The Sanctuary Pub | Iowa City, Iowa
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The Sanctuary Pub
Excellent based on 23 ratings
Type: Bar

405 S Gilbert St
Iowa City, Iowa United States 52240 [ print map ]
319 351 5692

Hours: Mon-Sat 4pm-close, Closed Sundays

Mayor: Dr_MedievAle (1) | Taps: 25 | Bottles: Hundreds

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Prairie Artisan Ales Wine Barrel Noir 99, Bockor Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge 99
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23 reviews for The Sanctuary Pub
 Ambiance  89%
 Service  80%
 Selection  83%
 Food  76%
 Value  69%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  91%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb  (205) San Diego, California | January 14, 2015
Un pub style anglais avec une sélection monstre et équilibrée, un service impeccable et candide et deux ambiances distinctes aussi chaleureuse que possible.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99  (86) , Croatia | August 2, 2014
Good little pub, food was better than typical bar fare and they have a nice selection of taps and a large selection of bottles, service was decent. I would definitely go here again. (I was here a last summer before I remembered I had joined Ratebeer and rating from memory)
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 11/20
Dr_MedievAle  (9) Alabama | July 22, 2014| Updated July 26, 2014
I return to this place again and again because they get some amazing beers on tap. However, the service is horrendous. You can wait 35minutes between visits from your server--and this when there are only half a dozen customers in the place. One particularly surly and porcine server, been there for years, is consistently bad--and after not being attentive will have the brass to scoff at you if you ask for split checks. Seriously, Sanctuary, step up the service and this place would be world class.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Gmku  (27) Iowa City, Iowa | November 25, 2013
My favorite place in all of the whole of my beloved home town of Iowa City. The place is the best. I love the low-key, warm ambience, and they’ve usually got some cool jazz or smart rock or blues going on in the background. Nice and cozy, you know. And the service is way beyond the norm. Food is pretty good, too.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
DiarmaidBHK  (744) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | July 27, 2013
Located just down the road from Johns Grocery. I found parking spots on the side Road as well as the lane behind the pub. Very dark wood panels, Low key lighting, an absence of tv’s gives this place a laidback pub feel perfect for conversations. Didn’t see the bottle list because the tap list was plenty. They had about 20 taps with a nice mix of local and national craft including a number if Deschutes who seemed to have recently invaded the state. Didn’t expect to see the Evil twin Justin Blaeber. Had a nice conversation about craft beer with the bartender as well. 2 for 2 this trips off to a great start.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
jcnielsen  (249) Charlotte, North Carolina | June 17, 2013
Cool, dimly lit pub with a real nice beer list and some tasty pizza. We stopped by to sample some Toppling Goliath beers. They had ~20 beers on tap and many more in the bottle. I will definitely come back if I’m in Iowa City in the future.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
KAF  (100) Coralville, Iowa | January 27, 2012
With 20+ craft and import taps this bar has the largest tap selection of quality beer in Iowa City. The only issue is their prices tend to be a dollar or two higher for tap beer when compared with other local bars. Atmosphere is great and the bar tenders are friendly and know there beer. I always see a few beer on tap here that I don’t see anywhere else in the area.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen  (422) Fort Collins, Colorado | April 8, 2011
Way cool, old pub and restaurant with an excellent bottle and tap list for beers. The pizza was also pretty good. I hope to make it back to this place some time in the future.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
MarcatGSB  (17) Eagle Harbor, Michigan | February 3, 2011
The Sanctuary is a fun, sophisticated bar in a great district of Iowa City. Vast selection of bottled beers, and always something fun on tap. Woody does a great job bringing in fantastic tap beers, and takes pride in keeping the lines clean, barrels fresh, and a nice selection. I would disagree with the above reviewer on the mark up of bottled beer...I feel they are very reasonable.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
ekoerper  (39) Iowa | January 4, 2011
Ambiance is great; dimly lit pub with dark wood all around, very relaxed atmosphere. Service is usually prompt and friendly. Beer selection is pretty good (great for Iowa), and there is usually something interesting on tap, particularly new Rogue brews. My only mild gripe with the place is that their markup on the bottles is pretty steep, enough so to limit my visits.

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