7 Monks Taproom

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

17 Reviews
7 Monks Taproom7 Monks Taproom
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

128 S Union St
Traverse City, Michigan, 49684-2611
United States

(231) 421-8410 | map
www.7monkstap.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
52
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
5.87%
 
 
Taps:
46
Bottles/Cans:
74
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 52
Reviews by Mitchster:
Photo of Mitchster
3.14/5  rDev -26.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Went to the new taproom today. They had 43 beers on tap and more in bottles. The beer was fresh (of course, because it just opened), and served in appropriate glassware. Germany, Belgians, and American's were well represented. British selection was meager. Of course, the selection focused on Michigan beer.
Take a peek yourself at the beer menu:
http://www.7monkstap.com/beer/

Prices were OK, but to be honest, one can get better prices down the road at the Bay Leaf, where almost everything is $4. I had a Trois Pistoles ($9), a GLBC Dortmunder ($5), and my GF had Celebrator ($6.50) and some Monks Blood Red wine from Left Foot Charleys (on tap-and for $6, the pour was disappointingly small).

The problems - There are 7 large screen TV's, so this is not a place to ENJOY your beer, per say. It makes business sense to have 7 TV's because people will drink more as they watch the game and scream and yell (as they were doing today), even at 3:30 in the afternoon when I thought it wouldn't be too busy and not to loud.
The other problem: When we sat at a table (after waiting about 20 minutes), the waitress told us all food and beer is ordered at the bar. The problem with this is: 1) The tips for the waitress are going to be lower if I have to wait in line to place an order (isn't that her job?), and 2) I forgot to pay the waitress and paid the bartender instead, with tip...Oops.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

7 Monks is a must stop spot in Traverse City. The bar itself is nice and sleek with a very laid back vibe. The beer taps are above average and probably the best in northern Michigan. The food is highly recommended. The burgers and frites are excellent! The staff is always friendly and willing to answer any questions. Great place. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.45/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of JeffC_NH
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

V: There's a thriving live music scene in Traverse City, and 7 Monks hits it right. Professional, upscale crowd, interspersed with agro-hipsters from just outside of town.

Q: Exceptional beer selection. I'll repeat myself momentarily. They seem to have a line on some really hard to get stuff, including Anchorage, Prairie, Evil Twin, etc. Local fresh beer selection is excellent too.

Service: Always friendly. Jason (Manager) is a great beer guide, and my regular bartenders Jarrod and Caitlyn rock.

Selection: Their draft list is epic. Expertly curated MI tap list (Shorts, Vivant, Stormcloud, Dark Horse, etc), and a bottle selection that is downright surprising. Ask Jason to see the list sometime.

Food: Always consistent and great. Local produce emphasized. My fav is the Abbey Burger.

All said, one of the very best taprooms in North America.

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Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of NJB145
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of IndianaAndy25
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The beer selection was good. They had a very good offering of wet hopped ales the night of my visit. The place was a little dark and the music was a little loud for me. I am not that old, but I like to have a conversation with friends in a place like this. If I wand to get my groove on, I would go to a club. Over all a good spot to try some good beers.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of HardyA
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Desimoaj
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Gemini6
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of miwestcoaster
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of pat61
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Its a blend of tourists and locals but the food is creative and good and the beer selection is outstanding - 46 taps and they sell growlers. They have live music Wednesday nights.

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Photo of JasonR1975
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Great taplist, awesome food and a pretty cool upscale vibe. Digged it alot

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Photo of n2492004
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Readysethgo989
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Agentveba
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Harris1981
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ShawnL
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

This is an excellent taproom with 40 beers on tap, a beer menu, a good food selection and a very clean and comfortable environment. It does not get any better than this place.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of deakin
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of RDQueena
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City, MI
93 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.
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