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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 218
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
264 S 16th St
phone: (215) 545-7005
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I was in Philly for work and had a Saturday free, I went to monks and told the bartender I was from Arizona and would like anything I could not get out west, I ending up trying beers from Switzerland, Belgium, PA, and NH. His selections where outstanding and after every new beer we would talk and he would further refine the next one. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
12-07-2013 03:18:23 |
More by mkh895
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$
Visited Monk's during a weekend shopping trip based on BA rating, as it was near our hotel. Great atmosphere, beer selection, food, knowledgable bartenders. Loved the old school feel of the place. Best of all, no TV's . Worked my way thru the Deschutes beer on tap. Quite satisfied. My advice: go early, stay late, visit the back bar, have a meal.
11-09-2013 14:04:09 |
More by curl217
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I visited Monk's Cafe on a recommendation from a friend. We battled rush-hour traffic from Cherry Hill into Philly to visit here, and I wouldn't change a thing.
The Atmosphere is awesome. It has an almost rustic feel to it with both a front bar area with some tables, and then a back bar area with additional tables. Only complaint would be that it's a compact space, but that doesn't bother me when it's a great bar.
The Quality was fantastic. The high quality brews and great food make this place a winner.
The Service was just alright. The back bartender wasn't that friendly, and while I understand they were busy, they took a LONG time to make their initial visit to our table. However, once we received our initial visit, the waitress was great the rest of the night.
The Selection is among the best I've seen. I was able to drink a Firestone Walker PNC without having to trade for it, and I also ordered up a Cantillon Gueuze. I think that says it all. They have various Cantillons throughout the year according to the bartender. They had 20-25 total drafts between the two bars, and their bottle list is craziness, which includes a lot of relatively hard-to-find Belgian ales and sours.
The Food was fantastic. I got the chicken apple sausage, the fries with accompanying sauce, and I tried my co-worker's mac and cheese which was also amazing. Although it's almost impossible, try to save room for dessert as the couple we tried were incredible.
If I were closer (25-30 min drive), I would come back here again on my final night. This place is incredible and is a must-visit when in Philadelphia.
11-08-2013 21:20:24 |
More by smartassboiler
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
My wife and I were visiting a friend who moved to Philly and agreed to meet him at Monk's Cafe. We got there early and lucked out with a seat at the front bar on a crowded Friday night. The restaurant is a long rectangle with a front bar and small seating area, more seating in the middle and another room with a bar in the back area. Since it's not very wide people are packed near the bar with hardly any elbow room. It's also very dark in the bar. It's so dark that it's hard to read the tap list posted behind the bar. We had to get a printed copy to find out what was on tap.
While we waited for our friend we each got a Russian River beer (Pliny the Elder and Damnation). Our first time having either on tap. Beer prices were on the high side, but fair for what you are getting. We had time for another couple beers when our friends showed up. From there we got a table in the back room. This room is decorated like a monastery and the bar has beers on tap that weren't available up front.
The food is creative and tasty. I got the mac & cheese special, which was very filling. Our friends had burgers which were huge.
Service was fine. It was a very busy night so at times it was hard to get our waitresses attention, but she did what she could for us.
Anyway, if you're a craft beer fan you need to visit Monk's Cafe when in Philly. The beer list is incredible and includes beers specially brewed by top Belgian brewers just for this bar.
10-15-2013 00:57:25 |
More by WanderingFool
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Upon entry, it looks like you might be stepping into a dark dingy biker-bar. What you'll actually find is awesome food and a definitely impressive beer list. Their service may not be the quickest but that's because this place is either packed or the staff is taking the time to answer your geekin'est beer questions- super knowledgeable. A beer must if you're in the area, or even if you're not.
10-14-2013 23:35:15 |
More by cakimbrough
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Great beer selection but that is not what sets Monk's aapart from the crowd. The beer selection also includes beers you cannot get anywhere else. I had the Demolen Rooka me Leer, a smoked porter aged in Laguvulin casks; definitely an acquired taste but worth the tasting. Also had the Firestone Walker PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout, awesome beer and I would have many more if I did not have an early meeting the next morning.
10-06-2013 21:13:08 |
More by Porter
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Monks is a small cafe in Philadelphia. It was dark and cramped while i was there. Pretty full too, its not big so the little space there is fills up quick. The food wasn't bad, nothing to brag about. The beer selection is quite impressive. Saw a few beers there ive never seen anywhere. Its a bit pricey, then again, everything in the city is. I will definitely go back for the beer selection alone, but i wont do it during peak hours. If you find yourself in the Rittenhouse Square section of Philadelphia, i would recommend stopping in and checking it out.
08-13-2013 04:11:08 |
More by HamGlade10
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
An absolutely amazing beer bar. The draft and bottle selections are top notch and the food was great as well. I had Blind Pig from Russian River on draft (a first for me), as well as a local BBA Barley Wine. I saw at least a half dozen more I was dying to try but after the 26 oz barley wine I was about done but will definately go back later this week. A must see for any visit to Philly, you will not be disappointed.
08-07-2013 21:26:42 |
More by JRak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
This place is an absolute institution in not only the Philadelphia beer world but in history of craft beer in the United States. As with any institution, they kind of have the attitude that they don’t need "your" business because someone else will always be behind you to take your stool. However, it is absolutely worth a visit. Monk’s Cafe is responsible for bringing Russian River to Philadelphia. They also have great food (think mussels and fries).
08-05-2013 02:38:04 |
More by Fluffheady
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
Initially was drawn there because they had Pliny on tap. Had two beers the first day, then came back the next day for more. Had two more beers, as well as some frog legs. Froggies were well done w sauce that tastes suspiciously like atomic wings at Wing Stop. Also got to give the Beer bible a good looking over.. Very knowledgeable staff and excellent beer and food. Seemed a bit cramped, though I noted there is a back bar where they have to fetch some of the tap beers from.
07-15-2013 01:58:20 |
More by Tiburon
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