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Eulogy Belgian Tavern

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Eulogy Belgian TavernEulogy Belgian Tavern

187 Ratings
Ratings: 187
Reviews: 146
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 cdaguanno
2.5/5  rDev -42%

cdaguanno, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of corbydrone
2.65/5  rDev -38.5%

Last night (about 7:00 pm) the staff at Eulogy were serving shots to a band of drunks seated by the front door. The loudest of the drunks was shouting something about Jews and kept screaming "Shabbos!" (or perhaps "Chavez", hard to tell) over and over and over. Perhaps he was Jewish. Mostly he was incredibly annoying. And large. And threatening.

In the spirit of constructive criticism I have a few suggestions to the owners:

1) Do not serve the visibly intoxicated shots when they have apparently been drinking high test Belgian beer all day.

2) Control your patrons, or they will ruin your business.

3) A depression is coming. I am sure you will be able to find plenty of competent bartenders. Hire some.

It will be a long time before I visit Eulogy again. I will never be able to get my wife and friends to return.

corbydrone, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of deedee
3/5  rDev -30.4%

My husband and I checked out this place and we were not terribly impressed. The tap selections included lots of boring beers such as guinness, harp, carlsberg and stella. The only thing of interest on the tap list was Arrogant Bastard Ale. The bottle list seemed to be mostly Interbrew products. Perhaps a place to stop by for one beer but definitely not a destination beer place in Philadelphia.

deedee, Feb 25, 2003
Photo of jmatthew
3.03/5  rDev -29.7%

Clearly catering to the beer aficionado, the beer selection at Eulogy is quite large and well represented with an obvious focus on all things Belgian, to which this establishment deserves credit. Hundreds to choose from couldn’t possibly be a bad dilemma. Beers are presented well in their appropriate glassware and are paired with a menu that favors Belgian fare though is not terribly adventurous. Service varies depending on the person and the night. The bar staff is always highly knowledgeable and quite amicable, but I’ve also encountered wait staff that seem to be ignorant of your presence. Avoid Friday and Saturday nights as this is a very busy part of the city and real estate for your rear end is limited at best. A better experience is had during the week when you can cozy up to the bar and peruse their beer selection. Not a bad place to enjoy a beer and wither away the evening hours, but not my first recommendation in the city.

jmatthew, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of drdoodlebug
3.33/5  rDev -22.7%

Eulogy has a great selection of beers (particularly Belgian) and has the honor of being in a very cool historic neighborhood. I was in Philly on business and had drinks at both Eulogy and it's sister bar the Beneluxx, as well. Both bars had great selections but similar downfalls. The food at both was just so-so,and the ambience could be classified as grimey chic without the chic. Monk's tavern across town is high on the funkiness factor as well thogh it has a little more breathing room. I don't know, would it be too much to ask for just a little sunlight and a little less dirt? The staff I dealt with was knowledgable and helpful though I did see other servers who seemed standoffish with their tables. I think Eulogy could be a really great bar with just a little work.

drdoodlebug, May 24, 2009
Photo of cracker
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.

cracker, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.44/5  rDev -20.2%

I stopped here with fredandboboflo on a late Friday night. I don't understand why this is considered the #1 or #2 beerbar in Philadelphia. It was completely crowded when we were there and we weren't allowed to sit at a table because we weren't ordering food. The taps were pretty ordinary to be honest (Lindemann's Framboise, Corsendonk Christmas, Leffe Blond, Delerium Noel, etc to name a few...certainly nothing remotely special). The bottle list was long and somewhat impressive but again, didn't really contain anything that I couldn't buy myself for less $$ (well I've never seen Cantillon St. Lamnivus at a store before, but I wasn't going to pay $50 for it at the bar anyway). Overall: This bar is small, crowded, and didn't have anything that interested me (as a destination). A disappointment.

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of burquedout
3.45/5  rDev -20%

I have now been to Eulogy twice and both times I was unimpressed. This most recent time I decided I wouldn't be returning. Not because of the beer which was good (I had a rodenbach grand cru and a dubbel that I can't remember the name of), but because the bartender was so pretentious. After my brothers beer (Gulden Drak if I remember correctly) he decided to have some whiskey so he ordered a Bullit with some diet coke, the bartender had issue with this. He laughed at my brother for liking his bourbon with coke and said something along the lines of "they don't age it for 7 years so you can ruin it with coke." Other than that the service was slow with the bartender hardly taking care of any of the customers and the beer was more expensive than it should have been. I'd rather walk across the street and drink Triumphs sub-par beer then patronize this place again.

burquedout, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of thefireman
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

thefireman, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of jprivott
3.56/5  rDev -17.4%

In a nutshell, Eulogy Belgian Tavern's wide variety of beers (and other alcohols) makes this must-stop for those in the Philly. True to the architecture of the state, the bar itself is...cozy. It's split over two floors, and although we brought a large (8+top) and were able to be seated quickly and in comfort.
The drink selections spanned the palate and price range, there's definitely something for everyone, and the food was hearty, and well-prepared. Our server was the low point of our experience, whom I audibly heard curse at our entering (during a non-rush hour...). I'd still go back nonethless!Try the Malheur 12 :)

jprivott, Jul 02, 2014
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Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.