If you passed Monk’s Pub in the Loop, you may not think much of it initially, but this unassuming bar has over 100 beers (on draft, in cans, in bottles) in stock and has been serving Chicago workers since 1978. The name was inspired by the owner’s visit to a monastery when he was a young boy, which also inspired the decor.
The bar does in fact resemble a monastery, one covered with beer paraphernalia. While the outside may be quietly nestled in between skyscrapers, the inside is nothing short of eye-catching. On the ceiling, you’ll find multiple stained glass chandeliers while the wooden walls are covered head to toe with beer signs and tap handles. That being said, this is a craft drinker’s paradise. If you’d rather skip drinking, they have an extensive menu with plenty of appetizers, salads, and sandwiches to choose from. I go gaga for their buffalo cauliflower served with ranch, but they have an array of burgers and wraps to nosh on as well.
This spot is special because it’s so different from the neighborhood in which it’s situated. You cannot hear the L train making laps around the city from inside; you do not realize you are in the middle of a major metropolitan area. Rather, Monk’s Pub is a snug beer bar suitable for anyone looking for a cold pint or their next meal.