton of selection both on draft and in bottles. Service is always good. Food is not amazing but solid. Great downtown location.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of jccuevasr
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of xanok
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a great place. Tap handles line the bar along with old school art and bookcases. Beer ranges from local stuff to a good variety of Belgian beers. Prices are fair.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Very good selection of drat and bottled craft beers. Excellent chili and their other food is good. Used to have lunch here regularly in the 1990s when it was a dive smoky bar serving a few types of beers. They have changed recently to offer a great selection of craft beers, and they offer regular tastings and other events by craft brewers. Only drawback a bit pricey, but not overly for location and offerings. Great place to visit downtown.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Norseman
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of slapperloon
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jma332
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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Monk's Pub in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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