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FirmButtstone (2) Cedar Rapids, Iowa | April 8, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
BrianHagmeier (13) Coralville, Iowa | April 1, 2010
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
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.
iabeerguy (4) Iowa | August 1, 2009
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Rogue Hazelnut brown nectar on tap. Donít need to say anything else.
marchcow (36) Coralville, Iowa | May 8, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
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.
GJF (43) Mount Vernon, Iowa | February 6, 2008| Updated January 5, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
3fourths (1352) Boulder, Colorado | January 9, 2008| Updated April 23, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
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.
pepsican (53) @ $13.99, Iowa | January 7, 2008| Updated February 9, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
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.
Erdinger2003 (20) West Union, Iowa | December 16, 2007
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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.
Boesky (44) Galesburg, Illinois | October 14, 2007
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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.
eve (3) Iowa City, Iowa | November 19, 2005
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
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.
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