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
Place 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 NMBeachBum:
Photo of NMBeachBum
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

If you are a fan of great beers and excellent selection, this is the place to be; not just in Traverse City but in northern Michigan. In many ways 7 Monks is a true tap room; 46 on tap and just as many in bottles. Nothing north of central MI even comes close to what is offered here.

A lot of money was spent to create a great tap room environment; polished metals, expensive wood, couches, mirrors, lighting; everything is first class. However, all these hard materials can make this a noisy place at times; not a problem if you have visited similar establishments in other places. Service was as described in previous reviews at first, but now there are servers to care for the customers who are not sitting at the bar. Some of the food is very good; some is marginal. But it many ways 7 Monks is still a work in progress; it continues to evolve as co-owners Jim and Matt receive feedback from their customers and implement those that add quality and value. People in this area can be hard to please, partly because of the variety of eating and drinking establishments. But the staff at 7 Monks works very hard to be customer friendly.

7 Monks is not for everyone; no drinking establishment is. But if you like what has been described in the reviews thus far, then this is the place to be. I'm confident that with the passage of time, 7 Monks will only get better. Say hello to me when you visit; I'll be the guy at the bar sampling the newest dark brew, usually as suggested by Jason, Kaitlin or one of the other knowledgeable staff (another plus; bartenders who KNOW beer!).

In an earlier review Mitchster mentioned that Bay Leaf was preferred. Bay Leaf is a great wine bar, but it is NOT a tap room. If I want to drink great wines from an excellent selection, I head straight to Bay Leaf. However, any serious beer drinker (perhaps I should say beer snob) will prefer 7 Monks hand down.

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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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Photo of rjcoy06
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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