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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 218
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
264 S 16th St
phone: (215) 545-7005
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 311 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$$
I spent about 4 hours one afternoon with two friends the other day while in Philly for the AHA convention. A reasonable walk from our downtown hotel worked up an appetite for a long lunch. I've got to say this place is friggin small for such a world class operation which makes even the smallest of crowds seem huge. A small bar on the left wall as you walk in with maybe 15 stools, a dozen or so tables crammed into the rest of the existing floorspace. The backroom holds a bar on the right wall with about half as many tables. The beer, well today we had Pliny, Temptation, A couple from De Molen, Chimay, Lindemans, Allagash, that I can remember, but about 20 great taps, and an insane bottle list. The menu has a nice mix and our burgers were great, although the buns were too big for the meat. Like everything of this quality be prepared to drop some coin, quality isn't cheap. Our waitress was overwhelmed with the 4000 beer geeks in town, but seemed attentive enough to us. I look forward to giving them more of my money in the future.
07-02-2013 00:05:25 |
More by johnnnniee
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$$
I had very high expectations given the hype for this place and I was very disappointed. Only one Belgian beer on draft, expected more. Ok bottle list but nothing hard to find. Food was good and service was ok given the mob of people in the place for the aha conference.
06-27-2013 02:00:40 |
More by BrianMChi
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
This place was a nice little spot to end a difficult day. The price was a little more than I had anticipated, but the quality of the beer selection always wins me over in these types of establishments. My only somewhat negative comment is the cramped quarters along the bar could be relieved to make it a better overall experience. Tucked away in the cobblestone district of Philly, this little spot adds a cozy european atmosphere to this historic town.
06-25-2013 14:19:14 |
More by T_rizzo
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$$
Stopped at Monk's last week while driving through Philly. It was my first time here. It was the middle of the afternoon on a beautiful day, and my only complaint about the atmosphere is that it is a bit dark. Sat at the back bar and the service was great from the bartender back there. They had bottles of Cantillon - Classic Gueze, Rose de Gambrinus, and Kriek - limit 1 bottle per group. I chose the RDG and obviously it was awesome. After getting that out of the way I had a hard time selecting what else to drink as the menu was ridiculously extensive. I considered Allagash FV13, RR Supplication and Consecration, amongst others, but settled on an IPA from Boneyard as I had never tried anything from that brewery before. My girlfriend had a Blind Pig. None of this stuff can be found in Pittsburgh, so it was pretty overwhelming. Summary - worth the hype, will go out of my way to return.
06-21-2013 23:58:22 |
More by outoffocus
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Glad I paid Monk's a visit, great selection of both tap and bottled beers. Being from NJ we do not get to enjoy beers from Russian River so I was very happy to indulge while I could. They had Pliny the Elder but had run out just before we arrived although I did have some Blind Pig and Supplication which were both outstanding. The barmaid was very helpful and service was what I love... very attentive but not in your face. Prices were very reasonable and I plan on visiting again soon.
05-15-2013 21:55:14 |
More by erialbill
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been to Monk's quite a few times being from the Philadelphia are and it never disappoints. Excellent selection, leaning slightly heavy onto Belgian's. Good tap selection, usually a great variety, but the bottles are even better. A lot of very difficult to find brews which is the main reason I seek this place out every time I visit home. The service is outstanding. Very educated bartenders and servers. They seem to know their stuff and are extremely attentive every time I have been there, even on Friday and Saturday nights. There's actually two bars with a different taps in each area. Space is dark and cramped, but it's very unique. The food is pretty good, though I am usually pretty far gone by the time I eat. I recommend the Chicken and apple sausage, it's amazing. The price can be a little on the high side but when it comes to their selection and you realize you are in downtown Philly, I don't mind.
Awesome overall venue, a definite place to check out.
05-14-2013 20:52:33 |
More by rjp217
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Hard to rate this place if you are thinking that it is a beer nirvana since apparently it is in the top 3,5 or 10 places to have a beer list depending on who you ask (and that's just at Monk's b/c they are proud to willing to remind of you this). That being said, while it may be impossible for this place to live up to the hype it is a, and pardon my couth language but I don't have the most extensive vocabulay, damn good place. Avoided any crowd by going on a Wednesday afternoon right between lunch and dinner (and parking was still a bitch) crowds and got a table for two next to the bar for my wife and I. Some people say this place is snobby or pretentious, but the server and bartender I talked to were great, if not the most knowledgeable, and while I was there I heard Abbey Road and Tupelo Honey in their entirety so being a "classic rock" that appealed to me. OK - the beer: the biggest Belgian selection I have seen and probably the most diverse so go ahead and just assume it the most diverse (that I've seen). American and other imported beer selection is just as good as there aren't too many diamonds in the rough but the ones you find are worth the price and the wait. Only knock on this place for me was the food. I was told their pommes frites were some of the best chow in the city and quite frankly they were average, as were the chicken strips and sandwiches. Oh well - I will definitely go back to this place and just eat something around the corner b/c other than the food this is one of the best beers in the country. Just ask 'em yourself.
04-09-2013 21:38:58 |
More by clayrock81
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited on a dreary day in November 2012
After taking forever to find reasonable parking, I finally got to visit Monk's after reading about it for years. First off: the place, even during the day, was incredibly dim and a bit spooky, if you will. I sat at the bar up front. Being after lunch, the place was dead, with just a few tables and bar stools occupied. This helped me get some great service from the bartender.
The beer selection was diverse and all-around awesome. Belgians, major US crafts, and obscure shit. The bottle list was impressive as well - though, apparently, they don't sell Westvleteren ;-) Monk's has all of the proper glassware and they serve their beers to perfection. As far as selection and quality go, this is one of the premier beer bars in America.
Monk's is every bit worth the hype, visiting on a midweek afternoon allowed me to really take in the place and exploit its merits. Highly recommended.
02-04-2013 17:12:42 |
More by jophish17
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Decent food and an impressive beer list. Convenient location. Have been here a few times and servers (not the bar tenders) were awful. Took a long time to take our order, were not helpful when it came to questions we had about the beer, never came to check on our table until we were ready to pay, serious attitude problem. If you want as great a beer selection but without the snobbish wait staff, visit Eulogy in Old City.
01-28-2013 00:20:46 |
More by PaleAlePat
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
I had the chance to visit the legendary Monk's Cafe last year while I was in Philly for work. The beer selection and quality didn't disappoint me at all. Great beers had included multiple bottles from Lost Abbey including Red Poppy, Deliverance, and Serpent Stout. All were items I couldn't find at home in Mn. The place has a cool charm to it however it was packed on the two nights I visited. Servers were very nice and knew their beer.
01-24-2013 03:23:04 |
More by Hopsiam14
Monk's Café in Philadelphia, PA
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