Monks Kaffee Pub

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Monks Kaffee PubMonks Kaffee Pub

Type: Bar

373 Bluff St
Dubuque, Iowa, 52001-6967
United States

(563) 585-0919 | map

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Added by bashiba on 07-05-2011

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4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I love this place! The service is always friendly, although a bit slow at sometimes in the afternoon. It's a coffee shop and bar, which is cool because you get the best of both worlds. It's a neighborhood coffee shop in the afternoon and super rad local bar at night. They always have one beer on tap that changes monthly, and an insane selection of bottles. Domestic cans to unique microbrews, there is something for everyone. Monk's has minimal food options like bagels, chips and burritos. Vegan and vegetarian friendly too! The beer selection is by far the best in Dubuque, as well as their whiskey and top shelf liquor selection. Irish coffees are their signature. Cozy atmosphere, and live music on weekends, and some weekdays. Highly recommend!! 21+ after 9pm.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Dubuque needs more places like this, it's pretty much a beer wasteland. Basically this is a coffee shop in an old house, very bohemian/counterculture vibe, but relaxed and friendly at the same time. Dark painted walls, funky art, old wooden plank floors, a bed with pillows (Bedouin/Moroccan style seating?), and a setup for live music towards the back. The bar itself seated maybe 8 or so.

They had Two Hearted on tap for $5 a pint, and about 75 beers in the double door cooler in the back. Lots of Belgians: Orval, Chouffe, Houblon, Chimay, also a handful of German/UK beers, and a number of US craft options. Stuff from Bells, North Coast, New Holland, Fort Collins, and more. Nothing mindblowing, but again, there aren't many options in town, and Monks is a pretty unique place.

Overall a fun stop, coffee here is good, with a few beer options, and eclectic atmosphere, not strictly for beer geeks.

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Photo of bashiba
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

This is sort of a strange combination of Coffee house and beer bar, almost like they took a very typical Independent style coffee house and crammed a bar right through it. Very strange atmosphere with everyone pleasant, but a touch standoffish to non regulars.

The service was ok, the bartender was very friendly and rushed to help up, but at the same time we had to ask for glasses for bottles of belgian beer.

The selection is above average when you consider the location as there really doesn't seem to be much of a craft beer scene in Dubuque. But on a grander scale would be consider below average. They had 1 draft in the case of my last visit it was Hopslam, and they have 1 small clear door cooler with single facings of various common US Craft beers and a group of very basic Belgian and belgian style ales. I had to supress a laugh when the bartender made a comment about what a huge selection they have, and all I could think was it was about half as good as my fridge at home.

They had no food to speak of.

I could tell by the prices how proud they were of there beer selection. Most of the beers seemed to be in the 7-8$ range for a 12oz bottle. I had an Ommegang abbey ale and thought $7 for that seemed pretty high when 4pks in the area at liquor stores are usually about $9. The small glasses of hopslam they were serving were $8. I guess being almost the only game in town gives them pretty free reign to charge whatever they want, but I didn't expect to pay way more for beer in Iowa than I did the previous weekend in Downtown Chicago.

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Monks Kaffee Pub in Dubuque, IA
3.82 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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