Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 25
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by sulldaddy:
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This was our first stop when in town for GABF. It was about 5 blocks from our hotel so a leisurely stroll over for a late lunch early dinner (4:00ish). Very easy to find as it is right on the main drag. We walked in and were greeted by a hostess and we could sit anywhere we want. Place has been open for only a month. Still doing some decorating etc. There is a smaller room to the left of the door, a standard rectangular bar with about 15-20 stools in the center-left and the rest of the room is booths and table chair combos. Lots of red brick wall and interesting ceiling decor. The walls are a little sparse, but I think this will be covered up. There were about 15 taps all belgians except one local, 1554 from New Belgium. The bottle list is similar in size maybe a few more. ONe member of our crew did have trouble finding a bottle, his first two choices were out. All drafts come in the proper and logoed glassware, nice touch. bottles have standard tulip or chalice type glasses.
The food is some pub grub with a mix of salads, snadwiches and soups, of course fries and mussels as well. I had a turkey reuben which was nicely done and came with an ample amount for fries. All others were happy with their food and beer choices. The service was very friendly and even though slow when we arrived there was no hovering which was also nice. I think with some wall decor (pictures, breweriana) this place will be a nice spot to hit up. The neighborhood may be on the edge of shady, so perhaps not the best spot for last call? Not sure on that just observations. Ask a local to confirm. I would highly recommend checking this place out. the beers are pricey, but Belgians usually are, $6-12 bottle or draft is the range for most.
Check it out, I am sure it will only get better as they are open longer.
10-20-2007 14:21:23 | More by sulldaddy
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4.41/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$$
A place of elegance within one of the harsher areas of town. Beer line up was impressive and tap list superb. I did think though in some instances they were overpriced but that might go with the territory as places downtown seem to run a little more quite often. Server was very knowledgeable about beer. This is definitely worth a stop if you're into Belgians and want a wide range of good craft from one source. I myself though will probably go to other alternatives in town with some many other less expensive choices.
05-29-2013 17:24:17 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.86/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Cheeky Monk on Colfax Avenue, a weird hodgepodge of porno stores, homeless people and hipsters. Parking kind of weird, one of the most uneven parking lots behind the place totally being displaced by tree roots underneath it, and construction going on across the way.
Get inside, and it looks more like the quinetessential English pub decor, tons of polished wood. But then you start to notice the glassware, the Gulden Draak tower, etc. . . and it definitely takes on the vibe of a Belgian place. Overall, nice and impressive, plenty of space beyond the bar area for dining, a few tables in the bar area. A
Good list of beers, heavy on the Belgian stuff, they were out of all the Russian River stuff. Believe I had a Green Flash Linchpin here. Service was good, waitress checked on us the right amount, cheery.
Food smelled good. Had it at the other location, I have no reason to think this place isn't as good. Ultimately I like the Westminster location a little more (having more Avery & Russian River will do that). But this is a worthwhile stop, especially with the awesome 2UP bar down the road and Argonaut around the way. Plus, if you're the type who likes skinny jeans and porno, this neighborhood is for you.
08-16-2012 20:32:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.14/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Cheeky Monk is located on Colfax Ave on the east side of downtown Denver. Street parking is available nearby.
The interior is dark with brick and wood, plus some large pieces of art. Some signage of available beers
Tons of Belgian options on tap, all served in proper glassware. Had St. Bernardus 12, Kwak and Tripel Karmeliet.
I didn't eat any food, but did enjoy a few relaxing beers on a slow day. The bartender was beautiful, which didn't hurt
Overall I really liked this place and would definitely visit again and would recommend it to any beer lover visiting Denver.
12-31-2011 04:01:16 | More by buffs9
3.75/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My friend and I visited Saturday morning of GABF for a special "Breakfast with the Bruery" prior to the noon GABF session.
Located in a neighborhood that appears to be undergoing revitalization. An easy cab ride or nice walk from downtown.
Because they typically don't serve breakfast and this was a special event, my experience may differ from yours. The overall experience was very pleasant.
We went with a Bruery paddle which consisted of ~4 oz pours of Autumn Maple, Saison Rue, Hotenroth, and Mischief. I think they were $12 each.
The food was high quality and generous portions for the price.
We finished by splitting a glass of the Bruery Bourbon Barrell Cuir (14%) for $14. I was hoping they would have more rare Bruery stuff available and maybe even the chance to meet Partick Rue. No dice on either.
When I asked my server what order to consume the flight, she had no idea but the service steadily improved during the course of the meal. Some basic beer training could improve the service.
The decor had lots of rich wood furniture and an impressive bar but was otherwise bland with your standard Belgian beer signs.
10-06-2011 14:21:39 | More by Yetiman420
4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Now this place is THE BOMB! I'm not giving it a 5/5 just because i'm an honest kind of guy, however I love this place.
Good atmosphere, not in the sexiest place in Denver but definitly gets a more respectable crowd than lodo bars.AMple seating inside, also some outside available.
Never had an issue with service here. Great workers, quite knowledgable.
Selection really cannot be beat in CO as Belgian beer goes. And Belgian Beer is the Rason de Etre for going here.
Food was solid. Last visit there, I had the steamed mussels and rabbit stew. Both were wonderful.
Wish it were cheaper, but then again they import 98% of their booze from Belgium so its bound to be expensive
09-25-2011 01:03:47 | More by JoeAmerican77
4.41/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This little whole in the wall is located across for the Cathedral in downtown Denver.
The inside of the bar is nicely done with wooden booths and beer signs from all over Belgium.
I order an Orval and was presented with the bottle and a matching orval glass, it was quite impressive. My friend order Chimay blue and Rochefort 8, both of which came with their own logo glasses. It was a nice touch.
I did not try the food but the beer was good, and not that much more than you would pay in the store to buy a bottle of Orval or other Trapist beer.
The selection was impressive and I plan on returning.
07-20-2011 23:31:58 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Close to downtown Denver on historic Colfax, this Belgian beer bar has added quite a unique touch to the Denver beer drinking scene. The draft and bottle selections are decently limited, but they always have some very good options. In general, Belgian beers tend to be a bit pricier - as they should be...most of the "real ones" come from across the pond - but I'd say Cheeky is in the middle of the road. I've drank at other Belgian beer bars around the country/world and, on average, the prices here seem to be just fine.
The food selection is quite grand (and ever changing), but there's not a bad thing on the menu. They have an excellent lunch menu and a reasonable happy hour deal that new fails to disappoint. Plan your trip here accordingly and you can often drink for 1/2 off!
The staff is often very helpful in recommending beers for folks that are less than familiar with Belgian beers and very friendly. I really enjoy the style of the bar and think, all-in-all, this is a great spot to visit.
07-06-2011 02:07:27 | More by spdyfire83
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Atmosphere- Walked in, and first impression is almost everything in the restaurant is wood. Feels very old timey and cozy. The ceiling is really intricate plaster (i think) and decorative. Almost feels as though you've been transported out of Denver circa 2010 and moved to Europe of a previous era.
There was an interesting mix of people. Some, like us, were eating in the dining area, which was pretty quiet. Over by the bar area, there were quite a few people being quite loud. This might bother some, however, I thought it was fine, and actually quite enjoyable, and added to the atmosphere.
Quality- All beers are served in correct glassware for the style, and furthermore, most of the beers are served in their own logo glass, which is very cool. They have many unique glasses here. From what I could tell, beers were also served at the right temperatures, which I really appreciated.
Service- When we walked in, we were quickly greeted and told to seat ourselves wherever we wanted. Our server was fairly aloof, and didn't talk much, however, when I ordered a sour beer, she made sure I knew it would be sour, which was probably smart considering some of their clientele might be put off by that. We were served promptly, and taken care of very well though.
Selection- Nice selection of beer. Mostly belgian style beers. I was pleased to see quite a few different sours on the menu. Although they specialize in belgian beers, they have something for everybody including at least one ipa, imperial stout, and pilsner.
Food selection was also fairly varied, so I would think most everybody could find something that they enjoyed.
Food- I had the fish and chips. I thought overall the food was very good. High quality ingredients and prepared superbly.
Value- The beers are a bit pricey (average around 8 dollars), however, I felt it was somewhat understandable considering the types of beers they had. Food was quite reasonable.
06-02-2011 19:50:03 | More by mattkooler
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Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café in Denver, CO
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