For more than 30 years, this cavernous Loop tavern has cornered the market on medieval dives. Beyond the heavy doors that seem to hide a monastery, you’ll find an after-work crowd of mostly suits and occasional skirts downing beer and adding to the piles of peanut shells littering the floor.
|Venue name:||Monk’s Pub|
205 W Lake St
|Cross street:||between Wells and Franklin Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 9:30am–2am (closed Sat, Sun)|
|Transport:||El stop: Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Clark/Lake.|
|Price:||Average cocktail: $6|
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Average User Rating
4.1 / 5
- 5 star:1
- 4 star:6
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
If Medieval Times ran a bar, it'd probably look a bit like Monk's Pub, a rustic tavern that serves an expansive menu of craft beer and lets you throw your peanut shells on the ground. The food is standard greasy bar fare, but it's perfectly good for soaking up Belgian beers, hopped-up IPAs and whatever else you decide to sample from the draft and bottle lists.
Everyone loves Monk's Pub. It's one of few spots open late in the Loop, plus the beer selection is vast and service is friendly (they tend to remember you here). Go for the snacks. You really can't go wrong with the fried cheese curds. Oh, and throw your peanut shells on the floor. What fun!
Who doesn't want to experience a medieval-themed pub where the floor is covered in peanut shells? Maybe people with peanut allergies, I guess. But with an extensive beer selection and solidly executed bar food, Monk's is an after-work go-to for Loop workers.
How do I love thee, Monk's? Let me count the ways... this place is seriously one of the BEST after-work joints in Chicago. A solid, varied beer selection? Check. Good pub-style food? Check. Peanut shells all over the friggin floor (and the friggin table?) Check. Check. If I could, I'd pitch a tent.