Monk’s Café

Mayor: dlovell2 (2) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~150
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
mrhopsbeertalk  (38) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
JulioP  (14) Parla, Spain | May 1, 2016
Monk’s café: What ŕ 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
chibuck  (525) Chicago, Illinois | May 1, 2016
Old school place that reminds me a ton of the Hopleaf in Chicago. Nice people but a I don’t give a fuck attitude about you not knowing about beer. Strong draft selection but the bottles are what make this place. I wish there was a bit more local stuff, while it was decent I wasn’t blown away to started looking at the bottle list mostly. The bottle list is pretty deep and I have a strong feeling if you know them, it gets much deeper. Fun spot to hang out, I’d come back.
88
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
TommyTH  (18) Pennsylvania | February 17, 2016
Dark and dingy in a cool, quiet, sociable environment. Few tables and two bars (one in a front room and one in a back room). Great beer selection, which highlighted top beers from around the entire world. Their house beer (Flemish Sour Ale) was pretty good as well. Good relationship with Russian River, which is a plus! Tired Hands often as well. I had the frog legs and they were phenomenal.
74
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer  (108) Vancouver, British Columbia | February 12, 2016
Great but pricey selection.Service is so-so though knowledgeable. Did I say selection is good?
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Art  (129) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | November 18, 2015
Stop #4 on my birthday beer tour. Parking was difficult. The place had a very dive bar feel. Wait was forever for a seat so we didn’t eat. Had some Hill Farmstead on tap so that was cool. I’ll probably only go back for special stuff.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
tgncc  (93) Bellmore, New York | October 29, 2015
Visited on 10/24/2015. The place was having a Breast Cancer benefit, and very dime they made went to BC research, which was cool. However, every pint was $10 regardless, which is probably not typical, i.e., this place is probably cheaper. This is a nice looking old pub style place, with a bar in back and front. Tables in the middle. Service is fairly attentive, but again, it was jamming when we went. The selection was killer, with stuff not usually seen on the east coast, like Russian River, Lost Abbey, as well as local faves like Tired Hands. The food was awesome, with eclectic stuff, as well as cool pub fare. Value is decent, food is decently priced for this part of town, and the pints aren’t bad. I really liked the place, and would definitely go back.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Iznogud  (247) , Croatia | October 11, 2015
Pleasant two room bar. Twenty taps, divided between US and European (mostly Belgian) brews. Not the stuff you see in every other craft beer bar. Unfortunately I’ve missed Pliny, but had Damnation instead. They had the Abyss on tap at the front bar. Good selection of bottles. Wish I could stay a bit longer.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
melush  (78) , Spain | October 6, 2015
Crowded and noisy bar. Good selection of taps. Expensive and overrated.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer  (175) Falls Church, Virginia | September 7, 2015
Beer selection is top notch, including Lost Abbey, Hill Farmstead, and Russian River on draft. Bottle list was long and impressive, but had none of the 3F or Cantillon advertised. Smallish space divided between two bars, which can be annoying as no common beers on tap and no common account or tab transfer. Huge deduction for the service, which was somewhere between apathy and outright hostility. Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm, not crowded but not deserted, No reason for poor service. Don’t coast on reputation guys.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Meilby  (100) Kristiansand, Norway | June 23, 2015
I’ve hear a lot about this place and to be honest I was disappointed. They do have a fantastic beer list and the Duck confit was good, but that is about all the positive things I have to say about the place. It is a bar but is it really necessary to play the music so loud that you have to yell to keep a conversation at the same table during dinner in the eraly afternoon and it didn’t help that I didn’t like the music. The waitress didn’t clean our table from empty plates.

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