Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
2.55/5 rDev -30.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Quotations doesn't seem to understand why they're often empty or close to empty while craft beer booms around them - it's because their food prices are too high, their beer is served ice cold (really, so cold, way too cold for most of the styles on their menu), and the place needs a few more lights. The atmosphere is downright dour in this place, and the quality of what they serve isn't doing them any favors.
If you like your beer served below freezing, by all means, enjoy! If you want the only $9.99 crab fries on the planet (really, $9.99), head to "Quotes"! Otherwise, go across the street to Iron Hill or get the hell out of Media.
06-27-2012 17:24:50 | More by mfunk9786
2.9/5 rDev -20.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Transcribed from notes dtd W, 29 Dec 2010.
It was Media Day for this wandering beer scribe and I was finishing my rounds of the triumvirate of Nokes, Quotes and the Hill as local beer types refer to them.
It is located slightly catty-corner to Iron Hill (Media) on their northeast side of the street. A wide windowfront ran along the East State Street with the doorway on the west side of the building, opening onto a snaking passageway with a waiting bench along the left wall, followed by the m.d.s. a little further aft. To the right of the bench was a portal leading into the bar area. High tables and chairs encircled this space, including along the windowfront. The blonde wood bar (and the place was primarily outfitted with blonde wood, if that trips your trigger) had its top heat-etched with actual quotations. The restaurant seating area was on either side of the bisecting passageway that ran the length of the place. The kitchen was halfway back on the right and the lavatories were seven-eighths of the way aft on the left. The tabletops also had heat-etched quotations and the fronting windows were painted with quotations as well as being written onto blackboards throughout the restaurant area.
Beers: Sixteen (16) rotating drafts and a whole bunch of bottles.
Ambiance: I do not know what gives with this place, but it is a good concept poorly rendered. Every time that I have gone in, it strikes me as being particularly joyless. The staff is reluctant to talk to me and I just feel like it is all business while it should be a bar.
11-09-2011 16:59:09 | More by woodychandler
3.13/5 rDev -14.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The owner of this place ruins what could be a perfectly fine establishment. He is very odd...often getting into arguments with patrons and I believe he refuses to put a lot of local stuff on tap because that would be his "competition" which makes no sense. The clientele here are generally obnoxious sports fans who want nothing more than a miller lite and some wings, which is fine, but that is not my preferred drinking environment. I have gone when there isn't a game on, and it is much more bearable, enjoyable. Even still, the prices are pretty outrageous for both beer and food. Quality/selection is decent, but not nearly as good as Pinocchio's which I would much recommend over Quotations.
Service was spotty...good enough I suppose. The bartender didn't really seem beer-knowledgeable, which was a bummer. Food was good but again, expensive. I will pass on this place in the future, though it was worth a try just for the experience.
10-29-2011 04:43:37 | More by MsRif
2.75/5 rDev -24.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've poked my head into this place on a few occasions, gotten a really bad vibe instantly, then just opted to go to Iron Hill right across the street. But I finally did visit Quotations properly just recently.
The appearance is pretty basic: medium-sized bar holds about 20 people, I'd say, with plenty of tables. Large windows provide a view of the street. The bar is setup like someone just threw in a few kegerators and called it a day. I get a real d-bag/a-hole vibe from this place, and even when I went and there were only a few people there, I could tell right away, this is where d-bags and hipsters go to drink and pretend like they know what good beer is, while listening to crappy music over the PA and slamming out the beat to "Buffalo Soldier" like it's some uber underground song that only they know, and have such a connection to with their white-boy dreads. Not that that's the management's fault, but speaking of that...a lot of the reviews I've read have mentioned how crass and irritable the owner is, and having now seen him in action, I suppose those statements are justified. And the more I hear about him and his ignorant outlook towards beer and the beer scene, the more I realize that this place deserves no legitimate business from true beer enthusiasts. Basically, this bar comes off to me as a polished turd: a regular everyday bar with regular everyday staff, that just happens to keep a good beer selection.
As for the beer selection, it was pretty decent. A good selection of crafts and micros appropriate for the season, though nothing overly extraordinary. The food menu was decent, with mostly comfort food, and some pricey entrees that why would you even consider? The food itself was not bad, and other than the entrees, pretty reasonably priced.
The staff seemed pretty generic when it came to actual beer knowledge. Our bartender was pretty attentive, so I have no complaints really. I'd kind of want to go back during busy hours to get a better feel, but I just KNOW that the crowd would be intolerable.
My two cents:
Iron Hill is right across the street, and MUCH nicer than this place, and even if IH's beer selection is limited to their own brews, said brews are still generally top notch. The other option is Pinocchio's just a few blocks away. Beer selection is much better, even if the place seems like a dump...but it's a nice dump, and much friendlier and less douchey than Quotations. Plus the beer garden (pricey but convenient).
07-15-2011 20:01:11 | More by Rifugium
4.68/5 rDev +28.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Hands down the best bar in Media and surrounding towns. Big menu from apps to sandwiches to entrees. Their specialty is seafood and when you order say for example the crab fries, you don't just get old bay on the fries you get mounds of crab meat too. They keep the kitchen open late so if you've got the munchies at 1am on a Saturday this place can accommodate.
The real draw is the beer. Quotations has a rotating tap list that is updated at least 1-2x a week. At least a dozen options with a few staples. This time of year the bottles rotate just as fast because everyone's sucking down the variety of Oktoberfests and pumpkin beers they stock up on. They import their beer from UK/Europe and domestic micro and macro breweries. Majority of which are Belgium style. They usually get in highly rated, award-winning beers and those brewed for a limited time. Very fun to try. Friendly, well-versed staff is always happy to give recommendations and samples.
I love to go here to watch sports, they have a big bar seating area with 4 (I think, maybe more) big screens. Only negative I would say is when they bring in live music. The bar is not equipped to handle acoustics and you'll find yourself screaming at the person next to you. But there's never a cover.
If you're in the Media area, be sure to make a pit-stop.
09-29-2010 16:39:12 | More by Thirsty2383
4.78/5 rDev +31%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Media has really become a great hangout for those 18-80. Lots of options for those who like good beer. Quotations has more of the atmosphere, selection, and character of place that any beer dude is looking for...
Walk in - you get mix of beer geeks, hot chicks, and macros drinkers.
10-15 taps that rotate quick, along with the bottle selection as well. Always a theme going on...
Service to me has been great! Food is great as well. Gotta have the crab fries!!! All food is reasonable and fresh!
Solid and descriptive beer menu....
Good music and activites...
Big place, not cramped...
12-31-2009 05:16:28 | More by djeffbee
3.98/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
I visit Quotations with friends at least twice a month. Easy to get a table or bar seat even on Friday evenings except during sporting events. Beer selection is always good although don't expect to see any local beers here. This place is right across from Iron Hill which I also frequent. The two places have totally different types of crowds; Quotations I would say has a bit older crowd while Iron Hill tends to be full of younger peeps. Not that it matters to me but it may to you. Quotations serves lots of Terrapin, Bells, Flying Dog and Left Hand plus they seems to carry Kwak and De Troch's Framboise for months at a time which is a good thing since my GF loves DeTrochs and my friends swear by Kwak. If you're in DelCo looking for a good selection of non-local brews Quotations is the place.
12-11-2009 14:08:04 | More by SuburbanBrew
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
My second time here, have an office in the area so anytime I go there I be sure to stop.
Atmosphere - pretty standard bar/eatery...everything looked clean. went there to watch a game, and had an ejoyable experience. havent been there on the weekends though so not sure of what an assumed added crowd is like.
Service - bartender was quite helpful. i was there with a beer newbie and he overheard us talking about pumpkin beers, so he gave us both a free sample of Pumking which was on tap. it was pretty empty (went on a tuesday night to watch a hockey game) but the bartender was quick to take our orders, refills, and allowed us to choose was went on the numerous tv's surrounding the bar area.
Selection - not a huge tap list, but they had some stuff i havent seen out my way. through the night, I had: Terrapin Rye Squared, Terrapin Depth Charge, Southern Tier Harvest, and a Pumking. they were running a Miller Lite special that night and it was amusing to see most everyone at the bar taking advantage of it, save for a very attractive girl who was housing pumking like it was the greatest drink on earth.
Food - both times i was here the food left me a little underwhelmed. we ordered some "crab fries" which were mediocre, and i had a sort of steak sandwich which was also a bit greasy, lukewarm, and dissappointing. oh well, i was here for the beer anyways.
Value - an appetizer, two sandwiches, and 7-8 beers ran us about $70, but work was paying so i didnt mind.
10-26-2009 14:35:36 | More by Stigs
4.43/5 rDev +21.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Being local to Media, I'd have to call this my go to spot when I'm looking for solid brew and good food. The beer list changes all the time, while still keeping some solid regulars. Over the past few weeks I've seen Pumking, Oberon, Big Hoppy Monster, ST Unearthly, Avery Maharaja, Gamma Ray, countless Belgians, and the list goes on and on. The bartenders and servers are all easy going and easy to talk to. Most can give you a good feel for the brews on the menu. My only complaint would be the lack of any local offerings from the many breweries in the area. The beer list here is really good. If you're looking for Southern Tier or Bells, def the place to go. I just think an offering from Victory or Yards would be nice.
09-22-2009 01:00:30 | More by KevinRx
2.83/5 rDev -22.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
If you want to talk about a place that is hit or miss, this is the place. I've been to Quotations many times and there is really only one thing that keeps me coming back to this establishment. The beer. The problems are with everything else they do here. I got there about 8pm on Friday night to meet up with friends I hadn't seen in a while. The bar area was packed not to a fault and the atmosphere was just fantastic. Then the band shows up. An accoustic band who should be playing without any amplification at all is playing with the speakers turned up to 11. Half the bar clears out while the rest of the patrons are left shouting over the music. This happens every time they have live music.
The theme is a good idea that is executed poorly. The quotations written on the walls are rather lame and really have no relevence to anything. There should be markers all over the bathroom for patrons to write their own quotes on the walls, but I guess that would be too innovative. Here's a quote for you, "These quotes suck!"
The food is not impressive and the menu is too long. I would rather go somewhere that only serves a few things passionately well than a place that serves everything they possibly can but with subpar quality. I have never been wowed by any of their food offerings and the only reason I ever get food there is because I get hungry as I'm drinking their awesome beer.
The service is hit or miss as well. A couple of the servers are very knowledgeable and fast while others are unattentive and don't know the difference between Miller Lite and Oberon. The tap list is very informative, but difficult to read. Bars are dark places so they print the tap lists in black on blue paper? Odd. Additionally the fonts and type size are inconsistent with horrible spacing. It's very easy to overlook something.
Finally I'll get to the good part which is the beer and particularly the beers on draft. I give Quotations a lot of respect because they have some options on tap that I can guarantee nobody else in the region has available. This is the tap list from Friday:
De Troch's Framboise
Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2007 vintage!)
Southern Tier Raspberry
Left Hand Sawtooth ESB
Flying Dog Old Scratch
Doc's Hard Pear Cider
Cape Ann Tea Party
St Bernardus Tripel
Smuttynose Summer Weizen
Goulden Caroulis Keize Roon
Blue point Hoptical Illusion
An impressive tap list to say the least. So despite the flaws of this establishment, they do know how to do beer right. Although I probably wouldn't put vintage Stone IRS on tap in the middle of the summer, I would have waited out a few more months until the late fall/winter. Regardless, the beer is the reason I go here and honestly the ONLY reason I go here.
EDIT: Knocking selection down to a 3.5 from 5. Found out Quotations refuses to carry local beers, which is an outright disgrace as far as I am concerned. Even more laughable is the owner's explanation, which is that by serving local beers they would only be supporting their competition. How can any bar in this region that considers itself a "beer bar" not have a local pilsner on draft during the summer? Troegs Nugget Nectar is the best beer made in PA and they refuse to tap it during the winter when it's fresh?
No Victory. No Troegs. No Stoudts. No Yards. No Flying Fish. No Sly Fox. No Philadelphia Brewing. No Dogfish Head. No Legacy. No General Lafayette. Nadda.
Part of being a legitimate "beer bar" is embracing the local craft beer scene. Quotations is not a legitimate beer bar.
06-28-2009 17:40:45 | More by victory4me
Quotations in Media, PA
85 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.