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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 218
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
264 S 16th St
phone: (215) 545-7005
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by pwoody11:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
I've been to Monks dozens of times. I usually start every meal there with a Chimay, and then it's pretty random from there. I try to get something I haven't had before. For food, I've tried most of the menu, and at this point I'm pretty consistent on ordering a pot of mussels, frites, and the Broccoli rabe burger. Even though I stick to this trio for the most part, when I do happen to stray, I have never been disappointed. Be prepared to show ID to get a table.
Cons: Very crowded for dinner especially on weekends. If going in the evening you can plan on having to wait for a table. Which is worth it, but there really isn't much room to wait around. Parking can be tough to find. I choose to utilize a nearby garage, costs $20 though. Expect a high tab. While the food is well priced, you can expect to make up for it in beer. No $2 Buds here. You're getting the best beers in the world and you can expect to pay in and around $10+ per beer.
Pros: GREAT FOOD. I can't get enough of their fries. Best beer selection I have seen. Beer Bible is split into sections by parts of the world and style. Also has good info on different types of beer etc. for those new to trying different beers. Conveniently located right off Broad St. Staff is knowledgeable and pours every beer in its proper glass. Love the atmosphere.
Overall, I would highly recommend this venue to anyone. Monk's is an experience and in my opinion, somewhere fine beer lovers should go to enjoy a beer before there death.
12-14-2009 23:22:13 |
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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 |
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