Place had the benefit of being only a few blocks away from the RBSGí11 hotel. Only got to stop in once, but it was well worth it. Great bottle selection and decent number of taps, prices were excellent for a bar ($5 pints of chocolate yeti?!). got my fill of Russian river beers which paired nicely with the best veggie burger Iíve ever had. Really tasty fries, great ambience (though I imagine it gets crowded, we came at a good time)... This place is excellent in terms of price and quality, though donít expect to come here for dozens of new ticks, I suppose.
Nice Belgian bar located conveniently in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia. The bar has nice indoor and outdoor seating and a great feel for the bar section. They usually have over 10 taps of pretty interesting brews that are on a decent rotation. The bottle selection is extensive but nothing insane.
Boy do I love this bar. The selection is incredible. The people are even better. and the food isnít bad either. I would highly recommend the fries if you are going. they are the best fries I have ever had.
Since April, Iíve been to The Belgian Cafe many times with James (JRedmond) and big Tony (TonyDiUlio). This place is awesome. The bar is incredibly nice, and almost never crowded. Great selection of domestic and imported crafts. Usually about 10-15 different brews on tap, and a huge bottle selection as well. Prices are reasonable for both food and beer, and the staff is filled with genuinely nice, outgoing, friendly bartenders and servers. The laid-back, yet classy atmosphere is hard to match. Outside seating for nice days and nights. Great pommes frites. Fantastic bar. Stop in for a basket of frites and a tall, cold draft.
Went here with TonyDiUlion and JRedmond on a quite Thursday night. Taps were both Belgian classics and American craft. Maybe 9 or 10 taps... Bottle selection was much more extensive... all the classics with a few unusuals. In all, totaling over a hundred brews. Prices were pretty good, small glasses were started at 3 bucks, which we used to sample.. approx 10 oz, and 5 for full pint sized. Nice ambiance.. a traditional Belgian taproom feel.
bar section is dimly and warmly lit with nice dark hardwood floors and bar. another slim bar with stools is located against the wall directly opposite the bar...a nice atmosphere to enjoy conversation and good beer. restaurant side is slightly brighter and decorated with nice paintings. service on the restaurant side could have been better...the server was very unaccomadating when my friend wanted to modify the menu iitem she was ordering. food was outstanding just as it is at monkís and the beer selection is very nice. belgium is beautifully represented on the beer list but i do wish founders made an appearance on the u.s. beer list. i enjoyed a very nice meal with great beers at a very fair price. iíd definitely go again and eat at the bar next time.
Great addition to the Monkís family. Excellent selection of bottles, could use a few more on tap. Food selection is ok, they do have good mussels. I also definitely liked that it was not as crowded and cramped as the original monkís.
Stopped by there yesterday afternoon (Saturday) around 5:00. Some outside tables in use, nearly empty bar. Very knowledgeable bartender. Decent selection on tap - mostly belgians, with Stone Russian Imperial Stout, Victory Baltic Thunder and Weyerback Hops Infusion. Wife and I both got burgers - very good, but a pretty damn small burger for $9 +/-. (If you want a great burger, try Vintage at 13th and Sansom). They do have the great monks fries and dipping mayo though.
brbrWill definitely visit again - hopefully itíll be a little bit warmer and we can enjoy the outdoor tables.
I was there last night after the beer fest. Very nice bottle selection. Service is excellent. Nice warm ambiance. Good food selection. Knowledgeable staff. We both drank Monks Flemish sour on draft which was fresh. It was our first visit, and definitely will visit again.
corby112 (17) philadelphia, Pennsylvania | November 30, 2007| Updated December 6, 2007
New belgian restaurant opened up in the Fairmount section of the city by the owners of Monkís Cafe. Although it shares some similarities to Monkís, it has its own character. The menu is different, offering items that are unavailable at Monkís such as an amazing mussel bisque and a variety of mussels and sandwiches. The ambience is warm and looks more like a restaurant than a pub and the service is alway very good. They have now expanded their beer menu to 200+ beers. Also, they have Nogne O Dark Horizon but itíll cost you $25 per bottle.