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

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Beer Available At The Sanctuary Pub (arranged by most recent)
Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA 91, Deschutes Black Butte XXVI 99, Central Waters Peruvian Morning Imperial Stout 99, Brewfist / Prairie Artisan Ales Spaghetti Western 98, Toppling Goliath ReGifter Double IPA 97
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25 reviews for The Sanctuary Pub
 Ambiance  89%
 Service  81%
 Selection  83%
 Food  76%
 Value  71%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  91%
Rating Distribution

3fourths  (1470) Boulder, Colorado | January 9, 2008| Updated April 23, 2012
Set up like a brown bar, itís dark, wooded, very cozy and warm feeling. At the door you can read over the beer menu, and I guess we came during a bad night or bad week, because the wildest thing they had available was a couple of standard Rogue taps. No Locker Stock, as others had noted, and no seasonals to be found. They had around 12 craft taps and all were fairly common, so other than being close to some cheap eats and only a block from Old Capitol, I donít much reason to visit unless you can call ahead first and confirm something good is on tap.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
DiarmaidBHK  (760) 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 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 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen  (420) 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 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb  (304) San Diego, California | January 14, 2015
Un pub style anglais avec une sťlection monstre et ťquilibrťe, un service impeccable et candide et deux ambiances distinctes aussi chaleureuse que possible.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
jcnielsen  (271) 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 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao  (222) Iowa City, Iowa | July 30, 2005| Updated June 4, 2008
Pretty good place. Probably the best in Iowa City/Coralville for beer (which isnít saying a whole lot unfortunately). You could pass it by easily and not see it, but itís about a block down the street from Old Capital Brew Works and Public House. Native rock wall interior with lots of wood. Always have 8 or 9-ish beers on tap including an occasional Belgian. Recently they have stepped it up a bit and have been getting the Rogue Johnís Locker Stock series. Over 100 beers in bottle. Food is pretty good. Often have music Thur through Sat. My biggest gripe is that they should have more draft selections that rotate more often. And I canít figure out why nobody in Iowa chooses to serve beer brewed IN Iowa. Makes no sense.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77  (219) Urbandale, Iowa | October 3, 2005| Updated April 11, 2007
The food here is subpar, but the atmosphere and beer make up for that. There is no tv and live music on some weekends. They have a nice tap selection and the best bottle selection in the state. They have a fair number of German, Belgian and English beers. The taps usually have some Youngís, Anchor, SN and Rogue products. They carry a nice variety of imports but, like Johnís Grocery, domestics are a little thin. Worth a stop, but you wonít find anything extraordinarily rare here. They also get occasional special kegs form Rogue and Sierra Nevada. A nice quiet place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99  (114) , 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 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 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
DietPepsican  (59) @ $13.99, Iowa | January 7, 2008| Updated August 4, 2015
I have been coming here more often since hearing they ramped up the beer selection. Last time I was in they just got rogue imperial red on tap, which was quite a treat here in iowa. Other rogues on tap, along with a decent bottle selection. Great atmosphere, bartender was helpful as well.

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