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Eulogy Belgian Tavern
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 360
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
136 Chestnut St
phone: (215) 413-2354
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
I really wish I had more moeny so I could have spent more time there last night.
Cool little place they got there, the only problem I had w/ it was the fact that upstair was strictly reserved for dining, and it being a rainy night, made things difficult to sit down and relax.
Huge Bottle slection. Great Tap selection. I haven't been to monk's yet, but I was amazed at the list they had in comparison.
While my friend didn't like the perkuno's hammer, he did say it was a cool beer place, and he might join me to expand his tastes. My girlfriend just sighed.
If you're on 2nd street, def come and check it all out. Good times, Good times, they just need more room.
10-18-2003 15:01:50 |
More by PSUDREW
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I visited Eulogy with my wife on a Saturday to get some lunch before touring some of the new structures in Independence National Park. Eulogy is located in the Olde City portion of Philadelphia. There are many trendy and some old-line restaurtants within a couple blocks. The historic district is within easy walking distance.
The establishment is small with about a dozen or so bar stools and four or five tables in the bar room. There are two dining areas upstairs, including the now famous coffin room, which has two real coffins in use as tables. We sat at the bar and had an enjoyable visit with Chris, a knowledgeable beer server.
There were about 20 beers on tap. I sampled enough that I can't remember exactly how many. Luckily, we had planned this as a walking day. The bar has a "trilogy" tap, stocked with Interbrew favorites, Hoegarrden, Leffe Brune (sometimes it is the Blonde), and Stella. The main beer engine has an assortment of Belgiums, including Chimay, La Chouffe, Kwak (try the champagne glass), Piraat, Maredsous, and at least two others. There were a couple German beers, including the Ayinger Oktoberfest-Marzen. Finally, there were three or four microbrews such as Arrogant Bastard and Allagash White. They have slightly less than two hundred bottled beers, including many of the Trappists.
The food was very good with a nice selection. We shared a bucket of mussels (two pounds). I had the Andouille Sausage sandwich, and my wife had a raw salmon sandwich that she said was awesome. They also had salads, soups, stews, and some more elaborate entrees. Prices were reasonable.
Everyone is the place is friendly, and the service was quick. It was not real crowded, which helps. It's the reason that I end up here now instead of Monk's, which tends to be crowded and hurried at all times.
10-12-2003 16:23:32 |
More by rdrummer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
My wife and I stopped in on a Saturday afternoon for a quick bite to eat and a beer or two. It was quite a small place, with a 15 stool bar that took up the main wall on the first floor. There were a few tables and some stairs that I assume led to more tables upstairs. Nice belgium beer poster adorned the walls and the place was not terribly crowded. The had 15 beers on tap with approximately 185 bottles available - all listed in a nice menu.They had Arrogant Bastard on tap so I started with that while my wife had the Stella Artois. We ordered some mussels which were quite good, and then I finished my lunch with a Maredsous 8.
But before I left the Delerium Tremens was calling my name since I never had it on tap before, so I broke down and had one more. Some others on tap were Leffe Brun and Blonde, Perkuno's Hammer, and Chimay Cinq Cents. Overall a very nice place and I am looking to come back on my next Philly trip.
09-18-2003 22:52:23 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Surprisingly my first visit to this place. It was a Friday afternoon and they just started serving dinner. We were whisked immediately upstairs, so I didn't see much of the bar area, but it looked pretty cramped. We ordered drinks and I got the Maredsous 8 and my girlfriend had the Lindemans Framboise, both on tap. the Maredsous was served in a beautiful goblet glass and was one of the best beers I have ever had. I was truly blown away by it. I also had 2 of the $3 happy hour specials - A Stella Artois and the Leffe Brune. Both were very good. We split a chicken sandwich, which was delicious. They have special rooms in this place that serves special drinks. Like the coffin room that serves a scary mixed drink.
This place is fun and friendly.
They had a total of 16 draft beers, mostly Belguims and a huge bottle selection. They had Arrogant Bastard on tap - which I realized after we were ready to leave (Doh!).
I want to come back again. It was a delightful place to enjoy some quality beer.
09-08-2003 15:25:30 |
More by pezoids
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.
08-24-2003 19:30:51 |
More by nomad
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Well, I just made my first trip to Eulogy and I had a great time. I've lived in philly for a few years and I've been meaning to go, but the philly subway system is abominable, I don't have a car, and I'm generally a lazy person. We sat upstairs even though downstairs the taps with lit up beer insignias were pulling me towards them like a mosquito to a neon light. They sat us us in the "coffin room", which we later moved out of because, well, we didn't feel like drinking our beers off of coffins. The bottle selection was fantastic, almost too expansive to really get a good grip on. On tap they had only about 15 beers, with most of your standard Belgians, I was more turned on by the Arrogant Bastard and Perkuno's Hammer on draught. I haven't seen those on tap at any other bar in Philly. All the beer was delicious, wish I could have stayed longer to try more of the bottles.
The service was decent, our waitress was friendly, maybe a little too friendly, took a long time, and was semi-knowledgable. My buddies and I had to reccommend drinks to our neighbors cause she didnt have any enlightening advice for them. Food was superb, 4 types of mussels, I naturally chose the Beer Mussels, cooked with Hoegaarden, they came with a big hunk of bread to dip in the mussel juice. delicious. Highlight of my night was watching some huge muscleman sipping awkwardly on a Raspberry Lambic. If you're in philly, definitely check this place out.
08-04-2003 19:42:02 |
More by bostonstoutman
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
This place is an incredibly cool bar. A friend of mine had mentioned possibly going there when I was in the area for the Philly BA Gathering. While I was on the pub crawl, I met the owner, Mike, told him I heard he had a cool place and that I would probably stop by. Unlike a great many business owners, he was very excited and happy to hear that someone was going to check his place out, and that sealed the deal .
We stopped by, and found the coolest bar I have been to yet. Service was extremely friendly and knowledgable. A good amount of taps can be found with many excellent brews. You can grab a stone, yards, magic hat, troegs, or victory. Or maybe you would like Chouffe, maredsous, chimay, or lindemann's. The bottle selection is also quite large. They have all the local micros as well as good representation from rogue and stone. Westy, Rochefort, Orval, Westmalle, and the ever so beautiful Duchesse de Borgogne, which I start off every visit with.
We got seated in the cocktail lounge upstairs, and that is one crazy room. If you stop by, and you should, check out that little room. Your tables are coffins, the music is crazy cool. Go to this place, and go often. I will be back next weekend, and I will certainly try the food.
04-07-2003 07:50:23 |
More by ElGuapo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I'll be blunt...this place is just really cool. I stopped in around noon on St. Patty's day, and stayed for a few hours. And I was by myself. The bartenders was extremely friendly, so I saddled up to the bar and had some good conversation, however most of the talking was with the other customers. People came in and out while I was still sitting there, drinking beer and talking beer with them. The inside of the place is decorated very nicely with beer paraphenalia...two guys that I eventually started talking to even asked if there was a dress code upon entering. (Probably because I was wearing a business suit...the bartender joked to them that I had just gotten out of court).
The quality of all the beers I had was excellent, as was the service. Someone said the selection was boring...are you kidding? I mean, it's nothing out of this world, but with well over 100 bottled beers and some interesting stuff on tap, I could have stayed a lot longer. It was a bit pricey, but I didnt really care...it was worth it. The tap lineup included Hoegaarden, Leffe Blond, Stella, Victory Hopdevil, Old Horizontal, Maredsous 8, Arrogant Bastard, and a few more less interesting ones. Eulogy also is right on the money with glassware, something nice to see these days. They have quite a variety of glasses, and the bartenders were right on with pairing beer to glass. The food was good too, although I went boring with a Napolean burger with American cheese and mushrooms. It did come with some good fries and a pickle. I liked it. Anyway, this place is cool and I'm going back.
03-18-2003 19:32:28 |
More by IrishRedRock
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
I was so excited to hear that another Belgian bar/restaurant was opening in Philly; but before passing judgment on Eulogy I wanted to visit several times. Each and every time I've been there I've enjoyed myself thoroughly, which is something that I normally can't say about a place. The atmosphere is nice. It's small but comfortable, and I've never felt cramped. I've enjoyed a goblet at the downstairs bar, had a few meals upstairs, and even visited the coffin room! I've been in by myself; with friends; and even took my wife, infant, and 2 year old one Sunday afternoon (of course). The downstairs bar can get full but it's not so big that you'll ever get passed over or ignored! The beer selecton is good and they appear to really be putting some effort into trying to find quirky beers... Mortimer on tap - c'mon, who has that?! The bottle selection is equally as good and I was surprised to find a beer that I've never had! But the food is what ties it all together; and tie it all together is what it does. I really enjoyed the moules and frites (I think there are 3 versions) but there's alot more to Belgian cuisine than that. They don't go as far (meaning truly authentic) as some, but hold back at a comfortable level for American dinners. (If you really want Belgian you know where to go; and I'm not talking about Monk's). The beers may be a touch pricey, but the food is reasonable enough to balance out your bill. The service has always been very good and I intend to return on a regular basis. It's worth a trip for lunch or dinner; and have a beer - or nine - while you're there!
03-09-2003 19:02:35 |
More by NeroFiddled
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.
02-25-2003 14:53:22 |
More by deedee
Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia, PA