So it's a Thursday night and I met up with some co-workers at The Monarch in the historic Delano District of Wichita.
The Monarch is a trendy whiskey bar, that boasts of serving the largest selection of craft bourbon and whiskey in the state. I have to say, the list is very impressive. They also serve craft beers, well drinks and offer a nice selection of New American food fare.
I was the first of my group to arrive, walking in the place about 5:50 and there was only one table open, a packed house - a good indicator. That only open table, a two-seater, wasn't going to accommodate my party of six, but shortly after my waiter introduced himself (James), and I explained my situation, he assured me he and the other wait staff would be able to secure a table for six as soon as one became available.
I ordered a Revel Stoke Spiced Whiskey on the rocks to enjoy while I waited for the rest of my group to arrive. This was after all, the whole point of selecting this place, to enjoy some whiskey I've never had before. Revel Stoke Spiced is fantastic! It's a winner of the Spirits International Prestige Award and features hints of vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, coriander and cardamom. It was smooth and all those flavor notes made for a very nice finish.
Just as I was finishing up my first Revel Stoke Spiced, that table I needed opened up. James and a couple of his co-workers were all kinds of table prep on-top-of it, removing the dirty, wiping things down, putting on the fresh and clean..... This wait staff was impressive to watch! With a fresh drink in hand and a seat at the bigger table, members of my group started to arrive. Perfect timing!
A round of drinks were ordered and along with waters delivered for all - without having to ask for it I might add - we decided on ordering a bunch of appetizers for everybody to sample. From a range of appetizer choices we selected the Spinach & Artichoke Dip; Loaded Sweet Potato Tots; Fried Green Beans; Potato Skins; Chicken Tenders and Fried Mushrooms. We received our order in a very minimal amount of time, the presentation of every dish was spot on and it all tasted delicious! When I asked the group what their favorite was, everybody picked something different, which means The Monarch has something for everyone to enjoy!
The drinks were excellent and reasonably priced - the award winning Revel Stoke Spiced was just $5 - and all the appetizers were dishes I would order again, excellent New American fare. The service by the wait staff was impeccable, thank you James!
The Monarch is a GREAT place to unwind after work, fun drinks, great food, professional wait staff - what an excellent dining experience! My co-workers and I give The Monarch a big THANK YOU for a very enjoyable time.
I don't have anything negative to say about the place, The Monarch gets five out of five Metro Pursuit Stars!
579 W. Douglas, Wichita, KS. 67213