The Sanctuary Pub

Taps: 27 | Bottles: 100
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Gmku  (28) Baltimore, Maryland | October 15, 2016
Re-rating, Oct. 15, 2016: My favorite place in all of the whole of my beloved home town of Iowa City. In an earlier review, I mentioned that I thought the place had slipped in the food department, but I am happy to report that as of late August or so, the place made a huge rebound. They’ve gone back to the basics with their pizza dough, and what a world of difference that makes! Sanctuary now makes, once again, perhaps the best thin crust pizza in town--and yes, I mean even better than that place that starts with a P. Great draft selection, too, and while I’ve noticed it tends to lag in the summertime when the students are out of town, they pick things up again when school is in session.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Icbeerguy  (1) Iowa | October 20, 2015
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Minderbinder  (12) Québec, Quebec | August 23, 2015
I don’t intend to write a book. Me and the missus were very well received in that well decorated pub. Cozy, quiet, comfortable. Friendly and probably knowledgable service. Very good selection of both draft and bottled beers. No taster flights, but I was offered to taste some booze (wich I refused, being a ticker-swine above all). Food was nice and prices fair. Hard to beat.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Marheb  (376) San Diego, California | January 14, 2015
Un pub style anglais avec une sélection monstre et équilibrée, un service impeccable et candide et deux ambiances distinctes aussi chaleureuse que possible.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99  (149) Minnesota | 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)
60
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 1/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
Dr_MedievAle  (9) Alabama | July 22, 2014| Updated July 26, 2014
I return to this place again and again because they get some amazing beers on tap. However, the service is horrendous. You can wait 35minutes between visits from your server--and this when there are only half a dozen customers in the place. One particularly surly and porcine server, been there for years, is consistently bad--and after not being attentive will have the brass to scoff at you if you ask for split checks. Seriously, Sanctuary, step up the service and this place would be world class.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
DiarmaidBHK  (814) 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 tv’s gives this place a laidback pub feel perfect for conversations. Didn’t 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. Didn’t 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.
84
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
jcnielsen  (312) 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 I’m in Iowa City in the future.
80
  • 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 don’t see anywhere else in the area.
86
  • 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.

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