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.
Another cosy Philly pub that focuses on Belgian ales and their US equivalents. There wasnít much to entice me on the draft options. but thatís more due to wanting to try something new. Many common Belgian beers that also show up across the bottle list. Good service but it was early week and pretty quiet. No doubt Iíll drop by again for another visit.
Fin (1126) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 16, 2009
Visited here three to four times back in November 2008. I really enjoyed this place, the selection was very decent, barman knowledgeable and good fun and also it had some decent music playing all on each occasion we were there. Unlike the previous rater we sat at a table on two occasions and never had food. Had some great beers here for the first time including Bells Hoplslam.
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.
Pre-dinner visit on a cold November night. Place was fairly empty, which offered us a relaxed environment in which to examine the expansive beer menu plenty of quality Belgians plus a couple other odds and ends on tap, plus pages of Belgian, other European and American craft beers available in bottles. There was a crowd of guys yapping it up in the kitchen right at the end of the cozy bar area, which was a detractor. But the bartender was really friendly, knowledgeable of the beers, and even gave us a list of other places to check out that we may not have otherwise known about. Enjoyed my visit, and definitely worth a stop especially for those who prefer the Belgian varietals.
Stopped in for a quick visit during a weekend trip to Philadelphia. Rest of the family was site seeing, so I only had time for one pint and no food. The bar was more or less full at 4PM on a Sunday. I was able to grab a bar stool, and the service quickly brought a Busty Blonde on request. The tap selection and bottle menu at this place are pretty insane. Nothing super rare or exclusive, but pretty much every Belgian in the bottle you would want to try. Tap selection offered nice variety, and a few choice non-Belgians. The vibe here was really relaxed and happy. It was a perfect place for a mid-afternoon pint. Would have loved to spend more time, but alas had no extra time.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
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.
Almost right in front of Triumph, Eulogy has one of the best beer list Iíve seen in the city. We could compare IPAs from Port brewing and Russian RIver and they had a dozen other taps including various drawings from top American micros. Solid bottle list also, not packed with rarities, but plenty of beers you would not mind anywhen. We were there on a Saturday evening though and the place was packed with partying young men (not many women by deduction). It was all extremely loud and we could barely hear each other. Iíd recommend avoiding weekend evenings, especially as this neighborhood seems particularly popular. The place itself has 2 floors and itís important to keep in mind that they only have half the draught lines on each floors, but you can order from both wherever you are. Service was good under the busy circumstances and seemingly knowledgeable. It just was not particularly comfortable that very night.
A small bar in a vistable part of the waterfront. Mostly bottles, there was something in the order of 180 of them. Quite busy for a Monday night owing to the great weather. WIll get hot here in the summer. Selection is Basically what you can get at The Foodery, but in bar setting. Nothing I havenít had and wanted to try. A few quality taps of Belgians,I think there was 8 taps on, with the British standards, but also different taps than whatís on at Monkís.