7 Monks Taproom
Taps: 46 / Bottles: 74
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by Mitchster:
3.14/5 rDev -28.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went to the new taproom today. They had 43 beers on tap and more in bottles. The beer was fresh (of course, because it just opened), and served in appropriate glassware. Germany, Belgians, and American's were well represented. British selection was meager. Of course, the selection focused on Michigan beer.
Take a peek yourself at the beer menu:
Prices were OK, but to be honest, one can get better prices down the road at the Bay Leaf, where almost everything is $4. I had a Trois Pistoles ($9), a GLBC Dortmunder ($5), and my GF had Celebrator ($6.50) and some Monks Blood Red wine from Left Foot Charleys (on tap-and for $6, the pour was disappointingly small).
The problems - There are 7 large screen TV's, so this is not a place to ENJOY your beer, per say. It makes business sense to have 7 TV's because people will drink more as they watch the game and scream and yell (as they were doing today), even at 3:30 in the afternoon when I thought it wouldn't be too busy and not to loud.
The other problem: When we sat at a table (after waiting about 20 minutes), the waitress told us all food and beer is ordered at the bar. The problem with this is: 1) The tips for the waitress are going to be lower if I have to wait in line to place an order (isn't that her job?), and 2) I forgot to pay the waitress and paid the bartender instead, with tip...Oops.
09-04-2011 02:41:05 | More by Mitchster
More User Reviews:
4.31/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
7 Monks is a brick faced building, newly redone, with a glass facade. Upon entering it's somewhat dark and cozy with the yellowed lighting. The bar is to the right, a wall bar to the left along with some high top seating, booths and table seating in the rear with a couple TVs in the corners of the bar and a monsterous TV toward the back. The taplist is extensive (46) and well laid out by style featuring a ton of Michigan tap only beers, everything from brewpubs to breweries offerings. The service was friendly and helpful. I didn't ask any questions about the beer but I did have a couple questions about the food and they were answered quickly and correctly.
The taplist is very strong with offerings from Kuhnhenn, Shorts, Founders, Perrin, Terra Firma, and loads of other Michigan favorites,most of which are tap only releases. The online list has been well kept and updated in my experience. The lines are clean, the beer expertly poured and the service friendly and prompt. The prices are reasonable and the pours are large.
The food is top notch. I recently spent two nights in Traverse and ended up eating at 7 Monks both nights, mostly for the amazingly addictive bacon wrapped dates but the Harvest Pizza was excellent as well and the burger was good though slightly overcooked. Great frites as well, with a garlicky aioli.
7 Monks was my favorite bar while recently up in Michigan. Great selection, great atmosphere, friendly service, top notch bar food, and reasonable prices make 7 Monks a must stop in Traverse City.
10-22-2013 17:01:32 | More by joe1510
4.59/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited here 10-10-13 during a week long vacation in the Traverse City area. We stopped in at 2-ish on a Thursday afternoon, there were a handful of other people in the place so it seemed pretty empty. The wife and I agreed, we could almost hear the crowds of busy nights past. Bar on the right looked like it could sit 25-ish and a bunch more tables could probably sit another 75-100 with plenty of standing room to accomodate Fri/Sat night crowds. Modern shelves with tap handles decorated the walls, the place was not too bright and not too dark....very cool vibe.
We took a couple of seats at the bar and were promptly greeted by the bartender. The menu had a mix of taps and bottles, it was about 4 pages long, 75% of which I had never tried and there were quite a few beers on the menu I had wanted for some time. I grabbed a Short's beer I never had, my wife got a sampler of a few other beers...prices were perfect for the serving sizes.
We also ordered the Harvest Pizza and an order of frites to munch on....it was terrific! If all of the other food is as good as our pizza/frites, you can't go wrong eating here. And the prices for their food were proper also, I believe our total bill was $60ish and we sat there for a couple of hours.
Overall, 7 Monks might not necessarily be a destination spot, but it is definitely a must visit when in the area. I missed out on visiting Right Brain and Terra Firma to go here, I don't regret it for one minute!!!
10-16-2013 13:46:42 | More by atone315
4.16/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Visited 7 Monks for 1st time this past weekend (October 12-13). I was in town for a wedding and pulled up this place on my phone. It got really good reviews and I'm glad I stopped in.
Classy decor with seating at bar, tables, booths (which are pretty big and spacious). It also has a small outdoor patio area.
The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable about the beers. My waitress had mentioned that she tried every beer on the menu. She was very knowledgeable about a lot of the beer styles and was very precise in the description of her favorite beers. One other thing I liked about this place was that they weren't shy about offering up samples.
I had one of their pretzels. It had a soft salty taste with a nice smoked bacon flavor to it. Not sure if that's a house special but it was amazing.
Location is in heart of old town Traverse City with many shops and eateries nearby. If you are in Traverse City, you should definitely stop in.
10-15-2013 17:04:34 | More by ferrari29
4.59/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
We come up to traverse every yr for vacation, and this is one of our first stops. They have 46 taps going at all times, and a new hand pump weekly seems like. The service is great !! Very personable staff and excellent decor. The place is always clean and inviting. They always have a handful of unique traverse microbrews available and we had a great strawberry beer this yr. a must visit place if your a beer freak an in traverse.
08-27-2013 19:30:00 | More by TGZ32
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7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City, MI
95 out of 100 based on 17 user ratings.