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Monk's Pub

#411 of 7,681 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Downtown / The Loop
American, Bar, Pub
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205 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60606-1803
11:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Mon - Tue 09:00 - 23:00
Wed - Fri 09:00 - 00:00
Sat 11:00 - 17:00
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127 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We all decided to cut out of work early (this included the bosses) to have some drinks at Monks Pub. It is certainly eclectic with the beer taps lining the ceiling beams. We basically all had beers over the course of a couple of hours and had fun in a relaxed atmosphere just talking.

Thank Ted F
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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82 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

This is a faux old irish/british pub but it as an extensive beer menu and lots of good snacks. A bit loud but a very nice place to sit with your friends and have a beer.

Thank Mark P
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207 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

When you're in downtown Chicago, you expect to pay high prices for food and drinks, but Monk's is pretty reasonable and convenient - easy to get to by train or by foot and not overly crowded but still fun. We've been many times, and our latest visit showed that Monk's maintains its comfortable, inviting atmosphere.

1 Thank TexasMargs
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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190 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We have come here twice both times on our annual trip to see the city holiday decorations. Monks has an outstanding Belgium beer and cider selection. The ambiance is wonderful as is the staff. The menu orders American fare and the sandwiches and burgers are quite tasty. Will definately return!

1 Thank Megan D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped by, near the theater district. Noted for their hamburgers, and did not disappoint. Turkey ruben was pretty good, but it had pressed meat. Sandwich prices were doable for a large city. Where they get you is the beer and wine. The beer offerings are some international and some craft, which drove the cost up. Two sandwiches, one wine, one... More 

Thank rwmentzer
Peoria, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a pub for lunch on a Saturday and the read great reviews for Monks. The outside is nothing exceptional... Kinda sketchy looking ...but inside the atmosphere is like a European pub with lots of antiques hanging on the walls and a massive collection of old beer pulls which is very fun. My husband loves beer and... More 

Thank ptowntraveler62
Gilbert, Arizona, USA
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Stopped in for late night eating. Great food. Great beer selection. Fun, old world Bavarian style pub with antique decor huge portions, great prices and super friendly attentive staff!!

Thank mistyra
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Good selection of beer. Very crowded, but friendly service. Bartender very knowledgeable of their beer selection. Would have liked to try their food.

Thank ArtieQL
Tucson, Arizona
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Was in town on vacation and stumbled across this place being close to my hotel. Had a great enjoyable time here on a Friday night for some drinks and dinner. Have a great selection of beers! Our server was very helping in helping us select a great beer. The service was fast. (it was packed) Food and drinks came out... More 

1 Thank Andrew D
Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This was a cute place with very interesting decor - lots of antique books and decorations and a ton of old taps everywhere, which was cool. Their beer selection was pretty varied and we liked all the beers we tried. They had quite a few TVs playing the game (it was during the Cubs world series GO CUBS!) and our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60606-1803
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: 13123576665

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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