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Monk’s Pub

Bars, Pubs Loop
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
Photograph: Mark Wright Monk's Pub

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
Address: 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

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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.


=Monks has become a go to spot for me and my coworkers. Most people discount bars in the loop as being either touristy or not very good, but not monks. Not only do they have an extensive beer list but their food is great! Plus, the whole German beer hall vibe adds to a fun and somewhat raucous atmosphere.

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Oh, Monk's. I love heading here after work for a few drinks with coworkers, usually coupled with bar snacks like the cheese curds. The beer menu is robust and good for trying out new brews from across the city.

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. 


I was visiting Chicago and my coworkers suggested we go to Monks after work for their happy hour. I have to say that although they have a great beer selection i was very happy to see they also had wine options which was great to see for those of you who are not huge beer lovers. I am also a vegetarian and ordered the cauliflower wings, and they are to DIE for! I can't wait to go back and have them again.