Monk’s Café | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Monk’s Café
World Class based on 218 ratings
Type: Bar

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

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 82, Oersoep Brettanosaurus Rex (Bruisend en Blond) 90, 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 WoodLaHands 94, 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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218 reviews for Monk’s Café
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  74%
 Selection  90%
 Food  81%
 Value  71%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
beervana  (32) Libertyville, Illinois | December 8, 2005
An acquaintance passing through Chicago had told me that if I ever visit Philly, I must go to Monk’s Cafe to have a true beer experience. She was right. The moment I picked up Monk’s Beer Bible on my table, my eyes nearly rolled into my head. This is "beervana" in the true sense. Unbelievable beer selection. Attentive service, good food (nice mussels and frites), and cozy ambiance. This is a great place to sit at the bar and just drink. Loved this place and would definitely come back again, and again, and again...
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
xproudfoot  (37) Paleolithic, Pennsylvania | December 3, 2005
The guide is correct. This place is so authentic, that when I took my dutch friend here, we discovered that the server spoke Dutch. Most of them are locals actually, but the place really has its selection nailed down. Usually some interesting stuff on tapo in addition to the hundreds of bottles and the fun beer "bible." The food is servicable for going with the beer, though they should make the fries more authentic. Unfortunatley you will always see a number of idiots drinking crap like sam adams light or hoegarden & wine. At least those types help pay the bills so the rest of us can enjoy it, though I wish those folks would go somewhere else so it wouldn;t always be crowded. 1/2 the time I know the host/hostess anyway so I get a table right away. The have some good scoth in the back bar too if that’s your fancy, but for the most part, this place is all about the beer, and they do it well. Service is ... servicable. They often know about the beers and are interested in them. You may have to wait a bit for a table on a weekend night but it’s worth it.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
ggaughan  (12) Philadelphia, Luxembourg | September 26, 2005
Hands down the best Belgian bar in the city and almost anywhere outside of Beglium itself. They always have a great selection of hard to find Beglians and also some great howgrown craft brews. My favorite thing about Monk’s is the special beer dinners they have from time to time. The last one we were at they had Alaskan Smoked Porter and a brew from PA that went out of business 8 years ago! Never had a bad time here.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo  (4) Somerville, Massachusetts | August 15, 2005
This bar has a great vibe to go along with a very respectable beer menu. Small but select number of beers on tap, including most notably Rodenbach Red, Monk’s, some good locals. Plenty of great Belgians available in bottles. Beer prices are above average. The mussels come in seven or so varieties, all prepared in beer, with great frites to go along. Went on a Saturday afternoon and the place had a relaxed and comfortable feel; came back at night and the place was packed, especially at the back bar. Overall I say that Monk’s has a well deserved great repetuation.
biz82  (6) austin, Texas | July 3, 2005
Warm, dark place with a quickly rotating line up of mostly Belgian draughts. Supposedly they sell more Chimay White on draught than anywhere else in the world. Long bottle list that could keep me happy for a long time. Super attentitive and knowledgable female bartender. Somewhat cramped atmosphere and a little stodgy with Breugal prints in the walls. Still a rare bar that should be frequented when possible. Didn’t try the food.
BlueDevil0206  (10) Durham, North Carolina | June 25, 2005
Walked in and was surprised how small and packed it was. We struggled to get by people to get a seat at the bar. We happen to vist on "Aged Beer Night" so I got to sample some 1996 Bigfoot, and 2000 Brooklyn Saison among others. I didn’t try any food but from looking at other people’s food and the smell of food in the air, I’d presume that the food is good. The service was slightly sub par as we waited a long time with empty glasses and they took their time getting our take away beer order together. Regardless, it is Belgian heaven though they have a nice supply of American micros. Great place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus  (34) Levittown, Pennsylvania | June 15, 2005| Updated March 15, 2007
This place has great beers on tap and good food, although it is small in size and overcrowded i found myself elbow to elbow with other people for 1/2 the night, and service was great once you got a seat at the bar, but in the crowd its hard to get noticed.The food was good. The second time i went, much better, i went during a week day, and avoided the crowd, a much better experience, when i go the next time, i will make sure i go during the work week again.
Sammy  (577) Toronto, Ontario | June 12, 2005
Great beer on tap, but it’s not for me. I was not impressed with the dark,smokey, tight crowding in the place. I gues they maximize profit this way, and there are a lot of regulars. It was so dark, I could not see the ber in front of me. Bartenders they look after the many people, and there is a certain oddness about them, reminding me of bartenders in heavy drinking bars that need to decide when the customer has had to much, as several here had. Yuppie crowd. Great Belgium taps, set the standard across the city.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
CAmes  (9) Snohomish, Washington | May 20, 2005
A real neat place. Somewhat claustrophobic, but that’s just because it’s always been enthusiastically full on both my visits. As the name hints, the large selection tilts towards Belgians, and it acccomplishes this nicely. Monk’s does have a solid, if smaller, selection of good US micros, such as Stone Brewing. The service on my two visits was superb, coincidentally with the same waitress who was very knowledgeable of the selection.
  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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