The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille
Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 60 | Display Reviews Only:
4.53/5 rDev +3.2%
Came here as a changeup from Victory, which is where I usually go when I'm in the Downingtown area. The bar area is really tiny, with maybe only ten seats at the bar. I felt a little cramped. But I'm not here for atmosphere: I'm here for beer. And The Drafting Room didn't disappoint. They had a couple of brand spanking new Sierra Nevada Beer Camps on tap, which I ordered one of each of and really liked. There were about 14 taps in all, with one on cask as well. The main draw is the three coolers jam packed full of beer, with a lot of Belgians in there. They had a bunch of Russian River sours, but were pricey at 22 bucks for a small bottle. The food was excellent. I had a chicken Caesar salad that was delicious. The bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely going to be coming back here agian.
07-17-2011 05:27:22 | More by bigfnjoe
4.35/5 rDev -0.9%
I'm a recent convert to The Drafting Room as it is about an hour from my house. Their Hopfest on 2011-03-12 was the draw.
The barroom is reasonably sized and there is a big dining area. It's in a strip mall so it isn't as impressive as say the Full Sail brew pub perched over the Columbia River Gorge! I sat at the bar.
There aren't a ton of taps but each one was a winner on this day, including Hopslam, Green Flash Imperial IPA, Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger. The bottle list is impressive and they are on display in coolers behind the bar. 50% discount for takeout bottles except those marked with an asterisk. I got a mixed sixer to go.
Even though it was very hectic for the Hopfest, service was very knowledgeable and friendly. Big props for this.
I had a very nice meal; well prepared and served quickly and piping hot. Tasty.
Stop in if you can.
03-13-2011 14:21:08 | More by Tucquan
5/5 rDev +13.9%
My wife and I were frequent guests of The Drafting Room's Spring House location and were very upset when they closed their doors last year after a decade in business. I can't believe it took us almost a year to make it out to Exton, but with two kids, and the travel time involved, we just couldn't find the time.
Since we had a rare afternoon together with just the 2 old; our 6 year old was in school, we wanted to do something. What a great idea she had when she suggested we go to The Drafting Room for lunch! We both had a hankering for nachos, and theirs are by far the best. You can taste that everything is homemade, from the refried beans, to the salsa and the chips that are fried in house. And the eye appeal is second to none. Over the years of going to the Spring House location, I have seen many heads turn when my nachos made their way across the dining room. And todays' didn't disappoint.
They were full when we got there, a little after 1, and we were seated promptly. I had to take in the very nice and large beer, scotch and wine menu before ordering a beer, so I started with a water. Our waitress, I think her name was Nicole, was prompt, courteous and obviously very knowledgable. I settled on a Troeg's Nugget Nectar, one of my favorite beers. It tasted much bettter than one that I had last week. When talking with the owner Howard Weintraub, he informed me that the beer had spent less than 1 week on its' journey from the brewery to the bar. That is freshness! You can tell that The Drafting Room has a special relationship with the folks at Troeg's!
Besides the nachos, I ordered a cup of mushroom soup. It was the best mushroom soup that I've ever had. I am not necessarily a mushroom person but I would order that every time. I also ordered the BBQ brisket sandwich with smoked cheddar, which was also very good.
All in all, I highly recommend this place. If you from the Philly area and find yourself in King of Prussia, it is well worth the extra 15 mins on the turnpike. Skip the mall food and restaurants and head over to The Drafting Room. You'll be glad you did!
02-25-2011 04:01:56 | More by hopheadz
4.53/5 rDev +3.2%
The Drafting Room is true one stop shopping.
On one side, its a restaurant, that does a great lunch.On the other side, its a bar/pub with an excellent tap and bottle list.
Atmosphere is as good as you can get for a beer bar in a strip mall. The menu is great and the dining room is a cut above pub food.
Service and quality are both great. The servers are friendly, but the beer knowledge varies.
Tap and bottle selection is excellent! When we were there they had a Troegs cask conditioned Hopback Amber Ale that is very near to beer perfection.
We're going to add this to our frequent visit list.
12-21-2010 01:22:46 | More by HoppyJoe328
4.2/5 rDev -4.3%
Stopped by here for a west coast brewery promotion, been here once before. It's kinda a hike for me but I did it in the name of BEER.
Looks very similiar to the now defunct TDR in springhouse, in feel, decor, and setup. There is a hostess station up front leading into a dining room area to the left, more dining to the right and a bar area going down two steps. It's a classy beer bar.
Good up keep on this place very inviting and crowded, at least the bar area, it's quite small and packed to the gills. The service bar station seemed to be overrun with patrons so I guess speed on drink delivery is hindered. I would love to come here when it's dead. Clean glasses, clean (great) beer, clean floors, Bathroom was alright.
Service was speedy to a point, even on a very busy night, my dranks came with ease. Server was pleasant. The bar was offering tastes of 06, 09 double bastards which she quickly grabbed.
A very respectable collection here in the not so philly suburbs. A great bottle list that I did not have time to look at because of the insane tap list. I had supplication, sculpin, oggi's hop juice a captains sig off a firkin and a lil sumpin sumpin.
Food was really good, I liked the execution but portions were small as shit. Did it ever occur to these bars that if they gave some more food out portion wise that I would drink a bunch more beer, it's not rocket science. The chesse did hit the spot though.
I like this place, I wish it was closer.
09-04-2010 18:02:40 | More by BARFLYB
4.3/5 rDev -2.1%
Stopped by here in conjunction with a visit to Ron's. You can enter through the dining area or the bar. I stayed in the pub area, which houses a few tables and a "Z" shaped bar. There are a few TVs showing local sports and a touch screen game at the far end.
They offer a lot of bottled beer which is in coolers behind the bar. They have a number of beers on tap which are explained in great detail in the menu. They seem to have a nice variety of locals, domestic craft, and imports. I decided to go with a Brooklyn Cookie Jar Porter.
The bartenders were both knowledgeable and attentive.
This is a very cool place to grab a beer. It looks like they keep things up to date and get some hard to find brews on tap. I will stop in here next time in am in the area for sure!
03-15-2010 19:58:12 | More by mgbickel
4.38/5 rDev -0.2%
I entered a review for this place a few weeks ago but it was lost in one of the site crashes so here we go again.
I never really heard of this place until recently but decided to make the trip out there from Philly because of an impressive tap list.
My wife and I went there for dinner but waited in the bar area until our table was ready. The bar area is small but has plenty of seating. The bar is L shaped with few stools but there is a small island that has ample seating as well as high top tables in the back. Behind the bar there are about four or five coolers filled with bottles and on the side wall there is a chalkboard with specials and draft list. The restaurant section is very nice looking but still casual.
The service was very friendly and knowledgeable but there must have been something going on in the kitchen because it took at least 30 minutes for each course to arrive. Although it took this long for each course the food was still at the correct temperature and our server was very hospitable.
The quality of the food and beer at this establishment are excellent. They have everything from very casual gastro pub food to full entrees. Also, the selection was very impressive. They had a very large bottle selection, broken down by country and about 12 taps. Some of the beers available were Lost Abbey Angel's Share, Port High Tide Fresh Hop and Cask conditioned Nugget Nectar all on draft!
Overall I had a great time here and am looking forward to returning many times.
11-24-2009 01:52:02 | More by corby112
4.4/5 rDev +0.2%
The Drafting Room doesn't look like much from the outside, just another pub in a strip mall. This is a great spot though. I've visited several times in the last couple of weeks because I've been spending so much time in the area.
As you enter a very nice looking bar area is off to the left. I didn't spend any time here, but it looks comfortabe and welcoming enough. The dining area is okay, but nothing out of the ordinary. Everything seems clean and well kept.
The first time we stopped was for a late dinner on a monday night. There was a couple of people in the bar and we were one of two tables. Despite this, the service was prompt and friendly. I was very impressed because often times a slow retaurant means slow service. The food was quite good and a cut above typical pub grub. The draft selection was pretty stellar. I've had a tough time making my mind up because they have so much to offer. The beer highlight of my visits was Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace, a single hopped saison that I had never heard of. The bottle list was extensive, but I didn't look at it closely.
Great spot overall, I just wish it was closer to home.
08-18-2009 15:52:47 | More by DIM
3.9/5 rDev -11.2%
The Exton Drafting Room is located on the north bound side of Pottstown Pike. If you're approaching this place from the south, then you have to do one of those jug handles. Luckily there's one at the next intersection on Marchwood Road. This Drafting Room is located in a small plaza on the far left side. There's not much in this small plaza. I believe there is an insurance salesman, a floral shop, and a bank. There are 4 doors to this place, but only 3 of these doors will let you gain entry in the Drafting Room. The 2 on the far left are for the dining room and the door that has the big sign pointing to it will lead you into the bar area. The door next to this door will lead you into their utility closet. Why they have an outdoor door to the utility closet is beyond me. The bar area to this Drafting room is relatively small. The bar area houses a curved wooden bar that can sit up to about 15 customers, a few tables by the window, a tiny sit down bar in the middle, and some flat screen TVs along the walls. Also in the bar area is a large chalkboard on the right side of the wall. This is where they list all of their draft selections. I didn't get a real good look at their dining room, but from what I saw, it was classic looking and it reminded me a little bit of the one in Spring House but smaller of course.
I don't have any gripes with the service here. The bartender that I had knew their beers, they knew how to properly pour the beer, and they were always there when I needed another beer. There's really not much more you can ask for from a good beer bar. I guess they could hand out free beer and free food, but that's more like a dream than real life.
This is one of those places where instead of handing you a food menu with pages, they hand you a board with a white piece of paper on it. I guess that means that they have a rotating menu and not a stale everyday menu. I know I have to stop comparing this place to the one in Spring House, but I feel that I must. They basically had the same food choices here as the other Drafting Room. On that day, I wasn't all that hungry, so I opted for the goat cheese salad. The salad was made with spring mix lettuce and topped with walnuts and a big brick of goat cheese. I enjoyed this salad. There was more than enough goat cheese to go around.
Now for their beer selection! They have a total of 14 different rotating craft and imports on tap, one cask, and well over 100 different craft and imported bottles. The day I was there, their taps consisted of Jever, Left hand Polestar, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Stoudt's Fest, Victory's St. Boisterous, Ommegang Witte, Heavy Seas Red Sky, Duck Rabbit Brown Ale, Flying Fish Dubbel, TDR 14th, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Sly Fox O' Riley's Stout, Amstel Light (for the masses), Lindeman's Pomme, and Sly Fox's 113 on cask. For the bottles, they were mostly the brewery's flagship beers with maybe a seasonal or an uncommon beer here and there. As an example, they had Brooklyn's Local Two and Bell's Hop Slam.
In the end, the Exton Drafting Room can make for a great place to just sit down and sip on a fine craft beer. I know that nobody cares, but I like the Drafting Room in Spring House better. That's because it's closer to me and I they have a bigger and better tap selection. They don't have the bottle selection there, but their tap selection makes up for it. Even with those facts, I would still come back here.
07-07-2009 01:45:36 | More by AltBock
4.13/5 rDev -5.9%
The Drafting Room has it all.
On one side, its a restaurant, that does a great brunch and is awesome for dinner and lunch as well. On the other side, its a bar/pub with an excellent tap and bottle list. When its warm out you can sit outside on the limited seats out in front.
Atmosphere is as good as it gets for what is essentially a strip mall beer bar. The menu is great and the dining room is a cut above pub food.
Service and quality are both great. Bartenders are friendly although the beer knowledge varies.
Tap and bottle selection is excellent! Its PA so you can also get all those great bottles to go!!!
I love this place and go there whenever I am down in the area visiting family.
05-13-2009 00:56:41 | More by indiapaleale
The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille in Exton, PA
97 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.