Beer enthusiasts extol the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe, the two-year-old Colfax pub that serves up nearly all of its more than 40 Belgian beers in glasses meant to accentuate their flavors.
Besides providing the famous Belgian fruit ales (peche, kriek, and framboise), the bar lays claim to a $44 (750-milliliter) bottle of “sparkling divine drink,” also known as Deus-Brut de Flandres.
The distinct flavors of Belgian beers are a result of their origins (fruit, mixed cultures of yeast during fermentation, use of coriander instead of hops in certain beers, etc.) And while the Belgian monks knew how to make the beer (something they’d been doing since the Middle Ages), the Cheeky Monk knows how to serve it.
Tables, booths, and velvety red couches fill up fast. Beat the dinner rush by arriving by 5:30. p.m. Happy hour, which lasts from 3-7 p.m. and 10 p.m.-2 a.m., features $1 off draughts (drafts), bottles, wells, wine, and tower samples. They also offer half-off frites and other select appetizers.
By 6 p.m. on a recent evening, the place was packed with professionals and Uptown rovers alike, all looking for a relaxing and sophisticated evening after work. The ambiance is cozy, with handsome brick walls glinting with candlelight and Northern Renaissance paintings.
534 E. Colfax Ave., 303-861-0347