The Sanctuary Pub | Iowa City, Iowa
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The Sanctuary Pub
Excellent based on 20 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: sanctuary (2) | Taps: 25 | Bottles: Hundreds

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Beer Available At The Sanctuary Pub (arranged by most recent)
Bockor Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge 99, Prairie Artisan Ales Funky Galaxy 97, Boulder Beer Mojo IPA 94, Evil Twin Falco IPA 96, Evil Twin Even More Jesus 100, Evil Twin Justin BlŚbśr (Brunello Wine Barrel Aged) 94, Deschutes Class of í88 Imperial Smoked Porter 95
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20 reviews for The Sanctuary Pub
 Ambiance  89%
 Service  83%
 Selection  82%
 Food  79%
 Value  69%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  91%
Rating Distribution

  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 theyíve 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  (731) 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 tvís gives this place a laidback pub feel perfect for conversations. Didnít 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. Didnít 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  (224) 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 Iím 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 donít see anywhere else in the area.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
TwoSipDip  (413) 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
civforprez  (10) Galesburg, Illinois | December 8, 2010
Sanctuary has a great selection and most of the staff are pretty knowledgable about that selection. Music is a hit or miss at this place. Food is generally good. Value is decent but not great for the good stuff.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
FirmButtstone  (2) Cedar Rapids, Iowa | April 8, 2010
Just a great bar, great selection, food and service. Go there for the specialty Rogue beers, and now Bellís stuff also. The food is very good and quite above typical bar fare (lamb sliders). The owner (Woody) is just a great guy to have a conversation with.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
BrianHagmeier  (13) Coralville, Iowa | April 1, 2010
Yeah, Iím rating the place pretty high, but I like it, so piss off! I have been reading some of the ratings and I agree the selection is not the most elaborate but, it is doing the best it can with what sells in Iowa. I meet the owner the other day, what a gracious and engaging host. A person that is truly interested in bring his customers the best possible beer he can. Iowa City is lucky to have a place like The Sanctuary.

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