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Taps: 17 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1148 S 11th St
phone: (215) 339-0855
(Place added by: niloroth on 06-03-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Like dueane, I was also here during beer week and it was packed to the gills, I could not even see the bar or move for that matter, so I came back recently to get a better feel for DD.
Devil's Den is a average looking corner bar in South Philly, but once you walk in the craft signs let you know that there is good shit here. A whole lot of different types of people, young and old, beer geeks and aspiring to be geeks with some regular folks as well. DD is a beer bar that does not come off snobbish, come one come all.
Quality is up there with clean tasting beer, a virtually spotless bar, filtered lighting so the bottles don't sour, A big dining room for larger parties, and a not so clean unisex bathroom with graffiti in it, ah well. Other than that I don't have a issue with quality.
The service was great. The guy tender pointed out what had kicked before we even ordered which is a change of pace of ordering and them saying 'out of luck'. He was on point and quick with the refills. The girl tender chatted it up with me for a bit and she knew her beer and made some suggestions to the people next to me. Service is great at the bar, table service i'm not sure on yet.
This place has a great selection of beer and being so close to bella vista does not hurt things at all. I'm guessing that DD is the only bar in Philly that has a never ending supply of sculpin bottles in the coolers. About 20 taps, American micro, German offerings, Belgian selections and about 200 different bottles from around the world. A good selection of hard alcohol as well if that's your thing. I had a Bell's Van Twee, Old Howling Bastard, and a liberator dopplebock, they tasted great.
Oh and this place probably has the best happy hour in the city that I have seen, with 1/2 price drafts (all drafts) and food specials as well. Give the Devil's Den a go.
03-20-2010 16:28:24 |
More by BARFLYB
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Nice inviting dark wood and exposed brick interior as you enter, minimal decor and nice dim lighting. 8 page beer menu with about 20 drafts and a wide selection of bottles. Good blend of local, American Micro and imported micro beers. Not a terribly huge or overly exciting selection of hard to find or rare items, but very nice. Food is slightly above average bar food - some different items on the menu, but frequently lack bold flavor. The fries are fantastic however. Service can be hit or miss, the bartenders usually on, the servers not so much. Quite pricey for some items - $7 bottles of items that can be found quite easily for $5.50-$6.00 elsewhere in the area. Good spot, but nothing that screams to me to come back if im not in the area.
03-15-2010 19:41:00 |
More by rfgetz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Devils Den is an excellent little bar in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Philadelphia, great for any season or occasion. On a cold winter night you can stop by to have a growler filled and sit by a warm fire, roaring in the fireplace. During the spring/summer you can sit by the open bay windows and enjoy a cool breeze while sampling a beer flight. The Devils Den has just what you need for any occasion.
I, myself have been here many times for brunch, dinner, or just to have a growler filled. The bar has a very cozy feel to it as the walls are exposed brick with a wooden finish and a wooden fireplace. Everything is very clean and new. One can relax at the bar and leaf through the multi paged draft and bottle menu. Or you can do what I do and stare longingly at the mini fridges filled with bottles of Cantillon or other rare delights. There are also some small tables around the barroom or a dinning room opposite the bar one can sit down with friends and "kick up your heels.".
The bartenders and wait staff are very friendly, helpful, and will accommodate any request you may have.
As far as beer and food selection go, the Devils Den has 17 taps (German, English, Belgian and American Craft) that rotate often. Any tap can be served into a growler for takeout, or can be mixed and sampled as a beer flight for the indecisive. The bottle list is long and features many different styles from around the world and plenty of wine too. In terms of meals all of the brunch menu is delicious as well as the coffee they serve. For lunch and dinner you cannot go wrong with the mussels, and I will also recommend the chicken scaloppini sandwich which is "off the charts".
Overall a very cool gastropub/beer bar that is moderately priced, with a friendly staff and great selection. If you happen to be in town make sure you stop in.
02-20-2010 20:34:14 |
More by SiepJones
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Being just a few blocks away from Bella Vista makes this place a nice place to hit up before or after your shopping at BV.
I have been here once before, during PBW, and the place was such a ZOO I couldn't stand it. Took me 10minutes to get to the restroom and back out the door....and I didn't even get a beer! I vowed to return to offer fair judgment, glad I did.
A very pleasant interior with lots of wood, nice metal work and inviting tables. I was impressed with how clean and neat the establishment looked.
Our server was quite pleasant and seemed to know her stuff. She was speedy with out orders and we didn't have to wait long at all between fills.
A solid selection of taps with some very interesting choices. We stopped by this day to specifically try the 21st Amendment Monk's Blood. We also got to try the Bitto Honey IPA from the relatively new Prism Beer Company. Nice to see the local establishments offering support.
Skipped food on this visit...but what I saw looked decent.
Another quality establishment in a city FULL of such places. I will certainly stop in again when I find myself in the area.
01-13-2010 12:02:25 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here for my first visit while in town a few weeks ago. Parking was abundant in relation to being in south Philly. The inside is too clean for words. Almost too clean. The selection was excellent. I would guess about 20 drafts with a great diverese selection of craft and imports. The bottle selection was also excellent with a few gems listed. Service was excellent. The bartender was attentive, funny and charismatic. Food was outstanding. I would go back just for the food. If you find yourself wandering the streets of South Philadelphia stop in. You won't be dissapointed.
09-21-2009 17:14:21 |
More by mymrnngjckt
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A- a really nice pretty bar located in a kind of quite "good part" of south philly, I have never felt unsafe there. A nice big bar on the right side with a few tvs
Service- ive always found to be very good, super nice and knowledgeable bartenders
Selection - pretty damn good, the drafts seem to rotate with an emphasis on american craft, and a few Belgiums.... The bottle list is big and diverse.... and broken down by category.. a very customer friendly menu with prices and bottle sizes as well
Food- looks good , heard is good.. just havent eaten there yet
V- pretty good prices, not great but not back breaking
def worth checking out.. I was there for events but I heard their every day beer selection is diverse and interesting
03-16-2009 06:35:47 |
More by gdfan47
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I hit here for the Bell's event "Beer for Boobs" during Philly Beer Week. Cool atmosphere with a very diverse crowd. Lots of exposed brick (which I really dig) and tin beer signs. Pretty good sized bar had about 20 or so seats...might have been more but the place was packed and I couldn't tell who was sitting or standing. Fair amount of tables as well. The staff was extremely busy, but always quick to help when they noticed you needed it. Great tap selection and nice amount of bottles, as well. Of course, I was here for the Bell's and the firkin of Double Cream Stout and the HopSlam were both spectacular. Parking in the area could be a little tight, but I parked down at the ACME parking lot and just walked the few blocks there. I don't think it took more than five minutes to get there, if it was even that long. I will be back here on a hopefully less crowded night sometime.
03-08-2009 14:02:44 |
More by Imstillthegman
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
In our recent crawl around South Philadelphia we made a stop at the Devils Den. We had never been inside before and were quite shocked at the atmosphere once we stepped inside. It was not at all what we expected. More like a chain restaurant than a "den" of any kind. Exposed brick, wood fireplace roaring, few TVs and a primarily khaki and collared shirt crowd.
We settled in and took a look at the beer menu, which was mighty impressive. Large bottle selection and about 20 taps. Prices were reasonable and the happy hour specials were good.
The food left something to be desired. A notch above pub fare but rather pricey for the quality and didn't really fit the atmosphere the way that the beer list did. Perhaps it was an off night (it was a weekday evening, and fairly slow).
Overall, it was a comfortable place to get out of the cold and try some decent beers. We will certainly give it another shot and hope for the best with the food - if they tweak that aspect a bit, this place could be an even better find.
01-16-2009 22:12:26 |
More by ImHereForTheBeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
let me preface my review by saying i go to the devil's den usually once or twice a week, for a good few months now. simply put, i love this place for the beer, food, service and atmosphere. as the review before mine stated, probably the best happy hour in the city if you enjoy quality beer and very modest prices. happy hour is actually from 4-7, M-F, and all drafts are half price. i was in there a few days ago for happy hour and was drinking mad elf at $2.50, and samichlaus at $3.75, both 10.5 oz. having those two on tap at the same time is dangerous! i believe they have 16 taps total and whenever i go in i end up trying plenty of things i have never had before. i like the fact that they don't just stick with the local breweries (pbc, yards, dogfish, troegs, victory) but constantly have belgians and other brews from across the US.
the bottle selection is pretty great also, although being a regular here i try to stick to happy hour drafts as to not go bankrupt. the bartenders are all super friendly and really knowledgeable, offering samples if you ask and are willing to help you pick a drink based on your likes and dislikes.
the menu isn't huge, which i prefer actually. i really like to start with the popcorn (reminds me of royal tavern). they have a good tapas menu, and the mussels are exceptional.
they have a fireplace that has been in use since it got cold, and being that it's less than a year old everything is very modern with a warm, relaxing touch. two plasma tvs on either side of the bar, music playing from ceiling speakers, and the lighting is real nice too. no touch tunes or mega touch, which is good because it wouldn't fit in at the devils den.
i recommend devil's den for anyone looking to try something new, or enjoy some of your favorites, all at very reasonable prices. brings in a lot of locals so expect to meet some of your neighbors, always a plus.
edit: due to PA laws, happy hour is now from 5-7. But they have issued "frequent diner club" cards to the regular faces that entail for every $300 spent, $25 is on them.
12-12-2008 20:34:05 |
More by AgeOfQuarrel
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The Devil's Den is a great beer bar in South Philadelphia, only a few minutes from Bella Vista Distributors. Very large bar that takes up most of the front room with close to twenty rotating craft, micros and imports with a emphasis on German beers. They probably have the best happy hour in the city with half price drafts Monday through Friday from 5-7. Also, they have a tapas menu and half price on select appetizers during the happy hour. Although I only sat at the bar, the service was very good. Appropriate glassware and knowledgeable bartenders, and the owner is very friendly and down-to-earth. Aventinus is always on draft which is always a plus.
12-04-2008 07:07:19 |
More by corby112
Devil's Den in Philadelphia, PA
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