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7 Monks Taproom
Taps: 46 / Bottles: 74
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
128 S Union St
phone: (231) 944-9198
(Place added by: mattbtr on 07-08-2011)
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Reviews by NMBeachBum:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
If you are a fan of great beers and excellent selection, this is the place to be; not just in Traverse City but in northern Michigan. In many ways 7 Monks is a true tap room; 46 on tap and just as many in bottles. Nothing north of central MI even comes close to what is offered here.
A lot of money was spent to create a great tap room environment; polished metals, expensive wood, couches, mirrors, lighting; everything is first class. However, all these hard materials can make this a noisy place at times; not a problem if you have visited similar establishments in other places. Service was as described in previous reviews at first, but now there are servers to care for the customers who are not sitting at the bar. Some of the food is very good; some is marginal. But it many ways 7 Monks is still a work in progress; it continues to evolve as co-owners Jim and Matt receive feedback from their customers and implement those that add quality and value. People in this area can be hard to please, partly because of the variety of eating and drinking establishments. But the staff at 7 Monks works very hard to be customer friendly.
7 Monks is not for everyone; no drinking establishment is. But if you like what has been described in the reviews thus far, then this is the place to be. I'm confident that with the passage of time, 7 Monks will only get better. Say hello to me when you visit; I'll be the guy at the bar sampling the newest dark brew, usually as suggested by Jason, Kaitlin or one of the other knowledgeable staff (another plus; bartenders who KNOW beer!).
In an earlier review Mitchster mentioned that Bay Leaf was preferred. Bay Leaf is a great wine bar, but it is NOT a tap room. If I want to drink great wines from an excellent selection, I head straight to Bay Leaf. However, any serious beer drinker (perhaps I should say beer snob) will prefer 7 Monks hand down.
11-03-2011 01:26:05 |
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More by Zaphog
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
7 Monks is a brick faced building, newly redone, with a glass facade. Upon entering it's somewhat dark and cozy with the yellowed lighting. The bar is to the right, a wall bar to the left along with some high top seating, booths and table seating in the rear with a couple TVs in the corners of the bar and a monsterous TV toward the back. The taplist is extensive (46) and well laid out by style featuring a ton of Michigan tap only beers, everything from brewpubs to breweries offerings. The service was friendly and helpful. I didn't ask any questions about the beer but I did have a couple questions about the food and they were answered quickly and correctly.
The taplist is very strong with offerings from Kuhnhenn, Shorts, Founders, Perrin, Terra Firma, and loads of other Michigan favorites,most of which are tap only releases. The online list has been well kept and updated in my experience. The lines are clean, the beer expertly poured and the service friendly and prompt. The prices are reasonable and the pours are large.
The food is top notch. I recently spent two nights in Traverse and ended up eating at 7 Monks both nights, mostly for the amazingly addictive bacon wrapped dates but the Harvest Pizza was excellent as well and the burger was good though slightly overcooked. Great frites as well, with a garlicky aioli.
7 Monks was my favorite bar while recently up in Michigan. Great selection, great atmosphere, friendly service, top notch bar food, and reasonable prices make 7 Monks a must stop in Traverse City.
10-22-2013 17:01:32 |
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More by JohnnieNepal
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Visited 7 Monks for 1st time this past weekend (October 12-13). I was in town for a wedding and pulled up this place on my phone. It got really good reviews and I'm glad I stopped in.
Classy decor with seating at bar, tables, booths (which are pretty big and spacious). It also has a small outdoor patio area.
The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable about the beers. My waitress had mentioned that she tried every beer on the menu. She was very knowledgeable about a lot of the beer styles and was very precise in the description of her favorite beers. One other thing I liked about this place was that they weren't shy about offering up samples.
I had one of their pretzels. It had a soft salty taste with a nice smoked bacon flavor to it. Not sure if that's a house special but it was amazing.
Location is in heart of old town Traverse City with many shops and eateries nearby. If you are in Traverse City, you should definitely stop in.
10-15-2013 17:04:34 |
More by ferrari29
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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 |
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