Dank. Dark. Candle-lit dungeon. The ambiance of this place is incomparable, as is the selection of beers. You dont come here for the food, necessarily, nor is it the cheapest place. But overall, one of Stockholm's finest, to be sure.
Fin (1430) Attenkirchen, Germany | November 28, 2016
This was the last place that we visited in Stockholm during our birthday weekend away and sadly the most disappointing. We came here on Saturday 19th November 2016, we’d tried popping in before but only the top bar was open. Monks is located on Gamla Stan in a large quite grand looking building on the end of the street. It’s on the west side of the island where Munkbron and Lilla Nygatan meet.
On entry head down stairs to the extensive brick vaulted cellars, even in the gloom it looked quite impressive down here with rooms off to the LH side, ahead and RH side, in fact it wasn’t immediately apparent where to go but we could see that the room off to the LH side was hosting a private tutored beer tasting by the looks of things. We headed right and near the end found the bar. Finding seating was a rather different proposition we ended up sat on a table which just had lots and lots of advertising stuff for this place all over it, why they can’t stack that up on one area I don’t know we felt it was a bit strange.
It was difficult to know if the barman was interested with his rather flash shirt undone a few buttons too many and with a couple of hardworking young girls flitting about he only really seemed interested in himself, still we managed to order a beer each and sat at the advertising table to drink it. I have to say we were unimpressed with the place, it didn’t seem welcoming, it seemed false and just interested in parting an individual with their hard earned cash. However visually it looked lovely, the beer choice was good, it was a bit pricey but we just didn’t warm to it at all, in fact we never even finished our drinks, we felt uncomfortable and in we also felt in the way, so headed off. Maybe a visit at a different time of day and we’d have viewed the place quite differently perhaps, but hey-ho you can only go along with the here and now and sadly we didn’t like it.
Extremely well disigned ’interior’ in a cellar. Very classical, naked bricks, yet with a modern touch ( Tv displays about the menu ) selection was Belgian focussed, but not limited towards it. they are very proud to sell all trapists, and give a free westy 12 ( normal price 500 SEK - 50 $ / thats Stockholm for ya ) to anyone who drank all the other trappists here. service was very nice and helpfull. a few of their own beers. Having a menu would have made it so much easier though :( prices are - even for sweden- very high. But as in other places without menu, I have to say I can only go from what I paid, as I’ve simply ain’t seen any other pricings. ( I paid about 8-9 $ for a small pour of their APA )
Monks porter house är beläget i kanten av Gamla stan, något stenkast från tunnelbanan och är avdelad i flera sektioner nere i källarvalvet. Trevlig och servicevänlig personal som hade vissa problem att ta betalt. Om det berodde på kassamaskinen eller något annat är svårt att avgöra. Urvalet är till stora delar begränsat till sina egenbryggda öl och dessa är varierande. Men som på systembolaget på tok för högt prissatta. En hundring för en DIPA kan väl anses som normalt i Sthlm. Men då är den importerad från USA, kommer ofta från ett riktigt bra bryggeri och smakar fantastiskt. Samma pris men från eget bryggeri förtar lite av känslan. Visst, kul med en skicklig bryggare men eftersmaken består av en dos girighet. Så pass prisvärd är inte Monks. Lite väl hög svansföring.
An interesting place; underground in a cellar and lit mostly be candle. Good selection of their own beers and others.
Not as good as Akkurat or Oliver Twist, but it’s something a little different from them.