Monks Café | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Monks Café
World Class based on 213 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 (22) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~150


Monks Café

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Beer Available At Monks Café (arranged by most recent)
Tired Hands Wood la Hands , Bear Republic Tripels Alley , Port Brewing Older Viscosity 100, Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon 99, 3 Fonteinen Zwet.be 96, Port Brewing Wipeout IPA 99, 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, 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
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213 reviews for Monks Café
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  74%
 Selection  90%
 Food  81%
 Value  70%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  97%
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76
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
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.
82
  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.
66
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy  (541) 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.
86
  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.
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.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
seeknay36  (16) DC, New York | September 20, 2004| Updated October 30, 2004
A great selection of Belgian and other beers. The barmaid really new her stuff. However the crowd was unbearable. I recommend visiting before the crowd arrives, especially if you want some information from the barkeep. I have not eaten here yet so I cannot tell you about the food.
90
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
PWalk  (10) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | September 13, 2004
One of my favorites here in town. A selection that is unsurpassed bolstered by a knowledgable staff who are both courteous and helpful if you can’t pronounce what exactly your looking to drink.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog  (240) Lansdale, Pennsylvania | August 26, 2004
I’ve been here a couple times - mostly off peak hours so the crowd was not bad. Seemed to be a lot of smoke up by the front bar so make sure you check out the rear bar. Very nice selection.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Nate  (272) Indiana, Pennsylvania | August 23, 2004
Visited 2x this trip. Great selection of Belgian and other beers. Disappointed though, because two highly anticipated beers seemed to be sub-par. Don’t know if they were mistreated, but both were Belgian Strong Ales and both had very acidic sour qualities when I don’t think they should have. Other than that, this place is very nice. Bit pricy, but then again, Philly is an expensive city in which to eat and drink.
48
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
jimmack  (24) Nutley, New Jersey | August 2, 2004
While the food was good and the beer selection excellent, the service and attitude of the staff was a major turn-off. I bought a bottle of Lou Pepe Kriek after dinner and the barmaid gave us three glasses. Whe she saw only 2 of us were drinking, she took the 3rd one away, fine. Meanwhile I was chatting at the bar with this guy who was new into craft beers and had never tried a kriek before. I ask the woman for another glass so the guy could try some of mine and she accused us of stealing the 3rd glass that she took away. I mean I just spent $25 bucks for a bottle of beer, $60 for dinner for 3 and another $50 on various beers and she had the nerve to accuse us of stealing a $2.00 glass! I know others who have been there and loved the place so maybe I just went on a bad night but I don’t think I’ll be going back anytime soon.

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