Eulogy Belgian Tavern


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Eulogy Belgian TavernEulogy Belgian Tavern

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(215) 413-2354 | map

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Photo of rfgetz
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Have visited this place on occasion, but with Monks a little closer, no pressing need to continue to return, especially with the overall average feel to the atmosphere and service.

The thin first floor features a few tables and a long bar, Belgian beer logos adorn the walls and the room is surprisingly brightly lit. A few TVs on the wall and a display of various glassware line the back of the bar.

Draft list contains a mix of average Belgians (Leffe, Hoegarden and Stella tap completely out of place) and solid domestic craft. Bottle list is expansive and contains a lot of great stuff, but frequently out of date (Bottles of Cantillon the have not had in 6+ months are still on what they have you order from).

Service is hit or miss. Usually filled with tourists and the bartenders reflect that. Friendliness from them appears to be needed to be earned by letting it be known you are a local.

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

Eulogy is one of my go to spots whenever I make the trip down to old city from university city.

Chris, the downstairs bartender is the man and he really knows his beer knowledge. The beer week events that they hold here are always top of the line and make sure to check out their annual coffee beer brunch.

The draft selection has something for everyone and is slightly skewed towards belgians, but that should be obvious from the get go. the bottle selection is MASSIVE and they have a seasonal sale selection for beers that have been on the shelves for a while.

I would definitely recommend stopping in here for a beer or 3.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
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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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

So I finally made it down to this place for the first time today. Hopped off the El at 2nd street and walked the literally 1 block to the corner of 2nd and Chestnut where I saw a sign that said, "Drink Good Beer." I was on my way there anyway, but I needed no further prompting.

Eulogy has a lower floor with a bar that seats around 15 people, as well as two tall bar tables that sit two each as well as two shorter tables for 4. Upstairs, there is another bar with about 6 seats. The upstairs tables are larger, but they are only for dining service (you can drink too, but you can't only drink). Really dark up there. The bathroom downstairs is shoved back in a corner, and even when the bar isn't packed it's tough to get there. I can only imagine when it fills up. There are about 20 sq. ft. of space when only the chairs are full.

Our waitress was very attentive, and the bartender handled both the bar and the tables with impressive efficiency. A personable staff who is interested in helping the patrons find beer they like is certainly a nice thing to see. I wish that you could note how much you know about beer so that I wouldn't have been told that my stout was going to be malty and roasty, but hey, I'll take what I can get.

The tap selection is listed on the wall, and it has some basic craft offerings (Stella, Hoegaarden) as well as some other more impressive stuff. The bottle list is more impressive, with coolers packed with beer that takes about 5 pages of a large menu to list by brewer and beer name. On there are some real gems, mainly Belgian, but also everywhere from Denmark to America to Australia.

The mussels were friggin great, and the mozarella and tomato salad was very good, too. I can only imagine that the rest of the food is going to be good, too. However, I am not sure that I will ever find out, because the prices between the beer and food are pretty high for my pay grade. I will definitely be back, but Eulogy will most likely remain a special treat for me.

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

So, you've finished the USMLE step 2 CS exam and after 8hrs of seeing pretend patients you don't feel like any more sightseeing.

So you take up on wandering through the city and towards the easternmost part of chestnut what sign do you spot?

"Drink Good Beer ---->"

Celestial, I know.

So I went in and grabbed a table right by the window. it was closed and had some heavy curtains right by it, making the place quite scarcely lit. not very full at 5pm I'll say. Long bar, not too noisy, music was moderate. a stairway leads somewhere. It looks dusty and old but in a comforting sort of way. this place is probably similar to In de Wildeman or maybe Poechenellekelder for a comparison. Very à la Belge.

Was instantly served by the waitress, a nice young girl who devoted her attention essentially to serving me and another couple of folks. she had a friend sit by her and they chatted at times but never in detriment of service. She also knew her menu well and was frank in saying "we really don't have many locals- this is a belgian bar- but this is good...." and gave frank and seemingly knowledgeable advice: she told me to have this or that if I prefer sweeter than bitter, etc.

The menu is beautiful. several pages of a phone book-like menu probably ranging in the 200-300s. Of course mostly belgian but a fair share of local and american crafts pop out of there. They used a rating scale on the menu-chart for each beer on a 1-5 scale so I assumed it was the BA ratings, but I may be wrong.

I don't know if i'm overrating the place. It felt pleasant and adequate, beer focused enough and laid back, relaxed environment to taste beer and to clear my head post-stress. I'll definetly hit it again when back in Philly.

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

This tavern is located in Olde City. Its at 2nd and Chestnut.

Its a great location tucked into the Olde City bar scene. For a casual patron making there way into this location, they will find a very intimate, two story bar with some great brews and food.

For a craft beer drinker, there is a small treasure. The bartenders are very knowledgable and know there brews. Your greeted with about 12-15 on draft brews, that range from local, to some rare or impressive imports. On top of that they also provide a beer list, that ranges from 4-6 pages on any particular day. Many of these brews from all over the world. They give you everything you want to know about these brews.

On top of that, as i said, the bartenders know there stuff. I was there about 3 weeks ago, my brother and I both ask for something that we had never had before. Both times this bartender pulled out two amazing brews that were just amazing.

This place also has some amazing food as well. Though the menu isn't huge, its a great and some flavorfully packed choices. One of the best things I can recommend are the Fries. It comes with 3 dipping sauces. I know they are only fries, but my brother and I have actually drove the hour into philly to have a beer and fries at this location.

This is a great find, and always a stop for myself if I am in the, especially near Olde City. We also try to hit it up when we are leaving a Phillies Game. Awesome.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Eulogy is a small little bar with a trendy casual upbeat atmosphere. They have a very good beer selection on both tap and bottle. They actually have some pretty interesting bottles when I studied the menu with an inquisitive eye. They have a great selection of serving vessels as well. The service is good not great. The waitors are on top of getting beers for you and being attentive. I though their beer knowledge was decent, but none of the bar tenders wowed me. I generally get excited when bar tenders are excited and want to suggest a few things and have suggestions on their favorite things. This didn't happen here, but it did not detract from my overall experience. I will say that this bar is overpriced for the Philly area. There are some dives and quaint bars in the area that can give you good selection at a cheaper price. That being said the bar is very nice, has great food, good selection, and I would not mind going back.

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Photo of pburland23
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Eulogy is one of my favorite spots in Philadelphia for good food and great beer.

Located in historic Old City, Eulogy is a multi-level spot with a bar and some tables in the narrow first floor and then a small dining area complete with a small bar upstairs.

The beer selection is superb, but just a rung below Monk's. Belgians, imports, and a bevy of American micros are available on draft and in bottled. The draft list is constantly changing. I almost always drink Belgians at Eulogy. They serve a tasty pint.

The food is always a draw as well. The moules frites are my absolute favorite, especially the ones with bacon and blue cheese. I've also enjoyed the steak frites as well. The frites come with a spicy bourbon dipping sauce.

I've never had a bad time or meal at Eulogy. Definitely worth stopping in for a visit any time you're in Philadelphia.

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Photo of Brianjames16
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I go to Philly every year and this is a major reason why. Eulogy is a wonderful Belgian Tavern with very good food, knowledgeable staff and a great selection of brew. If you love good beer and happen to be visiting Old City in Philly, You MUST stop here. If your from NY and can't get your hands on anything Russian River, you will find a good selection here. unfortunately I was there just a week before they where holding a tasting with Pliny the Elder on tap. There menu of beer is huge and easy to navigate if you know what your looking for.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I have mixed feelings about this place. This nice and small Belgian brewpub is situated in historic downtown Philly right across the street from Triumph. It was completely crowded when we were there and we weren't allowed to sit at a table because we weren't ordering food. The taps were pretty ordinary to be honest (Lindemann's Framboise, Corsendonk Christmas, Leffe Blond, Delerium Noel, etc to name a few...certainly nothing remotely special). Though, I understand they have hard to find / rare beers on tap from time to time. There wasn't anything at the time I was there. However, the bottle list was long and somewhat impressive but again, didn't really contain anything that I couldn't buy myself for less $$ (well I've never seen Cantillon St. Lamnivus at a store before, but I wasn't going to pay $50 for it at the bar anyway). Was glad to see others like HOTD Fred priced "reasonably". A nice hideaway bar and I look forward to trying out Monk's Cafe the next time I am in town!

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Photo of ruddyscot
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

First time in Philly. So glad we decided on Eulogy! Started out with a few selections from the tap. While we were looking at the menu the waiter suggested the cheese tray. It was perfect to snack on while choosing our next beer and deciding on dinner. I ordered the beer mussels and they were delightful. After a few selections on our own, we let the waiter select our beers. He was fantastic! Extremely knowledgeable, nice, and funny to boot!

Don't visit Philly without stopping here! We stopped by one of the other, more well know belgian bars after this one, and it didn't compare. I will go back to Eulogy next time I am near Philadelphia.

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

You walk in and this place has a long narrow bar with an upstairs that has a little more table space and a smaller bar. The lighting is dim, but not dark. It is packed all the time, you are a lucky person if you don't have to wait to get a seat at the bar.

I spent two fantastic evenings there on my recent trip to Philly and enjoyed the very knowledgeable barstaff and the extensive list of bottles. I do wish there had been more on draft, but was happy to be able to sample a number of regional brews on draft.

I also ate both nights and highly recommend the mussels, they were fantastic.

This was a very awesome tavern and I recommend it to anyone going to the Philly area.

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

I cant't believe it took me NINE years to come back to Eulogy andI only live 10 odd miles away. This is a very classy Belgian Bar that is not all hawty tawty as alot of high end bars in the downtown area. I came for Sourfest 2010. I gotta say though the street that Eulogy is on hosts 8 other bars with different personalities, so it's great for bar hopping and IMO, the most diverse set of bars in the country on one block, even though I never really been out of philly all that much, just a feeling I get when I look down the street.

Walking in, it's not as big as I remember, or that just may be that im a 'Groan up' now from what people tell me. A ton of Belgian signs, mirrors, neons, banners, etc on the walls. Alot of wood and a kinda dark appeal. The tap towers resemble Belgian towers and are the most authentic in the city from my experience. A bar that seats about 15 or so, some tables here and there, 2-tops for dates and such. An upstairs with more seating and coffins reflecting the est. im in. It's a bit darker up here though, perhaps the darkest bar in the city. I would not want to drink up here.

Quality is good. Like I said the tap towers alone make me know some thought has been put behind this. The place is clean and cozy and fun, but laid back. There is one TV so if you get bored with your date/company the boob tube is your friend. A whole bunch of proper glassware and some from most Belgian breweries. There is even a Westvletern crate on the wall, these people know what's up. This is just not another Belgian beer bar in Philly, it's proper

My bartender was great, pours on time and not too pushy. I found it funny that he was wearing a pliny the elder shirt on in a Belgian bar but none the less, i want that damn shirt!! He knew his shit and the other girl bartenderess was no slouch as well. Both were 'warm and convivial' hosts like Artie Bucco.

This place has a top notch selection of mostly Belgian beer, but beer is represented from most countries as well. A lot of American breweries represented as well. About 300 in the bottle and 10 taps or so. On this particular night they were having a sour fest and I had a 2007 Lou Pepe Kriek off the spout and some Temptation. Prices on the bottles and the draft are very pricy, but this is old city, what can you do, high rent equals less beers drank in my current predicament.

Food was killer as well, the frites were perfectly cooked and amazing, the mussels on par with Monk's but not at that level. A nice menu with alot of choices ranging from 10 to 20 bucks. Almost as impressive as the beer list.

I likes this place and hope to be here again soon, hopefully sooner than 9 years.

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Photo of MuttKDC
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

When taking a trip to Philly I stopped by this place and it became one of highlights.

What impressed me the most about this place was the fact that they had just over 300 beers available! Great selections of local, US and European brews.

The atmosphere was good. Really dim lighting (which is what you expect from a place named Eulogy). We ended laughing the night away with some of the regulars and the staff. Needless to say it was a very welcoming place.

The bartender was really helpful and knowledgeable. He ended helping us with a bunch of other bars that I should stop by in Philly. The food was great (I had fish and chips made with Hoegaarden, which were great). I also smelled a lot other great stuff coming out of the kitchen.

I would definately go back here during my next stop in Philly.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Very glad to try this place on a recent visit to Philadelphia. Small cozy spot with upstairs and downstairs rooms. Bottle list is very impressive and rivals Monk's. Tap list is good too with different selections upstairs and down. Service was great! Bartender was very helpful and knew about all beers I asked about. He was very down to earth and polite. Not at all snobby, as I found the service at Monk's to be. Great Belgian offerings I haven't found in other spots and all in correct glassware. Bartender even made suggestion for one non-beer drinker that they really ended up liking! Didn't try the food. I will definately be back on my next trip to Philly.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was recently in Philly for the first time and I made it a point to hit up some of the good beer bars there. Luckily, Eulogy was right down the street from my hotel, so we made several stops for a few beers.

The place is pretty small, but there is an upstairs bar which offers more seating. The size didn't matter, though. The first night we stopped in it was a bit busy, though we found seats in a little nook to the right of the bar.

The service was great. We ended up having the same server both nights when we stopped in. She was awesome. She knew something about each beer I would ask about...flavor, style, etc.

The bottle list was quite was huge, and had each beer listed with a rating, style, and price. I was very excited to see some sours from Russian River on the list, as it is impossible to find anything from them in Ohio. Also on the list were a few Macro-brews, which were listed with a note: "If you don't mind paying $5 for one, we'll serve it to you."

The tap list was decent, many Belgians to choose from. I ended up going with some things I hadn't tried before, each served in its appropriate glass. There were different offerings downstairs and upstairs, so we sampled some from both.

We ended up eating there on our second visit. The food was quite good--I had the veggie burger (made in-house), though one of their specialties seemed to be the mussels (available to be prepped in several different styles).

Overall, I was quite impressed with Eulogy. A good beer bar with some great selections and excellent service.

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Photo of burquedout
3.45/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

I have now been to Eulogy twice and both times I was unimpressed. This most recent time I decided I wouldn't be returning. Not because of the beer which was good (I had a rodenbach grand cru and a dubbel that I can't remember the name of), but because the bartender was so pretentious. After my brothers beer (Gulden Drak if I remember correctly) he decided to have some whiskey so he ordered a Bullit with some diet coke, the bartender had issue with this. He laughed at my brother for liking his bourbon with coke and said something along the lines of "they don't age it for 7 years so you can ruin it with coke." Other than that the service was slow with the bartender hardly taking care of any of the customers and the beer was more expensive than it should have been. I'd rather walk across the street and drink Triumphs sub-par beer then patronize this place again.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of TheStig
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

When I lived in Philly, this was a semi-regular haunt. They had the most fantastic selection of Belgian beers I've ever seen, with a stunning array on tap. I credit this establishment with getting me interested in all of the different types of beer. I usually went on weekend nights and this bar is well known in Philly, so these combine to make this tiny place packed to the gills. Service therefore understandably suffers. Prices are a bit pricey, but this is understandable considering nearly all of these beers are imported directly from Belgium. I never tried the food. Heck, I don't even remember looking at a food menu. This is a must-visit place, no matter the time you choose to drop in.

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Photo of cooch69
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

So I went to this bar during Philly beer week, and they had coffee stouts paired with goat cheese omelets. I ordered a Ballast Point Victory at Sea, whice was pretty bold and badass if I must say. The service was awesome. The waiter was a self proclaimed beer nut and was more than willing to discuss beer info. The atmosphere tends to remind me a bit like monks, but I like how they have the upstairs area. It adds another bit of dimension to the bar.
Convienently located right across the street from a brew pub whice makes it to easy for bar hopping.
What else good beer, good food, good service thats pretty much all I need.

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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Eulogy (and sister bar Beneluxx) is the best bar to go to Old City. Often I find myself in the neighborhood after a movie at the Ritz theaters or dinner somewhere in Society Hill, and this is my go-to bar afterwards for a drink and snack.

The beer list here is stereotypically Belgian, they typically have several Trappist beersand a variety of other Belgian-style beers on tap. I had my first Chimay beer here several years ago. A fault of the draft list is that there is often not enough rotation in the selection. I go once every few months and it seems like I've had 8 of 10 beers they have on draft there. The beers are great, but a bit more variety would be nice. This applies for the bottle selection too. Unlike Monk's which has a huge bottle list, many of which are rarities, Eulogy's draft list is smaller and consists of beers that are more easily found elsewhere.

The food here is great. In my opinions, the best fries I've ever had. They are fried to a perfect crunchy crispness, seasoned with chunky sea salt, with the perfect moist, potatoy interior. I need an order just for myself everytime. The mussels, burger, and other dishes are well constructed and very satisfying, but the 5 for food is earned by the exceptional fries.

Service here is hit or miss though. Sometimes you get a great bartender that is full of good insight and knowledge about the beers on tap and others times you get someone that just says, "it's belgian-style..." when you ask about a beer, or worse a made-up wrong description, but you can always get a taste if you are unsure of a beer you have not had before. The waitstaff often seems aloof and struggle to keep it together at busier times, but this is not always the case.

This bar is pricey, probably the most expensive bar that I regularly visit. I have gone for dinner with a date had a few beers each and spent about $100 after tax and tip. You get quality, but you definitely pay for it. I would say that 3.5 x $ would be a more fair rating.

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4.18/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped here Wednesday night on a quest for Registration Ale, they didnt have it - but I was still pretty glad I went.

Very dark on the inside, apparently it was Belgian Independance day so I walked in and it was pretty crowded and rowdy, with a bunch of people watching the Phils game and wearing La Chouffe hats (they were doing promo events all night). It cleared out pretty quickly though and I sat down at the end of the bar.

Decent tap list (although there are only maybe 10 spots or so) with some Belgian staples...the bottle list however was extremely long and of quality. I was told that everything on the extensive list was available, and also noted out the style, ABV, size, price, and what I'm assuming was the BA score. A good number of breweries I had either never heard of or hadn't had, focused mainly on exports but some domestic staples were there too. Also a very comical section for BMC which said something along the lines of "We'll sell it to you if you want to pay $5 for it". Very nice.

The crowd was pretty rowdy but friendly. I caught some shit for being from Pittsburgh but it was all in good fun. Struck up a long conversation with one of the patrons and his wife who were very nice.

Service overall was good, when the place was crowded I feel like the bartender went out of her way to hand me a bottle list and point me to the tap list, then located me after I moved and took my order. She was very prompt and overall friendly and fun.

I ended up getting some Mussels a couple hours later, and while they were pretty good, but not nearly close to some of the others I had in the area.

Had a good time here, cool place in an area I dont think I had ever been to.

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4.05/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Although in the most touristy part of town, this remains a favorite. The place is set on three floors, none of which is huge, The result, however, is to make each floor a more intimate and cozy setting. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and helpful, although the same is not always true of the wait staff. The selection is great, somewhere around 20 taps and a very large bottle selection. They are out of some things I asked for but I doubt this is normal. Food is excellent for a bar. Definitely a must for anyone stuck in Old City Philadelphia.

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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is definitely one of my favorite places in Philly. I've been here a few times and it really blows a ton of places out of the water. Its a little small but it has two floors. First floor has a long bar and the upper floor has a bunch of tables and a smaller bar. Some of the tables in the back resemble coffins. Kinda morbid, I guess it fits with the name.

The staff is pretty knowledgeable, especially the bartenders. I spoke to one concerning Flemish Sour Ales and he recommended a few to me- definitely a helpful/chill guy. Their selection is also pretty awesome. I was hoping they had more on tap but they have tons of bottles. I'm not sure how often they change out their selection. They also have a beer brewed in Belgium exclusively for this bar. I'm sure that there were other bars that had stuff like that but I still thought it was cool. Food was also delicious. They try to keep a Belgian centered menu. Their mussels are the bomb! Definitely try this place if you are in the area!

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