Philadelphia: Monks Cafť
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Monks Cafť
World Class based on 215 ratings
Type: Bar

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

monkscafe.com

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


Mayor: NikkTwist (6) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~150


Monks Cafť

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Beer Available At Monks Cafť (arranged by most recent)
4 Hands Snake Oil 81, De Molen Rook & Leer (Smoke & Leather) 90, Oxbow Loretta 94, Chimay Dorťe / Spťciale du Potauprť 81, 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 89, Russian River Damnation 98, Allagash Victor 92, Deschutes Black Butte Porter 97, Tired Hands Wood la Hands 91, 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, Allagash PNC Broken Elevator 89
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215 reviews for Monks Cafť
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  74%
 Selection  90%
 Food  81%
 Value  71%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  97%
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78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson  (200) Enfield, New Hampshire | April 16, 2013
Very small place (even with the back bar), high prices (which may be normal in Philly), small draft list that was pricey, a lot of bottles were sold out, $30 for a 3F Gueuze? Insane. Mussels were delicious and cheap. burger was okay and fries were soggy. It wasnít packed for a Saturday and we found a seat pretty fast.Service was nice but both people helping us had fake smiles and were very impatient despite it not being that busy. Pretty cool they also have a full bar.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
solidfunk  (191) Washington D.C., Washington DC | October 8, 2014
On a more recent visit, I should note that this place is vehemently against giving out samples. The younger staff give a lot of attitude and douchiness in general, though the older staff is nice. Compared to Churchkey, this is a major failure of an otherwise great bar - attitude. They are also vehemently against letting you taste a small sample before ordering. Some wonderful stuff here, made better by the fact that you can carry any bottle on their list out on offsales. Was here during Beer Week and unfortunately some of their great stuff was taken up by New Belgian stuff Iíd had before but it was all made up by the fact they had Pliny the Elder on tap as well as some other Russian River and good stuff. Friendly service, and bottle list is extensive and full of good stuff. Unfortunate they donít do taster flights, as when their full menu is on there would be a lot of stuff to get through. Sometimes they do half pints. Great hole in the wall vibe here, with typical cramped Philly atmosphere that makes for friendly place.
84
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
jackl  (455) Charlottesville, Virginia | October 4, 2014
I ate some great mussels and drank a few pints of Blind Pig, so I canít strongly criticize the experience. However, this is the only serious beer place Iíve ever been to that refuses sample pours to customers. Itís a policy that simply makes no sense. Apart from refusing to bend on the sample rule, the staff were kind and accommodating. The beer list is strong. Itís focused on Belgian styles with a few random things sprinkled into the draft and bottle list. Prices were fair considering the quality. All of my mussels were fully opened, which suggests they probably err on the side of overcooking their seafood. Overall, Iíll be back the next time Iím in town.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2  (706) Hanover, Maryland | August 7, 2014
I walked into Monks expecting to be blown away but left somewhat disappointed. The interior is warm and inviting if not small and cozy. There was a good beer selection on during my visit, likely similar to drafts available during other patronís visits, but nothing exceptional, just solid offerings, and fresh. The burger was particularly good.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 19/20
t0rin0  (1448) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 21, 2014| Updated August 18, 2014
Place rating number 1300.

Visited on May 31, 2014.

Itís getting harder to find noteworthy places to rate for milestones without leaving the country. I really need to get to Ebenezers one of these days, or at the very least Brick Cellar or Wicked Weed from the sounds of it. Oh well, Iíll figure something out. I was hoping to run into Tom Peters here since it seems like Iíve run into him everywhere BUT Philadelphia (Seattle, California, and even Holland) but of course that didnít happen on a busy Saturday night.

Even if by all accounts the bottle list has been picked over Iím glad I got to spend some time here with some good people and drink some Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping (and some Pliny, and some Blind Pig...). Just know that if you want a table on a Saturday night (especially if that Saturday happens to be the start of Philly beer week) itís going to take you an hour to get seated. Luckily a spot at the bar opened up not too long into my wait. The bartender was a bit frazzled and was kind of grumpy from having to take so many orders. Not sure why heís a bartender then but he was nice to me. If youíre in the newest generation of lambic fanatics (read die hard Cantillon fan) they have some fun albeit empty bottles above the hanging glasses.

The mac and cheese was pretty good as was the chocolate cake. Prices are kind of high on everything but itís a great place. Also of note is that there are two bars, one more hidden and quiet in the back. Thatís where the Pliny and Blind Pig were. They also had some kind of beer made for Philly Beer Week but it seemed to be the same as the Vicaris tripel.

My only complaints are about how packed it gets during peak hours and the crummy location of the bathrooms. Would definitely stop back in on a subsequent trip.
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
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
sebaastionb  (2) , | June 6, 2014| Updated June 17, 2014
Well Super Busy Establishment..Perhaps A Testament ToTheir Brew Options, Unfortunately As A Result it Was Super Loud But Perhaps Philly Beer Week Didnít Help...Despite This The Staff Seemed To Handle Our Well.
94
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
mrhopsbeertalk  (31) Massachusetts | November 2, 2013| Updated June 9, 2014
They had Mongo on draft.. need I say more? Mellow atmosphere, better than average food, hoppy beers. Philly classic.
84
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer  (204) Knoxville, Tennessee | October 30, 2013| Updated November 9, 2013
The so-so: small, narrow downtown hole-in-the wall space gets too crowded too early and only has 20 taps. The music is too loud but I still managed to strike up a shouting-voice conversation. The good: the service can keep up with the crowds and knows the beer and food menus. The food is upscale pub grub with a European flair. The place manages to have a bit of a traditional Belgian feel to it. The great: the 20 taps are well chosen with occasional selections only available a few places in the world. The beer menus have a listing of whatís up next even before a tapped keg blows. The bottle list is fairly extensive. The prices are reasonable for the quality of the fare.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow  (123) Ottawa, Ontario | September 25, 2013
So very torn on this place. Out of the 4-6 visits weíve made over the years it seems like the people working the front always have such an attitude of entitlement and general douchiness; then once you actually get a place to sit (either at the bar or a table) the staff seem very friendly and knowledgeable. The food has ranged from good to great (love the charcuterie) and the draft lists are always impressive with a cellar list, that if you can get what you want, is great. Personally I would much rather go for lunch or when its less crowded as everyone seems a little less stressed but who knows maybe you just need to know people or something. Either way worth a visit.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | August 30, 2013
Like it is often the case with renown beer bars I was initially disappointed when I first walked in. A bit dark and without a nice open space, this small bar is divided in a few small sections and as such lacks an overall atmosphere. This type of setup means a bar that is more cozy than lively. 2 bars, excellent list of taps (as I expected) and a pretty good bottle selection. However do not expect too many Ďcoolí IIPAs/Stouts/etc, the taps and bottles are both focused on Belgian beers, both real Belgian beers and American Belgian beers. I did get a Flying Fish Exit 9 on tap which was a bit outside the usual Belgian theme. No need to list the beers we had since they obviously change from week to week. Suffice to say that PA is a good state for beer availability/distribution and Monkís Cafť go the extra mile to go beyond the already excellent State distribution. I appreciated the lack of taster flights (others didnít), I say letís drink some beer the way they are meant to be drunk. We had lunch there, the somewhat extensive menu is very much Belgian food inspired, not your typical greasy America pub fare. It may not be the watering hole party place I was hoping for, but this is a damn nice cozy bar with a superb selection. I like.

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