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 corbydrone
2.65/5  rDev -38.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Last night (about 7:00 pm) the staff at Eulogy were serving shots to a band of drunks seated by the front door. The loudest of the drunks was shouting something about Jews and kept screaming "Shabbos!" (or perhaps "Chavez", hard to tell) over and over and over. Perhaps he was Jewish. Mostly he was incredibly annoying. And large. And threatening.

In the spirit of constructive criticism I have a few suggestions to the owners:

1) Do not serve the visibly intoxicated shots when they have apparently been drinking high test Belgian beer all day.

2) Control your patrons, or they will ruin your business.

3) A depression is coming. I am sure you will be able to find plenty of competent bartenders. Hire some.

It will be a long time before I visit Eulogy again. I will never be able to get my wife and friends to return.

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Photo of deedee
3/5  rDev -30.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

My husband and I checked out this place and we were not terribly impressed. The tap selections included lots of boring beers such as guinness, harp, carlsberg and stella. The only thing of interest on the tap list was Arrogant Bastard Ale. The bottle list seemed to be mostly Interbrew products. Perhaps a place to stop by for one beer but definitely not a destination beer place in Philadelphia.

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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 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 drdoodlebug
3.33/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Eulogy has a great selection of beers (particularly Belgian) and has the honor of being in a very cool historic neighborhood. I was in Philly on business and had drinks at both Eulogy and it's sister bar the Beneluxx, as well. Both bars had great selections but similar downfalls. The food at both was just so-so,and the ambience could be classified as grimey chic without the chic. Monk's tavern across town is high on the funkiness factor as well thogh it has a little more breathing room. I don't know, would it be too much to ask for just a little sunlight and a little less dirt? The staff I dealt with was knowledgable and helpful though I did see other servers who seemed standoffish with their tables. I think Eulogy could be a really great bar with just a little work.

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Photo of cracker
3.41/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Yes, they have an impressive selection of drafts and bottles but the overall impression and feel doesn't come close to what Monks (the original Belgian bar in town) offers. The interior is too small and tight with little room to move around. The decor is nowhere near the Belgian authenticity that Monks offers. Also I don't like that their list prices do not include the 10% Philadelphia city liquor tax...what the heck is that all about!!! I've never seen that anywhere in Philadelphia or any other bar for that matter. Price are probably 10% higher than they should be. $5.75 for an American microbrew is a bit steep.

To give the place some credit...they have Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing on tap which is one of the best American microbrews period.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.44/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I stopped here with fredandboboflo on a late Friday night. I don't understand why this is considered the #1 or #2 beerbar in Philadelphia. 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). 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). Overall: This bar is small, crowded, and didn't have anything that interested me (as a destination). A disappointment.

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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 thefireman
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I've been to this place a few times, and like it. Like a previous reviewer, I believe that one should visit Monk's a few times before sampling Eulogy. The coffin room was sort of wierd, by, what the hey? All in all, the beer selection was good, but I didn't try to order anything requiring a whole lot of knowledge from the staff. Everything I ordered was served in the proper glass. The service was good the last time I visited, not so good the first. The food was good, and priced at a reasonable rate. I still will visit occasionally. Nice place to have a beer or two.

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Photo of jprivott
3.56/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

In a nutshell, Eulogy Belgian Tavern's wide variety of beers (and other alcohols) makes this must-stop for those in the Philly. True to the architecture of the state, the bar itself is...cozy. It's split over two floors, and although we brought a large (8+top) and were able to be seated quickly and in comfort.
The drink selections spanned the palate and price range, there's definitely something for everyone, and the food was hearty, and well-prepared. Our server was the low point of our experience, whom I audibly heard curse at our entering (during a non-rush hour...). I'd still go back nonethless!Try the Malheur 12 :)

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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 VegasBill
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I arrived in Philly for the start of my annual trip East and after checking into the hotel went to Eulogy for a beer. I sat at the bar and ordered a Piratt,very hard to find in the West, and gave the bartender a twenty, he gave me change for a ten and after I brought this up he refused to do anything for me, So I asked for a manager ,which the bartender refused to help me find, but one was close by. The manager also said he could not correct the problem but offered to buy a drink and at my prodding a appetizer.Since this was the start of three days in Philly and two weeks in the east I made the best of it and accepted the offer. The frietjes were wonderfull. So welcome the Philly, dont they say the city of brotherly love?
With the above said, this pub is a must stop for anyone visiting the area, it is full of history, the beer selection is huge and the food is very good.

Just watch your money

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Photo of GJ40
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I stopped in for a quick beer on a recent business trip to Philly. It's a very eclectic place and includes a casket or two up on the second floor (I guess tied into the name). It had a pretty good crowd when we were there. It's a narrow place and a bit difficult to find space when all the seats are filled but I wouldn't hold that against them.

They had about 20 beers on tap and lots of bottles. The taps are mostly Belgians and they've got some good ones. We went with a Chimay and it seemed a little flat.

This is an interesting place but Monk's close by, it's a bit overshadowed. But I plan to stop in again and spend a little more time.

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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 Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A small bar in a vistable part of the waterfront. Mostly bottles, there was something in the order of 180 of them. Quite busy for a Monday night owing to the great weather. WIll get hot here in the summer. Selection is Basically what you can get at The Foodery, but in bar setting. Nothing I haven't had and wanted to try. A few quality taps of Belgians,I think there was 8 taps on, with the British standards, but also different taps than what's on at Monk's. A party room upstairs. If you are in this part of town, stop in.

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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 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 mobud
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped by on a Sunday afternoon during the Phila. Marathon and found 5 seats at the bar for my crew. The bar is cool with a lot of Euro beer signs and touches that would remind one of a trip to the region. The bartender (Dave-? sorry, I forgot) was cool; right on us with menus and helpful suggestions based on our tastes. Good selection of beers on tap; the menu I received had some beers that were out, but I still had many great choices to look at. I did not get much to eat, did have the fries with a spicy sauce that I enjoyed. The beers were not cheap, but the value is having beers that I do not normally have a chance to try. I enjoyed visiting here and would like to swing by again next time I do a crawl.

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Photo of gkatsoris
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A: A little tight and a little dark, but pretty cool inside. Lots of people and pretty trendy.

Q: Pretty decent. Just don't stand by the basement door. I think they have a lot of fish tanks down there.

Ser: It took a little while for someone to help me out, but when they did they were really polite and professional.

Sel: Their bottle selection wasn't as impressive as it was hyped up to be, BUT their draft selection was off the hook. Racer X, Delerium, and some other nice ones too. (I sat on Racer X all night!)

F: n/a


Did I mention Racer X?

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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 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 jrancan
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I hate to compare everything to Monk's but......I found it laughable when the bartender said they had a better atmosphere than Monk's while Lynyrd Skynyrd (sp?) blasted from the stereo. Nothing says Belgian experience like sipping an Orval to the sounds of Sweet Home Alabama.
Questionable music aside, there is a nice beer selection of 100 or so, with the emphasis on Belgians (obviously).
Nice enough looking place, and definitely somewhere everyone should check out, but to me it's just overkill. What can they offer that Monk's can't? Nothing.

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Photo of nomad
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Nestled amongst that two block square of bar-bar-bar-bar in Old City, this bar is a bit small but nice. Tons of Belgium-related posters on the wall. On tap was typical Interbrew stuff, Lindeman's, Heavyweight, Dogfish, Kwak, Maredsous 8 (yum). As for the bottle selection, if you're not sitting down for a meal you can walk up to the freezer cases in the back and lack at the selection yourself. I found that to be kinda cool, in that if you're standing you can check out the bottled beer you want before you drink it. Prices are a bit high, I know for a fact I can get Kwak for more than a dollar less at other bars in Philly, but I'll chalk that up to being in a trendy location. This place suffers from Monk's problem - its so damn tight in there its hard to enjoy a pint, but I like a little bit of room and places to sit when I'm out. Regardless, a good place for a pint, and its a nice walk from my 'hood. People watching out their front windows is endless enjoyment - you have to see the area to know why.

EDIT 1/04: Service is getting better, as the newer barkeeps are good guys, generous with the samples of things you've never had. Selection is pretty darn impressive, but I rarely say wow when I walk into Eulogy, while every drop into Monk's brings some unbelievably rare find, and at a lower price.

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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 gdfan47
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

this place is pretty great

there is the whole "Monks vs "Eulogy" thing in phily

go to both and decide

the place is very narrow with a giant bar

the bottle selection is great , very reasonable and a good selection of Belgiums and domestic

the draft while good, does not always change across the board, they always have alot of the same stuff on draft
the bartenders are usually super friendly

the food is great!

check it out

the parking is rough, but hey i always find a spot make sure you pay the meters, some of them you have to pay till 12.. the ppa will get you

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Eulogy is a very nice Belgian beer bar in the Old City section of Philadelphia. They have about 20 taps of belgian and american craft beers as well as an extensive list of bottles. This list is deceiving however because they often don't have all of the bottles in stock. The food is preety good (mussels and frites) but the service can be a little shoddy if they are busy. The decor upstais is very cool with glass coffins serving as tables and a second bar with six or seven more taps. Highly recommended.

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