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Ludwig's Garten

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1315 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
United States
phone: (215) 985-1525
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Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%

German themed, center city , Philadelphia place. Just down the road from the Nodding Head. As you enter, the dining room and bar #1 are on the left and the less formal dining room and bar #2 are on the right. German beer, German food, German decor and yes waitresses dressed in the familiar and pleasing to the eye german barmaid outfits. life is good. About 17 on tap and plenty of bottles. No time to eat but tasty platter of good smelling German grub looked very good. Well worth a visit, for fine German brew, food and ambience. Fits in well on a downtown pub crawl.

Billolick, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Ludwig’s is a fantastic place to get Bavarian cuisine and authentic brew.

The atmosphere is nice with a separate dining room and tavern. The tavern has a few booths, some wooden tables and the bar with all of their beautiful German tap handles to stare at and drool. The selection is really top notch. The dining area is nice with partitioned cozy booths that are adorned with hop vines. There is also a bunch of Bavarian pictures and beer steins on the walls. The only down side is that there’s another bar in the dining area! Great for drinking, terrible for eating. It’s hard to enjoy an expensive/delicious meal when some jack ass is cheering at a television. That’s the only real downside to this place.

The food here is awesome. Great Bavarian food reminiscent of my time spent in Bavaria. It’s hard to get the intangible bit of quality down, but they’ve managed to do it. Well done. Then there’s the magnificent beer selection. Their Franziskaner is always fresh. I mean really fresh. Freshest I’ve ever had it this side of the Atlantic. Geeze. I think I might stop there after work today to get a half liter just thinking about it. They also have a hard cover beer menu incase you weren’t in the mood for Deutsch Brau. There, they have a ton of Belgians, British and a bunch of other countries to offer in bottles. They’ve really surpassed my expectations for fresh kegs and bottled selections.

The service consists of young women wearing traditional Bavarian outfits. You really can’t ask for much more than that. A good deal of them actually have German accents. Tragically, when speaking with one of them, she revealed to me that she was from northern Germany. Gasp! That totally ruined the experience for me. (not really) They do a spectacular job of knowing the selection and coming around regularly. Top notch!

I can’t seem to get here enough. The over all quality of this place is fantastic, but their prices keep me from eating here more regularly. When I do have the disposable cash, I look forward to coming back.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of RollingRock
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

One of the best, if not the best bar in Philadelphia. Plus the food is excellent. Amazing sauerkraut!!! Has the best selection of beer I've seen. A lot of Germans and a lot of Belgians. Plus selections from numerous countries. The beer menu is divided into countries. A lot of rare and unusual beers and beer styles. The only place that I know of where you can get The Optimator. Excellent beer. The waitresses and bartenders are very knowledgeable. Very clean and very nice. The beer comes in very generous size portions. They have an excellent nighttime special during the week and that $3 draft beers! An excellent price for excellent beer.

RollingRock, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of Dennycurr
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

It's ALL ABOUT THE BEER!!
Simply the best bar in the city of Philadelphia for GOOD beer.
Seemingly dozens of German and Belgian beers on tap and even more in bottles.
Is somewhat small but they do have an upstairs for banquets or...if the crowd is too big.
I've been there many times to drink and a few times for dinner. Some of the times I've been there after a big event...(for instance, the night after an Army/Navy game) they will be understocked.
The bartenders ARE knowledgable...in fact, they are required to take a course on good beer before they start.
Do NOT go in there and ask for a Coors or a Bud....you will look like an idiot and is taken as an insult by the establishment.
One more thing I LOVE about this place is....heh, heh,....all the waitresses are dressed like "Heidi"... (-:

Dennycurr, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of jmc44
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%

Ludwigs has quickly become one of my favorite places to grab a brew (outside of Eulogy). It has an impressive array of beers on tap, which are changed regularly and very fresh. More impressive array of bottled beers. Bartender is Irish and very knowledgable of beer styles and brands.

Food is good, although it cannot compare to true German cuisine, it is among the best I have had in America.

The bar is relatively lively, but not outrageous. It is a nice place to sit back and have a Salvator frisch vom Fass.

jmc44, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of ark57
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

For as long as I've been in the Philadelphia area I just made my first trip here very recently and I was not dissapointed. I was in the mood for some good German food. The place made me feel like I was in Bavaria, though some might think the theme is a bit much. Service was firendly and fast. The selection is much better than average, but their listing of what was on tap was not the most up to date. I had Weihenstephaner lager and Jever Dark on Tap, but they had an impressive selection of bottles for both German and non-German brews including a decent selection of Belgians. Over all it is the place to come for german beer. I thought the food was really good and the prices were not bad at all. Witht that said, if you don't like German food, then this won't be your thing regardless. I happen to like pork products, sausage, and cabbage. I had the farmer's platter which included a bratwurst, a knockwurst, a smoked porked chop, saurkraut, and my choice of another side (I had the potato pancake). For dessert I has the apple strudel, though I wished I split it because it was quite large. Definitely worth a visit even if you don't want to eat and just want a few to drink.

ark57, May 31, 2005
Photo of ithacabaron
3.85/5  rDev -9%

Went here for dinner the other night with a friend.

As soon as we came in the door, a lovely young waitress in traditional dress came up, greeted us with a friendly "Gutentag!" (Is there such a thing? If so, her greeting was it), and showed us to our table. The majority of the place's seating area is comprised of hardwood booths with dried hop bines running along the top.

Our waitress was very enthusiastic to get our order -- and by that I mean that she handed us a beer menu that had 300 choices on it, and said, no less than 10 seconds later, "So, what would you like to drink?" Now, I appreciate this attention to serving the customer right away, and I'm sure lots of regulars come in and have the same thing each time. For me and my friend, however, we would have liked a few more minutes to look around. As it was, we asked her for a few minutes, and eventually settled on our choices.

Food and drink alike come in large proportions, with all beer at least a half liter, and the plates of sausage, red cabbage, and grilled pork overflowing. If you come hungry here, you certainly won't leave that way.

Selection was pretty good, with a very wide range of german offerings and styles represented. You'll find big-boy brewers and smaller producers as well, all well taken care of, and presented properly.

You're not going to find the multi-national gathering of beer that is Monk's here, but that's not what you came for, right? You came for good, honest, generous servings of German food and beer. At least I hope you did.

And, in the end, that's exactly what you'll find. No more, no less.

One suggestion: Oompah band. Because that would be awesome.

ithacabaron, May 16, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%

My wife thought it was very homey, I thought it tacky, with plastic tablecloths and cigarette butts. Also I do not have the see so much flesh on middle aged women who themselves drink a lot of beer. Several taps, I think 15 operational, of a variety of German beers, some better rated than others, but mostly fair. Which I like, however the beer tasted old and overcarbonated. You would think this crowded place would have a lot of turnover in product. Also being middle aged people. Centrally located, allowing me to go to other places quickly.

Sammy, May 12, 2005
Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%

A decent place to grab some German suds. Some what cheesy atmosphere and it seemed like the staff was not too much into it. I had one lightly stale beer out of the bunch but the rest seemed fresh. I thought it was odd to see Non-German brew on tap. It was awesome to see some German pilsners that I have never had yet as well as a doppelbock. The glassware varied which was nice ... there were many authentic glasses. Next visit I'd love to sit for dinner and get a better feel of the place cause the bar area was sort of blah.

Jason, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

Even from the outside, this place looks like a German beer hall with the hanging flags, stucco facade, and Paulaner sign. The tavern section inside is pretty nice, with the most beers on tap I've seen in Philly. A lot of these, like Gaffel and some of the other lighter lagers. The atmosphere is only okay...it's kind of smoky and the interior fake greenery, vinyl tablecloths, and downright bizarre outfits on the waitresses, but the food was pretty great. For only eight bucks, the wurst meal I had was quite a bit of food, and the potato salad was incredible. Our waitress was friendly and polite, but she was the only person working the 10-12 tables in the room on a pretty busy Friday night, and it was hard to track her down. The selection is hard to beat for Germans and a few Belgians, and the prices on the 4-5 my buddies and I tried were pretty reasonable (under 5 bucks for a draft). I'll try this one again, maybe on a quiet night.

whartontallboy, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

As you approach Ludwig's, you will get the feeling that you really are approching an authentic German bar. The decor is done to look authentic inside and out. Inside, Ludwig's is sizeable with two main areas for customers. The main bar as you enter is a dim smoky square room with the bar in the corner and a few benches at the windows. Decor is a bit schmaltzy with the aesthetic side sorta overboard. The waitresses wear those Saint Pauli girl outfits. A cuckoo clock behind the bar , German bier paraphernalia jammed into each crevice like an antique shop and flags just make this place feel like it frozen in time a la Munich 1955.

A giant proper glass pour of Aventinus which took 5 minutes was a nice touch. Five huge pour towers at the bar dispense endless German choices of thee types of Stapens, Gaffel, Kinsale, Saison Dupont, Framboise, Samiclaus, Leikhem weisse & Lager, Jever Pilsner and others. There are two cold boxes behind the bar. Make sure that you check both on the left and right side if you choose bottles. Ludwigs has all three Aecht Schlenkerlas, DFH WWS, on and on...

Since the place was basically M-T, (no body else was here) the server was quite chatty, friendly and full of suggestions. Does this pass the "Could you bring Mom here test? Well, I'm gonna say no, unless Mom smokes and yearns for a taste of the Old Country.

Last call: They actually answer the phone in German. Too smoky with Oldies palying kinda gives Ludwigs a twist, for better of worse. This is not "The Best Bar in Philly to grab a pint, IMHO. The bathrooms are a dump and the wooden stools are uncomfy. Only monks beats Ludwigs on bottle selection. Monks might have the most taps in the city, though.

blitheringidiot, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of ascavuzzo
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%

I have been to Ludwigs several times over the past year since I first discovered it during New Years Day 2004. The Beer selection is very good. They carry a large variety, most are German. If you love German beers, this place is for you. I only had the food once and it was the night I proposed to my fiance, I figure we head over for dinner since we never ate there before. Bad idea! I ordered mussels as an appetizer and weiner schnitzel (veal cutlet) as an entre. The mussels were not good, I mean they literaly weren't good, they smelled and tasted rotten. We couldn't even eat them. I was hoping the veal cutlet would make up for it but it was nothing but bread crumbs on a piece of veal that was a nano meter thick, the meat was honestly no thicker then the credit card I used to pay for it. We did however enjoy our dunkels. If you like German beer, the place is a must, just eat before you go.

ascavuzzo, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of MarcGetty
5/5  rDev +18.2%

**WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO LUDWIG'S?!?!?!****

Most of the service staff are new and not that good and they are CONSTANTLY out of beers! Two weeks ago there was not a single Weissbier on tap! A Bavarian bar/restorant with no Weissbier is a crime! Last night we played a game trying to determine if they actually had anything we ordered.

Bring back the Ludwig's of old that actually had beer (and pretzels at the table if you want to be nostalgic).

I'm leaving my high ratings for now but if I don't see a change for the better soon...



Ludwig's is the best bar/restaurant that I have ever been to. I love the beer, the Bavarian motif atmosphere, the beer, the great food, and the beer!

I've been going to Ludwig's since the summer of 2001 and have blown ~1/2 of my net income there ever since. The quality of everything is top notch yet still so down to earth.

The first time I ever had my favorite beer (Paulaner Hefeweizen) was at Ludwig's, today I have a 50l keg of it at home!

The only drawback of Ludwig's is the price. You can easily blow ~$50 to ~$100/person on food and beer. Last week after describing Ludwig's I said that I always leave "happy, drunk, full, and broke".

MarcGetty, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of ECdOc
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%

Ok I checked out Ludwigs Garten on a Monday night, there wasnt very many people in there so what better time to check out their beer selection without fighting off a stream of generic beer drinkers and the such. The bartender was knowledgable in the different styles of beer they carried and the beer menu was extensive. The only thing about the beer menu is that the ABV #'s just didnt seem correct, even when matched up with some of the bottles ordered. They carry a great selection of drafts in abundance, im not even sure of the # of drafts but it is up there with Monks. They seemed to have two bars but I only needed to use the one, so that will come at a later date. The atmosphere was great, with the moody lighting and old wood interior along with the Belgian beer girl (dressed up like St. Pauli girl style as mentioned in another review) serving tables. There is a lot of things to look at behind the bar and they use the correct glasses for the beers you order. I will def. be back to this place. Service got a "5" because it wasnt very crowded and we received utmost attention, I dunno how it is on a peak night and didnt try the food.

ECdOc, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

OK so we stopped here on a late Saturday night at about 1:30AM and it was dead. The atmosphere looked nice, decidedly German with some nice decorations and a girl dressed up in a St. Paul Girl like uniform....ouch! The quality of the beer sampled (Saison Dupont) was good, but at $7 for a 12oz glass it was damn pricey as well! The service was fast and friendly though. The selection of German tap beers was awesome, but we opted for the Saison Dupont which was fresh and tasty. The food looked and sounded good, but i'm off of meat again, and for people like me there are not too many options. Anyway, the beer selection seemed pretty awesome, although very themed and German and the service was good as well. I'd like to come here when it is absoluteley jumpin'

francisweizen, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of rmag6236
4.95/5  rDev +17%

Like many of the reviewers I've been a fan of Ludwig's for years. The atmosphere, service, and beer selection is unique in a city that prides itself on beer bars. The Bartenders are knowledgable, and freely offer suggestions to novices and beer-o-philes alike...I've even seen them smile and answer the question "what do you have that tastes like Corona?" [insert your own snide answer here]!

The food is decidedly German. The menu offers some typical German fare (wurst platte and the like) and some unique experiences like the schweinshaxe, fired tableside and served with homemade Bavarian sides. It's worth a trip all by itself. The beer menu is extensive and offers the best range of Bavarian beers in the city, truly something for everyone all the time.


I've been to their Octoberfest three years running, and it's grown into one of the best street parties in Philly. Great beer, great food, fun music and the most eclectic mix of people. Do yourself a favor and mark the date for next year, you won't be sorry! The only downside to a visit to Ludwig's is it seems to spoil my pub crawling - once you're in, it's hard to leave. I tend to get spoiled, sampling new brews or enjoying old favorites; maybe the best answer is to make Ludwig's the last stop :)

rmag6236, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of ChimayMayDay
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

I love this place, and I always feel comfortable in either the restaurant or bar side. Like everyone else, I like the hanging plants and the dark wood and the swords hanging on the walls. I am not a fan of the Bavarian outfits, however. They don't do much for me. I usually sit at the bar on the restaurant side and zone out a little bit with a glass of Hefe or Aventinus in front of me. Those beers make me want to nap in a cloud, so the restaurant's soft and fairly quiet atmosphere adds to that desire. It's usually not a crowded place when I go there. They sometimes have a band in the restaurant, and that's one thing I detest. It doesn't fit to have a blues or jazz band playing much too loudly in that place. Ludwig's is my library of German beers, so ssshhh.

The beer is almost always perfect, and the bartenders know what they are doing and usually show an enthusiasm about the beer. The service is usually prompt and friendly, whether you are ordering food from the waitresses or sitting at the bar.

I thought the selection on tap was always exceptional, but they can do with a bit more rotating. When I'm there, I usually see two or three German pilsners, three or sometimes four Hefes, one or two Dunkel Weizens, Aventinus of course, Warsteiner Dunkel, and Victory Mad King. A couple of Belgians are also available. The beer menu looks wonderful; however, there is no guarantee that they will have everything in stock. I've wanted to try the Sinebrychoff Porter every time I've gone there, but they never have it. Why is it on the menu then? That's my one real complaint.

I never had German food before going here. I went to this place for the first time in early 2003 with my girlfriend after walking around the city looking for a place to eat. We were walking on Sansom and she informed me of the existence of Ludwig's. I had never heard of it before, but I sat down and tried the Stroganoff Strudel. I was hooked. Since then, I've had the Jaegerschnitzel, Pork Spatzle, and Ungarische Wurst and Bratwurst platters. All are excellent.

To conclude, I'm going to Ludwig's tonight. It's Friday; I am done work for the week, and I ain't got s**t to do.

ChimayMayDay, Jul 16, 2004
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

If you like all things German, this is a must see location. Points must be deducted from the atmosphere because the servers wear traditional Bavarian clothing. My friends from Germany wouldn't be able to handle this. But all in all it has a great atmosphere. The quality of everything is very high. Service is just right. Not overbearing, but very prompt and helpful. They know what's kicked and what's hasn't and suggest good alternatives. The selection is really good. A 5 just for German selection. But a 4.5 overall may be more appropriate. Tough call there. The food is very authentic and very good. But you can only rate German food so high.

GeoffFromSJ, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev -5.4%

This place is pretty tiny and a bit cramped, but it seems like all the bars and restaurants in this area are that way. Regardless of this, they've got a very cool little hole-in-the-wall bar set up here with an amazing selection of German beers. I ordered a Paulaner Salvator and expected it in the typical 16 oz or even a 10 or 12 oz glass that many bars serve this type of beer in. Instead, they poured it into a half liter hefeweizen glass. I wasn't wanting that much beer (luckily, I liked it) and it kept me from being able to make it to Standard Tap later in the night like I had planned, but I won't hold that against them.

aracauna, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

Ludwig's is the kind of place that keeps feeling better and better, the more you visit. My first time there I thought it was good. I raise my opinion each time that I visit. It is also a completely different experience depending on the time of day and day of week. Weekend days are very laid back, sleepy kind of days when the big bar is closed, and the homey little bar is slow. It is a great time to talk beer with the bartender and/or server. The food is quicker to come out also.

During the week, the big bar is open as well as the little bar, and the place is jumping. There is more of German-style celebration in the air.

That said, the quality of the beer never fails. They take exceptional time to pour a beer the way that it should be poured, especially the Aventinus, which in my opinion is one of the best draught beers in the world. They have an amazing selection of mostly German beers. At any time, there may be six or seven Hefes on tap as well as two or three Dunkelweizens. There are always some Double bocks as well. There is always Chimay on tap as well, and lately, La Chouffe has made an appearance. The bottle list is extensive, but the availability is hit or miss.

The food is excellent German food. The key word here is German. Some people don't especially care for German food. If that is the case, don't plan to eat here. This is very good German food, however, and even my non-German friends have found dishes that they love. In particular, there are a few varieties of mussels that are sort of Mexican in spiciness. The sausage and weiner snitzel is great as is the kraut. The favorite among most of my friends, though, is the Stroganoffstrudel. It is outstanding. Of course, the sauerbraten and various spatzel dishes are great, also.

If you are in Philly, don't miss Ludwig's.

rdrummer, May 29, 2004
Photo of dmarch
4.44/5  rDev +5%

Let's see. How would I describe the atmosphere here. How about...German? This place is very, very German. Same goes for the beer selection. Plenty of lagers, weizens, and my style of choice here, rauchbiers. They also had Mad King from Victory on tap which of course is a german style wheat beer. If you don't like German beers, they have a few others that might please you, but if you come here, it's to drink German. Have not tried the food yet, although it looks quite good. I will update my review after I get a taste.

dmarch, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Hmmm. What to say about ol' Ludwig's Garten? I have been wanting to go to this place for I cannot tell you how long. Myself and Mrs. goindownsouth took in a late lunch there and the following is our "official" report.

Ludwig's Garten is situated in a relatively busy section of center city Philadelphia. The decor on the inside is deep, rich and very wooden. The eyes immediately go to the stuffed animal heads and German knicknacks on the walls.

The menu here is all German, all the time. I took part in the onion tarte for an appetizer, and it was fantastic with an Ayinger Alt Dunkel. My main entree was the Stelze, or pork hocks, which were flambe'd table side in German brandy. Fantastic eating. The warm apple strudel with carmel and chocolate sauces was a fantastic finisher, and I was ready to be wheeled out of town. Literally.

The Bier menu here is fantastic. In all, I tried 4 new brews, and was not disappointed on any of them, including Victory's Mad King Weisse, Hacker-Pschorr Alt Munich Dark, Ayinger Altbier Dunkel and Augustiner Brau Maximator. Service was a bit on the slow side, but she was pleasant and, in her defense, it looked as if she was the only waitress working at the time.

Overall, this place is a keeper, in my humble opinion. Regardless that Ludwig's is about an hour away from me, I can see going there once a month or so, without a doubt. Well worth checking out.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of slander
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%

Just the pre-Firkinteenth tune up that I needed...
A short walk from Monks and an even shorter walk from NoddingHeads, we had a few hours to kill yet and Phil was badly jonesin' for German beers. Ludwigs, unassuming, bar room side to the right, still closed this early in the day, restaurant side to the left, a-bustlin' with activity, yes. It's a good sized room, with a rectangular bar with seating for about a dozen and a half in the middle of the room, plus 6 booths adjacent to the bar running the length of one wall and about that many tables here and there as well. There are large windows to the front of the bar but they don't seem to bring too much light in to the room. The booths are heavily lined above with a thick tangle of hop plants. Commenting on having spotted them, Spesh said he'd eat one for $20. "A whole plant or just one hop?", I asked. "Just one hop" (He them dropped his asking price to $5 which I said I'd pay but the moment was gone).
2 taps were off but they regularly have 25 taps pouring mostly Germans, with a few Belgians (Leffe Brown and Blonde, Stella, Lindemans Framboise) thrown in for laughs, and Guinness, too.
Still, you see a dozen and a half good German beers on tap where? Um? Nowhere. Engel Gold & Octo, Paulaner Hefe & Salvator, Franziskaner Weiss & Dunkel, Warsteiner Hefe & Dunkel, Spaten Octo & Optimator, Leikeim Light, Lager, Schwartz, Weiss & Winter, Dinkel Acker Pils, Avinawesomephuckintinus, and oh yeah, Samiclaus, not looking the least out of place here. You know, when you see Samiclaus on tap somewhere, it's like a crazy extreme tap selection. Fits in damn nice here.
A very good collection of bottled beers to be found here as well. Schneider, Paulaner, Eggenberg Bathbeer, Urbock 23, Oberdorfer, Krombacher, Hofbrauhaus, Konig Ludwig, Aecht Schlenkerla and on and on.
Many hours later, when the Firkinteenth fires had long since been extinguished, Phil and I returned (because Phil just had to have more German beer) and this time we got to hang in the bar room side of the place. A considerably smaller room, but very comfortable. It's got a tight L shaped bar and a bunch of tables, nicely done up with checkerboard tableclothes and bear, moose, boar and deer heads on the walls. The shelves behind the bar are lined with all sorts of bavarian pieces. A cuckoo clock with pine cones, monk figurines, oddly shaped lights, German flags, a mini barrel deliever wagon, unusually shaped pitchers, flasks, bottles and other vessels, plaques and shields with coats of arms, beer steins and so much more.
Best damn German bar I've been to.

slander, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of ChrisBowers
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%

This place is GREAT. We have far too few German specialty beer bars in the US, IMO. Its not far from Monks, and is a very nice alternative to the elbow to elbow situation there with the grumpy service (even though I still like Monks). They have about 20-25 beers on tap, mostly germans with a few Belgians and other Euros thrown in there. Definitely seek out the Salvator or Optimator (or both). They have another 200 or so in bottles. Prices are pretty good for most things and all beer is served in the proper glassware. The bartender was a friendly German girl who knew her beer and poured a good glass. There are two large bar areas, so it helps to spread the crowds out. The clientelle is also very friendly. My buddy and I had an hour long beer conversation with a guy we never met. I didn't try the food, but it looked pretty good.

This is a definite must when coming to Philly.

ChrisBowers, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of PopeDX
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Ludwig's is what every German bar should be. A load of taps from all sorts of German breweries. Also a few non-German imports (i.e. Hoegaarden, Framboise, Guinness). Good bottle selection, too. They could have used a few American German-style micros, which would be fresher and cheaper.
The service was excellent, the bartender really seemed to know her beer. The food was really good too. We had the mussels, which were tasty, and the potato salad, which may be the best potato salad I've ever had. Very German, with bacon and pickles added. The décor was also very nice.

PopeDX, Dec 01, 2003
Ludwig's Garten in Philadelphia, PA
94 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.