Monks Café | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Monks Café
World Class based on 209 ratings
Type: Bar

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

monkscafe.com

Hours: Daily 11:30am-2:00am


Mayor: NikkTwist (38) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~150


Monks Café

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Beer Available At Monks Café (arranged by most recent)
Lost Abbey Serpents Stout 100, Russian River Damnation 98, Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental IPA 99, Bush Prestige (Scaldis Prestige) 100, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale 99, Vicaris Winter 10° 95, Russian River Pliny the Elder 100, Cantillon Kriek 99, Pizza Port Cuvee de Tomme 100, Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa 100, Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze 100, Chimay Bleue (Blue) / Grande Réserve 100, Allagash Merveilleux 99, Struise Tsjeeses 98, Struise Black Damnation III - Black Mes 100, Struise Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb 100, Struise Black Damnation I - Black Berry Albert 100, Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon 99, Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout 99, Silly Enghien Noël Triple Blonde 76
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209 reviews for Monks Café
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  74%
 Selection  90%
 Food  81%
 Value  70%
 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  (86) 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  (300) 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.
98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
jdb288  (61) 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.
98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
TeamTrappist  (23) jericho, New York | August 18, 2008| Updated October 27, 2009
On my way to Camden for a concert we found time to stop in to Monk’s for dinner, and I couldn’t have been happier. What we found is what almost every other reviewer had to say about Monk’s. Great atmosphere, awesome beer list, taps and bottles, and very good food too. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. And the pricing, particularly on the beer is some of the fairest I have yet to see. We also had the privilege of meeting and sharing a bottle with Tom the owner, who couldn’t have been nicer and more hospitable. It’s simple, when in Philly go to Monks! In other ratings I have seen some complaints about the pricing, I just want to add that we had a bottle of Isabella Proximus that day for $35.
98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
hophead75  (83) Largo, Florida | June 21, 2006
This place is a must stop for any craft beer geek or belgian beer lover. I was excited about making a stop here, and it definitely lived up to the hype. Stopped here with brewer dirtymike and another friend. We walked in at 4:30 PM on a Tuesday, so we were able to get a table right away, the bar was already packed. At the table, we opened their beer bible, aka beer menu and I was completely floored, and almost drooling at that point. A ridiculous amount of bottles are offered- Belgians, well known and rare, American made Belgians, and a good amount of well known and rare non-Belgian craft beers. Waittress was attentive, friendly, and used proper glassware. Had an order of mussels which were very good, and the pommes frites had a great bourbon mayonaise dipping sauce, but the fries themselves were alittle soft and soggy. tasted good though. Had a Russian River Temptation and their contracted house beer...just wish I could have spent more time there.

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