Monks Café | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Monks Café
World Class based on 209 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 (38) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~150


Monks Café

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Beer Available At Monks Café (arranged by most recent)
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, Russian River Pliny the Elder 100, Cantillon Kriek 99, Pizza Port Cuvee de Tomme 100, Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa 100, Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze 100, Chimay Bleue (Blue) / Grande Réserve 100, Allagash Merveilleux 99, Struise Tsjeeses 98, Struise Black Damnation III - Black Mes 100, Struise Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb 100, Struise Black Damnation I - Black Berry Albert 100, Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon 99, Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout 99, Silly Enghien Noël Triple Blonde 76
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209 reviews for Monks Café
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  74%
 Selection  90%
 Food  81%
 Value  70%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  97%
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94
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
mrhopsbeertalk  (17) Massachusetts | November 2, 2013
They had Mongo on draft.. need I say more? Mellow atmosphere, better than average food, hoppy beers. Philly classic.
84
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer  (179) 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.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow  (121) 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.
84
  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.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Lubiere  (447) 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.
98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
jdb288  (61) 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.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
devman171  (102) Annapolis , Maryland | July 10, 2013
Awesome European style bar, great beers on tap and delicious food! a must try
92
  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.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee  (88) 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.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon  (216) Sainte-Thérèse, 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!

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