One of the top places in Philadelphia, if not the best. Great food and beer. Can’t go wrong. I went for Zwanze Day, so a bit crowded as to be expected, but staff handled it very well. I’m not sure about their usually Saturdays.
Visited August 12th 2016 after a 12 miles walk in Philly at 100 degrees. English style pub with wood walls and floors. Narrow place and low lights. I had difficulties to take place on my table’s bench. The waiter immediatly showed us the beer menu and new arrivals. Taplist is about 25 beers from both USA and Belgium. I had Russian River and a fresh Tired Hands. They also have a "Bible" with more than 300 bottles from USA and Belgium as well as some other countries. You can order a Cantillon, Boon, De Dolles, Lost Abbey, Russian River amongst others. Beers on tap are ~$8 and prepare to pay at least $20 for a bottle. Food is very good, I had an amazing duck breast salad. Nice service even if the place was crowded. I’d definitely come back if I return to Philly.
An absolute must if you are in the northeast. Kind of a holy grail/Mecca like place for craft beer. I had 3 different Russian River beers on tap, along with some rare Belgian-collabs for Philly Beer Week. Their Belgian list is exhaustive and simply insane. Get the Mussels for dinner, 25 or 30 mussels stewed in a variety of flavors. Really quite excellent, and the place doesn’t attract the normal hordes like nearby restaurants. If you don’t know Monks Cafe is what it is, you just walk on by, and I’m sure that’s how they like it.
Visited twice late April/Early May 2016. First time stayed for a few beers, second time during a beer release for CBC, waited in line half hour until we left. Long narrow bar area, some seating downstairs. Apparently a bar with standing area upstairs as well, we never got that far. Had Pliny the Elder on tap, nice. Gets crowded fast, we got the feeling we were constantly in the way for the staff or other patrons, still a nice place to visit with a great tap list. I could go back, but would hope to get there on a less busy evening. Didn’t eat.
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.
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.
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.
Great but pricey selection.Service is so-so though knowledgeable. Did I say selection is good?
Art (131) 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.