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Jet Rock Bar & Grill

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Taps: 48 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
85
very good

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 7.67%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Bar, Eatery ]

8800 Essington Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19153-7080
United States
phone: (215) 492-2614

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Notes:
Located at Philadelphia International Airport.

There are two Jet Rock locations. They are in Concourses B & D, and they have different tap lists and different food options.

The Concourse B location has its own kitchen and a full menu. The phone number listed is for Concourse B.

(Place added by: bennybrew on 05-01-2005)
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spartanfan

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I'm at the jet rock in the D terminal here at Philadelphia International. While the list technically has over 40 taps only a little over half is "craft beer". The place is absolutely jammed with but one or two open tables and no room at the bar. Considering this, the service is actually quite good. I had a beer within 5 minutes of sitting down at my table.

I'm not getting any food, and it seems the standard beer glass here is a ~20 oz. "brutus" glass like they use at Buffllo Wild Wings. The craft beers available are rather tame, but there is decent range of styles to choose from. They have a few pale/IPAs , browns, stouts, ambers, and a whole lot of lagers. I'm having a Hennepin and a Yard's Love Stout. Both came to abot $9.50 each. Not too bad for a ~ 20 oz pour in an airport, in my estimation.

The ambiance is akin to a poor man's Hard Rock Cafe with a smattering of musical plaques and memorabilia. There is a nice view of the D and E terminals out 2 of the back walls, if you're into that kind of thing. The are about 20 TVs n the joint (all old tube style) showing sports and CNN.

Overall - would recommend/ come back.

08-08-2013 00:29:02 | More by spartanfan
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mmbeergarden


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$$

Visited in May 2012. The beer selection is great and the food's not bad for an airport bar. Service was good. Bacon cheeseburger was $12.95 and buffalo chicken salad was $12.00. 22 ounce Dock Street Rye IPA was an outrageous $14.95!!! You don't find this out until you get the bill. Worse yet, the Philadelphia Marketplace website touts a "Street Pricing Guarantee"!!! Shame on the Jet Rock Bar and Grill! I think they might be worse thieves for beer pricing than even the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.

01-01-2013 19:48:40 | More by mmbeergarden
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UKBoozer


2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$$

I have never been so badly ripped off in my life before. What an outrageous swindle, outright daylight robbery. Not even in the most expensive bar in London or NYC have I ever been robbed so badly as I was here tonight.

I ordered a 22 ounce draft cider, Angry Orchard Crisp Apple (OH) cider (ABV 5.0%) and was presented with a bill for...wait for it ... $16.45!

$16.45! Can you believe it?

How do these crooks and robbers sleep at night ?

this place is a massive rip-off and a swindle. Stay away ... there are much cheaper places to get a drink at PHL airport than this robbers' nest.

This is without doubt the WORST swindle I have ever encountered.

STAY AWAY!

12-28-2012 23:13:26 | More by UKBoozer
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.05/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

The wife and I got out of a plane at PHL, exhausted after a whole day driving from Tulsa to Dallas, then flying to Philly and waiting to fly again to LGA-NYC. We get into the terminal, about to spend an hour there… and guess what! There is a bar with 48 taps waiting for us right by our gate!!! Definitely, god exists.

I thought I would faint, used as we are to shitty bars (even with good names like Brooklyn Brewery or Samuel Adams) serving bad pours of average beers at outrageous prices. Here at Jet Rock in Terminal B at PHL I saw Weyerbacher Merry Monks, Victory Hop Devil, Yards Brawler, Anchor Porter and Steam, Dock Street Rye IPA, Dogfish 60, Long Trail IPA and Hibernator, three Great Lakes taps including Fitzgerald and Burning River, two Troegs handles, Abita… plenty of crap on tap too, but who cares?

The downside to all this goodness is that a lot of the quality taps were out. Dogfish 60 was no more, Great Lakes Fitzgerald and Burning were the same and Merry Monks kicked while I was drinking it, but at least the nice bartender gave me the second almost-full pint for free. I love that she was honest, “I’m out of this”, “don’t get this food, it’s not so good”, and stuff. Philly style, straight up, I love it! She was also apologetic about the kicked taps.

She had praise for most of the food menu, though, saying it is made from scratch and stuff. Hell, we ordered the onion rings and they were some of the best! Lot of onion and less breading, great combo.

Good prices too, $6.50 for a full pint of Merry Monks, $8.50 for a huge 22-oz of Hop Devil, $5 onion rings. Great music as well, with Beck, Radiohead and Nirvana and definitely the BEST airport bar EVER.

02-04-2012 17:13:05 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

A surprisingly good bar for an airport, with nearly 50 beers on tap, and open bright and early for thirsty travelers. I've only seen the Terminal D bar, and I hear the Terminal B is much better, but still, you're in the airport, you can't really pick and choose, and this place has lots of decent micro options. You'll see the typical macros, as well as selections from the likes of Victory, Harpoon, Anchor, etc. Nothing rare or unbelievable of course, but still pretty impressive. Atmosphere is generic sportsbarish, and of course, the crowd's going to depend on when you're there. Service is fine, and prices are about what you'd expect in an airport bar. Never sampled the food.

12-27-2011 00:27:11 | More by Rifugium
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$

Terminal D

Stopped in while waiting for a flight. It lived up (or down, depending on your perspective) to the other reviews posted here.

The atmosphere was about what you'd expect in a busy airport bar, on the loud side but it was possible to find a place to just sit and relax before the flight. They have plenty of space and so even though it fairly crowded a seat could be found.

The 48 taps contained a reasonable selection of local beers (as well as the national brands) and I was pleased to find at least one local beer I had not tried yet.

Given the busyness of the place while I was there the service was acceptable but perfunctory and not exceptional (The girl did remember eventually that I'd also asked for a glass of water. )

I'll certainly would be fine with going back next time I have a wait in this terminal.

11-02-2010 01:27:45 | More by drtth
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

4/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Terminal B...thanks to the Philly BAs for guiding me here. Lots of TVs with the sportsbar vibe. Big u-shaped bar packed with a good bit of high and low top tables. 40 or so taps with some goodies- Dock Street Rye IPA, Flying Fish Abbey Dubbel, DFH 60, Troegs Dreamweaver & Donnybrook. Also have some Anchor, Magic Hat, Long Trail, Yards and 5 Yuengling taps. Philly cheese steak with fries for $9 is not bad at all for an airport joint. Typical sports bar food menu but pretty extensive. Service quick and purty.

08-26-2010 19:31:52 | More by RustyDiamond
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$

This review is for Terminal "D".

I had heard about this place, but I usually fly U S Airways and they are out of a different terminal. On this occasion, however, I was flying United to Madison, WI for a wedding and I had a bit of a wait for my flight. Entering, a glass wall was on the right with a shelf and several high chairs just inside the entryway. Further aft, high tables and chairs replaced the shelves until they gave way to the sea of standard tables and chairs that constituted 2/3 of the space. On the left wall, coming in, were a series of framed rock 'n roll photographs and memorabilia. Lots of monitors, an extensive back bar that seemed to be well-stocked with a lot of name liquors, and a stunning glass wall overlooking the entire terminals tarmac. Wow! About 10 feet in, stiill left, the long snaking wood bar began and incorporated an impressive eight (8) brass draft stations, each with six (6) lines.

Yep, forty-eight (48) beers at any given time. Granted, there is a hefty amount of BMC, but it's the airport, for peter's sake. What would you expect? This is almost too much to hope for.

Standouts included Troegenator; Stoudt's APA; Anchor Stream and Anchor Liberty; Long Trail; Wersteimer; Victory Hop Devil and Whirlwind Wit (seasonal); Red Hook Long Hammer IPA; Sam Adams Summer Ale (seasonal) and S.A. Lager.

Great company on this visit. Two (other) guys from LNC and a fellow from NC. If I'm in the terminal, I'm here!

12-13-2009 21:17:19 | More by woodychandler
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dirtylou

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$

ok ok ok

first the grain of salt - this is an AIRPORT. do not expect cozy beerbar service and dont expect 2$ belgian taps. to count these things against this place is absolutely ridiculous.

there are a few of these in the phili airport - i think terminal D and F (terminal C may actually be closed). I'm sure they are all the same but you may want to ask which ones are actually open.

atmosphere - for an airport bar, umm, it was great. The terminal D location was a big wide open bar with tons of huge tv's playing baseball. Combine baseball with free wireless and 48 taps, and thats about as good as it gets in an airport.

sure, a lot of the taps are junky but certainly not all of them. Certainly you can find something you want out of Anchor Steam, Anchor Liberty, Troegginator!, Stoudts APA, Victory Whirlwind Wit, Victory HopDevil, and a number of other very worthy selections. I had a 22oz stoudts APA and it was just what i needed

food - i mean, its the freaking airport. it seems like reviewers were expecting some word class meal...Get a clue. I had a philly cheese steak and fries and ate every last bit. It wasnt great, but after an international flight, it hit the freaking spot

the server actually almost knew 1 or 2 things about beer and she was sweet as a button, and overworked

i dont even know what the prices were - i didnt pay

07-25-2008 21:14:17 | More by dirtylou
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

***Warning***

THERE ARE SEVERAL JET ROCK LOCATIONS AT PHL, IN CONCOURSES B, D AND F. My Experience tells me D is terrible and B is pretty sweet. I haven't been to F yet.

So, I checked out the Jet Rock in terminal B. Holy crap! The beer selection here put a lot of Philly bars to shame! There were 40 or so taps and a look at the menu revealed that over 1/3 were local, another 1/3 were American craft, and under 1/3 were BMC/Inbev/etc. I can see a bar just getting some "local" beers and being satisfied with the big guns like Victory, DFH, Magic Hat and Flying Fish, but to see Sly Fox, Philly Brewing and Dock Street made me realize that someone went out of their way to put this tap list together. This was a great list that could happily wait for a delayed flight while working my way through it.

This one looked like an actual bar that was smeared with TVs covering sports and CNN. It is directly across from gate B5 and manages to provide an out of the way feel to it narrow tables orienting the people parallel with the flow of traffic, so you hardly notice that you're in an airport, which was a tremendous improvement from terminal D.

Food was actually tolerable. I got silverware at this location, which is a vast improvement from the previous location. Breakfast there is fine as we tried the bagel sandwich and the breakfast wrap. The latter was onion heavy, but it did the job. Not too bad, and the price was reasonable for the airport.

Service was fine. We ordered no beer, so I have little to say.

So, with multiple locations under one listing, I'm forced to average my experiences. I hope these are fair.

-Original Review-

Why did I arrive for my flight 3 hours early? Well, at least I got the concourse with the bar. I swear this is concourse D, but BA says differently.

The bar wraps around the sandwich shack where their menus mirror the same thing on the front of the shop. At least it felt classy(er). The glass wall separating the bar from a gate did nothing to make me feel that I wasn't wasting time at an airport. Minimal effort could have been applied to make this feel like an actual bar. Oh well. Lots of seating and a big bar add a bit to make up for this.

45 taps? Get out of town! (That's an airport pun.) They looked great at a distance, but it was easily 90% crap; macros and pseudo-micros. The bottle list too was just as lame. The selection did make up for a lot. You'll find something to tolerate, but that's not a high standard.

Also, a 22 oz beer ran me $9.50. I almost choked when I saw my tab. A crappy sandwich and a beer shouldn't run you $20, airport or not.

Service? The bartender was quick, but seemed bored stiff. To say that she was clueless about beer would be an understatement. I asked her a question about the Bare Knuckle I ordered and she honestly looked scared.

The food is crappy airport food. I got a street vendor-worthy chicken cheese steak in a plastic basket with plastic silverware. Minimal.

Like I said, count this place as a blessing if you're trying to kill time.

04-24-2008 02:30:02 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Jet Rock Bar & Grill in Philadelphia, PA
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.