Monk’s Café | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Monk’s Café
World Class based on 221 ratings
Type: Bar

264 S 16th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States 19102 [ print map ]
215 545 7005

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Hours: Mon - Sun 11:30 AM - 2:00 AM


Mayor: solidfunk (2) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~150


Monk’s Café

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Beer Available At Monk’s Café (arranged by most recent)
Lost Abbey Devotion 94, 4 Hands Snake Oil 80, De Molen Rook & Leer (Smoke & Leather) 90, Oxbow Loretta 94, Chimay Dorée / Spéciale du Potaupré 83, Oersoep Brettanosaurus Rex (Bruisend en Blond) 92, Port Brewing Wipeout IPA 99, Russian River Blind Pig IPA 100, Dogfish Head Blood Moon , Pizza Boy Citra Pils 88, Russian River Damnation 98, Allagash Victor 92, Deschutes Black Butte Porter 97, Tired Hands WoodLaHands 94, Bear Republic Tripels Alley 66, Port Brewing Older Viscosity 100, Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon 99, 3 Fonteinen Zwet.be 95, De Molen Rasputin 99, Deschutes The Abyss 100
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221 reviews for Monk’s Café
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  74%
 Selection  90%
 Food  81%
 Value  71%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  97%
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100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
delirium11  (27) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | June 7, 2010
If you’re in Philly and you love beer, you must go here. Hell, if you don’t live in Philly, go to Philly and go here. I feel like a kid in a candy store every time I go and I’ve been there at least ten times and it has never disappointed me. It’s a great place for beer novices and connoisseurs alike. I have introduced good beer to almost every friend and family member I have. I highly recommend the pommes frites and the mussels.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
50belair  (188) Florida | March 18, 2012| Updated March 24, 2012
Monk’s is fantastic. excellent bottle and tap selection. Cozy dank pub feel. Awesome food and great staff. One of the best beer bars i’ve visited...
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
auerbrau  (305) Peace Dale, Rhode Island | December 31, 2008| Updated March 8, 2009
No place in the United States is more heaven to the Belgian beer drinker than this place. It is now easily in my top ten of favorite, favorite places. Incredible. From the moment my gaze fell on the steps, with the swinging sign and the display of bottles, I knew I’d found a home. Entering through the door and first perching at the front bar, before retiring to the cozy, dark wood-paneled beer womb in the back, I sunk into a delightful beer trance. Selection was king and freshness was key. Scoring the last tap of Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela, I moved through classic taps, wishing I could sink into some of the rare bottles. Baskets of fries came and went and my companion and I whiled away a rainy afternoon savoring new beers, and enjoying conversation. Europe or heaven it must have been.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
jrob21  (46) Atlanta, Georgia | September 3, 2007
Rockin’ burgers, sweet sausage and cheese plate to start. Riidiculous beer menu. Missed the back bar though. A crap ton of belgian beer. Most are widely distributed so I headed to the American side of the menu to catch a Founders bottle I had not seen before. Also noticed a good lineup of Lost Abbey and Pizza Port bottles as well. Definitely check it if you are in town.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
EMESER  (2) Glasgow, Scotland | July 12, 2014
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
cratez  (256) Toronto, Ontario | January 17, 2015
When I visited: Late September 2014. What I had: Russian River Blind Pig IPA, Monks Café Flemish Sour Red Ale, Russian River Pliny the Elder, and Dogfish Head Ta Henket on tap, Pan Seared Rainbow Trout for me, Caesar Salad, Roasted Chicken, and several glasses of sauvignon blanc for my fiancé. What I liked: Wonderfully low key atmosphere in the front of the restaurant, no trouble finding seats on a Thursday night, extensive and carefully selected draft list, was elated to find two of Russian River’s best beers on tap, our waitress was warm, attentive and knowledgeable, we enjoyed all of our food and my partner liked her wine, couldn’t have chosen a better spot to celebrate our engagement. What I disliked: I probably wouldn’t come here on a busy night if I just wanted to drink, since they reserve all tables for diners. Thankfully, though, that wasn’t an issue for us. Would I go back? Absolutely. We had a flawless experience here and it’s clear that The Monk’s Café is a must-visit when in Philly. Overall Rating: 100
98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
jdb288  (85) Robbinsville, New Jersey | July 26, 2013
What else needs to be said? It’s my sanctuary when in Philly. The Beer Bible is extensive and varied. The tap selection is always wonderful. I like the mussels and frites and the burgers are great.
98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
rouxsean  (9) , | November 18, 2011
If you only went to one place in Philadelphia...
98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 19/20
2xipaok  (11) Florida | January 28, 2012
I have visited beer heaven it was at Monks.... thank you.
98
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
Fire190  (1) | May 12, 2005
The mecca of beer. The staff is very helpful in discovering new beers for people that don’t know much in the way’s of the brew. The food is just perfect...literally perfect. A must for anyone visting the Philly area, I recomend planning on spending the night, cause once you get going it’s hard to stop trying new beers.

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