Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia
Philadelphia has no shortage of drinking establishments and to its credit a whole lot of them actually know what good beer is vs. nasty watered down gnat's ***.
Monk's provides a good selection of beers along with a simple, but inexpensive menu that will fill you up and get your stomach ready for the alcohol that is following behind.
If it looks cramped when you first walk in there's another bar area all the way at the back in a seperate room that has a lot more space.
Dress Code: Whatever you want.
Monk's is famous for its amazing Beer Bible and one of the best beer selections this side of Brussels. The interior is small and narrow with both a front and back bar, both of which are usually full. The worst thing about this place is that it's usually difficult to find a place to sit or even stand, but there's a reason for the crowds. Great beer selection and good food will keep the visitors coming. Whether you're looking for a Belgium Gueuze or a Trappist or even a rare American micro brew, there's a good chance you'll find it here. And to be perfectly honest, I didn't have better mussels anywhere in Belgium!
One of my favorite bars in Philadelphia is called Monk's Cafe - a great little bar/restaurant with an amazing selection of beers from all over the world and specifically from Belgium (many on tap) and some of the best frites I've run into State-side. If you go, make sure to head to the back bar which is tight packed (and easy to overlook from the front) but much more fun than the front room. Make sure you check out their food menu, as it is fantastic all over. The burgers are favorites to slap down next to a tall Trappist, but the other entrees are very tasty as well. Don't miss the mussels! The last time I ate there I tried the rabbit terrine (wrapped in bacon) and I've sworn to order it again each time I step foot in Monk's.
The beer selection is vast and the bartenders are very knowledgeable. The mussels are great, try a half order of a couple styles.
If you can, go to the back bar, the beer snobs are usually there, and most will be quite helpful.
Dress Code: Casual.
I used to live in Philly and Monk's cafe is one of the main things that I miss. The trappist style chicken sandwiches and pomme frittes are to die for. And the belgian beer selection is the best in the city. Two thumbs up. It has inspired us to plan a Belgium vacation next year.
Dress Code: Casual