Surprisingly large and varied bottle selection with a huge number of De Molen bottles after a recent festival. Swedish, Danish and US taps were somewhat interesting but not among the best offered in town.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 29, 2013
Visited September 2012.
We had just finished a 3 hour stay at Akkurat trying half a dozen nearly impossible to find Cantillon beers, eating some decadent food, and running up a 5,000 SEK tab and decided to go bar hopping and tick some beers and Advocate hard before retiring to the hotel and trying a couple dozen more pale lagers. We got here shortly before last call and so couldn’t stay long but that place was pretty nice. You can either sit upstairs or go down into the basement and order beer and food there. The tap selection was interesting but not great, though it was nice trying some of the house beers. The atmosphere was quiet and dark and over all pleasant. Socialist pricing.
Stopped here after hitting Akkurat. Two level set up with the beer bar being downstairs in the sort of cellar area. Lots of beers on tap with some house beers as well as an extensive bottle list. Service was okay. Prices are the typical high Stockholm prices. Cool ambiance to this place.
A fabulous old place with the bar and a series of candle lit rooms under brick arches and vaults in the cellars. I liked it immediately - it was very atmospheric, the beers were good and the service from Daniel the barman was exceptionally friendly and welcoming.
(Visited 2 March 2013).
Fin (1146) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | 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.
Very nice cellar location in an older brick building at the lower parts of Gamla Stan. The place has opened, but there no brewing on the premises, yet. They will start brewing next year, according to information given by the staff. Offers a nicely presented sample tray – en halv meter öl – of five interesting beers from Swedish micros. Good food and friendly service in a cosy atmosphere (visited 13.09.2010).
We nipped in here for a beer primarily due to its location. Half of the place was closed because it was summer!? We decided to go for one of the house beers and thought it was pretty decent actually. They had some interesting beers in the fridges (De Molen etc) but they were unbelievably expensive, so we avoided them. Staff were ill-informed about beer, so I stepped in and helped out a few tourists out with their choices! Worth a quick stop to try some of the Monk Café beers, but I wouldn’t return in a hurry.
I visited at the sneak premiere opening a while back. Impressive amount of taps, but unfortunately (at least this night) the staff didn’t really know all the beers and some were in not so good condition. Was supposed to open their own brewery as well, but not sure they’ve had the opportunity to open that yet. The fod we had was very nice. Cool cellar rooms, though got very very hot if you took seating close to the grill. Not the cheapest place, but considering the location, you should figure that much before you even step inside.
This is a stunning pub. Before I’d even made it all the way into the cellar, I had stopped to photograph and worship The De Molen Fridge, praise be unto it. An incredible selection of other beers awaits once you’re in the depths. Ranks of taps on the bar, and files of bottles in the fridges. The subdued lighting makes this a delightful place to grab a few end-of-the-evening beers before retiring. Top marks to the staff - I was graced by the company of the manager pretty much the whole evening, and his generosity in time, information, and "oooh, have you tried this ... <fetch>" was almost unbounded. Unfortunately, like the whole of Stockholm, and probably Sweden, the prices are astronomical. I would guess that one fancy import bottle costs 1 day’s wages here in Estonia (and I’m unemployed currently). However, I didn’t need that special edition B.C.S. variant - I had De Molen beers to drink from The De Molen Fridge, praise be unto it, instead. Brewery here shows great potential. Apart from a few personal buttons I don’t like being pushed, the beers were very solid, and the sausage beer was a stunner - yum! Must visit location in town. By the time I left, I thought it was the best bar in the Baltics. (I hadn’t been to Akkurat at that stage, but there’s no shame in coming second to Akkurat!)
Nice location in the Old Town. Wonder ful atmosphere in an old style basement. Service is often good but varies à little. Food is good but on the expensive side. Lots of swedish micros on tap, mostly their own beer. À bit expensive but well worth a visit when in Stockholm.