Monkís cafť: What ŗ 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 donít 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 wasnít 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, Iíd 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 didnít eat. Had some Hill Farmstead on tap so that was cool. Iíll probably only go back for special stuff.
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 arenít bad. I really liked the place, and would definitely go back.
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 Iíve 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.
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. Donít coast on reputation guys.
Iíve 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 didnít help that I didnít like the music. The waitress didnít clean our table from empty plates.
Just visited Monkís Cafť yesterday after planning on going for years. Iím glad I finally made it. It was a very good experience...not quite as lofty as the reviewers make it out to be...but still one of the top craft bars in the US...particularly when compared to Belgium craft bars. I see this place as an 86-96 rating depending on your personal craft beer interests...but like Caponeís...perhaps a few points lower than the aggregate score (I realize RateBeer ups a score over time just from the shear number of positive reviews allowing a place to outscore itís average review). Anyway...great food...great atmosphere...and extremely good Belgium beer list. Once you get away from Belgiumís things can drop off pretty quick as far as numbers of non Belgiumís...but the quality and uniqueness of those beers is certainly notable. Case in point...during me visit I was able to enjoy a couple of Russian River beers (no Pliny or Blind Pig unfortunately)...and a great 22 oz bottle of Anchorage Brewingís Galaxy White IPA...definitely a highlight (along with the mussels and frogs legs!). My only complaint...and for me itís a big one...is the fact that they wonít give you a taste of anything on draft before you buy it...which is especially annoying given they donít offer flights or even half pints or half pours...and many of the offered beers are unusual enough to the average beer drinker that some type of tasting arrangement should be made available. My job involves a lot of travel around the world allowing me to visit many different types of beer establishments and I have never run across a place that doesnít offer at least one of these 3 tasting options...although Iím sure there must be others out there (when I complained I was clearly told these were the barís policies). I find this policy unacceptable for a world class craftbeer bar...and although I like the place overall...I am not likely to revisit often. Still...Monkís is a must visit on any craftbeer loverís list...Iíve now checked it off.