Monk’s Café

Mayor: bulldogops (4) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~150
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
soyorganic  (25) Denver, Colorado | June 30, 2008
What can be said but great beers on tap, extensive bottle list, vegetarian options and great fries (although they don’t call them that). The only drawback is that it is always crowed and no reservations. Best bet is to go for lunch or in afternoon. Service has not been bad when I have been there. If you are in Philly and like beer you are required to go there.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
b3shine  (337) 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  (1719) , 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
ryanfolty  (244) 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  (254) 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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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv  (149) Oulu/Helsinki, Finland | May 27, 2017
Visited in February 2017. Very tight and narrow place. Had Belgian style house beers and one IPA. Good selection on tap and many nice beers available in bottles. Very busy place and that’s why I didn’t enjoy very much.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Schlenkerla  (653) Vienna, Austria | April 15, 2017| Updated April 16, 2017
Great, great, great!!!! Have been in this beer bar a few times before and visited again on 15th of April 2017. It is located very centrally, around 3 miles from independence hall. One main bar and a smaller one in a separate room in the back. The compactness and the Belgium beer memorabilia in combination with the dark lighting gives this place a unique atmosphere. They have 25 draft beers (outstanding and rotating selection) and more than 200 bottle beers. Majority of the beers are Belgium style, but they also offer some very good and rare other beers. Service is extremely attentive. Awesome place!!!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
bulldogops  (163) Edmonton, Alberta | February 13, 2017
First spot we hit in Philly for CBC and it did not disappoint. Killer beer list, mussels, and all kinds of weird motherfuckers in here. Perfect.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
MaBeer1972  (190) Reno, Nevada | December 11, 2016
Small place near Center City Philly. Went on a very busy Friday evening. Standing room only in the front, but I managed to find an empty stool in the back bar. Funky atmosphere. The smell of mussels permeates the air. Small but solid tap list. Big bottle list.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
lo_fi19147  (1) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | December 9, 2016
Monk’s is a must-visit spot for beer-fans in Philly. Amazing tap list and a large bottle selection of non-standard rarities. Get there early to secure a seat at the bar, front or back. I am lucky to live within a 20 minute walk of this place as I like to stop in often.

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