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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: 9.49%
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 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 DoubleSimcoe
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The wife and I were walking around Old City when we stumbled upon Eulogy. Little did I know that this Philly beer landmark was around here!

So there we went, even though we sure did not need a beer on a Sunday morning. The place is small, a little dingy and definitely dark. Almost a pity to be inside when the sun is shining outside. Pretty empty and chill at church time.

20-odd taps, with lots of Belgians of course (Lindemans, Blanche de Bruxelles, Delirium Nocturnum, Lost Abbey Carnevale, Hoppin' Frog Hoppin' to Heaven). Huge bottle list, but nothing super impressive. Good prices, though, no crazy markups here. I expected more/weirder stuff on tap...

We had a pint of fresh and hoppy Hoppin' to Heaven and I had a snifter of smoky Olvisholt Lava. Our server was super nice and helpful and we had a good relaxed time at Eulogy. Better than the Monks experience, for sure! But world-class? I'm not so sure about that...

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 NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I was so excited to hear that another Belgian bar/restaurant was opening in Philly; but before passing judgment on Eulogy I wanted to visit several times. Each and every time I've been there I've enjoyed myself thoroughly, which is something that I normally can't say about a place. The atmosphere is nice. It's small but comfortable, and I've never felt cramped. I've enjoyed a goblet at the downstairs bar, had a few meals upstairs, and even visited the coffin room! I've been in by myself; with friends; and even took my wife, infant, and 2 year old one Sunday afternoon (of course). The downstairs bar can get full but it's not so big that you'll ever get passed over or ignored! The beer selecton is good and they appear to really be putting some effort into trying to find quirky beers... Mortimer on tap - c'mon, who has that?! The bottle selection is equally as good and I was surprised to find a beer that I've never had! But the food is what ties it all together; and tie it all together is what it does. I really enjoyed the moules and frites (I think there are 3 versions) but there's alot more to Belgian cuisine than that. They don't go as far (meaning truly authentic) as some, but hold back at a comfortable level for American dinners. (If you really want Belgian you know where to go; and I'm not talking about Monk's). The beers may be a touch pricey, but the food is reasonable enough to balance out your bill. The service has always been very good and I intend to return on a regular basis. It's worth a trip for lunch or dinner; and have a beer - or nine - while you're there!

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 Gavage
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife and I stopped in on a Saturday afternoon for a quick bite to eat and a beer or two. It was quite a small place, with a 15 stool bar that took up the main wall on the first floor. There were a few tables and some stairs that I assume led to more tables upstairs. Nice belgium beer poster adorned the walls and the place was not terribly crowded. The had 15 beers on tap with approximately 185 bottles available - all listed in a nice menu.They had Arrogant Bastard on tap so I started with that while my wife had the Stella Artois. We ordered some mussels which were quite good, and then I finished my lunch with a Maredsous 8.

But before I left the Delerium Tremens was calling my name since I never had it on tap before, so I broke down and had one more. Some others on tap were Leffe Brun and Blonde, Perkuno's Hammer, and Chimay Cinq Cents. Overall a very nice place and I am looking to come back on my next Philly trip.

Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Have not been here since the place first opened, so many years ago.

For some reason, I had completely forgotten how small this place is. Both the downstairs and upstairs bar areas are so very small, though there are a few more tables and chairs upstairs. Otherwise, the vibe is kind of funky and laid back, and this seems like a cool place to hang out with a beer or two. My GF mentioned that the upstairs restroom was not the greatest, and could have used a good cleaning. That's really the only criticism I would make, but it's a pretty significant one IMHO.

The beer selection is first rate here, especially the bottle selection. Eulogy has around 17 or 18 beers on tap, with a decent, but hardly electrifying selection. The bottle selection, however, is first rate. It appeared as if there was something like 500 beers by the bottle, and what really stood out was the quality and pricing of the selection. Most beer prices seemed to be very close to retail price (maybe $3 or $5 over bottle shop prices, but that's it), which surprised me given the quality and depth of the beer list. In any event, otherwise the quality and selection of the beer available here is just first rate.

Service was pretty good I thought. Initially it was a bit on the slow side, but it picked up over time, and there's no denying that the young server who waited on us knew his stuff.

Food was also pretty damned good. I was bit disappointed in the quality of the frites here, but my girlfriend's tuna sandwich was excellent, as was my duck confit struddel appetizer. All things considered, I thought the food here was very, very good.

So, obviously this place is outstanding, but something needs to be said about the pricing of the menu. This place is located in one of the most expensive areas of the city, yet dinner for two was just over $50 with tax. In this case, that included a glass of La Chouffe on draft and a bomber of gouden carolus blawbier. Amazing.

This is a very good place...

Photo of GJ40
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I stopped in for a quick beer on a recent business trip to Philly. It's a very eclectic place and includes a casket or two up on the second floor (I guess tied into the name). It had a pretty good crowd when we were there. It's a narrow place and a bit difficult to find space when all the seats are filled but I wouldn't hold that against them.

They had about 20 beers on tap and lots of bottles. The taps are mostly Belgians and they've got some good ones. We went with a Chimay and it seemed a little flat.

This is an interesting place but Monk's close by, it's a bit overshadowed. But I plan to stop in again and spend a little more time.

Photo of sholland119
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A terrific Belgian beer bar in the Old City section of Philadelphia.

It has a cozy corner bar atmosphere and is a pleasant place to hang out and meet friends (or maybe even make new ones).

Our bartender was very friendly and attentive and extremely knowledgeable. This is a big plus anywhere, but especially in a place with 300+ bottles and 20 or so taps. We had, at one place or another, previously tried about 75 of the choices, a respectable number, but one that left plenty still to try.

After describing the types of beers we like, we let Dave recommend new beers. He hit it out of the park, introducing us to Nogne O Imperial Stout, Mikkeller Black Hole Stout, Fantome Bris BonBons, Saxo Belgian Golden. None of these were inexpensive, of course, but a great value for the enjoyment they provided.

We had a tasty salad with bacon and chicken and a basket of delicious fries.

We don't spend much time in Old City as the crowds tend to be young and poseurish but we will make an exception for this place.

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Rifugium
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located in Olde City at 2nd & Chestnut. Great two-story bar with intimate, quasi-Euro atmosphere. Massive, serious, 4-page beer list with brews from all over the world. Usually about 15-20 brews on tap (different upstairs and downstairs).

*Updated note, 2012: As far as tap selection is concerned, Eulogy is pretty old school and not really into changing to accommodate the modern-day craft beer nut. You probably won't ever see the rarities on tap that you might see at places like TJ's or Teresa's or Capone's or even Monk's. And as the name would indicate, they specialize in Belgian beer, so chances that you'll ever see a Founders Anything Breakfast Stout are slim to nil. That said, they do rotate their lists pretty well, their bottle list is still strong, and they still actively participate in events, especially during beer week. But as one of the first big components of the Philly Beer Scene, Eulogy is, like I said, old school, and compared to other places, they may seem to have fallen by the wayside so to speak as far as really seeking the rarities and "fad beers." But in their own right, they're still one of the best.

Anyway, getting back to the review, great food here too, although not too extensive of a food menu. I will say this with confidence: the Dijon mussels are quite possibly the best mussels you will ever taste. Overall friendly and knowledgeable staff, and they often remember you and your tastes. The atmosphere is nice, though not quite as pleasantly gloomy as Monk's. But overall, I'd say Eulogy is definitely > Monk's. Prices can be a little on the hefty side, but not too damaging.

Eulogy is probably my favorite bar, mainly because I have a lot of history there. It was where I first really started learning about good beer, and on another note, it's where I first met the woman of my dreams who is now my lovely wife. :D

Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Nice location and surrounded by other places worth stopping at - for a slice of pizza, or whatever.

I love the huge Hoegaarden glasses - what are they, 32 ounces? Many great Belgian ales to choose from here, and the food was fairly good as well. I loved the cute decor and overall feel of this place, and the fries were a homerun. 2nd floor is cute as well and the feel of it all reaches the inner child who always wanted a tree house up in the trees. Sounds lame, I know, but it is cool in here. I will certainly return here on every visit to Philly.

Photo of Bierman9
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
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 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 blackie
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

just a short stroll across Chestnut from dinner at Triumph Brewing

Eulogy has the feel of a converted rowhouse, narrow and cozy, dimly lit, and not terribly crowded on this weekend night, the bar downstairs was a little cramped, but the extended area of tables and the small bar upstairs offered some respite, decor includes lots of Belgian brewery paraphernalia and a some flemish style artwork, current draft selection on the blackboard

service was great - we were jockeying for position at the bar when a waiter kindly offered us the last open table upstairs, he knew the beers well and provided quick, friendly service

very attractive tap selection - easily better than the "other" Belgian bar in town (this weekend, at least), a nice book of bottles as well, went with Ithaca's dark saison - not really that great, and the Belgian-brewed exclusive house blonde wasn't my cup either, but better decisions could certainly have been made, heavy chalices all around

Photo of spointon
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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 seanchai
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

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

In the City of Brotherly Love for a Labor Day pub-crawl, I finally got the much-anticipated opportunity to visit this superlative BeerFly destination, one that I had been reading about for oh so long; and, since it has been reviewed so many times, I’ll keep mine short and subjective.

First, I was surprised by the fact that the downstairs bar is very small – in fact, I thought it rather cramped and certainly not as imagined. Fortunately, it was Sunday afternoon and sparsely crowded with a few locals, a smattering of tourists and myself. (I shudder to think of the weekend evening mobs in that small space.) Another thing that struck me upon entering was the overwhelming aroma of mussels, a Belgian specialty (more about the food).

Then there is the beer selection. Eulogy has about 20 taps that include: “Busty Blonde,” a light-bodied ale brewed exclusively for Eulogy Tavern; “Bell’s Sparkling Ale,” in which the Kalamazoo wonder brewer tackles Belgian ale with stunning success; Leffe Blonde and Bruin, two favorite imports; and Gulden Drak, a delicious concoction that will make you weep. Then, there is the spectacular bottle selection that is simply too numerous to count (and drink), though I did count at least one: Stone Ruination IPA, which I also drank.

Eulogy gives worthy due to the much-maligned Belgian cuisine, which has always gotten short shrift from Americans used to fast food French fries – that were actually a Belgian innovation. The “frites” here are amazing and cooked correctly, but words in a BeerFly review do them no justice. You must try them yourself.

Investigating the small downstairs bar, a rather homey and quaint space I might say, one can gaze upon a large collection of Belgian beer paraphernalia, glance up at a couple of muted TVs (thankfully), or listen to the enjoyable music system that belts out in moderate volume some rather eclectic tunes that would offend few. The only fault was found with the mauve-colored wallpaper. I guess where there is perfection; there is also complacency. Opposite the bar, or behind you as you sit, is the steep staircase that leads to the infamous Coffin Table – and an additional restroom. Eulogy Tavern also has copies of Beer Advocate magazine available for leisurely perusal.

Surely, this must be one of America’s best beer bars.

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Eulogy is a very nice Belgian beer bar in the Old City section of Philadelphia. They have about 20 taps of belgian and american craft beers as well as an extensive list of bottles. This list is deceiving however because they often don't have all of the bottles in stock. The food is preety good (mussels and frites) but the service can be a little shoddy if they are busy. The decor upstais is very cool with glass coffins serving as tables and a second bar with six or seven more taps. Highly recommended.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited 9/12/10 for a late dinner, 9-11pm

A continuation of a melancholy evening, misty rain and heavy hearts (the hometown team lost and my departed friend was memorialized out at Haverford College). A fitting tribute to him that Eulogy was were I landed; aptly named, it was a favorite place of his and a spot he'd vowed to take me whenever I made it to Philly. Well, I made it, Russ...cheers to you, buddy.

Not too crowded on a Sunday night; the main business was at the bar, where a female Cowboys fan playfully jawed with an Eagles-loving regular. I picked the second tall two-seater just inside the door, right next to a 'Gulden Draak' mirror that's identical to the one we were gifted at Van Steenberge a few years back...feels like 'home' already. The space is a nice one, a bit more 'tavern' than 'restaurant'; rosy wood floors, tawny walls, narrow bar ringed by about 15 stools, booths beyond a dark stair that ascends to a quiet upper dining room. Behind the bar are row upon row of proper glassware and a larger stained glass panel featuring (what else?) a goblet of ale.

Aaron was my server, introducing himself with the friendly, but ludicrous claim: "I'm very familiar with every single beer here". It was a brash statement, but the guy really did know his stuff. I know my beer pretty well, too, but I wasn't really in the mood to test him much. Suffice to say, if you read this and get Aaron as your server, see if he's up to a challenge! On a slower night like this, service was great across the board: fast pours, frequent check-ins, lively banter, good recos. I started with a Duvel Green (my own call - see review).

Beer list, at least in bottles, is sick: 300+ across 5 printed pages and god knows what hidden gems don't appear. It's loaded with Belgians, both common and rare and of a variety of sizes and vintages, and also a bounty of US-made beers from all over the East Coast and Upper Midwest. Taplist is split between 12 or so handles downstairs and another handful upstairs; while impressive, I heard elsewhere that the selection isn't rotated as often as it could be. There were a group of standard good/great Belgians and an interesting group of others, ones such as Great Divide Oak-Aged DIPA, Ramstein Oktoberfest, Lost Abbey Avant Garde, and the curious 'American Trappist', Abbey of Christ in the Desert Monks Ale.

Once my Duvel was gone, my food arrived. It was my second of three consecutive attempts to find THE moules/mussels in this city. Aaron recommended the Dijon-sauced version (calling them 'addictive') and, d-a-a-a-a-mn were they good: a 1 pound pot of savory, spicy mustard-covered bivalves tempered with shallots, garlic and white wine - absolutely crave-worthy. Add what are perhaps the most perfect frietjes I've ever tried - remarkably crisp on the outside, molten potato fluff inside - and it's among the more memorable dinners I've enjoyed in quite a while. Paired with this mound of goodness, how 'bout a Wostyntje? The spicy Belgian curiosity, brewed with mustard seed, was a real winner.

Time to go, but I wanted a final 'something' to end the night. Blame it on craftily placed advertising (or my genuine love for the stuff), but a Gulden Draak sure sounded good. I made it clear to my amiable server that I only wanted a taste, nothing more. At some point I must have mentioned the sadness of the reason for my trip, and at some point the pour size may have grown and at some point the tab may have been left unaltered. Let's just say 'thanks'...and the impish giggle? I heard that, Russ...

I left $35 lighter in the wallet and with the chalkboard admonition at the door to 'DRINK GOOD BEER'. Eulogy is the type of place I'd gladly wrap up tightly and pack in my suitcase for the trip home. Portland needs a great Belgian bar like this one...

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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.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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

I had been meaning to make it to Eulogy for a couple years now and finally made it in this past weekend. It was bright and sunny outside, but dim and cool inside Eulogy (a little too dim). In the late afternoon/early evening on a Friday, there was a good sized crowd on the first floor. They have a second floor as other reviews mentioned below, but I did not make it up there. The beer list includes 15 taps downstairs, 6 taps upstairs and a bottle list that I believe is north of 100 selections. They seem to always have Hoegaarden, Rodenbach, Leffe, Stella and Kwak on tap and rotate the others. My experience was "the others" are a couple more beers from Belgium and then a couple belgian style beers from U.S. brewers. I was lucky enough to come in when they had Russian River Damnation golden ale on draft. And a couple months back, they were pouring Brooklyn Savoir Faire. Long review short, Eulogy is a great beer bar with an informed and friendly staff. I place it as one of the must stop beer bars in Philadelphia.

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

I have visited the Eulogy Tavern several times now and have enjoyed each. They have a great selection of beer both on tap and from the bottle. Of course most of the beer is Belgian, producing a good number of quality choices. The servers were always helpful and pretty knowledgable from my experiences. Yea this place is a bit cramped and dimly lit, but it has a pretty good overall atmosphere. They have an upstairs bar and dining area in which, on two occasions, was less crowded than the street level. I havent tried much of the food there but they have the typical Belgian fare (i.e. pomme frites, mussels, burgers etc). Monk's has a cleaner look and feel and a bit more space but has shown to be more crowded at times. They also have a bigger selection of beer but Eulogy is comprable. For a night of tasty beer in many styles, Eulogy Tavern is a good place to go.

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