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Monk's Cafe

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Address: 16th & Spruce Sts, Philadelphia, PA
Phone Number:
+1 215-545-7005
11:30 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 02:00

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Belgian Beer Mecca

A tight crowded little place with a bar in front, a narrow dining area in the meddle, and a bar in the back room. Hard to get a table for more than a couple of people if you show... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
John D
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A tight crowded little place with a bar in front, a narrow dining area in the meddle, and a bar in the back room. Hard to get a table for more than a couple of people if you show up at dinner time. But the real draw is the selection of Belgian and Belgian-style beers available on draft (some ONLY... More 

Thank John D
Misawa, Japan
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116 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

First time visit to this site. Small menu but excellent choices. Mac and Cheese was out of this world.

Thank saylesp
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

As the ever growing "craft beer" bar scene increases it's nice to find a bar with great beer and a down to earth attitude about the world. Highly recommended.

Thank Xbeezy
Bowling Green, Ohio
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7 reviews
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Incredible selection of craft beer from all over the world! American, Belgian, German, Italian, French, Japanese beer and wine. The place is super packed closer to the evening but you can always seat by the bar. Totally worth visiting!

Thank kraft_beer
Reston, Virginia
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Loved this place from when we first walked in. Attractive and welcoming interior, good vibe, informed and courteous staff. The Belgian style ales are wonderful. They don't do samples generally but was able to order a known favorite and a taste of another new to me ale came along. Ended up getting that one as well, so samples sell. Mussels... More 

Thank Robert H
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Business lunch. Great friendly service. Yummy burgers and Pomme Frites. Didn't have a chance to taste any beer but the selection seemed extensive

Thank Charlene T
Kennett Square
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41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016

During the 80's and 90's when i worked on 16th Street, my colleagues and i used to go to Monk's all the time ... not so much lately, since i retired; however, i was there twice recently and will go back soon. I think Monk's is addictive though i don't even drink beer. The mussels are great, the hamburgers are... More 

Thank Beanopoulos
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2016

If you are looking for a great beer bar this is it. A great beer rotation on tap and a super bottle list. If you like to talk beer this is the place to go whe you are in Philly. Pair you beer with a bucket of mussels and you are lose to heaven.

Thank Richard D
Marlton, New Jersey, United States
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28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015

To be fair to this establishment, we didn't eat or drink here: we weren't really allowed! I had taken my daughter, son-in-law, and 10-month-old granddaughter to Philadelphia to see the Christmas village in Love Park. When we adults decided that a good beer was in order, we did an internet search and decided on Monk's. It was just after 4... More 

Thank Michael I
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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306 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2015

Monk's is a truly special Belgian beer bar with very good Belgian/Pub food. Monk's has ties to some of the World's grandest, oddest and most special breweries, regularly selling bottles and draft beers made JUST for them - yeah, that's a thing but almost impossible to find, especially in the U.S., especially on the East Coast and definitely unheard of... More 

Thank Joe S

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