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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 218
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
264 S 16th St
phone: (215) 545-7005
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
My first trip to Monk's was with 2 co-workers, one from the UK who loves beer but is not familiar with american craft beers. We were very surprised to find that they had Pliny the Elder on tap. We all ordered the Pliny, I ordered the mussels and my friends ordered burgers. Needless to say we all loved the Pliny and also loved our meals, all prepared perfectly. My UK friend was very impressed with both the food and beer, stating it was the best american beer he ever tasted. I'm definitely looking forward to my next visit, this time bringing my son along.
07-07-2012 14:40:17 |
More by homerbunker
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Came in here with my brother after reading about all the great reviews. Ordered a lost abbey damnation which came in a standard pint glass ... Really expected a challice style glass for this beer , but not really a biggie. My brother asked for a taste of the Allagash white , but the bartender poured him a full one in a kitchen style glass , and after she served it to him she said we don't do samples.At that moment, I wondered why she would wait until after she served the beer to mention that they do not give samples. Also wondered why on earth they don't give samples. This was the first beer bar I have ever been to that would not give a sample. We paid our tab and left immediately. We went over to Khyber pass and Eulogy where we were treated much better. Overall I would say their selection was great, but the service was pretty bad, so I have no choice but to give Monk's a bad review regardless of the good press they have received. They have apparenly started to believe their own press. Not good.
07-03-2012 01:16:35 |
More by bctdi
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Even on the sunniest days in Illadephia, Monk's is cool dark spot to have a pint. Just stopped in today with my girlfriend during our travel day gone wrong to improve our spirits. I had a Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig - both from Russian River - and she had an amazing oak aged pale ale from Petrus. We shared some Pomme Frittes and needless to say, we were much happier.
The service was good, as was the beer and the food. Our beers were served in proper glassware and tasted fresh. Very impressed and glad to have a chance to try the Pliny.
Someone next to us ordered the moules frittes and they looked and smelled amazing.
Looking forward to my trip to Philly for a chance at another pint at Monk's.
04-07-2012 01:33:52 |
More by brewandstew
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Beer selection was huge.
Beer list is like a small phonebook.
I had to rely on server to guide me and my brother visiting from Denver.
Server was knowledgeable and patient.
Tried first sour which was really different for an IPA drinker.
Every beer the server reccomended (based on a style request) was fresh and so very good.
Atmosphere was weak, a ratty bar basically, all the more to focus on beer and your company.
Mussels fresh and tasty, good meaty caesar salad with chicken, Fries nothing special.
Spent $70 for 6 beers and a meal for 2 (before tip)
A neat experience.
Note: park 5-6 blocks SOUTH if going during day, you can get a free spot. At night you must feed the Kiosk (fancy meter for group of spaces)or as suggested pay the $20.00 and put your car in a garage.
02-28-2012 21:46:26 |
More by jprairiedog
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
What else is there to say about Monks that hasn't already been said.
A selection, 2nd to none in the city.
Heck, maybe 2nd to none in the country, or world. It is that unbelievable. I'm not sure where they put all these beers. The beer menu is exhausting with great, world class beers. That, actually, is a problem if you are a 1st time/only time, visitor. If one is a frequenter of Center City Philly, this is the place to go to experience great beers of the world.
My only gripe is what many others feel is a plus to the atmosphere of Monks.
No television at the bar, Now---I get the European thing. A bar/pub, is a public gathering to trade witicism's and stories, etc... BUT,
That tradition was formed when there was no TV.
You can't tell me those old time European bars wouldn't want to watch their soccer matches while drinking a pint of great beer.
The, nowadays, are better, in that case, then the olden days.
Monk's wont embrace that.
So, in essence....Monks, a place right in the heart of things downtown in Philly, is the greatest beer joint around. BUT---don't count on seeing the World Series or World Cup or Super Bowl or March Madness or the NBA Playoffs or any Eagles game or any Phillies or Flyers game, or any Villanova basketball game or----ANY game at any time ever in any year.
02-26-2012 02:18:43 |
More by Dennycurr
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I have not been to a cooler, more unique beer-oriented restaurant since going to Monk's. The place is crammed into a historic colonial building, with narrow hallways and dim lighting. Seating is small and intimate. The food is excellent Belgian staples: mussels and pommes frites. The beer list is so long that you are required to purchase it if you want to take it with you. And the selection is excellent, only the best beers, Belgian and otherwise, are served. To go to Monk's is an instantly nostalgic experience.
02-22-2012 03:00:46 |
More by dorianmarley
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Forget about what that guy says about an average burger and that his pals said that the mussels were ok - he may be a beer advocate, but not a food advocate.
You won't get better mussels than what Monk's offers in Philadelphia, or in any other city on the east coast unless you're in PEI. Burgers are definitely fantastic and the fries are great.
If you're looking for bartenders and servers who are well educated on hundreds of beers and can always offer you something that suits your flavor but you just don't know what beer to get, Monk's is your place. The servers are friendly enough for how busy they are.
Don't go if you are looking for a romantic dinner, this place is all about beer. No TV's either, but it attracts a different kind of person; not someone who drinks light beer (which should be banned) and wants to watch a football game.
02-08-2012 19:14:19 |
More by Kenbadasarian
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have been to monks a few times, a great beer list and bible you can't go wrong even if you don't know a lot about beer. That said I think the place is a little to dark and table service is not all that great. Good bar staff when they are not goofing around but I guess you need some of that in the bar.
Dupont Avec les bons Voeux has to be one of my favs it feels light at 9.5%. Maybe the the next time I go back I will get there earlyer and be able to get to eat some mussels, I hear they are decent.
01-26-2012 20:59:18 |
More by Antonion10
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
Not to shabby. Ended a night in Philly here. Had a Russian River Temptation and St. Bernardus Abt 12. Service was ok. Kind of slow due to the large volume of people here (it was Saturday night). They have a really nice selection of Belgians along with a good list of American Micro's. Food was ok. My burger was pretty much like any other burger I could get. My sister and brother in law got the mussels and said they were good. I wouldn't know.
Not a bad place. In my opinion Eulogy is a lot better.
01-20-2012 18:58:47 |
More by scottyg354
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Finally made it to this legendary place. Small cafe in the heart of Philly where space is at a premium. You should find a nearby parking lot and take a cab so you don.t have worries about finding a space or feeding the meter. Nothing fancy inside but a nice cozy feeling. The taplist is'nt extensive, but what they have is great. PTE was a must for me. Bottle list is truly amazing. Pricey but who cares. You pay extra for someone that is smart enough to know what people want to drink so don't complain about the prices. The food is incredible too. Frittes with the bourbon/mayo sauce are great. The mussels are a must for anyone coming here. A place I will come to whenever I'm even remotely close.
01-15-2012 18:15:45 |
More by jale
Monk's Café in Philadelphia, PA
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