Taps: 11 / Bottles: 27
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 23
Reviews by Soonami:
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I've walked past the Abbaye on several occasions in and around Northern Liberties, but at the bequest of my significant other, we decided to check it out while watching a Phillies game. We happened to walk in this afternoon to the Pre-My Morning Jacket Party, which featured very loud music, some annoying emo kids, and luckily $3 drafts from Sixpoints.
The bar was a typical Philly beer bar, with dark wood decorating the bar, walls, floors, and counters, and well worn chairs and tables. The service staff was an interesting blend of young and old, although it did take a few minutes to get the bartender's attention to change channel to the Phillies game and get seated. Once seated, our server was very quick with taking our drink and food orders.
The appetizer, a Mediterranean plate with hummus, roasted peppers, feta and pita came out quickly and was delicious. The hummus was flavorful and savory while the pita was warm. I ordered a burger that was prepared very nicely with tasty thin cut fries. My date went with the expectation of having the best grilled cheese in Philadelphia, but was disappointed by a merely good sandwich (SPTR still the reigning champ). Food was reasonably priced as were the $3 pints!
The beer from Sixpoints was nice, but the selection looked to be limited to about 10 taps. The other beers were rather pedestrian without any notable beers. I'd like to go again on a regular night where I can get a better feel for their selection and the clientele.
08-30-2010 07:14:12 | More by Soonami
More User Reviews:
3.43/5 rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $
The Abbaye is a decent neighborhood bar in the Northern Liberties section of the city. The vibe is pretty cool with a mix of bikers, hipsters and yuppies but it's basically a dark pub with a large bar and a decent amount of tables for dining.
The food is decent, just a step above average pub food but I particularly enjoy the fish an chips. Nothing eye catching on the menu but everything s prepared well and the table service is good.
You would think with the name Abbaye that they would specialize in Belgian beers, but in reality they only have a few staples, Chimay, Bernardus, etc. Around ten beers on draft focusing mostly on locals and run of the mill craft. You're not going to find anything out of the ordinary here but the food is okay and it's a fun place to hang out and enjoy some good beers.
04-21-2011 05:27:31 | More by corby112
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
So I've been exploring cool Euro pubs and this one has been on my list. The vibe was very good and relaxed. The people there seemed friendly and the staff was very personable. The beer menu was a little limited but decent. What beer they did have were some nice choices. A nice tap list and a little chunk of bomber bottle Belgians and such. The food menu was of good quality and the mussels and fish dish I had were delicious. This is certainly not a huge beer bar but makes for a very nice low key hang out spot with some tasty food/drink. I'll be returning here.
03-16-2011 03:24:37 | More by BeerForMuscle
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ah, dependable, reliable (standby) Abbaye.
Always has unique selection of $5 drafts (with the 1 or 2 $6-7 stronger delights). Always has Yards (wonderful) ESA on hand-pump. Really enjoy the atmosphere any time of year. Great place to stop in during the summer for a brew or two.
Been here dozens of times over the years, only had and issue with service once. But I'd chalk that up to the thought that the server probably just had a bad night or something. In the 7 or so years I've been going here, a lot of the staff is the same, which is cool. Mostly all friendly and some of them remember you even if you're not exactly a regular.
The food has always been top-notch. Their core meals, sandwiches, apps are all moderately priced and all delicious. The specials, more often than not, can run a little pricey, but you're hardly getting gypped because the portions are often generous and you get your money's worth on quality and preparation.
One of the best places (if not the best) in the neighborhood.
05-08-2010 05:38:23 | More by Bouleboubier
3.7/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A Belgian inspired beer bar in Philadelphia, who woulda thunk it. Stopped in here on a weeknight and realized that i've been here before in the past, I'm positive.
A- Belgian inspired but it really does not come off like that if you look around long enough, trust me you'll understand. Only about a quarter of the beers on the tap list were Belgian and I'm being generous there. Did not check the food menu so can't comment there. Abbaye came off like a neighborhood bar with some Foreign selections.
Q- My beer tasted fine, that's all i'm pretty much looking for in my beer bars in term's of quality. The place did not look like it needed a dusting and came off mildly rustic. Clean and proper glassware.
S- Service was good, attentive but not overbearing, mind you, it was not busy at all when I arrived. Service with a smile and she knew how to pour her beer, kudos.
S- The selection was nice for a neighborhood pub, above average in fact. A few locals, a few out of state breweries and some Belgian selections. Did not see the bottle list but i'm sure there are some lookers on there. Abbaye actually seemed to be more booze oriented as I seen more hard alcohol bottles than beer bottle selections and beer signs on the wall. Is this a Beer Bar?
F- I did not get any and the kitchen was closed down, i'll try it out next time.
I find Abbaye to be a very good neighborhood dranky spot with a good heart and muddled focus. I'm sensing that they have not found their true path in the business that is the Southeast Pennsylvania beer bar scene.
By the way, I had a Mardesous 8, which was awesome. They also had on the Yards ESA from a handpump, reading other reviews, I see that's a common occurance.
03-10-2010 08:05:07 | More by BARFLYB
4/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
What a pleasant little find - I was trying to go to N. 3rd for lunch on a Monday. Closed. Then I tried Standard Tap. Also closed. Just as I was about to give up and drive home, my wife said - hey, there's a restaurant and it's open.
I don't know why I didn't know about the place already, but there it is. Glad I do now.
It is dark and pleasantly divey, in the way of many good Philadelphia watering holes. There is a homey bar section and a less scruffy dining room behind it. The food is good - lots of wholesome, whole-grainy, vegetable kinds of things, but also burgers and really tasty french fries. The chicken wings are amazing - not double sauced like many in the city, but fried and soaked in a hot sauce afterward. Meaty and delicious and savory.
The beer list is good, with some unusual draft offerings, including Duck-Rabbit and Sprecher, which you don't see around town much, and a nice if not exotic selection of Belgians. I didn't examine the bottle list closely, but it looked substantial.
The service was pretty good, considering it was a modestly busy lunch and the bartender was by himself.
I recommend this place.
08-19-2009 13:04:43 | More by Seanibus
3.45/5 rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here on a Friday night after seeing the Standard Tap was just way too crowded.
Nice little cozy place when you walk in, the crowd is made up mostly of the young crowd, not that there is anything wrong with that.
Upon sitting down, we waited a solid 5 minutes before wondering if anyone was going to be serving us. Eventually, I went up to the bar and ordered drinks, and asked if a waiter would be taking our orders. Considering that the place was half full at best, I was really upset at the crappy service. Twice, we had to go up to the bar and order drinks because our "waiter" went MIA.
Selection on tap was really nothing to write home about, Stoudt's Maibock, Yards ESB on cask (which was excellent), Delerium, Chimay White, and other assorted Belgian macro's(Stella, etc).
Food was solid, I had one of their salads, and it was very good.
Overall, this place has a great location for a Belgian themed bar, but I think they need to realize that there are other great bars in the area and need to try to difference themselves from the pack. I will probably go back to see if my visit was a fluke, but I can't see myself becoming a regular here.
04-10-2007 12:48:28 | More by leftmindedrighty
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Another good beer bar in the Northern Liberties. The Abbaye sits on a corner, allowing for some wrap around outdoor seating, which is nice, with a clean, light interior. The beer selection is very good, featuring a solid line-up of Belgian beers. I had the Young's Special London Ale and a crispy chicken sandwich. It was a sandwich in the loosest of terms due to the fact it was more fried chicken breast flattening the roll underneath. There was no way to eat it like a sandwich, so I ate the chicken first, once I chipped the fried coating off (it tasted good, but made cutting the chicken impossile), and then got after the roll. Everything tasted good, though the fries were limp and kind of soggy. I had heard good things about the menu, and will need some further research before reaching a conclusion. Thankfully, the beer was excellent.
There was a light crowd on an early Friday evening, with most people eating and hanging out, it seemed. The place a very comfortable atmosphere and a clientele ranging from nouvou hipsters (like our waiter), young professionals, a couple older couples, with some bohemian types liberally sprinkled in. Basically, a cross section of the neighborhood.
I can imagine this is a reliable go-to place for many people, and I had a very good experience. Our waiter was attentive and helpful, and happy to let us linger over our beers.
Overall, I found it to be a very nice place with an impressive selection of quality beer. I'm looking forward to future visits.
07-08-2006 16:05:55 | More by Abita45
4.14/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A nice little corner neighborhood bar, this place offers above-par beers, like the De Koninck I had. My boyfriend digs this place for having Brewer's Art on draft constantly. It has the boho Northern Liberties atmosphere complete with being dog friendly. That is, they seem to allow dogs to hang with their owners inside, not that they serve dogs.
I haven't had food here, but have hung with people who've ordered the mac and cheese and the burgers and all were very pleased with their food.
The beer features great imports, plus the best of what's local. For entertainment, there's a dartboard, but beware on leaving your beer behind at the bar while you play- on one trip here, a bartender dumped my beer when I left the bar to visit the Ladies. However, when she was apologetic and quickly supplied me with another brew at no charge when she realized the mistake. Eh, things happen, and all was well in the end. Prices are typical for Philly but not too outrageous.
This place features DJ's occasionally, spinning music that is cooler than you'll ever be, but don't let that keep you from walking in. Everyone is friendly, casual, and out to enjoy a good beer, sometimes with dog sitting beside them.
06-25-2006 05:12:01 | More by StoutHearted
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Abbaye is a true neighborhood bar with a good selection of Belgian beers. They classify themselves as Belgian beer and Cajun food - both of which fit, but don't assume this is the best place to go for either. They generally keep 5-6 Belgians on tap and 3-4 local brews.
The food is standard pub food with a twist of cajun done up tasty, fresh and large portioned. They usually have at least two vegan selections.
The atmosphere is Belgian pub feeling, low-lighting, deep wood tones, clean and inviting. The room is large but broken down the middle by the L-shaped bar and dividing wall, which makes both sections seem small.
The wait staff is friendly, young, local and pretty well versed in beerism.
The first few times I visited the Abbaye I noticed a general muted flatness to the beers on draft, which made me think they hadn't cleaned the lines in while. Philly's many other good Belgian bars drew me away until I couldn't resist giving it another shot. The beers tasted fresh and clean and since then I've had no problems.
06-22-2005 18:58:04 | More by NoLiberty
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The Abbaye in Philadelphia, PA
90 out of 100 based on 23 user ratings.