Eulogy Belgian Tavern
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4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
Visited Eulogy over the weekend while in Philadelphia to see the Dali exhibit.
Bar is divided into two floors, with about 18 taps on the first floor and an additional 6 upstairs. The upstairs bar, though, is only open Friday & Saturday.
Overall selection was teriffic, with several Belgians on tap. Along with them were a spattering of offerings from Stone, Rogue and the like. Perhaps a bit too specific on the Belgians to give the coveted 5.0 rating (I think 4 taps were various Hoegardens?).
Food was excellent, IMO. The Belgian style fries were to-die-for, as were the crab cakes. Everyone seemed to like what they got.
Service was friendly, prompt and knowledgeable. Overall, a terrific place to stop if you're looking for some great food and great beer.
05-16-2005 16:02:43 | More by wyllder
3.78/5 rDev -12.3%
A small bar in a vistable part of the waterfront. Mostly bottles, there was something in the order of 180 of them. Quite busy for a Monday night owing to the great weather. WIll get hot here in the summer. Selection is Basically what you can get at The Foodery, but in bar setting. Nothing I haven't had and wanted to try. A few quality taps of Belgians,I think there was 8 taps on, with the British standards, but also different taps than what's on at Monk's. A party room upstairs. If you are in this part of town, stop in.
05-12-2005 23:32:56 | More by Sammy
4.58/5 rDev +6.3%
so i was talking to this guy i knows. let's call him: grover. he sez the place to be is eulogy. i makes my way there and i was not disappointed.
this place is the anam cara or spuyten duyvil (so far as i could tell) of philly. maybe not the prettiest bar but just a crazy beer list and good food (yeah i didn't order anything and i know there's no food at the duyvil). but the beer list was crAzy. from the card the owner gave me "the greatest 200 beers you've never had."
now on to the more specific (if brief) stuff: cool old building in a funky neighborhood with a nice long bar and a few tables by the door. there was an upstairs but i don't recall going up there.
the beer list, as above, was crAzy. trust me on this one (or read a reviewer that goes less from the gut than i).
service was good (it helps when you are drinking with the stone crew and the owner of another brewery and you are a brewer in town for the craft beer convention).
04-24-2005 22:51:58 | More by bennybrew
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
I used to love Eulogy, then dislike them, now I'm really coming around to liking them again. Always a few interesting taps, plus an expansive bottle selection that I'm told gets turned over weekly. The stained glass behind the bar is a 200 year old window from a Philadelphia church. The food is excellent, you get a very different sort of pommes frites here than at other places. These are much thicker. The sauces served with them are awesome. The dijon mussels are incredible and at a better price than some other places in town. The crispy crab is cool to look at and damn tasty as well.
It's usually pretty full, which can make it harder to get a seat, but it's hard to fault them for that. The service can be brusque at times but has usually been pretty helpful. Prices are a bit on the high side, but it's Center City, get used to it, they're high everywhere.
Pubcrawl notes: Right around the khorner is the Khyber. Brownies is a couple of doors down from that. A block or so from there is Sugar Mom's. Wild, unfounded rumor has it that Triumph is opening a brewpub at Chestnut and Front, keep your ears open.
04-01-2005 15:07:06 | More by PopeDX
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
Eulogy is a standard must-stop for any beer traveler, regardless of your level of beer appreciation. A plus is that it's easy to find at a main corner in Olde City. As a matter of fact I find myself popping in here on any trip to town even if I have to catch a cab from across town. Although Eulogy has two floors, the better tap and bottle selection is on the first floor. Downstairs is a dimly lit Euro style joint, with a psuedo-stained glass back lit long bar with a narrow hallway leading back to the bathroom and big cold box that proudly displays an impressive selection of world class domestic and imported bottles. Usually you will wind up standing due to the few chairs and tables in the front, and the popularity of the place but as luck may be a Lady, you could get a table.
Caveat emptor: Get ready to pay $6.50 for most draughts, but remember that you are buying top notch brews that usually include the likes of St. Bernardus 12, Abbey de Rocs Grand Cru, Cantillon and stand-bys like Delirium Tremons, Piraat, Kwak...you get the idea.
Eulogy mussels are outstanding. On one outing I had the mussels at Eulogy and then went to Monks and tried theirs. Eulogy wins, hands down. Their fries (frites) are stunning with a perfect body and stunning dipping dill cream sauce. Yummy!
One of the best aspects of Eulogy is that the owner really makes an effort to keep us beer geek customers happy. He loves beer and knows beer inside and out. Good beer menu that has a few choices that they are always out of, but then again, with over 150 world class beers named, what can you do? Good food and great beer from local, imported and Belgian (YES!!! Belgian) breweries.
Last call: Eulogy is surely offering Philadelphia a solid Belgian bar other than, y'know...that "other" aforementioned leading brand Belgian bar. Cheers to Eulogy. Finally, Eulogy also passes the "Could you bring your Mother here test?" as any Mom would feel quite comfortable here. Could you take your mother here? Yes.
If Eulogy leads you to this block, then check out the Khyber catty cornered to Eulogy and Buffalo Billards on the same side of Chestnut if you dig pool like me.
02-25-2005 09:09:36 | More by blitheringidiot
4.08/5 rDev -5.3%
We reserved the coffin room on the second floor for a going away party for a friend of mine. It was the first time I had been there and had very high expectations. The first floor bar is a typical bar with some really nice handles to pick from. My favorite part of the place is the back of the br where they have the glass coolers stocked with there selsection. I could stand there all day lokking. They had one of my favorites on tap...Maredsous 8 as well as many other nice picks. We ordered food and waited...and waited...and waited. We were the only people on the second floor so the kitchen couldn't have been backed up. I actually has to leave suddenly after an hour so I never actually tasted the food. I really don't care about the food because I go to a plac like Eulogy for the beer selection, Besides, choose wisely and you'll eat your own arm after 2 or 3 drinks. I can't wait to go back.
01-23-2005 01:07:33 | More by BCMan
4/5 rDev -7.2%
Eulogy was the last stop on our mini-philly pub crawl on 12/4. It was my first time here, and I had a pretty good experience. The atmopshere was nice, with a long bar and several tables in the cramped downstairs room. The place was dimly light and certainly a bit "belgian" in feel. The quality of the beers I ordered was very good, both bottled and draught. The service was good, and although this place was packed glasses got filled quickly. The bartender also have me a pint of oak-aged bastard for free, since I kicked the keg. Nice! The beer list was very good, and the prices seemed reasonable as well. I'll be back to try some more tap beers and some grub as well. A nice place, for sure.
12-06-2004 23:46:47 | More by francisweizen
3.41/5 rDev -20.9%
Yes, they have an impressive selection of drafts and bottles but the overall impression and feel doesn't come close to what Monks (the original Belgian bar in town) offers. The interior is too small and tight with little room to move around. The decor is nowhere near the Belgian authenticity that Monks offers. Also I don't like that their list prices do not include the 10% Philadelphia city liquor tax...what the heck is that all about!!! I've never seen that anywhere in Philadelphia or any other bar for that matter. Price are probably 10% higher than they should be. $5.75 for an American microbrew is a bit steep.
To give the place some credit...they have Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing on tap which is one of the best American microbrews period.
11-01-2004 02:38:54 | More by cracker
4.7/5 rDev +9%
On the recommendation of a friend of mine, I made my first visit to Eulogy last night for a late dinner. Since there was a short wait for a table, we made our way over to the bar while we waited. The bartender handed me what appeared to me a menu but, upon further review, it was actually the beer list! The selection of beers available was that incredible. At the very end of the beer list is are the "TV Ad Beers (aka Water) but if you're willing to pay $4 for it, we'll sever it to you" I found that to be a nice touch as well!
While it was a smaller place, the overall atmosphere was quite pleasant. I could see where this place would get quite crowded on the weekends. At the bar, I was able to discuss beers with some BA's while I sipped my Celebrator Dopplebock while waiting for our table. The had several Belgians on tap including Piraat, Delirium Tremons, Lindenmans Framboise, Chimay, Hoegaarden, Kwak, and several others.
The upstairs was relatively small, although they are currently undergoing some renovations at the moment. Our waitress was extremely friendly and helpful as I attempted to introduce my friends to some new beers. Actually, everyone on the staff there was extremely friendly and knowledgable. The service was incredible as we were given a bit of a tour as well.
The food was fairly good. I had a burger with mushrooms and cheese which was pretty good. The frijets were great as well. Another person in our group had the crispy crab which was also quite good.
Overall, I really enjoyed my visit to Eulogy and I'm sure I will be back again soon! I'd highly recommend a visit to anyone living in or dropping by the area.
04-24-2004 00:21:30 | More by DaveGood
4.63/5 rDev +7.4%
This is the "other" Belgian place in town. Philadelphia is a blessed city. Overall, a very good place to go.
The atmosphere of this place is a tough call. It is cramped, but in Olde City that happens. Being in Olde City helps the overall atmosphere. However, as a place to go it is pretty cramped unless you sit for food upstairs. Not too much room upstairs as well.
The service was good. The waitress who runs the upstairs with a "beer goddess" t-shirt was friendly and helped to seat us as soon as possible. Our waitor helped a lot but wasn't overbearing. Prompt. Came along at the right times.
The beer selection was completely out of control. About 10 Belgians on-tap. I had the Lucifer , the Piraat, and the dirty Hoegarden. An incredible list of bottles too numerous to mention. A lot of local beers which was good to see. A lot of everything really. I've never seen anything that extensive before, and it was quite impressive.
The food that I had was pretty good. The fries come with a great horseradish sauce. The buffalo turkey wings were a great change of pace. My friend didn't care for his salmon sandwhich (fishy, which means to me not that fresh). His roma tomatos stuffed with crab (and other stuff) got good marks.
Update: Have to downgrade selection. Taps are very frequently the same and have a lot of more common Belgians. Read blitheringidiot's review.
Update: selection improving on the taps. Abbey des Rocs Grand Cru and Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout were spotted last time I was there. Combined with an impressive bottle selection, you can't really ask for better. Owner is incredibly accomadating. Really, really good french fries.
03-28-2004 23:16:45 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.