Taps: 20 / Bottles: 35
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
Reviews by eldondre:
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Where to start. This is housed in the old Ludwig's sace, a long time German beer bar which had plenty of taps, but had also seen better days in the kitchen. the building was bought by NY Developer Tony Goldman who brought in the Vintage owners to make it upscale. The space is still split. You walk into a foyer and to your left, you have a an upscale seating and bar area with no tv's. To your right is an upscale bar area with a couple small tv's. the draft list is extensive and ranges from locals to belgians to german beers. Beer prices are about average for center city, a little on the high side. (BTW, upstairs is a llunge specializing in absinthe and whiskey, which can also be had downstairs). Probably the most notable part is its large beer selection coupled with one of the better burgers in town and perhaps the best hand cut fries. I'd go primarily for food (this place is all about meat, steer clear of the seafood) that has a good beer selection rather than a great beer bar. still, with 20 some drafts, there's bound to be something for everybody.
12-19-2008 18:24:06 | More by eldondre
More User Reviews:
2.55/5 rDev -25.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Bring back Ludwigs!!!
This WAS a special place when it was Ludwig's.. Tended by knowledgeable, mostly gorgeous, female bartenders who had to take beer classes before they got behind the bar.
There were many, many taps of excellent German and Belgian beers.
Waitresses dressed in "Heidi", dresses. I think they were called, dirndl's. See the lable on St Pauli's Girl for the real look.
A special menu, that wasn't for all...but to those that knew what the heck the food was, (like...hosenpfeffer, roladin...etc...), they were raved about. The Roladin was the best I've ever tasted. They had wings, and other things for appetizers, but for the most part---I was there for the beer. Was a great stop for lunch and dinner.
NOW----this joint, doesn't open until 5.
The beer list is watered down, tho they still have a few basic Belgians.
They also, now, have this soft, jazz band there. On the weekend nights the crowd is a little too noisy and non-caring, towards the music. Which actually is ok...since if you actually listen to that music---it would put you to sleep. It is like, constantly having, "MUSAK", in the backround.
It has turned from a special German/European beer bar,,,,to a girls wine bar.
Even the fantastic mural of Mad King Ludwig, along the side of the building has been defaced.
Ehhh...I guess this place is ok to some.
It just ain't for me...anymore.
10-28-2011 02:08:14 | More by Dennycurr
3.86/5 rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Went here with a couple friends on the latenight. A nice looking building with a more laid back vibe on the left side bar and a more upbeat vibe when going to the right. The left side had a band playing some acid jazz while at the right bar the jukebox reigned supreme. There is also a upstairs portion that I did not visit. This bar is clean and modern looking, fitting for the neighborhood it's in. The quality is up there from what I saw with clean tasting beer from the lines and proper glassware used. Did not eat here so Can't comment on that. The service was friendly, no complaints and no long wait times for refills on a fairly crowded night. This place is in philly so the beer selection is varied with local's, west coast goodies and some foreign treats from various countries, well versed. I think I saw some handpumps there as well. A decent bottle selection, nothing extraordinary. Will have to visit agsain and get some grub. A bit pricy.
09-17-2009 19:18:54 | More by BARFLYB
TIME in Philadelphia, PA
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.