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Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant

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Nodding Head Brewery and RestaurantNodding Head Brewery and Restaurant
very good

155 Ratings
Ratings: 155
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Active Beers: 51
Beer Ratings: 472
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

1516 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102
United States
phone: (215) 569-9525

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Reviews by champ103:
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3.79/5  rDev -1.3%

I have fond memories of this place. When I was in college, I visited Philly because of a GSA meeting (Geological Society of America). The meeting was at the convention center, and within walking distance of it. There was also the Independence Brewpub attached to the convention center, but I just read that place is closed.

Anyway, my college buddies and I found this place by accident. We were part of a huge pub crawl associated with the meeting. A bar we were suppose to go to would not let anybody in because of the shear numbers. My buddies and I then saw the sign for Nodding Head and quickly ran in. We climbed the stairs, and grabbed some seats at the very small bar. I really enjoyed all the beers I tasted. Grog, the chocolate stout, and the California Common were all very good. The quality was good. All fresh beer. The atmosphere can't be beat. Dim lighting, and wood all around. I was not all that impressed with the service. Pretty slow considering we were the only three people at the bar. It was hard to get his attention when we needed anything. Anyway, overall I enjoyed this place much better than the pub crawl, and visited this place several times while I was in town. A place I would recommend.

champ103, Aug 31, 2009
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

SwG237, Tuesday at 01:42 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Who would have thought Center City Philadelphia had a brewery? On a second floor of a nondescript building on a nondescript stretch of Sansom Street? Well, here it is.

Go up the (steep) stairs and, voila, welcome to Nodding Head. Brewery tanks and a bar to the left, tables galore to the right and silly bubbleheads and other toys right in front of you by the hostess station.

The wife and I first sat at a high-top table but quickly realized the place was jammed and understaffed so we switched to the bar. They had six house beers on tap during our visit: Summer Nights Sour Brown, George’s Fault Belgian Ale, Goldihops, Black Party Rye Pale ale and a cask stout (plus Allagash White just because)

The food menu is classic bar grub. For some reason I thought they had pizza here but I was mistaken- it was Dock Street that does it. Mac and cheese, wings, rings, quesadillas… you name it. The hummus was great, though!

Service at the bar was fine, but as I said the rest of the place was understaffed. Would I go back? I’m not in a hurry, but maybe once or twice to check out new beers.

DoubleSimcoe, Oct 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

stephenjmoore, Sep 30, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Finally made it here on a recent trip to Philly. You have to climb up a set of narrow stairs to the second floor where the brewpub is. Definitely an old place re-purposed. It has a nice old wood bar. Old wood floors. It is a little dark, but has a big old skylight in it. The beers were good. We definitely enjoyed them. We did have any appetizers, but the dinners we had were all well received. The fries were right up there with Monk’s. I had the salmon, and it was excellent. There were also very positive reports on the French dip and the meatloaf. Definitely worth the trip!

Boto, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

pwoody11, Sep 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Checked this place out on a recent visit to Philly, very knowledgeable staff eager to talk about beer! This combined with the interesting rotating offerings on draught made it a worthwhile visit. I didn't have a chance to try the food on this visit but will next time. Definitely worth dropping by this place if you are in the area, you won't regret it.

Cylinsier, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

kwa357, Sep 06, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev 0%

Slatetank, Aug 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Navysqurl, Aug 20, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -1%

BigRizz62, Aug 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

kneary13, Aug 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mklisz, Aug 13, 2014
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2.7/5  rDev -29.7%

Went here on 8/9 during my latest trip to Philly. This place is average at best, and i wasn't all that impressed with their beers. They had a sour wheat beer which was very blah, bu their porter did seem to be pretty good. Service was fine in regards to getting a beer, but some of the waitresses were doing shots and drinking on the job. Seemed pretty unprofessional, and the place itself did not impress me.
There are a ton of other breweries / brew pubs/ bars in Philly worth seeing over this place. Not the worst, but probably would not stop here again.

krukster, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

IPAchris, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

drtth, Jul 27, 2014
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jfcaa193, Jul 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
87 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.