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Eulogy Belgian Tavern
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 360
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
136 Chestnut St
phone: (215) 413-2354
(Place added by: jrancan)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 144 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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
04-29-2011 13:47:54 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Eulogy is a small little bar with a trendy casual upbeat atmosphere. They have a very good beer selection on both tap and bottle. They actually have some pretty interesting bottles when I studied the menu with an inquisitive eye. They have a great selection of serving vessels as well. The service is good not great. The waitors are on top of getting beers for you and being attentive. I though their beer knowledge was decent, but none of the bar tenders wowed me. I generally get excited when bar tenders are excited and want to suggest a few things and have suggestions on their favorite things. This didn't happen here, but it did not detract from my overall experience. I will say that this bar is overpriced for the Philly area. There are some dives and quaint bars in the area that can give you good selection at a cheaper price. That being said the bar is very nice, has great food, good selection, and I would not mind going back.
03-16-2011 12:27:25 |
More by CuttDeez
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
03-15-2011 23:54:27 |
More by pburland23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I go to Philly every year and this is a major reason why. Eulogy is a wonderful Belgian Tavern with very good food, knowledgeable staff and a great selection of brew. If you love good beer and happen to be visiting Old City in Philly, You MUST stop here. If your from NY and can't get your hands on anything Russian River, you will find a good selection here. unfortunately I was there just a week before they where holding a tasting with Pliny the Elder on tap. There menu of beer is huge and easy to navigate if you know what your looking for.
03-14-2011 11:12:34 |
More by Brianjames16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
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 $$ (well I've never seen Cantillon St. Lamnivus at a store before, but I wasn't going to pay $50 for it at the bar anyway). Was glad to see others like HOTD Fred priced "reasonably". A nice hideaway bar and I look forward to trying out Monk's Cafe the next time I am in town!
02-22-2011 21:25:15 |
More by CuriousMonk
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
01-02-2011 10:08:53 |
More by ruddyscot
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
You walk in and this place has a long narrow bar with an upstairs that has a little more table space and a smaller bar. The lighting is dim, but not dark. It is packed all the time, you are a lucky person if you don't have to wait to get a seat at the bar.
I spent two fantastic evenings there on my recent trip to Philly and enjoyed the very knowledgeable barstaff and the extensive list of bottles. I do wish there had been more on draft, but was happy to be able to sample a number of regional brews on draft.
I also ate both nights and highly recommend the mussels, they were fantastic.
This was a very awesome tavern and I recommend it to anyone going to the Philly area.
12-16-2010 18:20:52 |
More by dnarx
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
11-27-2010 20:58:48 |
More by BARFLYB
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
When taking a trip to Philly I stopped by this place and it became one of highlights.
What impressed me the most about this place was the fact that they had just over 300 beers available! Great selections of local, US and European brews.
The atmosphere was good. Really dim lighting (which is what you expect from a place named Eulogy). We ended laughing the night away with some of the regulars and the staff. Needless to say it was a very welcoming place.
The bartender was really helpful and knowledgeable. He ended helping us with a bunch of other bars that I should stop by in Philly. The food was great (I had fish and chips made with Hoegaarden, which were great). I also smelled a lot other great stuff coming out of the kitchen.
I would definately go back here during my next stop in Philly.
11-23-2010 04:59:06 |
More by MuttKDC
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
11-13-2010 18:22:20 |
More by Liverpool08
Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia, PA
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