March, 25 2022    James Beard Foundation recognizes Philly's Best

The James Beard Foundation Awards (aka the food-biz Oscars) have recognized the greatness of Philadelphia's restaurants and hospitality professionals for a long time.  Jillian Wilson collects all of the JBFA nominees and winners in thi   Read More

March, 19 2022    Honoring Armand

Today, our friends at 3 Fonteinen are honoring the life of Armand Debelder with an open house at the Lambik-O-Droom in Lot, Belgium.  On March 17, 2022, our proprietor Tom Peters shared the following story about the day he met Armand, when we hosted A Toast to Armand&nbs   Read More

March, 12 2022    A Toast to Armand Debelder

The sadness of losing Armand Debelder - a giant of the lambic tradition, and dear friend - has been immense, and is being felt all around the world.  Though the grief is great, so is the upwelling of love, respect and adoration for the man who taught so many, so much.

If you don't know who Armand is, come find out on Thursday, March 17 at 5pm Eastern Time   Read More

March, 09 2022    Monk's Café 25th Anniversary

It’s our 25th Anniversary Today!

March 9, 2022 is our 25th anniversary. To celebrate, we are pouring a knockout draft list featuring a variety of our exclusive 20th and 25th Anniversary collaborations and rarities. Today is also the public debut of Monk’s Café 25th Anniversary Collaboration with Russian River   Read More

March, 07 2022    Monk's Named Among 13 Best Burgers In Philly

Cheers to Thrillist for naming Monk's among the 13 best burgers in Philadelphia! 

Ah, Monk’s... what’s not to love? There’s a menu of seven burgers that are nearly impossible to choose from, so start deciding now if you’re more in the mood for the Brussels, bacon, and cheddar burger or the Antwerp Shiitake mushroo   Read More

March, 05 2022    The Infatuation Names Monk's Among Philly's Best

Oh, you know how much we love being called "venerable," right?  Just in time for our upcoming 25th Anniversary, The Infatuation names Monk's Café among the best bars in our always-sunny city. 

Read The Bar Greatest Hits List: The 12 Best Bars in Philly to fin   Read More

March, 01 2022    Pliny the Younger Week A Smashing Success

Vast gratitude to everyone who came out for Pliny the Younger Week 2022, we had an epic time pouring Russian River Brewing Company's legendary Pliny the Younger for you.  This year brought a variety of firsts for all of us, including our first-ever curated, ticketed day of Younger tastings, and a full week of keg tappings.  It was our hope that the ne   Read More

November, 20 2021    Best Bar in the World! Craft Beer & Brewing Mag

Huge gratitude to the readers of Craft Beer & Brewing magazine for voting Monk’s as the number one beer bar in the world!!

Proprietors Bernadette Roe & Tom Peters pose proudly with this Major Award, which is cleverly also a tap handle. Congratulations to all of our fellow publicans, it’s an honor to be on the page beside you.  Look for   Read More

June, 24 2021    Farewell, Falling Rock Tap House

After 24 years of service, Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, one of the greatest beer bars in the USA, will close on Sunday June 27, 2021. Our Tom Peters traveled to meet up with friends from across the country, including Vinnie & Natalie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Company, Tomme Arthur of Lost Abbey, and Curt Decker from Philly’s own Second District Brewing, to   Read More

June, 07 2021    Russian River Brewing Collaboration Brew Day

I traveled to visit with friends Natalie and Vinnie Cilurzo in Windsor, California. This was after several phone calls, texts and emails to create a receipe for this special collaboration between Monk's Café and Russin River Brewing Company. This is to celebrate our upcoming 25th Anniversary. We brewed on the cool 5 barrel system enclosed in glass, in one corner of their large dinin   Read More

April, 20 2021    Brussels in the City of Brotherly Love

“You know when you walk into Monk’s and you have to walk through the three doors, it’s like entering a vortex,” says Tomme Arthur, co-founder of California’s The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing Company. 

Many brewers and beer obsessives know those doors well. You leave the busy streets of Philadelphia—about three blocks from central Rittenhouse Squar   Read More

March, 26 2021    20 Ans D'Amité debuts at The French Laundry

For the first time ever, Brasserie Cantillon lambic will be served at Chef Thomas Keller's legendary The French Laundry in Yountville, California - including our exclusive Monk's 20th anniversary blend, 20 Ans D'Amitié.

Our deepest appreciation to Andrew Adelson, head sommelier of the French Laundry, and our dear friends the Van   Read More

March, 18 2021    Delivery Debuts!

UPDATE March 18, 2021:

1. As of Thursday, March 18, we are now open for Takeaway & Delivery. That's right – Delivery from Monk's Café! We are partnering with Relay Delivery Service to bring food & beer right to you door for a flat delivery fee of $5.50.

Read More

February, 16 2021    Fire & Beer: The Godfather of Beer

Have you ever wondered how our fearless leader Tom Peters got his start in the beer world, 35+ years ago?  Tom calls in to Fire & Beer podcast to tell his origin story to host Marcel Gomez, and both enjoy a Suarez Family Brewing Lo & Behold - they both happened to have one on hand - which is a Flemish sour, a style Tom helped popularize in the USA.  

  Read More

January, 26 2021    Greater Philadelphia Craft Beer Trail Ep. 8

In episode 8 of the Greater Philadelphia Craft Beer Trail, Monk's proprietor Tom Peters welcomes Philly's own  Marisa Magnatta and Chill Moody to the back bar to talk beer history, and Philadelphia's crucial role in bringing craft beer to America.  Thanks so much to Visit Philly for making us a part of the Greater Philadelphia Craft Beer Trail! See the full episode on t   Read More

November, 20 2020    Philadelphia shuts down indoor dining once again

As of this week, Philadephia has imposed new restrictions for indoor dining amid a new spike in COVID-19 cases. Our Tom Peters, along with a host of Philadelphia's best restaurateurs, spoke with Craig LaBan at the Philadelphia Inquirer about the curren   Read More

November, 11 2020    Monk's temporarily closes for the winter

After much deliberation, we have decided to “mothball” Monk’s Café for a few months. Cold weather is rolling in and – even though we have gone above and beyond what is required – we just don’t feel it’s wise or safe enough to welcome guests indoors as our only seating option.

COVID cases are rising rapidly in Philadelphia and we love our   Read More

May, 09 2020    Tom Peters on the 21 Best Widely-Available Beers

Monk's proprietor Tom Peters talks with Sam Dangremond of Town & Country magazine about the 21 best beers you can buy at your local store - from Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to benchmark Belgian, Saison Dupont. Read the story here

  Read More

February, 17 2020    Monk's Cafe Taps Rare Beer for Charity

Deepest gratitude to Monica Herndon of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who visited with us for our Pliny the Younger Day Fundraiser 2020, benefiting Alex's Lemonade Stand.  

This year's event raised over $20,000 for Alex's Lemonade Stand, who work to find a cure for pediatric neuroblastoma.    Read More

February, 04 2019    Monk's Café ranked 31 of America's Top 150 Bars

Huge gratitude to The Daily Meal, who named Monk's Café number 31 on their list of the 150 best bars in America. Tom Peters, Fergie Carey and all of the staff owe our eternal thanks to each and every one of   Read More

February, 26 2018    The Belgian Beer Whisperer of Philadelphia

A few days ago, we were pleasantly stunned by an essay in October web magazine about Monk's co-founder Tom Peters.  Writer Kevin Koczwara examines how Tom introduced Americans to Belgian beer, by way of Philadelphia. 

Koczwara definit   Read More

September, 15 2015    Monk's Cafe Hosts Zwanze Day

Once a year, Cantillon brewer Jean Van Roy shares just over 50 extra-special kegs of  Zwanze, a wild Brussels stout,    Read More