Eulogy Belgian Tavern

BA SCORE
95
world-class

216 Ratings
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
Ratings:
216
Reviews:
150
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
7.89%
 
 
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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hit here on a Saturday afternoon with my newly converted brother-in-law. Tight confines but I kinda expect that with bars in older areas of cities. Didn't go upstairs to check it out...maybe next time. Everything was fresh and tasty. Service was above what I was expecting since our bartender was trying to work both the upstairs and downstairs bars. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. Amazing beer list. Somewhere around 15 total beers on-tap and upwards of 300 bottles. Of course, the proper (and sometimes branded) glassware is used...my Piraat came in a Piraat glass, Tremens in a Tremens glass, Chimay in a Chimay glass, etc. The food was very good. The Crispy Crab appetizer was delicious and my burger and frites were very good. The best stop of the day, even if it was a little crowded. To quote my favorite foreign born governor..."I'll be back."

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.01/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I went here a couple of weeks ago for the first time on my girlfriend's birthday.
Atmosphere: Over all it seemed pretty nice, but it did seem like people were into solcializing with there own groups and not brancing out very much. But then again, the floor plan didn't really yeild to much inter mingling.
Quality: I'm sure that with such a big selection, something has to be out of date at some time, but every beer that I had then, and since then, and every beer that my girldfriend has had then and since then have all been in date (This place has made me poor).
Service: I wouldn't say they were above and beyond the normal service, but they certainly seemed like they know their stuff. THey were friendly, but it did take a while for me to get their attention.
Selection: I was expecting pure belgians, but there was a much broader selection than anticipated.
Food: Didn't dry.
Value: I thought it was a bit pricey, but then again it is in the city, so take that as you will.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Visited on July 17 for dinner and drinks prior to a concert in the city. We got there shortly after five on a Tuesday and were the only people in the bar at that time. The staff was very attentive and very helpful. Enjoyed and Oskar Blues Gordon, Heavyweight Biere D'art, Fantome Chocolate and a Eulogy Blonde. All the beers were served in their right glass.

Also had some food this time. Enjoyed the Belgian Meatball appetizer and the steak sandwich. The food was good perfect and tasted amazing.

This is slowly becoming my favorite place in Philly. I cannot reccomend this enough.

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Photo of jefferson
4.7/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in this bar randomly during the day (thursday?) on our way up to The City looking for a drink or 3. Our small group almost doubled the current crowd, so we found ample space at the bar. We were nothing short of amazed at the beer variety, info, and size.

Bartender was very attentive and helpful offering us suggestions and samplings of some of the drafts. Service might not have been this exemplorary on a night or weekend day, but on this particular afternoon, it was.

Food was much beTTer than normal bar food, probably on par or beTTer than most of the restaurants in the area. Portabello sandwhich was excellent.

Beer was def not cheap, but when you have this much in stock, its understandable.

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Photo of Gratefullawyer
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Wow Beer Heaven

I walked a little over a mile cause the concierage of the hotel sent us to the Belgain Pub. Walked in on Friday night managed snag 6 seats at the upstairs bar and stayed for over 3 hours.

The atmosphere was great good music , sports on the TV, friendly staff
and you felt at home in minutes

The service at the upstairs bar was first class. The bartenders knowledge and recommendation were spot on (depsite him being a Chelsea fan)..He was able to recommend good brews and describe them well . You can tell he had his head in the hops. No hesitation to run down the stairs and bring something special up.

We ate at the bar as the place was crowded . The mussels were exceptional, large and well cooked. My friends had burgers and raved.

I went there searching out some belgian beers and there were plenty on tap or in bottle. Even had an Abey Du Rocs.. A great beer.

One of the nicest bars I have been...Unfortuantely it is in philly and I am in ohio

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here after hearing many great things about the place, and boy am I glad I did.

Went here on a Saturday Night, and man was it crowded. We managed to grab two chairs at the upstairs bar pretty quickly so the night was looking up. The bartender (coming off a no tipping group of "kids") gave some of the best service I have ever had(on a busy Saturday night). Selection of beers was phenomenal, we had an Urthel Hop-It, Their house Belgian Blond, La Chouffe, Tripel Karmeliet, and they had the usual Chimay White and Delerium.

Food was also great, I had the steak sandwich and frites, my friend had the mussels, and both were excellent. I love that they serve real Belgian food, not just an Americanized version.

Overall, this place can get a little pricey, between me and a friend, we ran up an $80 bar bill, but with such a great selection on tap with superior food, it was worth every penny.

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Photo of Phatz
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a great place. I visited for the third time on Saturday with the Lanc Homebrew Club on our tour of Philly bars. The only reason I didn't review it last time I was here I thought I had already. Regardless, on our last trip we had this as our last stop of the day. This time we made it the first.

There is a long bar that seems to have lots of seats. Also an upstairs bar, but every time I have been here it is crowded. The hallway down to the cooler is very narrow. You do need to look in the cooler because the beer menu is not actually kept up to date. Still, a very worthy selection and a row of taps to to pleas most. The first time I was here over a year ago I would have said it was the best selection ever. now that I have been to Monk's and places like Zeno's in State College and Klingers (before they closed) I'd say the have a respectable selection a notch below the leaders. I love the vintage beers they have. When we were there we had a 12 year old funky Saison that was quite unique. The food is fantastic as well. If you like oysters then you will be very happy and crab cakes and even the sandwiches are good. Last time I had a burger that is a real 1/4 pound of meat and cooked to perfection with a garlic rub. If you like red meat while drinking as I do.

Eulogy Belgian Tavern is a must see on your beer bar tour of Philly.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of soupyman10
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A - Nice atmosphere, with wooden walls and good lighting

Q - Not sure which quality we're referring to, but overall the place was great

S - Quick, polite, helpful; no complaints

S - 200 bottles and 10 on tap? Not bad by me, espcially when I saw a bunch of those world renowned brews on their bottles list

F - Good burgers and bratwurst

V - A little high, but only really cause of the crazy variety of beer they had; however, even the crap macro-lager bottles were four dollars which might be a little steep

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Photo of miskatonic
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

stopped in here recently on a Philly bar crawl and I must say that this place beats out most other local beer destinations. Eulogy, like most bars in Philly occupies what appears to be an old two story home, so the interior space is long and a bit more narrow than I'm used to from taverns, but the long bar and two floors worth of capacity allows for multiple options for drinking or dining or (hopefully) both. Most other times I've been here I have had to sit upstairs, which I have to say I am not crazy about, mostly because it makes me feel like I am at the kid's table, but there is of course a seperate bar area, and the crazy casket table, and seperate restrooms. This last time I was seated at the main bar on the first floor, and it gave me a much different impression of the place and gave a much more appreciable feel to me nad my friends. It's always nice to be seated near the bartender in any bar, but here it seemed like the bartenders were just so much more friendly than most places in the area, and they were quick to replace empty glasses, or get extra sauce for our pommes frites (which incidentally are some of the best I've ever tried. I don't really know why, but sitting at a table and waiting for the server seems to really change the vibe of this place.

The selection here is also top notch, with 14 draughts and over 250 bottles - the draughts are focused on Belgian beers to keep with the Belgian theme, but the bottle list branches out to all styles of beer from the US, Germany, England, France, and Belgium. I tried the Eulogy Robust Blonde which was excellent, and two servings of Rodenbach (don't see that on draught much anymore) and split a bottle of Victory V Saison with my friends...what a beer. All in all this bar offers an amazing draught selection of Belgian beers, and an unbelievably tight list of bottles from some of the best brewers from around the globe. The food is tasty and reasonably priced and the atmosphere and the crowd is top notch. I highly recommend a visit to Eulogy for any Belgian beer lover or for any BA looking for a great bar scene in Philly, and I highly recommend a stool at the downstairs bar if you can manage it.

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Photo of Foxman
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Located on Chestnut down toward the overpass to Penn's Landing, the front looks skinny, and sure enough, it's plenty narrow inside as well, but it's big enough on most nights. The downstairs is pretty straightforward, and gets packed most nights, even early in the week, because the upstairs bar, to my understanding, is open only Thursday through Sunday. And then, you can expect both bars to be mighty busy. I've found that arriving earlier in the day, before the dinner rush, is the best bet for prompt seating.
The upstairs is especially quirky, with the room with the dead dude, or so it would seem anyway. But no matter where you end up, it's comfy and homey in a truly European kind of way. And now, with the smoke gone, it's pretty much an olfactory dreamscape.

The beer is served at seemingly appropriate temperatures, and rest assured, those lines are clean. I have yet to taste anything even remotely resembling a line-related off flavor. Of course, you expect that quality, but you should never take it for granted, anywhere. And the glassware generally adds to the experience, which is a strength for any real beer destination.

Now, as far as the service goes, maybe I'm a little too unforgiving, but I generally do not excuse perfunctory, or worse, borderline rude, service just because an establishment is busy. Sure, feel free to offer to come back to my table if we're not ready yet, but you could do it without the impatient sigh, you know? And bartender, especially when your bar really isn't all that big, do I really need to stand on my head and spit wooden nickels to get you to serve me sometime before you make sure the hotties at the other end have had two beers to my none?
Still, the knowledge is impressive, and not only of the beer, but of the food as well. So I don't need service with a wet hot tongue kiss, but a small measure of warmth and patience can go a long way. Maybe we can find a pleasant compromise between extremely knowledgable and icy and falling-over happy to see me, okay?

The beer selection is absolutely fantastic. On tap, besides the expected Chimay and Stella, I've seen Piraat, Gouden Carolus, Tripel Karmeliet, Leffe, Samichlaus, Geants Goliath, Rodenbach when it was mighty rare in these parts, and countless others. the bottled selection is equally as inspiring and special. It would take too long to name many more, and I know I'm forgetting many other impressive selections, but I think you get the idea. You're going to like something here if you like beer.

The food is very strong, with many genuinely Belgian offerings. When applicable, it's cooked as I order it, which for me is very important, because if you can't give me my beef rare, you can keep it, and they do it fine here. The Belgian Frietjes are a true treat. though there are times I've had them soggier than I might prefer, but they still taste damned good. I've thoroughly enjoyed the roasted Cornish game hen, and if you're a mussel fan, be sure to try the Moules DiPietro. but honestly, you'll find something you like, and it will be good. That's another thing you can't take for granted, but Philly is especially fortunate to have many beer destinations that consider the food as important as the beer. This is certainly one of them.

Prices are certainly reasonable. Compared to like selections in other city bars, there's nothing out of line. I would consider it a good value.

This area is going to get even hotter when Triumph opens up across the street, though you never know, that might help ease some of the crowding here some nights. So make the time to get here, if you haven't already, because this is one of the city's true don't-miss beer havens.

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Photo of Poppypitbull
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

found this place on accident walking around the historic section of Philly on my first trip there. Walked in and didn't put two and two together before I realized they'd banned smoking in Philly. The trip got that much better right away!

Settled in at the bar and had a Chimay white on tap and started browsing around on the insanely huge menu. This was nuts to try and get through and will have to go back to PA just for this place one night.

Lots of stuff on tap, a really well informed bartender kept the drinks coming and guided us in the right direction for what we did and didn't want. Had a baked bree with fruit that went really well with the beer.

Already planning a return trip to Philly just for this place, can't wait to go back. Good tunes, good atmosphere and an all around fun place to be.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I stopped in here for a quick drink on a Friday afternoon to rendezvous with BA woodychandler. I’d been here a few times before, but never with my little black notebook.

As I walked through the front door there was a little eating area up front where patrons were enjoying their lunches at some small, strategically organized tables that made the most of the narrow width of the building. Past them on the left was the bar that ran all the way back. On the right were some stairs heading up. Didn’t get up there this time. Perhaps on my next visit. The passage between the bar and the area beneath the stairs is quite narrow, so I scooted and shimmied my way back to have a seat next to Woody in front of the twelve or so tap handles. A further look around revealed that behind the bar looked a little disorganized. Not that is was un-kept but that the shelves looked old and not intended for their current use. Perhaps it wasn’t aesthetically pleasing, but it looked efficient. What helped was that my eyes were drawn from the structural clutter to a nice looking work of stained glass that added a little class and color. The rest of the room seemed to fit in with this feel with a thoughtful selection of colors and tasteful advertisements for the rare and tasty brews they keep on hand.

The bartender was really on top of things. Granted it was a Friday afternoon, but she kept a sharp eye on our glasses and never let my water glass get empty. Her efforts were noted and appreciated.

The beer selection is pretty darn good. The 12 taps were mostly Belgian with the exception of Arrogant Bastard. I can’t hold that against them! One thing that was odd was the availability of Samichlaus on-tap. In August? I’m not saying, I’m just saying. Also spotted were Gulden Draak, Piraat, Rodenbach classic, Chimay (red?), one of the Leffes, Stella and Gouden Carolus triple. Not too shabby. And then there’s the three pages of bottles in the beer menu. I think you would be hard pressed to run out of things to order here. For me, I grabbed the Rodenbach and sipped it out of an appropriate chalice.

I’ve been here for the mussels before and they were indeed tasty, but that was a while ago, so I’ll leave my food score blank for now. Eulogy is a little out of the way for me as I prefer to use the regional rail, but if you ever find yourself in this area, a stop here is nearly mandatory.

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Photo of jmatthew
3.03/5  rDev -29.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

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.

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Photo of mjc410
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Found this easily on the last block before the river, on the bumpy cobblestone streets in the historic district. Inside is skinny and dark, and we came during the midafternoon, so it looks like they were busy putting away the day's beer delivery. Belgian decor all over, which was interesting, especially the Delirium pink elephant undies draped over a buddha statue...

Service was prompt, and nothing to complain about. I was impressed to see that no macros were being consumed at the bar, except for the occasional Stella guy. A good mix of people. I had Tripel Karmeliet on draft, which was fantastic, followed by a rare (for the East Coast, at least) Yeti. Prices were reasonable, too.

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Photo of Prufrock
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited July '06.

Not my type of atmosphere. Lower floor is too dark, too smoky, too crowded. Upper floor has better lighting, less smoke, but was similarly crowded. Entire place seems a little messy and poorly kept. After sitting down it took a while to get our table cleared and some beer menus.

Servers are knowledgeable, though, and everything came in the proper glassware.

Selection is stellar. 200+ beers with a huge selection of Belgians. I had a Belgian brown (Grotten) and a Kriek (Beersel). Everything is printed with style, rating (from BA and RB), and ABV. Odd that there were no Cantillons, given how large the selection is, but they did have a great selection of lambics and Americans as well. Macros are listed in a separate section and strongly discouraged.

It's an odd combination of atmosphere and great selection, but it's a recommended stop in Philly...hard to imagine there's anywhere with a better selection.

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Photo of laintringulis
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My husband and I went here a few times during our trip and had a good experience each time. We had gone at different times of the day and different days of the week. 12 drafts available, very large selection of Belgians and micros. 4 pages of single space beer selections on their menu. It was very helpful for me to have the size (oz), price, points (a combo rating between BA and rate beer), style, and place of origin listed for each selection. Staff was very helpful with beer recommendation when the requested beer was not available. At times, it was a bit too noisy and they could have had an extra bartender, but they were very attentive. The food is bar food with a Belgian twist. I had the pomm frites. I don't think they were truly pomm frites, but they were some of the best tasting fries I have ever eaten and I love fries! I wish I lived closer so I could go back. The do have a few bmc selections available, but from their menu, "...Heck, we'll service you it, if you'll pay $4 for it." Maybe a little snobbish, but I was amused by it!

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Photo of nlmartin
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife and I went to Eulogy a few times in Philly. I couldnt seem to get enough of the Rodenbach on tap. The staff was very friendly, patient and knowledgable about the beers. Many of the beers in bottles MIA. The staff offered helpfull suggestions for beers like those requested. The tap selections are nice, Hoegarten, Delerium Nocturnums, Rodenbach, Arrogant Bastard and others. The beers are at a proper temperature and served in right glass ware. We didnt eat a whole meal here. We did eat the Palm Frites. I dont think they are proper Palm Frites; however, man those are good fries. The bourbon mayo sauce was supreme. A comparison to Monks is probably unfair to say the least for selections. The beer menu and the food menu is not Monks. I do think Eulogy stands up on its own. I was intially put off by the bar slogan, "Eulogy has the 200 beers available you have never heard of." Perhaps I am a beer geek. I have had many of the beers on the menu and have been seeking many others on the beer menu.

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Photo of PorterNicole
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've lived in Philadelphia for over a year now, and Eulogy is one of my favorite places to go. While they have traditional Belgian fare, which is quite tasty (slow service and cramped tables, though...) I usually go for the beers. They have several pages of a beer menu with just about anything you can want. The menu lists the name of the beer, ABV, ounces per serving, etc etc. The beers are reasonably priced, but for the selection, you can't beat it anywhere.

Don't plan on going an getting a Coors Light, though. If you can actually find it there, they will overcharge because you _should_ be drinking something better :P

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

If you love Belgian beer and you're in Philly, make a trip to Eulogy at least once during your visit. I have a lucky-dog friend who lives close to the place, and there isn't a finer place to reunite with old pals.

Clearly this is all about the Belgians, and they serve up a variety of styles, some on tap, many in bottles (I mean, many!)...all the expected stuff is there, and I was happy to find a big bottle of La Rulles Tripel there last visit too. This is also a great landmark in my beer-drinking life, because it's the first I ever had the excellent La Trappe Quadrupel (now known as Konings Hoeven).

Waiters/waitresses all seem to know their beer, they're always friendly, the atmosphere is casual and comfortable, the food is really really good, prices are fair...and I cannot wait to visit again. The 2nd time I went our party was seated in the coffin room, which is basically a coffin serving as a table with a plexiglass top, so you can see the "dead". Pretty cool, somewhat uncomfortable, though, as it was too high (and I'm 6'3"), but who can bitch? No real problem with this excellent establishment.

(NOTE: both times I've been to Eulogy it was Monday, so it wasn't packed and the staff were probably more friendly, talkative and attentive than they would've been on the weekend.)

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Photo of StonyB
4.44/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This was the 2nd stop on my first Philadelphia pub crawl...mini-crawl really, since we hit 3 bars (O'Neals, Eulogy's, Monk's Cafe).

We went on a Saturday night, and the place was packed...lucky after a while to grab a corner of the bar. Anyway...FANTASTIC selection of beers....if you like Belgians in particular this is your oasis. They have a beer menu that is phenomenal, listing style, ABV, and get this, Beer Advocate's rating!..how can you go wrong?

Despite the crowd, the bartenders were friendly and accurate, bringing the 4 of us the beers we ordered each time...

Eulogy's is a gem of a beer bar. A must when you're in Philadelphia's Center City.

**Stony's Biscuit**...If you're planning on a trip to Eulogy's, check out their website beforehand. It contains an updated copy of their beer menu...a lot of fun to review before going....

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I got a chance to drop into this place on a recent trip to Philly. The atmosphere was nice. I liked the stained glass art behind the bar.

I didn't get much of a chance to sample the food, only sampled the Belgian style frites. I've heard about this style of fries before, but never had a chance to try them, so this was a neat opportunity.

The beer selection was far and away the best part of this establishment. With 15 or so taps and close to 200 bottled options I was overwhelmed to say the least. Not only did they have a ton of Belgians, but also a lot of American micros like Stone and Victory.

I was also able to get a few singles to go which was really nice.

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Photo of Jredner
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

My first beer the bartender said she didn’t have it. Ok. Second beer is mislabeled style wise...claimed it was a stout, but when poured it was a pale ale.

Third try I ask for Hair of the Dog Adam...get Hair of the Dog Fred instead...in the meantime I see the first beer I ordered sitting in the cooler all along.

Not a good start. Still a great beer bar with a huge selection, but no where near as sophisticated and vintage oriented a selection as Monk’s.

It’s a great beer bar and on it's own I would have say one of the better ones int he country, but unfortunately I went to Monk's right after Eulogy and Eulogy iss just not as good as Monk’s Cafe.

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Photo of Philby11111
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in around 4pm on a Thursday night during a business trip recently. Had been to Monks a few times but until then, I hadn't had a chance to make Eulogy.

I'm from out of town (Albany NY) and was surprised that I had actually been by the place before without knowing it - it is located in the "bar" district, and could be easily missed if you didn't know where to look.

Eulogy offers a Belgian experience, with a regular bar atmosphere. Small downstairs with restaurant upstairs. 7-10 Belgian drafts, 200+ bottles, and mixed drinks available for those who don't do the craft beer thing. For Philly residents, it would be a great place for a beer advocate to go to when you have a mixed group of both quality beer drinkers and regular party goers that you want to please.

Staff was knowledgeable and helpful but not overly friendly, I was the only patron at the time and the staff was getting ready for the evening shift. Beer was served in the proper glass for each of my four selections.

I would go back, hopefully with a few friends next time. I would like to see how the place is at night, and maybe try the food.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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.

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4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited here over the weekend before taking Mr. LongBeachBum to the Philly airport. I am hating Philadelphia since a parking 'incident' a few months ago, but I reluctantly agreed to take him here. A nice little walk on a surprisingly warmish day brought us to Eulogy, about a block from the Delaware River. Big-ass sign sticking out from the building lets you know it's there before you get there, and the outside is painted red and gold, I assume because of the Belgian flag colors.

So, we walked in and up a step, there are 2 regular tables in front of the windows on either side of the door, a few high-top tables, and the the bar on the left, a stairway straight ahead on the right. I suppose it's a bit Belgian-looking, kind of dark and lots of wood. Also behind the bar was a huge red-purple-orange stained glass panel with a loosely coiled rope-light thing that changed color. Very cool. First we sat at the bar, got food menus, looked at the taps and ordered Rodenbachs. Yum. There were 2 TVs on with the Eagles-Giants game, seemingly on maximum volume, so we decided to move to one of the high-top tables. It's a small place so it really didn't help much.

I ordered just a bowl of "Belgian" frites (I'm so healthy!), LBB ordered a steak sandwich. He said to me "Have you ever had fries like this in Belgium? Cos I haven't." I had to agree. They were good though, as was the mayonaise, just very not Belgian in style. Then we had to ask for a beer list, to know what bottles they had, even though the beer coolers were opposite the bar under the stairs. Big list, with too much information on it, including combined BA and RB ratings. I suppose it's good though.

The service was decent, not the most attentive but not awful. The whole time we were there I was dying to look upstairs, so I finally did. It was nice and quiet up there, no TVs that I noticed and not too many people. To the right is a black painted room with tables that look like coffins, with glass tops and dressed up skeletons and things in them, and kind of church-y music playing. That was really cool. More regular tables to the left. I kind of wish we'd sat upstairs instead. Maybe next time.

Overall it was a nice bar with a great beer selection and good food, nice staff and a decent atmosphere, except for those horribly loud TVs. I'd go back again if I were in the area, and if I were in the mood to drive around for a while looking for a parking spot, and I would recommend it to anyone else in Philly.

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Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia, PA
4.31 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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