Monk’s Café

Mayor: egajdzis (4) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~150
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
JB175  (43) Bucks County, Pennsylvania | March 16, 2007| Updated July 10, 2007
Stopped in recently and found Flying Fish Barleywine on tap! Also had several other quality Belgians and other brews on tap - I picked the back bar, which is a bit better for selection. Service was good as was the food - I grabbed a burger and some Pomme Frittes. Also had St. Bernadus 12 on tap and grabbed a bottle of Russian River Temptation to go. Pretty good service and very nice selection. Only drawbacks are price and parking, but these can’t keep a beer lover from enjoying a quality place in Center City! Oh yeah - and the staff is notorious for having attitudes, but the quality is usually at a level that allows you to look past this.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Martinus  (223) Baarle-Nassau, Netherlands | October 31, 2018
Visited during my autumn '18 engagement trip to The States, with S. Great place, very welcoming. Bigger then expected. Very good selection. Got to try Blind Pig from tap, which may not be a big thing for most, but it's been a big want of mine ever since trying my 1st Pliny the Elder. Would recommend to everyone.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Jow  (336) Winter Garden, Florida | October 24, 2018
Came for dinner and really enjoyed myself. Cozy but bangin place my vibe for sure. Super friendly bartender. Pliny and plenty of Lost Abbey available. Wish I had a friend so could’ve split a bottle of the special Cantillon bottle aviailabke but alas had to pass. Mussels were good, fries a touch salty but I’m sensitive to sodium. Anyways I thought it rocked.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
mcberko  (1777) Vancouver, British Columbia | August 11, 2018
What more can be said about this place? Cozy little bar that can be get very busy, as it was when we visited. 8 well-chosen taps, classic stuff at this point, with both Pliny and Blind Pig on, a Tired Hands and some sours. The bottle list is the pull, with all sorts of Cantillon available (including a LP Gueuze 2013 for $60). It's not a ticker's spot, but if you're looking for some lambic, some Russian River, or other good sours, this is the place to come in Philly.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Mathieu87  (346) Brussels, Belgium | July 16, 2018
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
fastm3  (1) Delaware | April 10, 2018
Undoubtedly, one of the best, if not the best, place to drink in Philly. The selection is fantastic and the food is pretty good too. The only issue is that it tends to get super crowded, to the point where it becomes a hassle. If you hit it when it's not too crowded and you can actually get a nice seat at the bar, it's quite enjoyable.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
b3shine  (345) Noblesville, Indiana | November 17, 2017
A cozy Belgian pub in downtown Philly with good food and service and an excellent assortment of beer, particularly bottles. An absolute must-stop if you're in town.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
WingmanWillis  (1756) Croydon, England | November 17, 2017
Visited on 12th October 2017. Belgium themed bar in Philly. The place was pretty much full when we arrived and staff weren't particularly helpful. Managed to find a tiny perch and pick a beer, the list was excellent with a good mix of beer styles on tap from Belgium and beyond. The prices were pretty good, service could have been better. Definitely a stop for the beer geek.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
HarvesterOfSorrow  (249) Bourbon County, Minnesota | October 11, 2017
Just happened to be in town for work and staying at a hotel that was walking distance. Glad to have finally made it and the tap/bottle list did not disappoint. Waitress was funny and beer knowledgeable.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
CLevar  (23) Minnesota | July 12, 2017
Visited in July 2017 during mid-afternoon. At this time of day it was very quiet and laid back. Called ahead to make sure having my 20mo son along was OK and he was welcomed. The space itself was very neat, lots of beer memorabilia from Euro breweries decorating a beautiful wood interior. Really awesome draft list with cool imports and locals. Had the frites, which were great (the dipping sauce was money, just ask my son). Beers seemed well cared for (rotated frequently and no issues with the three I tried) and reasonably priced for the selection. Service was outstanding. All told, in the top 2-3 places I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting for a beer. Thanks so much!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
KPD  (276) Michigan | June 2, 2017
Small place and manged to score a seat at the back bar our first visit at the end of a night, tried the next day for a longer session and left due to crowding. Really unique beer selection, if a Belgian fan an absolute must do.

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