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

sanctuarypub.com

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%
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94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
iabeerguy  (4) Iowa | August 1, 2009
Rogue Hazelnut brown nectar on tap. Donít need to say anything else.
80
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
marchcow  (36) Coralville, Iowa | May 8, 2009
Iíve been coming to this bar off an on for about 19 years. The selection is pretty good, but you may get an expired bottle if you pick anything thatís not on a decent rotation. Tap selection usually has a couple of very good options - compared to whatís available elsewhere. The food is decent and I really like the atmosphere. Overall, the best beer bar in Iowa City. Good place for conversation too as the music is not too loud except when they have live shows. We usually default to this place from lack of other options.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
GJF  (43) Mount Vernon, Iowa | February 6, 2008| Updated January 5, 2009
I love this place. Itís true the tap list is fairly standard, but itís a really nice belgian selection and pretty solid American (although itís iowa so weíre losing some of the goodíuns like Three Floydís, some of the Bells etc). Nice dark baroriginal rock and wooda fireplace in the side room, generally knowledgable staff and good pizza. I dig it.
60
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths  (1270) 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.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
pepsican  (46) @ $13.99, Iowa | January 7, 2008| Updated February 9, 2008
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.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Erdinger2003  (20) West Union, Iowa | December 16, 2007
I love this place and go when I get someone to meet me there. Nice, relaxed atmosphere with great beer and great temperatures and they had Rogueís special Atlbier last time I was there and served it at a great temperature. Glassware is great! Beer is great! I should try the food as I have a beer next to their fireplace. Love the place, just gotta find a place to park.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Boesky  (44) Galesburg, Illinois | October 14, 2007
Located in a very old building, this place is a nice find. Great old back bar. Has a nice selection of handles, if nothing too exotic (at least on my visit). Excellent selection of bottles, with a fair number of Belgians featured. Didnít try the food, although those eating around us seemed to enjoy their meals. Service was good, with a knowledgeable and friendly bartender during our visit. Weíll definitely check back.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
eve  (3) Iowa City, Iowa | November 19, 2005
Dark, divey, live music on some nights, even the occasional poetry reading, comfortable, cozy, and I think the food is just great--a limited but inventive menu. The service varies dramatically. When crowded, good luck. On slow nights, fine. Expect undergraduates at the neighboring tables. I mostly value this place for the amazing selection of import bottles and the interesting rotating selections on tap. This is my go-to place for good beer in Iowa City.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77  (212) 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.
78
  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.

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