Eulogy Belgian Tavern
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4.58/5 rDev +6.3%
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
4.14/5 rDev -3.9%
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...
04-29-2013 14:52:30 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.08/5 rDev -5.3%
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 doesnt 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 TVs 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 its 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 ericas request for not the spicy mayo with her Friejtes, and subsequently ended up with said condiment. I hope the blasting TVs were a one-off but I lowered my atmosphere mark to 3.5 accordingly.
So minor comments about the "Belgian" Friejtes and very noisy TVs 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.
11-26-2005 08:41:38 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
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!
03-09-2003 19:02:35 | More by NeroFiddled
3.78/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
05-12-2005 23:32:56 | More by Sammy
4.28/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
09-18-2003 22:52:23 | More by Gavage
4.23/5 rDev -1.9%
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...
05-26-2012 00:10:22 | More by John_M
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
01-28-2008 19:32:50 | More by sholland119
3.73/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
05-02-2008 11:33:49 | More by GJ40
4.35/5 rDev +0.9%
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
04-29-2011 13:47:54 | More by Rifugium
Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.