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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
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 TCmichigan:
Photo of TCmichigan
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

46 taps on the wall offer a great mix of local and otherwise beers... some quite interesting. The bottle selection is quite impressive as well. There's upscale bar food available for those looking for a bite to eat, and there's also wine, cider, and local mead on tap if you're wanting to stay clear of the hops (gluten-free options available too!). Just don't expect to show up in a robe — just because it's named after a group of monasteries doesn't mean they adhere to the same dress code.

I agree with some of the other commenters about the selection. I wish the website differentiated between what beers are 'on tap' and what is available in bottles/cans. However, follow them on Twitter to get an up-to-date list of new taps, sometimes updated minutes after they are switched (tested this while sitting at the bar watching the handle/keg get changed and simultaneously checking Twitter).

My father (who drinks nothing except Bud Light... *shudder*) was even guided by the bar staff until he found something he enjoyed. WooHoo for my dad liking microbrews!

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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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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
4.26 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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