If you find yourself in San Francisco and in search of a large selection of craft beer and fantastic food, head to the Mission and grab a barstool or table at The Monk’s Kettle. The pub is on the corner of 16th Street and Albion and it is a narrow and intimate space. There is a huge display of special glasses behind the bar, because different beers serve better in specific glasses.
Many different special glasses for beer
I had my second charcuterie plate here (the first one was at Magnolia Pub and Brewery) and it was delicious. There was a small salad with juicy cherry tomatoes and a light dressing, duck liver pate, duck prosciutto, ‘normal’ prosciutto, house salami and house sausage. It was served with bread and stone-ground mustard and it’s something I could probably eat every day. The plate is perfect for sharing but could be eaten by oneself as well.
Charcuterie plate at The Monk’s Kettle
A selection of beer we enjoyed:
Belhaven Wee Heavy
Dr. Fritz Briem’s 13th Century Grut Bier (gruit)
Old Chub Scotch Ale
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen
As we enjoyed sipping the above selection of beer for nearly five hours, we ordered a giant soft pretzel a few hours in. It was huge, warm, and soft with just the right amount of salt (feel free to insert ‘That’s What She Said’ jokes at this point).
Giant soft pretzel
The bathroom was the cleanest, most wonderful bar bathroom I have ever had the pleasure of utilizing – and it was even unisex. It was finely decorated, smelled delightful thanks to a quality candle, and spic-n-span. I was impressed.
This was one of my favorite spots in San Francisco, if not the favorite. It is also the favorite of many other people, so get here early and get your spot before everyone else does or you may be stuck outside waiting to get in.
3141 16th Street, San Francisco 94103
MUNI: Take the 5, 14, 19, 22, 26, of J-Church lines
Open nearly every day* from noon-2am
* Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, Independence Day & Thanksgiving