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Eulogy Belgian Tavern

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Eulogy Belgian TavernEulogy Belgian Tavern
BA SCORE
96
world-class

194 Ratings
Ratings: 194
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
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 birddogbrewing
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I walked down here on a friends reccmendation. Thank you! My lunch of Moules Beer and Beneluxx Belgian Frietjes was phenomenal. Hundreds of beers to choose from, knowledgable and helpful staff. Many rare and unusual offerings. It should be a destination for any beer lover!

I started with a liefman's sour, followed by a Belgian Blonde. Sipping a De Dohcter van de Korenaar peated oak aged Embrasse-- on tap. Bartender knows his game as do the customers. I'm trying to decide what to have next. I think the west letevern clone. This is a must go if you get near Philadelphia.

Photo of Gratefullawyer
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Wow Beer Heaven

I walked a little over a mile cause the concierage of the hotel sent us to the Belgain Pub. Walked in on Friday night managed snag 6 seats at the upstairs bar and stayed for over 3 hours.

The atmosphere was great good music , sports on the TV, friendly staff
and you felt at home in minutes

The service at the upstairs bar was first class. The bartenders knowledge and recommendation were spot on (depsite him being a Chelsea fan)..He was able to recommend good brews and describe them well . You can tell he had his head in the hops. No hesitation to run down the stairs and bring something special up.

We ate at the bar as the place was crowded . The mussels were exceptional, large and well cooked. My friends had burgers and raved.

I went there searching out some belgian beers and there were plenty on tap or in bottle. Even had an Abey Du Rocs.. A great beer.

One of the nicest bars I have been...Unfortuantely it is in philly and I am in ohio

Photo of JakeDebus
5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of gcare02
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Nice little spot right in Old City. This place has a one of the best selections as far as rarity and world-variety goes. I had a Girardin Gueuze, Thiriez Extra, and the Eulogy Blonde brewed by La Binchoise. They had a ton of beers that I normally don't see in most places.

The food was very good and the service was great. I could tell our server knew his beer, which is helpful for most people with the kind of beers they have on their menu.

I will definitely go back, and Triumph Brewing Co. is right across the street!

Photo of ruddyscot
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

First time in Philly. So glad we decided on Eulogy! Started out with a few selections from the tap. While we were looking at the menu the waiter suggested the cheese tray. It was perfect to snack on while choosing our next beer and deciding on dinner. I ordered the beer mussels and they were delightful. After a few selections on our own, we let the waiter select our beers. He was fantastic! Extremely knowledgeable, nice, and funny to boot!

Don't visit Philly without stopping here! We stopped by one of the other, more well know belgian bars after this one, and it didn't compare. I will go back to Eulogy next time I am near Philadelphia.

Photo of Poppypitbull
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

found this place on accident walking around the historic section of Philly on my first trip there. Walked in and didn't put two and two together before I realized they'd banned smoking in Philly. The trip got that much better right away!

Settled in at the bar and had a Chimay white on tap and started browsing around on the insanely huge menu. This was nuts to try and get through and will have to go back to PA just for this place one night.

Lots of stuff on tap, a really well informed bartender kept the drinks coming and guided us in the right direction for what we did and didn't want. Had a baked bree with fruit that went really well with the beer.

Already planning a return trip to Philly just for this place, can't wait to go back. Good tunes, good atmosphere and an all around fun place to be.

Photo of JustinM
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I came in here as out-of-towners with my wife and a friend of hers who has lived in the area for a number of years now. Did I mention that I was a complete beer newbie at the time? The only beer I'd ever been exposed to is the rank-smelling stuff that people drink to get drunk, and having a sensitive nose, I was never interested.

My wife's friend has talked this place up for years and because I hadn't been there before, I had a completely different image in my head. To me, it sounded like a large place with a club atmosphere, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Eulogy is a small place with two narrow floors that just happens to have a beer list as long as both of your arms and staff that knows everything there is to know about all of them.

Long story short, the waitress brought me a few samples to narrow down what I'd like. Thinking that I wouldn't like anything anyway, I agreed--and found out that, lo and behold, not all beer sucks.

The prices seemed reasonable to me, the waitstaff was extremely attentive even though none of us were Philadelphia natives (a problem I saw crop up in other reviews, so maybe they've cracked down on that), and I'll definitely be going back the next time I'm in town.

Sorry that I can't speak to the food given that we'd just eaten dinner elsewhere and so none of us ordered any.

Photo of ElGuapo
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is an incredibly cool bar. A friend of mine had mentioned possibly going there when I was in the area for the Philly BA Gathering. While I was on the pub crawl, I met the owner, Mike, told him I heard he had a cool place and that I would probably stop by. Unlike a great many business owners, he was very excited and happy to hear that someone was going to check his place out, and that sealed the deal .

We stopped by, and found the coolest bar I have been to yet. Service was extremely friendly and knowledgable. A good amount of taps can be found with many excellent brews. You can grab a stone, yards, magic hat, troegs, or victory. Or maybe you would like Chouffe, maredsous, chimay, or lindemann's. The bottle selection is also quite large. They have all the local micros as well as good representation from rogue and stone. Westy, Rochefort, Orval, Westmalle, and the ever so beautiful Duchesse de Borgogne, which I start off every visit with.

We got seated in the cocktail lounge upstairs, and that is one crazy room. If you stop by, and you should, check out that little room. Your tables are coffins, the music is crazy cool. Go to this place, and go often. I will be back next weekend, and I will certainly try the food.

Photo of jmc44
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
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 spointon
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

On a recent trip to Philadelphia I hit this place twice, late on a Wednesday night and early in the evening on Friday.

The location is excellent - this place is tucked into a great little neighborhood full of restaurants and bars (many of which serve great beer) and walking between establishments is easy. I was taking cabs around town, so I appreciated this ability to walk to a lot of great places in one neighborhood.

The atmosphere is cool. Its only a very narrow, tiny little bar but the vibe is been nirvana all the way. lots of cool / rare beer signs on the walls, with a definite lean toward Belgian ales.

The beers on tap were a nice mix of high end US craft selections and imported stuff. When I was there I had a Chimay White, a Petrus Aged Pale, and an Older Viscosity on draught and both were excellent. The bottle selection is stellar...there are several glass door coolers in the back from which they pull beers to serve and they are stocked full of goodness. In addition to the draught beers listed above I had a bottle of Gulden Draak, a bottle of Innis & Gunn, and a bottle of something from Russian River. All were excellent.

The prices were very fair for what you are getting. Better prices than what I see in Chicago anyway.

All in all this is a serious beer destination and well worth going out of your way to visit.

Photo of Bierman9
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I was able to stop by Eulogy twice recently, first in the late afternoon of Saturday, 17APR10 (upstairs), then early afternoon on 18APR10 (downstairs), both times with my older daughter Caitlin.

Eulogy is easily found on Chestnut St, nearing the waterfront. Ensconsed in a 3-story building, the upper 2 floors being white stonework, with the ground floor having some reddish-brown stone and woodwork mixed with 4 faded yellow columns which frame 2 windows and a central doorway. Entering, there are small tables near each window, then a cherry-wood colored bar starts on the left and runs along the length of the wall heading to the rear of this long, narrow room. I seemed to recall 2 tap towers on the bar, one with about 12, the other perhaps 4-5 taps. Behind the bar are liquors, as well as more glassware styles that you'd ever need. Coolers run along the bottom of the barback, with loads of rare treats. It's fairly dimly lit here, but some tiny aqua-colored lights add a cool glow behind the barback glassware. Some tin-type bier signs adorn the walls, too. On the right side of the room is a stairway leading to the 2nd floor. Ascend here, go left and turn 180° and you're in the upstairs bar. You'll find about 6-8 tables on the right (as you face the front of Eulogy) with the 12-15' bar running on the left side towards the front. Again, this is also dimly lit, with a worn, dark-wood bar and paneling, with large mirrors and more bier paraphernalia. In both the up- and downstairs areas, we felt that it was extremely warm, inviting and comfy. It was great seeing many small groups of people enjoying mussels, frijtes, and oh-so-many Belgian biers. How many? Damn near 300, easily! We spent more time reading the menu than actually drinking! Great stuff, up and down the list. Our bartender upstairs was way-cool, though it was busy Saturday. On Sunday, it was slow, and we had a chance to get a good read on our 'tender. He was top-shelf, extremely knowledgable,very mellow and laid-back. Sort of reminded me of Oddball from Kelly's Heroes. Woof woof!! It was great to be able to hit Eulogy twice, and I thank Caitlin for that. Went here first for a quick round before our Wild Bill Guarnere dinner. Had time Sunday after the Zoo and before heading home, and Caitlin suggested we reconvene here. Let's go! ;-) We did have some frijtes, but can't really comment on food overall. Prices are a bit up there, but this is Philly, and these biers are top-shelf. I'd return whenever back in town, without doubt. Zum Wohl!!

4.78
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 - $$$

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Photo of MuttKDC
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

When taking a trip to Philly I stopped by this place and it became one of highlights.

What impressed me the most about this place was the fact that they had just over 300 beers available! Great selections of local, US and European brews.

The atmosphere was good. Really dim lighting (which is what you expect from a place named Eulogy). We ended laughing the night away with some of the regulars and the staff. Needless to say it was a very welcoming place.

The bartender was really helpful and knowledgeable. He ended helping us with a bunch of other bars that I should stop by in Philly. The food was great (I had fish and chips made with Hoegaarden, which were great). I also smelled a lot other great stuff coming out of the kitchen.

I would definately go back here during my next stop in Philly.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

If you love Belgian beer and you're in Philly, make a trip to Eulogy at least once during your visit. I have a lucky-dog friend who lives close to the place, and there isn't a finer place to reunite with old pals.

Clearly this is all about the Belgians, and they serve up a variety of styles, some on tap, many in bottles (I mean, many!)...all the expected stuff is there, and I was happy to find a big bottle of La Rulles Tripel there last visit too. This is also a great landmark in my beer-drinking life, because it's the first I ever had the excellent La Trappe Quadrupel (now known as Konings Hoeven).

Waiters/waitresses all seem to know their beer, they're always friendly, the atmosphere is casual and comfortable, the food is really really good, prices are fair...and I cannot wait to visit again. The 2nd time I went our party was seated in the coffin room, which is basically a coffin serving as a table with a plexiglass top, so you can see the "dead". Pretty cool, somewhat uncomfortable, though, as it was too high (and I'm 6'3"), but who can bitch? No real problem with this excellent establishment.

(NOTE: both times I've been to Eulogy it was Monday, so it wasn't packed and the staff were probably more friendly, talkative and attentive than they would've been on the weekend.)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Located in the Old Town area of Philadelphia, Eulogy is similar to a typical town house size with a first floor bar and an upstairs. The ambience is a little on the dark side and the vibe is extremely cool. There's not many beer bars I've visited where the bartenders REALLY know what the heck they're pouring, and what's even more cool, they serve it in the APPROPRIATE glassware with most often being the glass that matches the beer. The draft selection is good and the bottled beer list even better. Belgians brews dominate the list but hey, it's a Belgian beer bar, what do you expect? There's a nice counter balance of American craft brews as well, over 300 beers to choose from. We visited on a Wednesday night and it wasn't overly busy at all. Come here Thursday - Saturday and expect standing room only, it was the first time I've been here when it wasn't extremely crowded making it exceptionally nice. The menu is very Belgian (check out their website for the latest food and beer menus). I ordered the Belgian Fish and Chips and I have to say, it was the best I've ever had. The fish was very tender and flakey, not overcooked or undercooked, but just right. For being fried food, it wasn't greasy and you could eat it like finger food, the fries were perfect. We spent part of the night hanging with Mike, the owner. Mike is incredibly passionate and well educated about beer and has a Belgian heritage that he's very proud of. He's also created some really unique refridgeration systems for the bottled beer, very innovative. In the downtown Philly area, this is by far my most favorite place to visit. It's exceptional, make it a must stop.

Photo of ridgeline23
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of cassanoj
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I. Love. Eulogy.

Reasons why I love Eulogy:
#1. Wings - The wings here are damn hot, and damn good. You get 8 of them and you better have a beer handy...and please, use the bleu cheese.
#2. Mussels - Two words - Di, Jon. The Dijon mussels are bangalangin. They give you a mussel pot, fully equipped with a buttload of sauce and a fresh half loaf of bread (Wish you got a full loaf).
#3. Beer, duh - Huge bottle selection. The Rochefort triplets along with a lot of other good Belgians. Typically a decent draft selection as well (St. Bernardus Abt.12, Punk'n).
#4. Staff - The staff here tends to be quite helpful and knowledgeable. If nothing else, they seem excited to talk beer, which is my favorite trait in a host/hostess.

I feel that this is the best Belgian tavern in Philadelphia, and yes, that is including Monk's! Plus, the Eulogy t-shirts are really cool!

Photo of Jame515
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mattgreger
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This tavern is located in Olde City. Its at 2nd and Chestnut.

Its a great location tucked into the Olde City bar scene. For a casual patron making there way into this location, they will find a very intimate, two story bar with some great brews and food.

For a craft beer drinker, there is a small treasure. The bartenders are very knowledgable and know there brews. Your greeted with about 12-15 on draft brews, that range from local, to some rare or impressive imports. On top of that they also provide a beer list, that ranges from 4-6 pages on any particular day. Many of these brews from all over the world. They give you everything you want to know about these brews.

On top of that, as i said, the bartenders know there stuff. I was there about 3 weeks ago, my brother and I both ask for something that we had never had before. Both times this bartender pulled out two amazing brews that were just amazing.

This place also has some amazing food as well. Though the menu isn't huge, its a great and some flavorfully packed choices. One of the best things I can recommend are the Fries. It comes with 3 dipping sauces. I know they are only fries, but my brother and I have actually drove the hour into philly to have a beer and fries at this location.

This is a great find, and always a stop for myself if I am in the, especially near Olde City. We also try to hit it up when we are leaving a Phillies Game. Awesome.

Photo of soupyman10
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A - Nice atmosphere, with wooden walls and good lighting

Q - Not sure which quality we're referring to, but overall the place was great

S - Quick, polite, helpful; no complaints

S - 200 bottles and 10 on tap? Not bad by me, espcially when I saw a bunch of those world renowned brews on their bottles list

F - Good burgers and bratwurst

V - A little high, but only really cause of the crazy variety of beer they had; however, even the crap macro-lager bottles were four dollars which might be a little steep

Photo of mkh895
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of tviz33
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of KornWallace
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Eulogy was my first foray into the craft beer scene in Philly and let me say if you haven't been you really need to put it on your list.

The beer selection is enormous and well selected they have many, especially many Belgian, beers that are must tries. They also have a pretty varied and long tap list. When I was there years ago I had my first encounter with St. Bernardus and it really opened my eyes.

There food is fairly good as pub grub goes. I remember enjoying a few sandwiches that I had there.

The service has always been good. They did a great job of accommodating us when we had a large party and when I have been there in smaller groups they have always been attentive.

The price depending in the beers can be a tad expensive but they do have several good low budget drinks.

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Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.