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

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

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

Mayor: NikkTwist (15) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~150

Monks Café

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Beer Available At Monks Café (arranged by most recent)
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 Wood la Hands 79, Bear Republic Tripels Alley 66, Port Brewing Older Viscosity 100, Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon 99, 3 Fonteinen 95, De Molen Rasputin 99, Deschutes The Abyss 100, Allagash PNC Broken Elevator 89, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek 90, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Cascara Quad 70, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Pluot 48, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA 98, Russian River Pliny the Elder 100
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215 reviews for Monks Café
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  74%
 Selection  90%
 Food  81%
 Value  71%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Lubiere  (450) Ottawa, Ontario | August 21, 2013
Monk’s café: What à place! Extensive beer menu with interesting tap selection separated in two rooms with a very Belgian feel to them. Prices are quite decent. Belgian menu offered with nice desert selection. A must in Philadelphia.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
jdb288  (83) 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
devman171  (122) Annapolis , Maryland | July 10, 2013
Awesome European style bar, great beers on tap and delicious food! a must try
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
bob_w  (51) new york, New York | July 4, 2013| Updated July 11, 2013
always a sure bet, especially if belgian beers are your thing. really good fries. everytime i’ve gotten fish here it’s been very good.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee  (110) Bedford, New Hampshire | July 1, 2013
I spent about 4 hours one afternoon with two friends the other day while in Philly for the AHA convention. A reasonable walk from our downtown hotel worked up an appetite for a long lunch. I’ve got to say this place is friggin small for such a world class operation which makes even the smallest of crowds seem huge. A small bar on the left wall as you walk in with maybe 15 stools, a dozen or so tables crammed into the rest of the existing floorspace. The backroom holds a bar on the right wall with about half as many tables. The beer, well today we had Pliny, Temptation, A couple from De Molen, Chimay, Lindemans, Allagash, that I can remember, but about 20 great taps, and an insane bottle list. The menu has a nice mix and our burgers were great, although the buns were too big for the meat. Like everything of this quality be prepared to drop some coin, quality isn’t cheap. Our waitress was overwhelmed with the 4000 beer geeks in town, but seemed attentive enough to us. I look forward to giving them more of my money in the future.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon  (230) Boisbriand, Quebec | June 23, 2013| Updated June 26, 2013
Visited for the first time June 17, 2013, in the evening. Small, dark and lots of people and we are ona Sunday, that’s a good sign. A good list of draft beer and a much bigger one for bottles, all good stuff. The food menu is good, mostly pub stuff. The service was # 1, fast, no pressure and a lot of knowledge about beer. A must stop in Philly!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson  (186) 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 wasn’t 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
fluffheady  (100) Chicago, Illinois | April 9, 2013| Updated August 4, 2013
This place is an absolute institution in not only the Philadelphia beer world but in history of the United States. As with any institution, they kind of have the attitude that they don’t need "your" business because someone else will always be behind you to take your stool. However, it is absolutely worth a visit. Monk’s Cafe is responsible for bringing Russian River to Philadelphia.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (633) The ’Sham, England | March 5, 2013
Visited on a Friday evening in May ’10 around 5.30pm. Place was pretty busy and continued to get busier during the hour we were there but we managed to snag 2 seats at the bar. Good Belgian bottled line up but that only interested my cousin from PA not myeslf so thankfully found some US craft on tap, local PA stuff mainly. Service was good at the bar and we were never left with an empty glass bearing in mind how busy it was. This wouldn’t be a destination bar for me personally but I can see why it is very popular with those seeling Belgian beers!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
jrgratz  (11) New York | March 4, 2013
Best beer bar in Philly.. Gets crowded but for good reason. Awesome selection and good food. Real nice.

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