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Eulogy Belgian Tavern

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Eulogy Belgian TavernEulogy Belgian Tavern

Taps: 24 / Bottles: 360
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
96
world-class

181 Ratings
Ratings: 181
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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(Place added by: jrancan)
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BCMan

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

01-23-2005 01:07:33 | More by BCMan
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

12-06-2004 23:46:47 | More by francisweizen
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cracker

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

11-01-2004 02:38:54 | More by cracker
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DaveGood

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +9%
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.

04-24-2004 00:21:30 | More by DaveGood
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

03-28-2004 23:16:45 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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slander

New York

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

02-27-2004 05:23:08 | More by slander
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

12-16-2003 22:45:56 | More by OatmattStout
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thefireman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

10-27-2003 01:16:53 | More by thefireman
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lou91

California

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

10-21-2003 17:02:50 | More by lou91
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

10-18-2003 15:01:50 | More by PSUDREW
Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.