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 | facebook | twitter | beer menu

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 93, 4 Hands Snake Oil 80, De Molen Rook & Leer (Smoke & Leather) 90, Oxbow Loretta 94, Chimay Dorée / Spéciale du Potaupré 82, 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 96, 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
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221 reviews for Monk’s Café
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  74%
 Selection  90%
 Food  81%
 Value  71%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  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
  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 Didn’t Help...Despite This The Staff Seemed To Handle Our Well.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
mrhopsbeertalk  (32) 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer  (212) 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 what’s up next even before a tapped keg blows. The bottle list is fairly extensive. The prices are reasonable for the quality of the fare.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow  (128) Ottawa, Ontario | September 25, 2013
So very torn on this place. Out of the 4-6 visits we’ve 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.
  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 ‘cool’ 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 Monk’s Café go the extra mile to go beyond the already excellent State distribution. I appreciated the lack of taster flights (others didn’t), I say let’s 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Lubiere  (469) 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  (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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
devman171  (154) 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  (52) 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.

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