The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille
Taps: 13 / Bottles: 120
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 60 | Display Reviews Only:
4.18/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
The Drafting Room is an excellent place to spend the night. They have great dinners and their selection of beer is wonderful. I would reccommend reservations on most nights for dinner because it does get very crowded. The have a good selection of beers on tap that usually include some local brews from places like Victory and the Sly Fox. Their bottle list is also impressive boasting some Trappists like Achel, Westmalle Tripel, and Westvleteren 8 and various local micros. It's not the selection that they have at Monk's, but very few places can compare to that.
02-13-2004 20:35:35 | More by ark57
4.58/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Had been wanting to go for some time now, but its over an hour from my house. So on they way back from Gettysburg with my wife, I figured why not a better time. Right off the PA turnpike on rte.100 north. In a little strip center, was very crowded on a sat. evening. I had always know about the beer selection, but didn't know what to expect with the food, but was very impressed. The beer selection is 5 star all the way. The beer menu was very impressive. 12 drafts,1 on cask, and another 60 or so in bottle. This night, it was Victory Hop Devil on the engine. The menu described all of the beers on draft, with great detail. A wide variety, from Dogfish Head 90 min. IPA to some blueberry ale my wife had(actually very good). I highly recommend this place to anyone in search of both great food, and even better beer.
08-21-2003 18:01:49 | More by balosss
4.4/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I have now been to the Drafting Room in Exton 3 times and have thoroughly enjoyed each visit. It is clean, quiet and nicely laid-out with a (albiet small) bar room seperate from the mostly family dining crowd.
Atmosphere is hard to judge in the afternoon with a sparse population of bar-goers... but a later evening trip assured me that this is a great place to take a seat, munch on some wonderful (and free) garlic/cheese pretzels available in the bar section, and begin making your beverage selections from the extensive list.
Being a hophead myself, I was happy to see an extensive selection of IPA's and the such, including: Anderson Valley Hop Ottin', Lost Coast Indica Pale Ale, Mad River Jamica Red Ale, Rogue I2PA, Three Floyds Alpha King, Tuppers Hop Pocket, Victory Hop Devil, Weyerbacher Hop Infusion, and Yards IPA (just to name a few)!
The bartender (the same woman who is there on every visit) has extensive knowledge of the beers and was happily making suggestions and providing plenty of good information on the freshness of the beer, etc. Just exceptional service.
The food is bar food... but quite tasty and a cut above most others. This place pulls a big crowd for the food alone in the afternoons (and heck, even a big Mothers Day crowd).
Another huge + for this place is that if you plan on visiting Victory Brewing, this is only a few miles away and quite a simple drive.
I will return!
05-15-2003 06:54:53 | More by wofat
4.18/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Came to town to visit Victory, but we were too tired to make the trip from our hotel after traveling all day. So we decided to try this place - having heard about it but never been there. A happy choice. A great selection of beers on tap that we had never tried before, including a hoppy Fancy Pants Pale and the Weyerbacher Quad! Hop Devil on cask! And a tasty Black Sun Stout. For very little effort, we had a great evening, good food (a great dessert selection) and even the Flyers on the tube. Definitely a comebacker.
05-02-2003 19:41:09 | More by greybeerd
4.15/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I have to say I'm biased towards this place. This is where I learned good beer. A rather large selection of bottled beers, and not too bad with the draft list either. They always have about 7 or 8 pretty standard beers on tap, such as Bass, Guinness, and Harp, but then they have another 7 or 8 that change constantly. This keeps the selection fresh, with something new being tapped every few days. The atmosphere is definitely yuppyish, and my friends and I do not fit this mold (being a bunch of scruffy long hairs.) Despite this, the staff is very helpful and friendly, and someone usually knows something about whats on tap. The food is pretty good, with decent lunch deals, but its the half price drafts from 4-6 weekdays that I love. If you are around the area, make sure to give this place a try; its pretty much the only bar in the area with a decent selection. Being 15 mins from Victory and Iron Hill West Chester is a bonus too.
05-29-2002 07:20:15 | More by Erix
4.28/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place has a relatively small bar area and a larger room for the restaurant. The food is pretty good, leaning a bit towards fancy-shmancy. It can get pretty crowded on Friday nights. The crowd is usually predominately 30's and older.
As far as beer selection goes, it is rather good. I think they try to get a cross section of beers from several countries and American regions. Check the homepage link for a breakdown of what's currently available on tap and in bottles. Malt Advocate's John Hansell hosts whiskey tastings (and possibly beer, not really sure) from time to time and Victory Brewing is a couple miles down the road, so they always have fresh Victory products including Cask conditioned HopDevil. Tap rotation is very good and seems to be constantly changing. Always good micros from around the country.
05-15-2002 14:17:30 | More by bmills1608
The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille in Exton, PA
96 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.