Eulogy Belgian Tavern

Eulogy Belgian TavernEulogy Belgian Tavern
Eulogy Belgian TavernEulogy Belgian Tavern
Bar, Eatery

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

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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Nov 26, 2005
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epyon396 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Aug 27, 2016
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bmf5581 from North Carolina

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

Jul 26, 2016
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Canada_Dan from Colorado

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

May 25, 2016
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Tweekers237 from Pennsylvania

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.

May 11, 2016
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tore from Norway

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

May 03, 2016
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metter98 from New York

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

Apr 24, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

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

Apr 24, 2016
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tmac from New Hampshire

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

Feb 21, 2016
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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

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

Dec 24, 2015
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Devman171 from Maryland

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

Nov 16, 2015
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Kappakoosh from Texas

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

Nov 08, 2015
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barleywin from Missouri

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

Sep 25, 2015
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TheNakedStiletto from Pennsylvania

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

Jul 23, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

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.

Jun 15, 2015
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

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

Jun 15, 2015
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Mnteti from Delaware

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

Jun 10, 2015
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American_Hawk from Massachusetts

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

Mar 20, 2015
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blassor from New Jersey

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

Mar 13, 2015
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Bill69 from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 12, 2015
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Johnsfolly from Michigan

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.

Mar 08, 2015
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Jaxbrew from Pennsylvania

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!

Dec 19, 2014
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MtnSoup from Colorado

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.

Dec 04, 2014
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newbeeraday from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Nov 29, 2014
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