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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.
02-23-2004 04:14:43 | More by slander
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.
01-19-2006 17:31:16 | More by Billolick
4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
Not much can be said of Ludwig's Garten other than great authentic foods (although they've recently expanded that to include more American dishes), great authentic atmosphere, great beers, and great service. Every visit is a treat, and it's well worth stopping here anytime that you're in Philly. They've added a bar in the main dining room so it's a little bit smaller, but hey, that's just like Germany! And now there are even more beers on tap!
05-17-2003 19:42:24 | More by NeroFiddled
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.
05-12-2005 21:48:27 | More by Sammy
4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
Walked in to the bar area, which was adorned with dark wood, animal heads, and a nice size bar with german steins and other breweriana on the shelves. There were 22 german beers on tap. The other side of the building there was a large bar and plenty of tables that were brightly lit in contrast to the darker area we were sitting in.
The bartender was very friendly and since my wife was unsure of her first selection, he said to start with a nice Engel Gold Lager. I had a Kostritzer, followed by a Spaten Optimator. We didn't have much time before our dinner reservations for that evening, so we couldn't stay very long. We did not try any food. The next time I am in the mood to do the german thing, this will be the place I will come to. This place became my #2 choice for best Philly beer bar, just behind Monk's.
09-18-2003 23:32:30 | More by Gavage
4.14/5 rDev -2.1%
Visited this place on a very rainy night in Philadelphia. As it was raining and a Saturday night, I'm still amazed I was able to get a parking spot within walking distance of the Ludwig's.
Had not been here in some time, but the impression I had was that little has changed from when I was last here (several years ago). The restaurant is split between two large dining rooms, both with a nice size bar running along the back. The place was kind of dark and noisy the night I was there, hardly surprising (the noisy part) considering this was a Saturday night in Philly. This place always has a very solid selection of German Beers on tap, the best I've seen in the states. On the other hand, for some reason they were out of a couple of selections (Schneider weisse and a maibock I tried to order). That struck me as a bit odd, considering this was a Saturday night. Ludwig's also has a number of Belgium beers on tap now (now why does't THAT surprise me in Philadelphia?), consisting of a couple of lambics, the Hoegarten and Corsedonk Brown. I think they also had the Hennepin on tap as well.
The service was OK, though the bartender seemed a bit distracted. Nevertheless, I didn't have to wait long to get my sampler of 5 German beers, which I was happy to see included the Aventinus draft. The sampler is a pretty good deal, consisting of 5 8 oz. pours for $7.95.
All in all, I had a pretty good time at Ludwig's, and will certainly go back... though next time hopefully not on a Saturday night.
05-13-2007 15:40:24 | More by John_M
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'
11-01-2004 18:41:39 | More by francisweizen
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
Thank you, WilliamPhilaPa! Visited here last week with Bill and old bier-pal Artied2. Being a lover of German cuisine, bier and culture, I felt right at home hier. Very attractive old bar, with many accoutrements from the Old Country.... Superb!! A great selection of Biers! We had a Franziskaner DunkelWeizen, Spaten Oktoberfest and Schneider Aventinus! 'Nuf said! Throw in the $6.95 all-you-can-eat German lunch buffet (which was quite tasty and filling) and, well... A big-time Prosit to Ludwig's!!
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
07-06-2002 18:43:09 | More by Bierman9
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.
03-28-2005 18:38:54 | More by Jason
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
If you are into German food and, ahem, German beer (bier) then this is the place... And since it is around the corner from McGillin's (see my review) and is strategically located between Nodding Head (see review) and Fergie's, Ludwig's is perfectly situated for a Center City pubcrawl.
There are two sections: to the right, is the homey L-shaped bar surrounded by a smattering of booths and tables and stuffed to the rafters with all sorts of Bavarian paraphernalia; a larger and more formal dining area is to the left. In addition to deutsches bieres (Optimator, Fransiskaner and my personal favorite Kostritzer Black Lager), Ludwig's also offers several Belgians (Stella and Grimbergen) - all served in the appropriate glassware.
And the food is geschmact! Especially the wiener schnitzel, naturlich.
09-04-2007 21:46:15 | More by jjboesen
Ludwig's Garten in Philadelphia, PA
94 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.