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The Old Monk
Taps: 23 / Bottles: 84
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2847 N Henderson Ave
phone: (214) 821-1880
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by beerdrifter:
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
After spending 5 years living 30 minutes from the Belgium border, being transferred to Louisiana has been hard to deal with. But after discovering the Old Monk, there may be hope. The moment we walked through the front door we knew we were in the right place. The dark wood and exposed brick adorned with Belgian beer signs instantly transported us back in time. They really hit the mark in keeping with the monastic theme.
If the atmosphere alone isn't enough to keep you coming back, just wait until you open the menus. The beer selection is outstanding, of course with an emphasis on the Belgians, including Hoegaarden, Maredsous, Chimay and Orval. There's also a very respectable selection of beers from Germany, Holland, the UK and the US.
We figured that with the great atmosphere and wonderful beer selection we'd be asking too much to hope that the food was also top notch. But the real show stopper is the food. You must try the house specialty...Moules Frites. It's a generous portion of mussels steamed in Hoegaarden and served with fries and spicy mayo. It was every bit as good as any we had in Belgium. And the Fish and Chips and Guinness Stew are equally amazing. The Old Monk is by far the best pub I've been to in the US!
03-05-2006 06:55:06 |
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11-22-2013 05:11:01 |
More by rjtx000
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited with friends on a hot Saturday afternoon. There was a large outside seating area, the temperature drove us inside. Very Belgium brewpub like atmosphere with dark woods, large open seating area with a nice bar area.
There were about 15 selections of beer on tap and around a 30 to 40 bottle variety. Mostly Belgiums and a few local brews and the typical big box beers.
Waitress was very attentive, friendly and had great knowledge of the beer selection and menu.
Very nice selection of food very good quality, enjoyed the Bilton Burger and the Guinness Beef Stew. Very reasonably priced and overall a very enjoyable pub.
06-16-2011 02:23:06 |
More by dtivp
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Pretty hoppin on a Friday night. Atmosphere was cool and laid-back. No blaring music, just a lot of people seemingly having a good time. Has an outside patio that is partially open and partially covered, with plenty of space. The covered part had picnic tables and the uncovered part had regular tables. Selection was good with a nice array of Belgian brews and American Crafts. I thought the draught options were a little slim. Had a few Texas brews, and was hoping there would have been more. I've noticed the lack of local brews at a few places in Dallas. What up with that? The waitress was friendly, but mostly business, which works well for me, as she kept the drinks full and was on top of it. If I lived in this area of Dallas I could see the Old Monk being a stomping ground for me.
09-12-2010 00:48:38 |
More by stephens101
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
The Old Monk is a medium sized pub in a nice little area north of downtown Dallas. It's got an authentic feel with dark woods, exposed brick, low lighting and lots of little touches that would remind you of a European pub. The Christmas lights really spice it up for the holidays.
They had about 15 on tap with the usual Europeans (Guinness, Harp, Stella, etc.) and several others. I went with a Maredsous and a Breckenridge Christmas Ale (on their rotating tap).
The Old Monk is a nice little pub. I don't think it's worth going out of your way for but if you're in the area or passing by, it's worth a visit.
12-17-2009 12:53:16 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Franziskaner, Kronenbourg 1664, Maredsous 8, Hoegaarden, Lindeman's Framboise, Chimay White, Stella Artois, Franconia Hefe, Harp, Smithwicks, Guinness, Sierra Nevada, Blue Moon and Gulden Draak.
Bottles included a nice selection of Belgians, a decent selection of Bavarian wheat beers, the mandatory UK brews, a limited selection of US micros and a few select beers from elsewhere.
The Old Monk was a lively place on a Wednesday night. The inside was dark wood, dimly lit and boisterous. Although primarily filled with guys, there was a good number of couples scattered among the tables both inside and out. Were I not alone, I would have preferred the outdoor seating which seemed a few notches mellower than that inside.
I watched the Stars beat the Red Wings on one of two flatscreens while enjoying a couple of Belgian drafts at the bar. Once the game was over though, I could find little reason to stay. The prices were a bit high, the music grew a bit loud and the draught selection was just too run of the mill.
I finished my Maredsous 8 and left to find the Ginger Man.
11-21-2009 03:48:29 |
More by 86sportster883
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$$
I have a hard time wanting to enjoy this place, but I can see why lots of people seem to want to go here. The place is just way too busy and crowded for me. I tend to always end up here with friends and thats a peek times. The selection of drafts change frequently, but for some reason I'm never impressed with them (Stella, Blue Moon, Francoia Wheat, Guinness, Harp, etc. nothing great or different.) The bottles are more interesting to me but waaaay over priced. A Westmalle Trip for 9 bucks, Duvel for 8, just doesn't sit well with me when I go to other bars off the beaten path for 6 and 5.5, respectfully. Also, parking is a royal pain here, rarely have I seen an open spot in their tiny lot, and I'm not cool with valet due to past experiences, and parking in the residential hoods is just sketchy. Basically, a meat market for pretty people that enjoy stella.
04-14-2008 17:53:03 |
More by ballewblake
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
The Old Monk is an absolute haven for weary travelers and should be on any beer lovers radar while in Dallas. The place has an authentic European charm about it and that's no coincidence because the proprietors hail from Dublin, IE. The pub is located in the heart of the Knox-Henderson area just 1 block east of US-75 & Henderson. The draught selection is well balanced between BE, UK, & US micros and the bottle selection is fairly extensive with a few hidden gems. As an added bonus, the bartenders make an effort to serve all of the beers at the right temperatures in the appropriate glassware which makes the experience all the more enjoyable. The food menu is not expansive, but absolutely fantastic for pub fare. I love the Belgian steamed mussels and Moules frites, the cheese boards are awesome, as is the Ploughman's Lunch. You cant't really beat the fish & chips or the soups & sandwiches either. Hell it's all good, so stop by for a firkin pint!
02-01-2008 16:42:50 |
More by Beertracker
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon with a couple of friends. Really liked the place. I'm not familiar with much of the Dallas side of the Metroplex, but this looked like a pretty cool little part of town.
It was dark, even in the mid-afternoon. Dark colors abound. Good mix of music that was just loud enough to have to talk over, not yell over. Lots of seating. Outdoor seating looked plentiful too (it was August afterall, maybe it's different in October). They do allow smoking indoors, which was unexpected, but not too bothersome. My only complaint was that it was pretty hot in there that day. Me and my two friends had broken a sweat by the time we left, but it wasn't unbearable. Maybe the A/C was just out that day or something.
Service was prompt. They brought water as soon as we sat down without us asking for it, which I really appreciated. The waitress seemed to know her stuff, made some good recommendations.
Selection seemed decent. Not a Flying Saucer-like selection, but lots of good stuff in the Belgian style. Everything served at proper temperatures and in/with proper glassware too.
Definitely would stop back in. Great little beer bar here.
08-23-2007 01:52:27 |
More by skillerified
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited on a Sunday night and enjoyed the experience. The building and decor is what I like in a beer bar: long bar, a lot of dark wood, no tv's, etc. The music was a little loud, but alteast I enjoyed what they were playing. My favorite aspect of the bar was the bartenders. They were extremely friendly and attentive. I had dinner there and it was excellent. My only disappointment was the beer selection. They had a very common lineup of Euro beers with a couple of Belgians (Maredsous, Chimay) The bottle selection was better on the Belgian side, but very common stuff from other countries. Definitely a small American craft selection. They did use appropriate glassware for the beers they poured. All in all, a very well done atmosphere and great service, but average selection.
04-03-2007 04:26:00 |
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