Eulogy Belgian Tavern

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Eulogy Belgian TavernEulogy Belgian Tavern
BA SCORE
96
world-class

195 Ratings
Ratings: 195
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 360
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

136 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106-3009
United States
phone: (215) 413-2354

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Photo of Jredner
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

My first beer the bartender said she didn’t have it. Ok. Second beer is mislabeled style wise...claimed it was a stout, but when poured it was a pale ale.

Third try I ask for Hair of the Dog Adam...get Hair of the Dog Fred instead...in the meantime I see the first beer I ordered sitting in the cooler all along.

Not a good start. Still a great beer bar with a huge selection, but no where near as sophisticated and vintage oriented a selection as Monk’s.

It’s a great beer bar and on it's own I would have say one of the better ones int he country, but unfortunately I went to Monk's right after Eulogy and Eulogy iss just not as good as Monk’s Cafe.

Photo of Philby11111
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in around 4pm on a Thursday night during a business trip recently. Had been to Monks a few times but until then, I hadn't had a chance to make Eulogy.

I'm from out of town (Albany NY) and was surprised that I had actually been by the place before without knowing it - it is located in the "bar" district, and could be easily missed if you didn't know where to look.

Eulogy offers a Belgian experience, with a regular bar atmosphere. Small downstairs with restaurant upstairs. 7-10 Belgian drafts, 200+ bottles, and mixed drinks available for those who don't do the craft beer thing. For Philly residents, it would be a great place for a beer advocate to go to when you have a mixed group of both quality beer drinkers and regular party goers that you want to please.

Staff was knowledgeable and helpful but not overly friendly, I was the only patron at the time and the staff was getting ready for the evening shift. Beer was served in the proper glass for each of my four selections.

I would go back, hopefully with a few friends next time. I would like to see how the place is at night, and maybe try the food.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

It was one of those lovely crisp, ‘cold yet not freezing’, bright & beautiful Autumnal days, the kind that I so miss from my time in England, when I came here with BA erica for a bite to eat before heading to the Airport and destined for warmer climes. Parking is not easy anywhere in Philly it seems, but we managed to sneak into a Metered roadside space on 5th Street near Chestnut after only one ride round the blocks. Eulogy Belgian Tavern was only a short walk down Chestnut towards the shores of Noii Joyseee and past the ‘Philadelphia Fish and Company’ (that just doesn’t sound right does it?). A simple high frontage bedecked in the colors of the Belgium Tricolor and a large sign makes this one stand out from the crowd and it is easily spotted from the old cobbled streets.

A single ill-fitting red colored wooden framed door sits in the centre of the frontage, once inside you are immediately greeted with a red sign to your left warning you about the wooden step which raises you up about 12” to the main well worn wooden floor which runs back the full length of the bar.

Tap range is about 15, includes many staple Belgium brews, including Rodenbach which I immediately opted for. Bottled range is advertised as both 200 and 300 in various places, I suspect the former # is on older adverts for it seems more like the latter # on close inspection of the beer list. Immediately inside there are round tables seating 4 or 5 to your right and left in a lower front area. The bar starts beyond said tables on your left and runs all the way back to the Kitchens. A couple of small raised tables, each with two tall backless stools sit your right, beyond that is a staircase that leads to the upstairs area, underneath which is a restroom and beyond that a triple bank cooler contains some, but not all, of the advertised bottles.

Food has, of course, Mussels, but we were told that they did not have any at present, shame too, cuz I could have gone for steamed Moule Frites. Menu is rather basic and adds a Belgo-twist to more staple American fare once you get beyond the Moule and Kippefillet. I ordered a Sirloin Steak Sandwich with Frites and erica ordered a stand alone bowl of Friejtes. Erica and I have been to Belgium and we both were surprised that the “Friejtes”, when they arrived, were actually more like deep fried Steak Fries, nevertheless, they were home made and very nice, in fact, I actually prefer ‘proper Chips’. Yet those that are expecting the thinner “French” version so often sampled from a small Caravan at 4am during a walk home to the Hotel after an all day session in Brussels….well, they may be a little disappointed perhaps.

The bottled beer range is excellent, the black and white beer menu seems to have been formatted in Excel and as such it is neatly laid out and easy to follow. Some 300 beers, but not all Belgium, are listed by the name of the beer first, and then information follows such as strength, bottle size, price and style. Of note is a column also dedicated to a Rating, which seems to be a composite from both BA and RB, a neat touch that.

An enjoyable couple of hours in here, but there was one drawback – the two TV’s above and behind the bar were on full volume with some dudes in crash helmets running around in sporadic bursts, this definitely destroyed what would have been a very nice atmosphere, sure we could have gone upstairs but we had already ordered food and moved from the bar once so it seemed that moving again would have caused more hassle. Also I have bad experiences of being upstairs in bars and, albeit wrongly maybe, imagined that service would be slower there, so we stayed in the main downstairs room. OK, OK, I know it’s traditional to show “that other kind” of Football on Sundays, but was it really necessary to have it so damn loud!?!? It seemed like it was “on 11”, you know “One louder than 10”. Come on, I am sure there are 20 Sports Bars that are doing the same thing nearby, so why carve out such a nice interior and spoil it so, especially as both erica and I noted that not one of the punters there were even watching it!!!!. It was so hard to hear at times that the woman behind the bar misheard erica’s request for “not the spicy mayo” with her Friejtes, and subsequently ended up with said condiment. I hope the blasting TV’s were a one-off but I lowered my atmosphere mark to 3.5 accordingly.

So minor comments about the "Belgian" Friejtes and very noisy TV’s aside, more importantly this is well worth a visit for the Beer range alone, I found the Service to be reasonably good and had no problems with the food. Definitely worth a visit, but just not on Football Sundays ;-)

Thanks to BA erica and Sally C. for the ride out here, much appreciated.

Last Visit: Sunday 20th November, 2005.

Photo of erica
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited here over the weekend before taking Mr. LongBeachBum to the Philly airport. I am hating Philadelphia since a parking 'incident' a few months ago, but I reluctantly agreed to take him here. A nice little walk on a surprisingly warmish day brought us to Eulogy, about a block from the Delaware River. Big-ass sign sticking out from the building lets you know it's there before you get there, and the outside is painted red and gold, I assume because of the Belgian flag colors.

So, we walked in and up a step, there are 2 regular tables in front of the windows on either side of the door, a few high-top tables, and the the bar on the left, a stairway straight ahead on the right. I suppose it's a bit Belgian-looking, kind of dark and lots of wood. Also behind the bar was a huge red-purple-orange stained glass panel with a loosely coiled rope-light thing that changed color. Very cool. First we sat at the bar, got food menus, looked at the taps and ordered Rodenbachs. Yum. There were 2 TVs on with the Eagles-Giants game, seemingly on maximum volume, so we decided to move to one of the high-top tables. It's a small place so it really didn't help much.

I ordered just a bowl of "Belgian" frites (I'm so healthy!), LBB ordered a steak sandwich. He said to me "Have you ever had fries like this in Belgium? Cos I haven't." I had to agree. They were good though, as was the mayonaise, just very not Belgian in style. Then we had to ask for a beer list, to know what bottles they had, even though the beer coolers were opposite the bar under the stairs. Big list, with too much information on it, including combined BA and RB ratings. I suppose it's good though.

The service was decent, not the most attentive but not awful. The whole time we were there I was dying to look upstairs, so I finally did. It was nice and quiet up there, no TVs that I noticed and not too many people. To the right is a black painted room with tables that look like coffins, with glass tops and dressed up skeletons and things in them, and kind of church-y music playing. That was really cool. More regular tables to the left. I kind of wish we'd sat upstairs instead. Maybe next time.

Overall it was a nice bar with a great beer selection and good food, nice staff and a decent atmosphere, except for those horribly loud TVs. I'd go back again if I were in the area, and if I were in the mood to drive around for a while looking for a parking spot, and I would recommend it to anyone else in Philly.

Photo of NolanGTI
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have been here a few times since my prior bad review, and have adjusted most ratings up considerably. I believe my service experience was an anolmoly and the food has been better in recent trips I am pleased to report. I will also note that I was contacted shortly after my review by the mgmt. at Eulogy apologizing and asking for further details -- to me that goes a long way as well.

Beer list is top notch and clearly Belgian. Food is solid, but not outstanding. Service has been pretty great since an inital slipup on my first visit.

Definitely can go toe to toe with Tria and Monk's and is worth the trip for any local or out of towner.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

i really made all the right stops in philadelphia.

chose this over khyber (they're both on the same block) despite the nice neon troegenator sign in the KP window. lucky to grab two seats at the downstairs bar at eulogy, and was immediately presented with a thorough menu of bottled beers. nicely laid out document, thoughtfully trying to include beer advocate and RB style scores. accuracy is questionable though, as st. lamvinus clocks in at 3.74 according to the chart. the SN celebration vintages caught my eye (96 and 01 bottles) and i grabbed some to start with. delicious and carefully cellared.

we went for the cheese/fruit plate to snack on (cheesesteaks leave little room for culinary experimentation) and we were served a great combination of italian biscuit style crackers and a variety of 5-6 gourmet cheeses.. no stop and shop white cheddar here. a variety of fruits and wafer crackers rounded it out and was very satisfying, even as a dinner substitute.

we continued on with cantillon iris, girardin gueuze 1882, saison dupont and draft piraat. bartender was interested in talking cantillon and spent some time chatting philly beer in general. gave us a couple buybacks, which you rarely see in ct.

atmosphere is nice.. very american belgian. doesn't look at all like belgium despite the owners being bruggians.. just striving for alot of the imagery.. monks, stained glass, etc. dark and cozy. long bar extends back seating 15-20 with the bottle cooler in the rear. crowd suffers a bit from the presence of partygoers and general red bull and vodka drinking youth.. however i had a seat, was comfortable, and enjoyed the tunes and friendly bartender.. oh, and the company of my cantillon-loving lady. only one bottle out of 5 was out of stock, which isn't bad considering past comments.

this place has made the must-stop list for phila. biggest surprise of the trip based on a couple of recent less-than-stellar comments

Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I can't count how many times I've walked past this place and wanted to go in, but didn't. One day I finally got up the nerve. The place is nicely decorated inside with a stained glass window behind the full bar. There were plenty of beers on tap. One side of the bar, the "Trinity Tower," consisted of Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe Blonde on tap. The other side had an assortment of other beers which I can't exactly remember. All in all, there were about 13 or 14 beers on tap. In addition to this, Eulogy has an extensive beer list which covers the gamut, Belgian to Budweiser. But who the hell would order a Bud in such a place? The menu contained authentic Belgian fare and bistro style cuisine as well. I opted to try the frites, and they were almost as good as the ones I remember in Belgium. They were served up hot (temp. wise) and went very well with my Leffe. When I ran out of dipping sauce for my frites the server kindly got me some more. What a guy! There's a second level to the bar that is only open on weekends after five. I didn't go up there, but I'll have to come back and check it out. Eulogy also has a great take out refrigerator in the back, but having satisfied my longing to be back in Brussels, I opted out of taking anything with me.

Photo of jmc44
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This bar has by far the largest beer selection I have ever seen (I believe in the neighborhood of 250). I've tried maybe 30 beers here, all are always served in proper glasses and are always fresh. Usually they are in stock, although the St Bernardus 12 was sold out last time I was there (probably cuz I drank them all the time before).

It is a small place taking up 2 floors, maybe can hold 40 people at its max, although I believe there is a private room with coffins as tables. Lighting is kept low, and the upstairs (table seating) is quiter than the long bar on the first floor.

In my experience, the bartenders and wait staff have been particularly knowledgable when recommending or giving input on brews.

The food is good but the menu small, I also think it is overpriced.

If you are ever in Philadelphia, you must stop by.

Oh, and I almost forgot - the menus list the BA scores as well as RateBeer.com scores for all their brews, which is quite helpful when pressed with such a huge offering.

Photo of ChrisBowers
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is the "other" Belgian destination in Philly as most people think of Monk's immediately. This place is nothing to be scoffed at however, and actually is a better "bar" if thats the scene you're looking for. Long wood bar with some high tables in the front of the place along with an upstairs bar/room which I did not visit. About 10-15 taps with some very nice Belgians as well as some of the standard stuff you see everywhere. Bottle selection is very very impressive. Well organized in an almost spread sheet fashion on the menu, it lists what type of beer, ABV, vintage if any , etc. Quite handy if you're looking for a beer you've never had or heard of before. Food is great, especially the frites. They're a bit different than Monk's, but just as good in a different way. Service is very nice, friendly, better than Monk's in my opinion. What it comes down to is this: Monks has a better tap selection and is a better "restaurant" if thats what your goal is to find. Eulogy is a great bar/tavern that would make for a lively night out or a nice afternoon watching a game. Definitely stop in if you're in the area.

Photo of wyllder
4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

Highly recommended.

Wyll-

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of bennybrew
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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).

Photo of PopeDX
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of BCMan
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

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.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of cracker
3.41/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of DaveGood
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of slander
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Saturday afternoon, the fourkinteenth. Finally the haze dissipated. The pain on my brain was unforgiving (like the seeea!!!) but I'm holding my own. I called Matthead and left a, "Yeah, Mo, we're going to some joint, Eulogy", message on his voicemail. 3 minutes later, we're at Eulogy and 3 minutes after that, here's Matthead. He said he only lives 5 minutes away (we don't get to see too much of them since he and Amy moved to Philly last summer. They're good kids)...
Eulogy is a long narrow bar, with seating for about a dozen and a half. They've got a few small tables riddled about, one of them somewhat infringing on the area about the jukebox, beacuse every time I started mulling around the jukebox, I was clearly the 3rd person at someone's table. There's also an upstairs seating area, two if you count the "coffin room" that's off that first room but we did all our time downstairs at the bar.
They've got 15 taps, mostly the standard Belgians (LaChouffe, Corsendonk Pale Ale, Chimay, Stella, Hoegaarden, Leffe Brown, Delirium Tremons, Lindemans Framboise, Maredsous 8, Kwak) and some American micros (Victory Hop Devil, Allagash Triple). I, myself, was drinking the Petrus Old Brown and the St. Fouillen Brune, because I could.
They've also got an extensive beer list, nearly 200 beers and they live in the refridgerator just behind us at the end of the bar. The list is not as user friendly as one would like, but it is full and diverse, and they've got a great line when you hit the macros and N/A's that reads, "T&A TV ad beers (i.e. water) - heck, we'll serve you it, if you'll pay $4 for it". That's classic. I was poking around in the 'fridge, seeing what's what... Hello De Dolle Oerbier, Hello Caracoles. Bartender was very knowledgeable, we asked for things, he hunted them out. Hey, do you have this? Hmmmn, I've got this here, have you tried it? He was showing us the Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vilille when Phil broke his glass in an abrupt movement (HULK MAD!!! SMASH!!!).
We spent a good amount of time here. I'm thinking,... no, I'm knowing.... this is the deal. My preferred Belgian bar in Philly.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Went on a Wednesday afternoon while on a business trip in philly. The place was nice and inviting from the front and nicely appointed inside. It was slow when I we got there but slowly filled as happy hour approached. Really enjoyed the selection of beers, The bartender was really cool but she didn't really know to much about the beers. Had a mussle dish that was great and really went well with the Lucifer I was drinking.

All in alla good place to go and in a great section of town if you want to bar hop.

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3.5/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I've been to this place a few times, and like it. Like a previous reviewer, I believe that one should visit Monk's a few times before sampling Eulogy. The coffin room was sort of wierd, by, what the hey? All in all, the beer selection was good, but I didn't try to order anything requiring a whole lot of knowledge from the staff. Everything I ordered was served in the proper glass. The service was good the last time I visited, not so good the first. The food was good, and priced at a reasonable rate. I still will visit occasionally. Nice place to have a beer or two.

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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I was there last week visiting from san francisco and had an awesome time- great selction on tap and an even better selection in bottles including many not found at monk's. eg. the Cantillon Lou Pepe and Dogfish Raison dExtra both for $25. Excellent food- the chicken cooked with st.freullin was tip notch as were the frites- the prices on the beer are high but reasonable on the food- after a couple of nights there I was cracking jokes and drinking beer with the chef, owner, and dish washers. Hope they open a bar in the Bay Area where belgian food is non-existent. Great job people!

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4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I really wish I had more moeny so I could have spent more time there last night.

Cool little place they got there, the only problem I had w/ it was the fact that upstair was strictly reserved for dining, and it being a rainy night, made things difficult to sit down and relax.

Huge Bottle slection. Great Tap selection. I haven't been to monk's yet, but I was amazed at the list they had in comparison.

While my friend didn't like the perkuno's hammer, he did say it was a cool beer place, and he might join me to expand his tastes. My girlfriend just sighed.

If you're on 2nd street, def come and check it all out. Good times, Good times, they just need more room.

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4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited Eulogy with my wife on a Saturday to get some lunch before touring some of the new structures in Independence National Park. Eulogy is located in the Olde City portion of Philadelphia. There are many trendy and some old-line restaurtants within a couple blocks. The historic district is within easy walking distance.

The establishment is small with about a dozen or so bar stools and four or five tables in the bar room. There are two dining areas upstairs, including the now famous coffin room, which has two real coffins in use as tables. We sat at the bar and had an enjoyable visit with Chris, a knowledgeable beer server.

There were about 20 beers on tap. I sampled enough that I can't remember exactly how many. Luckily, we had planned this as a walking day. The bar has a "trilogy" tap, stocked with Interbrew favorites, Hoegarrden, Leffe Brune (sometimes it is the Blonde), and Stella. The main beer engine has an assortment of Belgiums, including Chimay, La Chouffe, Kwak (try the champagne glass), Piraat, Maredsous, and at least two others. There were a couple German beers, including the Ayinger Oktoberfest-Marzen. Finally, there were three or four microbrews such as Arrogant Bastard and Allagash White. They have slightly less than two hundred bottled beers, including many of the Trappists.

The food was very good with a nice selection. We shared a bucket of mussels (two pounds). I had the Andouille Sausage sandwich, and my wife had a raw salmon sandwich that she said was awesome. They also had salads, soups, stews, and some more elaborate entrees. Prices were reasonable.

Everyone is the place is friendly, and the service was quick. It was not real crowded, which helps. It's the reason that I end up here now instead of Monk's, which tends to be crowded and hurried at all times.

Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.