A great small, two-floor Philly pub with a bunch of taps upstairs and downstairs and a respectable bottle list. The food I had was great - some kind of steak and mushroom sandwich. A few great beers on tap as well, some hard-to-find bullfrog and some Belgian stuff especially. Good service, and friendly clients.
An OK stop if youíre in this part of Philly. Itís an extremely cramped, dark space thatís hard to navigate when itís crowded. The list was dominated by pretty common Belgian offerings. US beer geeks who donít travel much would probably be more excited by the list than I was. Still, itís probably a nice change of pace from most other beer spots in the city. Service was good, prices were decent.
The other Belgian beer bar in Philly. The service was very slow and the food was alright Belgian bar fare. A very nice draft list and extensive bottle selection make up the for the mediocre food and service. Much more relaxed and not as stuffy as Monks.
Ambiance: Small and cramped feeling even on a slow Sunday night. Dim lights are fine, but I donít feel cozy here. Service: Service was slow and the beers on tap werenít properly updated. I was turned down twice because the beers I wanted had kicked. Service was unacceptably slow. It took 30 minutes for 4 beers to get to my table, 10 more for the cocktail. This wasnít even a busy night. Selection: Decent selection, but Monkís has it beat from my experiences at both. Value: The prices werenít bad, but the service hurt. Overall: Go to Monkís if you want a Belgian bar, go to Khyber if you want a good beer bar in the area.
Canít argue with the history here or the beer list. Itís an extensive list.
Service was abysmal; bartender was chatting up the folks he knew next to us and ignoring us completely. Never offered a draft list. Oh well. Didnít come to see him.
Good selection and cozy spot near Penns Landing. I bet this place gets mobbed in peak times.
I had no preconceived notions of this place when I showed up but I was pleasantly surprised. Over all the tap selection wasnít amazing but it was good. I say pleasantly surprised because somehow they ended up with (what they claim was) one of only three kegs of the new Bullfrog Le Roar druiven beer. There was no line or anything. Maybe they didnít announce it? Or maybe no one cares about Bullfrog anymore. Who knows. All I know is that I got a 10oz glass of it and a seat at the bar. The beer was really good too. Awesome stuff. They have the bottle list up on the wall near the entrance opposite the bar. Itís ridiculously long but like most bottle lists there is some filler in there.
The bartender was preoccupied with serving customers but he did take a minute to tell me about the Bullfrog beer. I like this place. Itís got the Belgian bar theme going and itís less crowded than Monks and itís in the historic district. Beyond the Le Roar though I didnít see a lot on tap that Iíd come back specifically for. Still though, itís a nice place and would stop in again if in the area.
Visited on a Saturday lunchtime, 30/11/13.
Entry is made via a large curtain into a dimly lit bar. The place had quite a few patrons despite having not long opened and a relaxed vibe ensued. I imagine this place is very different on a night time.
Good range of bottled beers, heavy on the Belgian front and not too much to interest me as someone seeking US brews. I picked up a new Yards beer in a bottle though. Tap selection wasnít too exciting.
Service was friendly and the guy knew his beers alright! Food looked great, wish Iíd had the steak and frites now !
Decent enough place that I wanted to check out, but as I knew it would be, too heavy on the Belgian front to make me want to rush back but if youíre from the US and are seeking Belgian stuff I can see why youíd love this place.
nearbeer (230) Knoxville, Tennessee | November 9, 2013| Updated July 3, 2014
Similar to Monks, with a few less of the rarer selections, but the place is more open and therefore has a more comfortable atmosphere; the music is also a bit lower so you can carry on a conversation. Nice neighborhood bar/restaurant feel to the place and service was good at rush hour while sitting at the bar. Didnít partake of the food, but Iíll return to check it out.
Went here during happy hour on a weekday. It seems very much like a traditional belgian bar, somewhat dark with a lot of brewer swag on the walls. Service was good (it wasnít too busy) and the bartender was knowledgeable about his product. The selection was very good, with some special edition beers on tap, and a very good bottled selection, although they were missing a few breweries I happened to be looking for (mikkeler and struise). Very good american beer selection, anyway. Prices were reasonable, but happy hour means only a dollar off of stella & a few other lowly lagers.