Devil's Den

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BA SCORE
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55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
Taps: 17
Bottles: 200
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1148 S 11th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147-4626
United States
phone: (215) 339-0855

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @devilsdenphilly

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Photo of mltobin
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My friend and I went here on a Saturday in the afternoon and the place was dead. That was a bit of a bummer, oh well.
The selection of beer was good, I had a hanssen`s gueze and my friend had one of the microbrews on tap.
The bartender was personable and attentive which was key since it was so empty at that time. I was here from out of town for the weekend, but note to locals...1/2 off happy hour applies to all of their taps and they had some nice stuff on tap. Devil`s Den is worth checking out.

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Photo of sneth019
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Went here for Beer/brunch. Great selection of beers and they do some cool flights. Atmosphere is pretty cool, brick hardwood, country feel. Have some good beers on the bottle list and the food was excellent. Def would comeback for lunch dinner or drinks...

Photo of claspada
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Went on a Saturday evening so we missed the nice 1/2 off pints for Happy hour deal but we missed the later night rush and they were having a "Smoke and Wood" beer event with all oak aged or smoke beers which complemented the fireplace atmosphere nicely. Tables to the back, bar to the right. A little small around the bar area so you kinda have to do a shuffle to head to the back where the bathrooms are.

The line-up was nice with all of the beers being rather rare, special or one-offs. I don't like smoked beers so I ended up getting a Lost Abbey Deliverance and a hand-pull Flying Dog the Fear. I liked that they has around 15-20 beers on tap as well as a huge bottled selection (and the hand-pull tap was a plus as I already mentioned).

Didnt get any food so I can't comment there. Service was as good as can be expected for a bar on a Satuday night. Servers were nice, polite and let you have some samples if you desired.

Photo of orangesol
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We decided to go to Devil's Den early this past weekend for brunch and to start our CBX journey. Very nice looking space, very little people around since we got there right at opening. Extra points to them for having the soccer game on, was afraid I would miss it. Quality was pretty high in my book. They didn't look like they skimp out on much.

Service was really hit or miss. Our server took forever to get our beers and when they did arrive they were wrong and had to be chanced which meant another long wait, about twenty minutes in all. Once that was ironed out it did improve quite a bit but it was sill mediocre at best. Selection was pretty good. They were doing a gypsy brewer event so lots of Evil Twin, Stillwater and Perfect Crime. I went with the Lil B' and it was pretty good. The prices on beer were fairly high, and the prices on some of the growlers were downright insane.

I ordered the corn flake french toast and a side of pork sausage. It was really good and I could only finish three of the four pieces since they were so big. The rest of our party covered most of the rest of the menu and it all looked excellent. I got to try a small piece of the duck sausage and it was very good as well. Overall a pretty nice place to stop if your in the area, I will return in the future.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Very glad I found this bar listed here on BA, as it was halfway between our bed-and-breakfast in Bella Vista and the restaurant we were dining at in East Passyunk. Close to Hawthornes and Bella Vista Beer Distributors as well.

A great beer choice in Philly, must better than the famed Monk's. Cozy warm inside, with lots of brick and wood plus a fireplace. Great chill Pandora music (which turned to punk/garage later on when we came back after dinner).

They have lots of events here, and it shows on the tap list. Their Arcadia tap event had at least five taps left, including Bourbon-barrel Shipwreck (which kicked just as I was ordering it).

The printed beer menu is not updated, with some beers gone and not replaced, and I'm not sure the server knew a lot about beer. They have 16 taps here, with cool stuff like Iron Fist Gauntlet, Duck Rabbit Wee-Heavy, De Struise/Stillwater Outblack, Weyerbacher Fireside, Victory Dark Lager, Iron Fist Velvet Glove...

Great bottle selection as well, divided by styles and including Older Viscosity, Russian River, lots of Stillwater and Lost Abbey. Not bad prices- I had a Emelisse Jack Daniels Imperial Stout for $9, which is pretty much what it costs at Whole Foods in NYC. Draught beer is similarly well priced, almost nothing over six dollars.

Can't wait to revisit!

Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Transcribed from notes dtd Su, 27 Feb 2011.

Located on the corner of S. 11th and Ellsworth Streets, I had been here many times before, but I simply did not take notes and especially not on one VERY memorable occasion when it snowed and I had to cab it out of South Philly and back to the train station.

The entry was on 11th Street, near the corner, and opened onto a small vestibule with a short flight of steps that led up to an ATM and what passed for the m.d.s. Next to the ATM was a brick archway, then a working wood-fired fireplace, followed by another brick archway and a series of high tables and chairs along the wall, stretching back to the lavatories. The long "U"-shaped bar ran along Ellsworth Street and held two (2) tap towers, each with eight (8) taps, fifteen (15) of which were CO2 driven and one (1) was N2. Below the back bar were six (6) coolers with three (3) shelves each for bottles. The back bar held a central mirror with shelves for liquor and glassware. Through the brick portals was the dining room with a combination of booths fronted by tables as well as standard tables and chairs.

Atmosphere: Low-key lighting; lots of wood; a friendly waitstaff; good (but not loud) music. I really dig the windows that fold open in the warmer months.

Food: I had the Norwegian Eggs Benedict (with smoked salmon). Yum!

Mom Test: She would not come here on her own, but neither would she be totally put off. Worth a visit!

Photo of Ruds
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Popped into the Devils Den on a recent visit to Philly

Tap selection was reasonable and I sourced a couple of local (ish) craft brewers (when in Rome etc), Stoudts and Troegs amongst them

The Devils Den holds an impressive bottled list and one thing (being from the UK) I always compare is the cost of imported bottles from our shores. Brew Dog Hardcore IPA, one of my favourites from back here, was available for $6, not a bad price in my opinion

My Philly based friends said the place was dead on the night we visited, the Phillies were on TV but apparently due to college having finished business was quiet, but this didnt detract from the atmosphere!

I'll definately seek out the Devils Den again on my next visit to Philly

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Devil's den is another great south philly location for beer. They have an exceptional selection of brews, great atmosphere, and some decent food.

Vibe is very middle ground, not trying to be anything other than a great beer bar. They have nice split between bar space and tables and the vibe is always well placed. I enjoy coming here for brunch, dinner, late night drinks and to catch a game.

Quality is good, the beer is better than the food, but the food is solid. great portions of food and fair prices for beer.

Service is all around; I think the bartenders are very good, very knowledgable and personable; the wait staff is hit or miss, sometimes unattentative.

Selection is always great, its different every time with no real focus on any type, but a tendency to have a few from a single brewery. They have some great tasting events that allow for carryover taps of great taste.

Food is good most of the time, but they have changed chefs and some meals are better than others.

Overall, my second or third favorite behind south philly tap room. I think the beer selection is great, but a bit more focus on the food and service could bring this place up.

Photo of coachdonovan
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

My first impression when I walked in is that it's not very Devily. Lots of exposed brick and beams, and there is a fireplace dividing the bar from the dining room. It's very nice on the inside, but I'll stop short of officially calling it classy, thanks to the dude at the bar yelling "FLYER HOCKEY!" at the television while he spits tobacco juice into an empty Snapple bottle. Oh, and this place has a kickass logo.

There have to be close to 100 bottles available, but the well-balanced list of 17 taps kept all my attention. The draft menu includes a description of each along with the state, ABV and pour/price, which range from 10.5 to 23 ounces and from four to eight dollars. It looked like everything above 8% abv was served in the smaller size. Those nine beers were a good mix of styles - DIPA, wee heavy, tripel and a couple of big stouts. Served in pints were six (amber/brown/porter/IPA) including one cask. Also available were two Germans in a large size for only around five bucks. The only complaint you could make was that only two drafts were local, although one was from hard-to-find Spring House (the other was a Yard's cask).

We didn't eat but the menu looks like it has something for everyone while not being to extensive. Our server was able to make some good recommendations and was up to date on any changes in availability. There are 2-3 large TV's above the bar which make it a good place to watch a game without dominating the atmosphere. I'd bet that everyone in the place was older than 25 and younger than 35. I was impressed with the number of people in here at 3pm on a random Saturday afternoon.

In all this was my favorite stop on our pub crawl through South Philly.

Photo of Cbfree
5/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is my go to bar for selection in Philadelphia. May not be quite Monk's but with 16 constantly rotating drafts and 5 pages of bottles, I am not aware of many other places that come close. With just a few exceptions, most of the staff faces I see haven't changed and seem very familiar with what they are selling.

I also like that they keep a steady rotation of German beers on draft and bottles in addition to the Belgian and US Craft. This is hard to find outside of a "German" beer bar.

The fact that there is no jukebox is huge for me. I am not 22 anymore and don't need to hear bad music really loud while trying to enjoy a beer and some good company, although the music can be hit or miss depending on who is working, I still prefer it drunken customer selection.

The food has gone through several incarnations, all of which I thought were pretty good, except the first month, but I know some disagree. I find it know to be solid a consistent good meal when I am not looking to cook.

Beer flights actually seem to be thought out instead of "here are 4 beers" which is nice. I don't always find 1 I want, but have often used it to try beers I had not seen before.

Bartenders always seem strong, servers range from ok to great. If your in the area, try brunch, the food is always good and there is not the crowd of a Friday Happy Hour.

Photo of slander
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Saturday sometime earlier this year. Luked, Poped, and now something something. Our group grown and on the move from where we were to elsewhere not there anymore. An easyish walk through the not terribly deep south to this corner are they open joint? Yes, they be. That's how we beer...

Stepping in and up, a clean wood "L" shaped bar with a foot rail holds the outside wall. Seating for 20 or so on backed stools for Randy's not hating, should he be tricked into coming to town again. Center logo mirror on the barback with tiered booze below, and more shelved vertically to both sides. Glassware on the counter and shelved a length above, below large flatscreens on the ends showing Blazing Saddles today. Drop squarish bell lampage tracing the bar and track spots overhead.

Red & yellow painted walls mostly, with the wall to the adjoining side room being brick with arched cut throughs, and a 2 sided fireplace in between with a rack of cut logs alongside from which to feed. A few pieces on the mantle there; a stein, a vase, and naturally a painting of the devil holding a chalice. I'm looking at that thinking, "Really? He's holding a chalice with cloven hoofs? Really?" Fold out double windows to the front & side wreathed. Red ceilings with wide wood post cross beams framing, and wood slat floorings. The walls decorated with light brewery signage & trays, and a framed Spaten Rheinsgobot print, if only Phil could be here to bitch about it.

4 hightops adjacent to the bar, 1 on the end, and 2 more up front. We are occupying one of them, although (Evil) Davo will be made to stand, odd man out in the cold, without a coat, having drunkenly left it in a bar, again. The side room holds about a dozen tables, more than ½ of which share an "L" bench. Black raftered ceilings and wonderful large city scene prints mounted.

2 burgundy ceramic towers of 8 each along the bar, 16 taps in all. Roughly ½ of them PA & regional (Lancaster Winter Warmer, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, Prism Bitto Honey IPA, Brooklyn Winter Ale, Southern Tier Raspberry Porter, Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA, Heavy Seas Winter Storm), and the remainder a mix of micros beyond (Boulder Never Summer Ale, Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter, 21st Amendment Monk's Blood, Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, Great Divide Hibernation Ale), and a handful of imports (N'Ice Chouffe, Schneider Aventinus, Franziskaner Dunkel, Spaten Lager). I drank the Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter on this one and out, and the Ballast Point Sculpin' on revisit this last time around, a few hours early for Bells (booobies!!!) Beers are clean and fresh.

And roughly 160 bottles, including the ones tagged for close out. The list broken out by style; nearly ½ of them US micro, about 30 Belgian and just as many German & UK combined, plus a handful of this and that. It's a solid list. Also, some 3 dozen+ wines, if you're about the stomped grape.

Decent foodings menu, Ed & Heather had wings done hot so as to deny me any & IPA cheese fries with bacon. We liked the tunage and listened at them with our ears. A most comfortable house; newish, clean, sharp & polished. I was expecting more fire & whatever brimstone is, but it's still very nice here. We do dig this place.

Photo of John_M
3.6/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by for their "Bella Vista" event during Philly Beer Week.

Located in a small corner pub, the DD is a fairly small place with a decent size bar to your immediate right as you walk in. There is also a modest size dining area to your left, as well as a few tables and chairs scattered around the bar area. The atmosphere is low key and relaxed, with your typical posters and beer brick a back on the walls and behind the bar.

On this particular day, I think they had between 12 and 15 beers on tap, including a firkin of the stateside saison. Quality was undeniably high, with an interesting and diverse selection of imports and craft beer. The food menu looked promising, and seemed to be a slight cut above your typical pub grub. I ended up getting the lamb breast flat bread, which was tasty enough. It actually tasted more like pulled BBQ pork on crackers, but in any event, it tasted fine.

Service was just not very good. Granted, the bar area was fairly crowded for beer week, but when the wait is so long that the couple next to you are trying to flag down the bar tender on your behalf, there's a problem. Also, I'll be the first to admit that I just don't like it when the bartender seems to be going out of his way not to even make eye contact with customers. Not only did I feel as if I was being ignored, it was almost as if I didn't exist. Aside from the extra long wait to get a beer, I was also a bit annoyed by DD's portrayal of this event. The bar had a list of Bella Vista beers for the event on a beer menu, which I thought they might put on when the event started (7:00). Nope. Despite what the menu said, there were no Ballast Point beers, no Voodoo IPA and no double crooked tree (probably a few other beers were missing in action as well, but that's all I was interested in). When I was able to get the bartenders attention and ask about the missing beers, he indicated they would be on either later that evening or later in the week. I'm sure that's true, but seeing as how I didn't plan on hanging out for the rest of the week, his explanation wasn't much help.

This is a decent enough place, but I would probably try to avoid it on a busy night. Some places are able to handle a large crowd without too much problem (TJ's, Local 44 and SPTR among others), but I gather that DD can't. Otherwise, this is clearly another solid place that I'd likely visit pretty often if I lived in the area. I don't, so I probably won't.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Like dueane, I was also here during beer week and it was packed to the gills, I could not even see the bar or move for that matter, so I came back recently to get a better feel for DD.

Devil's Den is a average looking corner bar in South Philly, but once you walk in the craft signs let you know that there is good shit here. A whole lot of different types of people, young and old, beer geeks and aspiring to be geeks with some regular folks as well. DD is a beer bar that does not come off snobbish, come one come all.

Quality is up there with clean tasting beer, a virtually spotless bar, filtered lighting so the bottles don't sour, A big dining room for larger parties, and a not so clean unisex bathroom with graffiti in it, ah well. Other than that I don't have a issue with quality.

The service was great. The guy tender pointed out what had kicked before we even ordered which is a change of pace of ordering and them saying 'out of luck'. He was on point and quick with the refills. The girl tender chatted it up with me for a bit and she knew her beer and made some suggestions to the people next to me. Service is great at the bar, table service i'm not sure on yet.

This place has a great selection of beer and being so close to bella vista does not hurt things at all. I'm guessing that DD is the only bar in Philly that has a never ending supply of sculpin bottles in the coolers. About 20 taps, American micro, German offerings, Belgian selections and about 200 different bottles from around the world. A good selection of hard alcohol as well if that's your thing. I had a Bell's Van Twee, Old Howling Bastard, and a liberator dopplebock, they tasted great.

Oh and this place probably has the best happy hour in the city that I have seen, with 1/2 price drafts (all drafts) and food specials as well. Give the Devil's Den a go.

Photo of rfgetz
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Nice inviting dark wood and exposed brick interior as you enter, minimal decor and nice dim lighting. 8 page beer menu with about 20 drafts and a wide selection of bottles. Good blend of local, American Micro and imported micro beers. Not a terribly huge or overly exciting selection of hard to find or rare items, but very nice. Food is slightly above average bar food - some different items on the menu, but frequently lack bold flavor. The fries are fantastic however. Service can be hit or miss, the bartenders usually on, the servers not so much. Quite pricey for some items - $7 bottles of items that can be found quite easily for $5.50-$6.00 elsewhere in the area. Good spot, but nothing that screams to me to come back if im not in the area.

Photo of SiepJones
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Devils Den is an excellent little bar in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Philadelphia, great for any season or occasion. On a cold winter night you can stop by to have a growler filled and sit by a warm fire, roaring in the fireplace. During the spring/summer you can sit by the open bay windows and enjoy a cool breeze while sampling a beer flight. The Devils Den has just what you need for any occasion.

I, myself have been here many times for brunch, dinner, or just to have a growler filled. The bar has a very cozy feel to it as the walls are exposed brick with a wooden finish and a wooden fireplace. Everything is very clean and new. One can relax at the bar and leaf through the multi paged draft and bottle menu. Or you can do what I do and stare longingly at the mini fridges filled with bottles of Cantillon or other rare delights. There are also some small tables around the barroom or a dinning room opposite the bar one can sit down with friends and "kick up your heels.".

The bartenders and wait staff are very friendly, helpful, and will accommodate any request you may have.

As far as beer and food selection go, the Devils Den has 17 taps (German, English, Belgian and American Craft) that rotate often. Any tap can be served into a growler for takeout, or can be mixed and sampled as a beer flight for the indecisive. The bottle list is long and features many different styles from around the world and plenty of wine too. In terms of meals all of the brunch menu is delicious as well as the coffee they serve. For lunch and dinner you cannot go wrong with the mussels, and I will also recommend the chicken scaloppini sandwich which is "off the charts".

Overall a very cool gastropub/beer bar that is moderately priced, with a friendly staff and great selection. If you happen to be in town make sure you stop in.

Photo of Deuane
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Being just a few blocks away from Bella Vista makes this place a nice place to hit up before or after your shopping at BV.

I have been here once before, during PBW, and the place was such a ZOO I couldn't stand it. Took me 10minutes to get to the restroom and back out the door....and I didn't even get a beer! I vowed to return to offer fair judgment, glad I did.

A very pleasant interior with lots of wood, nice metal work and inviting tables. I was impressed with how clean and neat the establishment looked.

Our server was quite pleasant and seemed to know her stuff. She was speedy with out orders and we didn't have to wait long at all between fills.

A solid selection of taps with some very interesting choices. We stopped by this day to specifically try the 21st Amendment Monk's Blood. We also got to try the Bitto Honey IPA from the relatively new Prism Beer Company. Nice to see the local establishments offering support.

Skipped food on this visit...but what I saw looked decent.

Another quality establishment in a city FULL of such places. I will certainly stop in again when I find myself in the area.

Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here for my first visit while in town a few weeks ago. Parking was abundant in relation to being in south Philly. The inside is too clean for words. Almost too clean. The selection was excellent. I would guess about 20 drafts with a great diverese selection of craft and imports. The bottle selection was also excellent with a few gems listed. Service was excellent. The bartender was attentive, funny and charismatic. Food was outstanding. I would go back just for the food. If you find yourself wandering the streets of South Philadelphia stop in. You won't be dissapointed.

Photo of gdfan47
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A- a really nice pretty bar located in a kind of quite "good part" of south philly, I have never felt unsafe there. A nice big bar on the right side with a few tvs

Service- ive always found to be very good, super nice and knowledgeable bartenders
Selection - pretty damn good, the drafts seem to rotate with an emphasis on american craft, and a few Belgiums.... The bottle list is big and diverse.... and broken down by category.. a very customer friendly menu with prices and bottle sizes as well

Food- looks good , heard is good.. just havent eaten there yet

V- pretty good prices, not great but not back breaking

def worth checking out.. I was there for events but I heard their every day beer selection is diverse and interesting

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I hit here for the Bell's event "Beer for Boobs" during Philly Beer Week. Cool atmosphere with a very diverse crowd. Lots of exposed brick (which I really dig) and tin beer signs. Pretty good sized bar had about 20 or so seats...might have been more but the place was packed and I couldn't tell who was sitting or standing. Fair amount of tables as well. The staff was extremely busy, but always quick to help when they noticed you needed it. Great tap selection and nice amount of bottles, as well. Of course, I was here for the Bell's and the firkin of Double Cream Stout and the HopSlam were both spectacular. Parking in the area could be a little tight, but I parked down at the ACME parking lot and just walked the few blocks there. I don't think it took more than five minutes to get there, if it was even that long. I will be back here on a hopefully less crowded night sometime.

Photo of ImHereForTheBeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

In our recent crawl around South Philadelphia we made a stop at the Devils Den. We had never been inside before and were quite shocked at the atmosphere once we stepped inside. It was not at all what we expected. More like a chain restaurant than a "den" of any kind. Exposed brick, wood fireplace roaring, few TVs and a primarily khaki and collared shirt crowd.

We settled in and took a look at the beer menu, which was mighty impressive. Large bottle selection and about 20 taps. Prices were reasonable and the happy hour specials were good.

The food left something to be desired. A notch above pub fare but rather pricey for the quality and didn't really fit the atmosphere the way that the beer list did. Perhaps it was an off night (it was a weekday evening, and fairly slow).

Overall, it was a comfortable place to get out of the cold and try some decent beers. We will certainly give it another shot and hope for the best with the food - if they tweak that aspect a bit, this place could be an even better find.

Photo of AgeOfQuarrel
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

let me preface my review by saying i go to the devil's den usually once or twice a week, for a good few months now. simply put, i love this place for the beer, food, service and atmosphere. as the review before mine stated, probably the best happy hour in the city if you enjoy quality beer and very modest prices. happy hour is actually from 4-7, M-F, and all drafts are half price. i was in there a few days ago for happy hour and was drinking mad elf at $2.50, and samichlaus at $3.75, both 10.5 oz. having those two on tap at the same time is dangerous! i believe they have 16 taps total and whenever i go in i end up trying plenty of things i have never had before. i like the fact that they don't just stick with the local breweries (pbc, yards, dogfish, troegs, victory) but constantly have belgians and other brews from across the US.

the bottle selection is pretty great also, although being a regular here i try to stick to happy hour drafts as to not go bankrupt. the bartenders are all super friendly and really knowledgeable, offering samples if you ask and are willing to help you pick a drink based on your likes and dislikes.

the menu isn't huge, which i prefer actually. i really like to start with the popcorn (reminds me of royal tavern). they have a good tapas menu, and the mussels are exceptional.

they have a fireplace that has been in use since it got cold, and being that it's less than a year old everything is very modern with a warm, relaxing touch. two plasma tvs on either side of the bar, music playing from ceiling speakers, and the lighting is real nice too. no touch tunes or mega touch, which is good because it wouldn't fit in at the devils den.

i recommend devil's den for anyone looking to try something new, or enjoy some of your favorites, all at very reasonable prices. brings in a lot of locals so expect to meet some of your neighbors, always a plus.

edit: due to PA laws, happy hour is now from 5-7. But they have issued "frequent diner club" cards to the regular faces that entail for every $300 spent, $25 is on them.

Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The Devil's Den is a great beer bar in South Philadelphia, only a few minutes from Bella Vista Distributors. Very large bar that takes up most of the front room with close to twenty rotating craft, micros and imports with a emphasis on German beers. They probably have the best happy hour in the city with half price drafts Monday through Friday from 5-7. Also, they have a tapas menu and half price on select appetizers during the happy hour. Although I only sat at the bar, the service was very good. Appropriate glassware and knowledgeable bartenders, and the owner is very friendly and down-to-earth. Aventinus is always on draft which is always a plus.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been quite remiss in updating my review of the Devil's Den and I apologize, particularly as it's improved so much. I should have gotten around to changing this months ago.

The food has improved greatly, both in quality and variety. The servers have become more knowledgable about the beer (which doesn't do much for me, but at least now my proper pronunciation won't be corrected with improper pronunciation), and the bartenders have become more attentive. Some minor changes in the appearance of the space have given it a more comfortable feeel throughout as well. The draft selection remains impressive, as it always has been, and the bottle selection follows suit. At this point I'd certainly recommend a visit.

Photo of Edgecrusher
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Atmosphere: Very nice. A beautiful place-lots of wood. Always clean and pleasant inside.

Quality: Quality is great. Beer is always fresh and wonderful tasting.

Service: Service is great. Bartenders are very friendly and are knowledgeable about the beer they serve.

Selection: Selection is good. A decent amount of beer on tap that is always rotating. Bottle beer selection is good as well. Always have something in a style you are looking for.

Food: Have not had food yet-but always looks and smells good when the person next to me gets some!

Value: Prices are reasonable considering the bar is in the city-a little cheaper than what I expected to pay for the quality brew served.

A fantastic place to catch a few brews. Also have 2 huge plasma tv's behind the bar. Great place to catch a Phil's game and drink some delicious beer!

Devil's Den in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.