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Bridgewater's Pub

Not Rated.
Bridgewater's PubBridgewater's Pub
very good

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 5.7%
Taps: 10
Bottles: 22
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2955 Market St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104-2828
United States
phone: (215) 387-4787

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Located in 30th Street Station.

(Place added by: woodychandler on 04-22-2005)
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Reviews by NeroFiddled:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

A quick perusal of the other reviews here will give you a very good impression of what to expect and I don't feel I need to boil that down into a nutshell for you. I stop by if I'm leaving town and have a few minutes to kill, or more often when I'm waiting for someone to arrive.

Here are some details from my last visit on a Wednesday night at 7:15 pm:
- Not very busy, but only one spot at the bar. Open high tops, and a table "outside" next to what seems to be a fairly exhausted German couple.
- Bartenders are not very attentive. They're paying much more attention to one of their friends, a server I think, who's just finished up her drink and is leaving. Overall, 5 minutes without any eye contact from either of the two bartenders on duty. Not good. However, once approached I got my beer almost immediately, and since I was only having one was rung up almost as quickly. I'd have been much happier if I'd just received an acknowledgement.
- I've only eaten here once, and I don't remember the food looking as good as it does now (referring to presentation).
- There seem to be a fair amount of regulars at the bar. Some seem like locals, some are clearly regular travelers.
Current taps:
Ayinger Brau Weiss
Warsteiner Pils
Traunstein Zwickel
Innstadt Neues Helles
Hofbrau Dunkel (which makes 5 Germans out of 10!)
Corsendonk Nöel
Long Trail Hibernator
Long Trail Smoked Brown Lager (must have been some event the week before)
Philadelphia Brewing Company Kilty Pleasure (hasn't that name been used before?)
Cricket Hill Hopnotic IPA

I opted for a .5 liter glass of the Innstadt - $6.60

NeroFiddled, Feb 10, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of let8it8grow
4/5  rDev +3.6%

let8it8grow, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

a transient bar for travelers, (local) business people and the odd stranger like me

arrived at the tail end of lunch hour (2pm) on a Friday. the bar is inside, on the SW corner of 30th St Station. HB and Franziskaner signs out front.

the bar and seating area along the wall were about 80% full... the room is long and narrow, white tile floors (like the rest of the station), open ceiling, long thick wood bar - seats about 20+, narrow walkway behind the bar stools, high-top tables along the wall - enough room for 4 people at each table.... the back bar is all wood and large mirrors, not overly ornate but it looks older or re-claimed... the crowd noise pushes loud at this hour, even with the open ceiling

curiously heavy on German drafts (about half of the 9 or 10) and German bottles.... a few more selections of Scotch than your average bar.... curiously, there also quite a few Irish references just by way of swag - mirrors, signs - the Beamish mirror was a cruel tease

I had a lunch special $6.50 roasted vegetable pizza - not bad, though it seemed to be a bunch of toppings and cheese piled neatly atop an 8" frozen flatbread shell... the menu looks like it has something for everybody though, and some of the other plates served, though small in portion and accoutrements, looked pretty appetizing... my bartender was nice, quick, and attentive enough

not necessarily a place you'd go to have a stellar beer experience - the glass my Weizenbock was served in was obviously not entirely clean (sizzly head)... but the large German selection is pretty darn good and right up my alley and, with this being a short 5 min walk from my place, I could see popping back in again

Bouleboubier, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.6%

InspectorBob, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%

At the train station, some time to kill before the long trek home. Bridgewater's, really? In a train station. Scott nailed it, too good to believe.

Atmosphere: 'Inside' and 'outside' seating, that is a cafe area, enclosed in ropes, in the station (the outside) along with a cozier bar area through a door (the inside). The bar is long, plenty of room to belly up. There are also a few tables inside the pub. Two entrances seem to allow for a herding people like cattle.

Quality: Surprising for the location. A good selection, a number of servers circulating. I didn't perform a close inspection, but I didn't see any proprietary restrooms. Could be wrong on that though.

Service: Late afternoon, the commuter crowd grabbing a glass before heading home. The staff did a good job of moving everyone through.

Selection: The remnants of the Summit tap takeover the day before along with a Franziskaner and Spaten day, at least 4 Summits and a range of the German beers. Locals, Flying Fish and Yards among them, were well represented and likely get more shelf space outside of PBW.

Food: Menus for lunch and dinner, along with happy hour specials are available. I wasn't eating, so nothing to report here.

akorsak, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +3.6%

By the standards of train station or airport bars, this place is off the charts. It sure beats TGIFridays and Ruby Tuesday.

Bridgewater's is located in the southwest corner of 30th Street Station on the main level. It's a great place to wait for a train, or to kill a couple hours while your daughter is at a concert nearby.

The tap list and bottle list are small but there is always something enjoyable to choose. Except for the time there was an Abita tap takeover during Mardi Gras a couple years ago.

Service is always pleasant and prompt. We have even been known to grab a styrofoam cup from a nearby stand and take a roadie. This is not endorsed by the establishment, mind you, but we have done it anyway.


sholland119, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of drpimento
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Sat out on the patio for a couple of hours 2 weeks ago while waiting for our train. Had several good beers and some excellent food. Prices were reasonable and service was pretty good with very friendly and helpful service. Good place to write post cards as the station post office is just down one aisle and across a court. Beer selection was fairly broad and included a variety of Belgian, micros, and macros and styles. Wish more Amtrak stations were like this one. Kind of look forward to passing thru here again someday.

drpimento, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +7%

Earlier reviewers have described the location, the atmosphere, and the food so i'll supplement what they say with a bit of personal reflection.

One thing I really like about Bridgewater's is its convenience and attention to detail. I pass through 30th Street Station several times a week and occasionally have found it convenient to meet someone there for a working lunch. (BTW: The train station itself is in the grand style of the heyday of Railroading in the US. It is a landmark that any traveler should take the time to wander around.)

There is a food court in the station with pretty conventional stuff and then there is Bridgewaters. I stop into Bridgewater's for lunch or a happy hour beer a few times a month. The staff are friendly, remember you from one visit to the next, and the service is attentive, but naturally how busy they are can make a difference.

As others have mentioned Bridgewater's gets some nice top flight beers in bottle to choose from and their taps are rotating craft beers. I recently got to have my first Founders Centennial IPA on tap there. For the holidays they had a number of Christmas ales (e.g., N'ice Chouffe) in bottle and I sampled my first Corsondonk Christmas Ale on tap there during lunch with a friend.

The food is always tasty and sometimes quite imaginative given the cooking limitations described by an earlier rater. How many places are there that you can have a yak burger or a boar burger and wash it down with a nice German Doppelbock? The selection of food ranges from a Philadelphia Cheesesteak to a nice Risotto and the lunch specials are worth sampling.

The only real downside of this place for me is a side effect of the rotating taps. Sometimes their list of beers on tap is not 100% up to date and so I have to go to my second choice rather than have my top choice as that keg has kicked and been changed.

drtth, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of NolanGTI
3.9/5  rDev +1%

This has to be one of the top train station bars in the country. IT further cements Philly as the top beer city in the US, we welcome you with great beer even in places that could get away with slinging crap. We set the bar high in the City of Brotherly Love right from the get go.

My recollection of what they had last night...

Lancaster Milk Stout
Abita Amber
Red Hook
Langunitas IPA
Spaten Optimator
Hacker Pschorr Dunkle Wiesse??
Ayinger, not sure which one

Rochefort 8,10
Schnieder Aventinus
EKU 28
FF Impy Porter
Delerium Tremens
Radeberger Pils
Gosser Blonde
Abita Restoration
Youngs Double Choc

4 Macro and 5 Import swill

Food is solid B+ bar fare a cut above the TGIMcCraptastics of the world.

Service can be dodgy, bartenders aren't always paying as close attention as I would like.

Overall a lifesaver when I am on my way back from a 14 hour day in Manhattan. A great option to have for the weary traveler.

NolanGTI, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of Umbra
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%

Atmosphere was summed up pretty well before. This place is on the tiny side, so it gets a bit crowded. But unlike airplane pubs, it will keep people over for a bit longer. Given that there doesn't appear to be anywhere worthwhile within stumbling distance, this helps.

Handful of quality micros on tap that keep to the locals, but interesting. Enjoyed a pint of Legunitas that was pretty tasty. Dozen or so bottles with some standouts. Surprised since they could probably just get by funneling pints of Bud if they wanted to.

Service was quick and efficient. We didn't try the food, but appeared to be fancified pub grub.
Overall, definitely a nice place to stop by if you happen to be passing through the train station.

Umbra, Feb 28, 2008
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Bridgewater's Pub in Philadelphia, PA
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