gjl75 (1) Grand Rapids, Michigan | May 17, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Although space is somewhat limited, the high ceilings and an open black-and-white tiled dance floor keep things from feeling claustrophobic. Added touches such as exposed brick walls, a bar made of white oak with burl maple inlay and a vintage back bar mirror lend a classy air to the joint. Sports fans and television junkies will appreciate a large-screen TV, typically tuned to pro-sports and set to "mute." Beer aficionados will delight in the extensive selection of well-crafted American and European beers. History buffs will drool over the building’s quirky past. (Example: A woman once got stuck in a chimney while hiding during a police raid on the original Monarch). The rest of us can sip our drinks and be thankful we no longer need a special password or secret handshake to grab a drink at this local pub.