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Eulogy Belgian Tavern

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

150 Reviews
Eulogy Belgian TavernEulogy Belgian Tavern
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

136 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106-3009
United States

(215) 413-2354 | map
eulogybar.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
215
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
7.89%
 
 
Taps:
24
Bottles/Cans:
360
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 215
Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Wasn't planning on going in here when we did, but we are certainly glad we did. My wife is a big history buff and wanted to goto City Tavern (a little restaurant where they dress up like it's 1776). But we weren't impressed so we split a beer flight, got an appetizer and hit the streets to get dinner, we found several places right around the corner and picked Eulogy Belgian Tavern.

It was a little weird walking in, a little dark and crowded. There was a heavy curtain to go through, but I think it was to keep the cool A/C air in the bar. We walked in and it was pretty crowded. We looked around from the entrance and couldn't find a place to sit. The was in front of us with a few small tables. There were probably about 25 people in there and it was I'd say pretty close to capacity. A hostess made herself known pretty quickly and kindly brought us to the dining room upstairs. There it was much quieter (not that it was too loud downstairs, but just different) and pretty dark. Probably about 15 tables or so with a very small bar that probably sits less than 10 people. A Large flatscreen TV at the front with sports stuff on it. Each table had candles on it. The center of the room is darkest, some slight window light at the front with a few lights and a few dim lights in the back. Beer paraphernalia both upstairs and downstairs.

Quality I think was a must at a place like this and I think they succeeded. Seemed to offer fresh ingredients in the food department and a decent tap list that seemed fresh with what I gathered were clean draft lines, the beer at least tasted fresh.

I was really impressed with the service here. Like I said, the hostess made herself known right away and got us seated pretty quick. The waitress was even better. She was very attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. I love beer, but I'm really not into Belgian styles that much, and what I do like I'm pretty inexperienced at, this girl knew what was on draft off the top of her head and could give a good description, and even offered good recommendations based on the other styles I like. Another thing that was really nice about her was her attentiveness to my wife. My wife was a sport on this trip and got a beer at just about every bar we went to, but had pretty much had her fill at this point. So my wife said she didn't want anything to drink the waitress said in a sympathetic voice "oh you don't like beer?" We both explained that she'd had a lot of beer on this visit and could use a glass of wine about now. The waitress came back a couple of minutes later with a small amount of liquid in a glass. She gave my wife a sample a Belgian Sour that she stated had low carbonation and was dry like a wine. She didn't end up liking it enough to want it, but I thought it was a nice of her to offer. She was pretty good about watching how much was left in our drinks as well. The food came out pretty quickly and staff was right on top of clearing dirty dishes.

Selection is very good, bottle list is VERY extensive. Tap list is very good as well, but it's geared primarily to Belgian style beers (hence Belgian Tavern). I think there were 20-25 taps available, not sure I didn't actually count, but it was more than 20 for sure. Stella Artois and Long Trail Double IPA where the only non classic Belgian style brews. Both Belgian and American versions of the styles. I got a Long Trail Double IPA and a recommended Quad that I'm angry I can't remember because it was really tasty (no it wasn't St. Bernardus Abt 12). The bottle list was really great. Something from just about every major brewery in the States I'd go down the list, but it was about 3-4 pages long with both 12 oz and bombers. My wife did get a beer eventually and went with a Brooklyn Lager, solid brew and safe choice.

Food was really good. Plenty of sandwiches, burgers and salads. With traditional fairs as well. Mussles, Belgian Fish n Chips, crab cakes, Steak, chicken and sausage/Brat dishes. Lots of good things on the menu. I got a burger and my wife got a salad we split an extra order of fries (frietjes). Food was really good, the aitress gave us 3 different dipping sauces for the fries, all really good and creative, one was, spicy, one was creamy and one was like a whiskey base. I really liked the food.

All in all the prices were really good, and the portions were really big on both the food and beer. I was really impressed with the size of the beer glasses especially. Based on the portions and the quality, it was one of the better places we went to in the city.

It's funny because Monk's Cafe was what everyone was saying was an absolute MUST to goto, but I think Eulogy was leaps and bounds better than Monks as an overall experience. Any beer lover should visit this place in Philly.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of bmf5581
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.54/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Tweekers237
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

One of the more established and long running places in Old City. This place was hip before the hipsters came into town. Great Imports, can get crowded quick, worth a stop.

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Photo of tore
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of tmac
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of jbaker67
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Devman171
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of barleywin
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
4.61/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Overwhelming bottle list, impressive taps, Belgian food specialties. Dark and mysterious atmosphere adds to the vibe. When in Philly, a must stop, right in the heart of town.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mnteti
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of American_Hawk
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of blassor
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Bill69
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Johnsfolly
3.21/5  rDev -25.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3

A lot like it's stablemate, Bierstube, this place is pretty noisy and draws a young (and on Saturday nights, wasted) crowd. Definitely a place devoted to beer but not really a Belgian beer standout. Head to Monk's.

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Photo of Jaxbrew
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

I love this place! Food is amazing. Michele the bartender was super knowledgable and totally made the experience wonderful!

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Photo of MtnSoup
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

About as good as it gets...for example: several days post BCBS craziness, they were still selling bottles of both the original and barley wine to bar customers for enjoyment on-site or to-go.

Their rotating tap list is what makes this place awesome - just a great mix of beers from all over the world (with an expected focus on Belgian beers). Their bottle list is also the stuff dreams are made of - Cantillon is often on the list (for a price, but hey, it's an option).

All of the staff are super knowledgeable and actually love their craft.

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Photo of newbeeraday
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of FightinIrish88
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

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Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia, PA
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