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Taps: 17 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1148 S 11th St
phone: (215) 339-0855
(Place added by: niloroth on 06-03-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
My friend and I went here on a Saturday in the afternoon and the place was dead. That was a bit of a bummer, oh well.
The selection of beer was good, I had a hanssen`s gueze and my friend had one of the microbrews on tap.
The bartender was personable and attentive which was key since it was so empty at that time. I was here from out of town for the weekend, but note to locals...1/2 off happy hour applies to all of their taps and they had some nice stuff on tap. Devil`s Den is worth checking out.
11-11-2008 01:46:45 |
More by mltobin
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
In our recent crawl around South Philadelphia we made a stop at the Devils Den. We had never been inside before and were quite shocked at the atmosphere once we stepped inside. It was not at all what we expected. More like a chain restaurant than a "den" of any kind. Exposed brick, wood fireplace roaring, few TVs and a primarily khaki and collared shirt crowd.
We settled in and took a look at the beer menu, which was mighty impressive. Large bottle selection and about 20 taps. Prices were reasonable and the happy hour specials were good.
The food left something to be desired. A notch above pub fare but rather pricey for the quality and didn't really fit the atmosphere the way that the beer list did. Perhaps it was an off night (it was a weekday evening, and fairly slow).
Overall, it was a comfortable place to get out of the cold and try some decent beers. We will certainly give it another shot and hope for the best with the food - if they tweak that aspect a bit, this place could be an even better find.
01-16-2009 22:12:26 |
More by ImHereForTheBeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went on a Saturday evening so we missed the nice 1/2 off pints for Happy hour deal but we missed the later night rush and they were having a "Smoke and Wood" beer event with all oak aged or smoke beers which complemented the fireplace atmosphere nicely. Tables to the back, bar to the right. A little small around the bar area so you kinda have to do a shuffle to head to the back where the bathrooms are.
The line-up was nice with all of the beers being rather rare, special or one-offs. I don't like smoked beers so I ended up getting a Lost Abbey Deliverance and a hand-pull Flying Dog the Fear. I liked that they has around 15-20 beers on tap as well as a huge bottled selection (and the hand-pull tap was a plus as I already mentioned).
Didnt get any food so I can't comment there. Service was as good as can be expected for a bar on a Satuday night. Servers were nice, polite and let you have some samples if you desired.
12-03-2012 16:15:37 |
More by claspada
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 | 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: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here for my first visit while in town a few weeks ago. Parking was abundant in relation to being in south Philly. The inside is too clean for words. Almost too clean. The selection was excellent. I would guess about 20 drafts with a great diverese selection of craft and imports. The bottle selection was also excellent with a few gems listed. Service was excellent. The bartender was attentive, funny and charismatic. Food was outstanding. I would go back just for the food. If you find yourself wandering the streets of South Philadelphia stop in. You won't be dissapointed.
09-21-2009 17:14:21 |
More by mymrnngjckt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Atmosphere: Very nice. A beautiful place-lots of wood. Always clean and pleasant inside.
Quality: Quality is great. Beer is always fresh and wonderful tasting.
Service: Service is great. Bartenders are very friendly and are knowledgeable about the beer they serve.
Selection: Selection is good. A decent amount of beer on tap that is always rotating. Bottle beer selection is good as well. Always have something in a style you are looking for.
Food: Have not had food yet-but always looks and smells good when the person next to me gets some!
Value: Prices are reasonable considering the bar is in the city-a little cheaper than what I expected to pay for the quality brew served.
A fantastic place to catch a few brews. Also have 2 huge plasma tv's behind the bar. Great place to catch a Phil's game and drink some delicious beer!
06-29-2008 12:11:31 |
More by Edgecrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Transcribed from notes dtd Su, 27 Feb 2011.
Located on the corner of S. 11th and Ellsworth Streets, I had been here many times before, but I simply did not take notes and especially not on one VERY memorable occasion when it snowed and I had to cab it out of South Philly and back to the train station.
The entry was on 11th Street, near the corner, and opened onto a small vestibule with a short flight of steps that led up to an ATM and what passed for the m.d.s. Next to the ATM was a brick archway, then a working wood-fired fireplace, followed by another brick archway and a series of high tables and chairs along the wall, stretching back to the lavatories. The long "U"-shaped bar ran along Ellsworth Street and held two (2) tap towers, each with eight (8) taps, fifteen (15) of which were CO2 driven and one (1) was N2. Below the back bar were six (6) coolers with three (3) shelves each for bottles. The back bar held a central mirror with shelves for liquor and glassware. Through the brick portals was the dining room with a combination of booths fronted by tables as well as standard tables and chairs.
Atmosphere: Low-key lighting; lots of wood; a friendly waitstaff; good (but not loud) music. I really dig the windows that fold open in the warmer months.
Food: I had the Norwegian Eggs Benedict (with smoked salmon). Yum!
Mom Test: She would not come here on her own, but neither would she be totally put off. Worth a visit!
11-10-2011 00:31:39 |
More by woodychandler
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