The Monk's Kettle

Bar / Gastropub
The Monk's Kettle Though it's named in honor of Trappist monks who brew some of the finest craft beers in the world, The Monk's Kettle is far too busy to pass for a monastery. San Francisco United States 37.7648319 -122.4230145
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Party Earth Review Though it’s named in honor of Trappist monks who brew some of the finest craft beers in the world, The Monk’s Kettle is far too busy to pass for a monastery. The cozy gastropub’s carved hardwood bar, Beaux-Arts booths... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    BART: 16th Street Mission
    MUNI J Line: Church Street & 16th Street

  • Phone:

    415-865-9523

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Daily noon–2am; Kitchen closes at 1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Monk's Kettle Review

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Though it's named in honor of Trappist monks who brew some of the finest craft beers in the world, The Monk's Kettle is far too busy to pass for a monastery.

Though it’s named in honor of Trappist monks who brew some of the finest craft beers in the world, The Monk’s Kettle is far too busy to pass for a monastery.

The cozy gastropub’s carved hardwood bar, Beaux-Arts booths, and vintage lighting give it more of a classy European café vibe, setting it apart from the dives that dominate the block.

Steins and chalices lie ready on the racks behind the bar, as is befitting an establishment whose beer menu runs several pages, while detailed food specials are scrawled across large chalkboards above the open kitchen.

Given the venue’s size, regulars expect the place to be busy, and patrons often wait an hour before they can tuck behind the marble dividers that separate the window booths from the bar.

Rabble-rousing party types tend to eschew the joint, especially since nothing harder than champagne is available, making it an ideal stop for refined foodies and cultured groups of hip but low-key friends.

Menu items include everything from higher-end snacks like fried oysters to full entrées like braised short ribs, each paired with a recommended drink that can run the gamut from a $53 bottle of Bøgedal to barebones domestics.

With a divine selection of beers and sophisticated grub to match, The Monk’s Kettle is a drinking and dining den even the Trappists would enjoy – at least once they got past the mustaches on those Mission hipsters.

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Tip from Jonah:

The Monk’s Kettle has a beer that reportedly tastes like marijuana…I just can’t remember the name …

  • Crowd

    Food-oriented young professionals, hipster beer lovers, couples on dates, and older creative types, late 20s to mid-40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Single TV tuned to the sporting event of the day, especially the Giants and 49ers.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Seasonal menu of bar snacks and locally sourced dishes, including fries, bone marrow, risotto, burgers, and ribs. Reservations not accepted.

  • Prices

    Bar snacks $4–$9, appetizers $8–$15, entrées $12–$27. Beer $4.25–$53, wine and champagne $5–$14.50/glass or $27–$75/bottle, hard cider $5/glass or $13–$33/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster casual to trendy: flannel, jeans, sweaters, business attire, polos, comfortable dresses, strappy sandals.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Right when the venue opens to beat the consistent crowds, or anytime during dinner hours for an exuberant and conversational scene, though there is a long wait.

  • Close By

    Frjtz (590 Valencia Street) offers delectable Belgian mussels, savory crêpes, and more space, though nowhere near as much beer and wine.

The Monk's Kettle User Reviews

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Laryn P. Jun 7, 2013
Cool idea. Love the name as well. The food is definitely european style. Not for the diet peoples. Reasonably priced, and great beer selection. Good place to stop in for an early snack and a beer.
Beer-enthusiast heaven
Bethany G. Apr 8, 2013
Serving nearly 200 beers, The Monk's Kettle is my favorite pub in the Bay. The food is as delicious as the beer and is all locally sourced and organically farmed.
Dangerously Good Beer Selection
Chris M. Aug 30, 2012
If I lived within walking distance of the Monk's Kettle I would be stumbling home many nights and probably have a nice beer gut to slow me down on that walk. The beer selection here is amazing and the staff knows it really well. There is no hard alcohol, so don't bring your cocktail-only friends, instead set up shop for a night of tasting the finest beers in the world. The place is tiny and getting a table is always tough and there is not even much room to stand. You will feel perpetually in the way if you stand so be prepared and don't roll in with a gang six deep. This is not a place for a rowdy Friday night, but it is a great place for any night. Sure it's in the Mission and you'll get the hipsters, but that is too confining of a term anyway. The Monk's Kettle gets people who like beer, regardless of their clothes or label, and that is what's important. I wish they had an app so I could check off the beers and slowly, or quickly, make my way through the full list, but I will keep coming back whenever I am in the area.
Always worth it.
Jayson M. Aug 16, 2012
I go here as often as I can. And I try and go right when they open, but it doesn’t take long for this place to get ridiculously crowded. Part of the reason for that is it is so small, but it’s also incredibly tasty and it’s pretty much impossible to order a bad beer here. It feels kind of like a traditional London pub if London was overtaken by Mission hipsters. And they have chalkboards scattered around everywhere so you can doodle while you drink. (Isn’t that a Seven Dwarves song?) Even if you’re a beer nube, you don’t need to feel put off by the LOOOOONG beer menu. Just try a tasting flight. Then try a few more. Food-wise, they keep it short and sweet. But they recommend what beers to try with each meal and I pretty much want to rub their assortment of craft mustards all over my body.
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