Saturday afternoon visit, not very busy. Very helpful waitstaff, knowledgeable but not pretentious. Respectable bottle and draft selection, nothing uber rare but enough to satisfy almost any Belgian beer craving. Only bottled traditional gueuze was Lindemans Cuvee Rene and I would have preferred Drie Fonteinen, Girardin or Cantillon. Curry mussels and frites were quite good. No complaints.
Another rateable place on Colfax which is an interesting part of town. Itís a main drag of sorts for the bums but it also has some respectable businesses on it. Cheeky Monk is about the only good beer spot on this strip but eventually Lost Highway Brewing will be opening right next door. Not sure where theyíre brewing currently since we had several of their beers on tap at Cheeky Monk. On the first visit womencanstail refused to drink a good beer and ordered the house beer for $10 and it was an overly sweet tripel that no one enjoyed. The wit from Lost Highway turned out to be alright. They also had some St Bernardus 12 and a few other good beers flowing that night. We didnít eat.
The second stop was after the second session of GABF on Saturday and the place was packed with drunk people and the servers were clearly not enjoying themselves. There was one fat drunk beer nerd sitting next to me that was angering the server intentionally. His girlfriend could barely stand. Chinoskillzian got up to use the bathroom she took his seat. I asked her to give the seat back and she obliged but tried to say something and made no sense. She was nice enough about it but it was obvious that she did not need to be drinking anymore. I ordered a burger with some kind of feta and caramelized onions on it. I ordered it medium rare and it came out medium, which is perfect for me. The service was nice but very slow. If it didnít take forever to get my check I would have tipped well.
Decent sized bar and restaurant. They had trivia going during the visit (seemed to be wrapping up). Things were fairly quiet but it was late and a Wednesday night, so understandable. Tap list is dominated by Belgian beer, but a pretty respectable number of American micros on tap. Prices are pretty high, unfortunately. I ordered the house beer, and it was alright, but the tab came back at nearly $10! Service is good and a cool atmosphere, but a little spendy for me.
Meh, the tap selection here is Belgian (surprise) and quite thoughtful, though nothing was particularly out of the ordinary. There were a handful of local Belgian-inspired beers available, and the bottle list included a few more. I was here for one beer and left, so I cannot comment on the food.
Great atmosphere buzzing with people, and actually feels like it could be a place in Brussels. The service was excellent when we were there, in spite of the craziness they were smiling and on the ball. Beer list in general is ok, it might have been bumped up for the GABF crowd when we were there because it included some special gems on tap.
(Visited 10/2009): Cheeky Monk is located on Colfax Ave on the east side of downtown Denver. Street parking is available nearby.
The interior is dark with brick and wood, plus some large pieces of art. The bar is located immediately inside and wraps around 3 sides. There is a chalkboard above the bar showing what beers are available. The rest of the cafť is devoted to table seating.
Cheeky Monk has around 20 different Belgian or Belgian-style beers available on draught. Brewers include Lost Abbey, St. Bernardus, Gouden Carolus, Duvel, Kasteel and others. Just about all the beers have the corresponding glassware as well. In addition there are several Belgians available in bottles from Chimay, Corsendonk, Lindemanís, New Belgium and several others.
Service was good on a busy weekday evening. The bartender was very attentive and chatted with us the entire time about beer.
I had a Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich for dinner and it was very good, although I was so full from the Denver pub crawl that I wasnít able to eat very much of it.
Overall I really liked this place and would definitely visit again and would recommend it to any beer lover visiting Denver.
February 2009. Groovy brick-clad beer-themed restaurant not far from the center of downtown. The crowd was a mix of yuppies and hipsters, but the ambiance was much more "chill" than the often frenetic FRTH across town. They were offering 15 taps -- Carlsberg, New Belgium 1554 and 13 fairly unusual Belgian offerings. They also had a dozen or so quality Belgians by the bottle. The menu was a delight to peruse and hard to decide on what to pick! The food was all excellent. The check put a bit of a dent in our wallet, but you have to expect that for true Belgians on draft. Oh, and our waitress was hot.
Visited Thursday night Dec 18 2008. What this place is not - a hard core beer geek bar with uber rare beer. What this place is - a good comfortable place to hang out and drink nice Belgian beers. I visited with a group of folks who like beer, but are not geeks. This place worked really well for our group, they enjoyed trying new beers and learning about Belgian beers, I enjoyed having Hopsinjoor and Damnation. One of my friends commented that he like this place better than Falling Rock, because he never knows what to order at FR. My recommendation would be to skip if you are visiting, with limited time. Hit it with friends if you are a local.
This is a very good Belgian beer bar. All the beer is served in brand appropriate glassware. The menu has some appealing options including the beer hummus I enjoyed. Service was knowledgeable and friendly. Mostly well to do businessmen were at the bar on my visit. My favorite thing is among all the Belgian offerings, a few standout American beers were available including Pliny the Elder. score!