1635 East Olive Way, Seattle, WA, USA
Stumbling Monk Seattle Reviews
May 29, 2007
If you're looking for a pub with 1000 beers on tap, loud brit pop 80s music, a menu with dizzying death defying, heaping plates of salsa goodness then you're in the wrong place. Come here, all ye looking for a good pint.
If you don't like beer, umm this review isn't for you, stop reading. Let me qualify that, if you don't like real beer. And by real beer, I mean something that isn't filled with chemicals that you could wash your car with, isn't so watered down that it tastes like nothing or that doesn't have to be sold using commercials of scantily clad women... if don't like real beer, good beer at good prices, stop reading now.
Okay... now lets get onto the review...
If you're looking for a no-frills, local pub with no menu, cozy dark atmosphere, that serves a small, carefully selected, divinely inspired overture of beligum beer goodness (or local beers that try to emulate belgium beer goodness) than look no further. Well, maybe look further as the place is so unassuming that unless you draw up the map beforehand you're likely to walk right past it. You know that you're in the right place if you see a small stained glass picture in the window of a monk ... well, stumbling. Up until recently, the awning over the front door said "typewriters".
Located on Olive Way in Capitol hill, its a refreshing change from places that are a bit more flash and cash. I once asked one of the very relaxed bar tenders what was the deal about the place. Why no advertising? Why reasonably priced pints of very good imported beers? His response, the owner just wanted a good pub, not the most popular pub in the city. Bar tenders are knowledgeable, beers are served in glasses associated with the beer being served (typically this only happens in europe), place is decorated sparsely but enough to distract if you can't find someone to chat up about whatever.
Fridays and Saturdays can be busy and while it doesn't serve food, I have gone down the hill and grabbed japanese and come in. Nobody batted an eyelash. I've even seen regulars get pizza delivered to the place. If you're looking for a local, seattle, pub experience, I highly recommend the place.
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