The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille

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The Drafting Room Taproom and GrilleThe Drafting Room Taproom and Grille
BA SCORE
97
world-class

68 Ratings
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: n/a
Taps: 13
Bottles: 120
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

635 N Pottstown Pike
Exton, Pennsylvania, 19341-1677
United States
phone: (610) 363-0521

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Photo of Durandal_777
5/5  rDev +13.9%

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Photo of hopheadz
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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!

Photo of HopDerek
4.83/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I've been going to the Drafting Room in Exton for a little over a year now, and at no time have I ever been disappointed in the least. With a great and always changing variety of microbrews on tap and a great bottle list, it's almost impossible to not find something that appeals to everyone. The staff, especially those in the bar area know their stuff, and after a few trips, they begin to know you as well.

The bar area seems a little on the small side, but usually it isn't too hard to find a seat, and there is sufficient standing room. Only downside to the bar is that smoking is allowed, but the dining area is smoke free, so it's not that bad.

As far as the food goes, whether it be lunch, dinner, or just a snack, they've got a wide variety of fantastic items; from nachos and wings, to burgers and sandwiches, to fondue, to steaks and seafood dishes. Their daily specials are always unique and delicious, and their happy hour prices are very reasonable.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

One of these places in the Philly area that I've heard about since being on BA, but never got around to going to. Out of my way, being from South Jersey, but well-worth going to. This place simply rocked.

Great selection. Granted, I was here the day after their annual Heavyweight event. There were 4 Heavyweight taps (including Lun-icy) and 2 Heavyweight milds on-cask. Their Troeg's 11th anniversary ale was there as well as the Oatmeal Stout from Troeg's. 2 Oktoberfests (1 local), Lindeman's. Not to mention a very good bottle selection. Rogue has also selected them to carry their Private Reserve series on-tap. That's cool.

When I went after work on a Tuesday, it was pretty quiet. My server was excellent. Gave me a Lun-icy sample without asking (although she overhead me talking to the guy next to me). Let me keep my menu the whole time and they didn't mind me taking notes.

People at the bar were friendly.

Food was really good. Got the burger which was quite nice. Fries were awesome however. Bacon on the burger was crispy. Roll was big but perfect for the big burger they gave me. Quite the meal. Look forward to coming back sometime (maybe on a visit to Victory) and trying more of the food menu.

There is smoking at the bar at least, so be forewarned. I wasn't bothered.

Photo of NolanGTI
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Drafting Room is one of my old stand-by's.

Atmosphere - strip mall, but well done. I am dying for them to expand the bar area, but not sure that will ever happen.

Quality/Selection - Solid ~60 or so bottles. 10 rotating drafts and 1 cask (usually HopDevil). They keep Amstel, SNPA, and O'Rielley's Stout on at all times. They get a good crowd and are able to rotate like crazy. Frequently have Troegs, Sly Fox and Victory featured along with smaller West Coast and imports. Always a fun balance. Last year they actually had themes for each month and would have 4-5 variations on that style. Also a huge Scotch collection if you're interested.

Food - I love the pub grub as well as the menu staples, which are all done very well. The specials are where the kitchen shines though. Lots of creative dishes and they almost always deliver with an interesting special that tempts me.

Service - exceptional. They really have a great wait staff and some bartenders who know their beer. It is the only set of bartneders I know in PA who will respond to the order of 'Lager' (everyone orders Yeungling around here that way) with a 'What kind of lager?'. They also sometimes run out of domestic macro-bottles that are cold... on purpose I think. I consider that a plus.

If you are looking for a beer bar in Chester County, look no further. This is as good as they get.

Photo of ECdOc
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The Drafting Room is the bar that helped me to realize what my preferences in beer are, with its rotating monthly "Featured drafts" and a friendly and knowledgable staff. Their food is also excellent and they have a monday night "Mug Night" special where you buy a $5 mug at any time (which you bring home at the end of each visit) and receive $3 drafts (as opposed to the normal $4) on monday nights. They have a pretty good selection of micros and belgians on bottle as well as draft, with a rotating monthly beer style as i noted earlier. Their website is also great and up to date on what is on tap at the time. Try the Belgian Beer Fondue, its great! http://www.draftingroom.com

Photo of shertz
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went here with fellow BA's Phatz and HombreWing after the Brew Club trash pickup. The day was planned weeks before to be here for the One Final Victory for Heavyweight and the release of Baltic Thunder. However, due to the bottling issues it was postponed for another day. In any case, we decided to make the trip anyways and I'm glad we did. Started with a pint of Pliny the Elder and then went to Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale. Both spectacular and fresh. Nice full bottle list to compliment the nice draft list. Had a bowl of Chicken Gumbo for $4.50 that was very tasty and spicy. The only problem I had with the place was the smoke at the bar so we sat in the dining room. The service was as perfect as you can find. Waitress was cute and very attentative and seemed interested in our beer talk. The manager stopped by and chatted for close to an hour eventhough he was quite busy. He even gave us a sample of the Baltic Thunder, wow, awesome beer. I wish this place was closer because I would probably live there. It certainly was worth the drive and very convenient to I76.

Cheers,
Scott

Photo of mfhlucky13
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Drafting Room is one of my favorites. The beer menu was great before most places in this local thought of having a beer menu. The food is great too. They have excellent dinner specials on the weekends and their rotating taps always have something good to offer. Today I had a Dupont Moinette (blonde) and the time before, Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise both on tap. Watch their website for their monthly beer styles. This month is Brown Ale. Check this place out, you won't be disappointed. If you like dessert get the peanut butter pie.

Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have frequented this place a few times. Each time is a better experience than the prior. The draft selection has always been phenomenal. The last time I was there they had, Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise, Rogue 10,000, Allgash Curieux & Weyerbacher Muse all on draft. The bottle selection is equally impressive. The staff has been top notch. Both times there I sat at the bar and the bartenders were attentive and knew their beer. They even offered samples before I tried them. The food is also superb. The salads and sandwiches I had both times were amazing.

I really recocmend this place to any one passing by.

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Well, I think its time I review the Drafting Room. Spent a lot of time there this past summer and got a chance to get back last night now that I'm home for a couple days.

The place isn't the greatest for atmosphere. Its in a strip mall kind of thing. But it is a nice strip mall...I have to say that. The inside of the bar and restaurant are very tastfully done. Well layed out, very good lighting, nice wood. Couple nice flat screen TVs.

The overall quality is very good. Not sure what else to say about this category.

Service is great. Very professional wait staff and bartenders. They know the beer and the food and are friendly but not overbearing. They are fast too.

The beer selection is quite nice. I would give it a 4.0 if it had just the bottle selection and the 'usual suspects' on draft. But their draft selection is really quite incredible. They keep a running total of the DIFFERENT beers they tap in a year and right now its at 212.

Holy crap.

So just last night they had SN Harvest ale, Allagash Grand Cru, a Flying Fish Belgian, Southern Tier Winter Ale, Lancaster Alt, SN Celebration Ale, Petrus Oud Bruin and a couple other gems I can't recall. I also had, for the second time in my glorious life, a hand pulled Sly Fox EKG IPA.

Very very tasty.

When that kicked, they replaced it with Stoudt's Imperial Stout.

Holy crap.

Petrus is also the third Oud Bruin/Flander's Red ale I've seen there. They also had Duchess de Bourgne (sp?) and Mastreechts (sp?) on this summer. Probably have had others AS WELL!

Had a great Sly Fox event this summer with a bunch of their IPAs from the IPA project. Also had a Heavyweight event.

Bottles are pretty good too. Rochefort, Westy 8 (or 10?), St.Bernardus and a ton of other tasty beers. Don't think they have any Lambics outside of Lindemans.

Also have incredible food. Again, not the best I've had, but it certainly deserves a 5 here. Very nice dishes. Very large portions. Can be pretty pricey...but worth it.

Photo of roan22
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The priciness of the place is worth it, trust me. The food is excellent, the menu is innovative, trendy, satisfying and presented well. The beer selection is top notch. I regularly travel to this Drafting Room location only; the west-coast IPA and pale ale styles are mutually loved by both the staff and the beer geeks, and the respect level for these two specific styles is high (much appreciated by at least this local IPA hophead). I've been to two specialty nights devoted to Sierra Nevada harvest ales alone, plus their efforts to maintain a great selection whenever IPA-style month is upon us is worthy enough of a great rating. Cheers!

Photo of BigRizz62
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Phatz
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Drafting Room is like a Hybrid. Exceptional restaurant - True craft beer bar - & Sports bar. It is a place that you could take your date for a very nice meal with wines and whiskeys to accompany; but who could drink wine when there are a hundred superior beers to choose from. The capacity is deceptively large with three separate parts; bar, smoking and non-smoking sections respectively. There are more than a dozen craft beers on tap. Local regional and even Pacific coast beers made it to the board. A huge easy to read chalkboard lists the draft options while there is both a beer menu and a menu for "Big beers" available for bottles. This may fall shy of Monk's "Beer Bible" but it is certainly a more than respectable selection and the best I have seen in the area.
The draft options rotate regularly but Last night we had Rogue JLS Release #17: Monk Madness. Lagunitas 12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale. & Weyerbacher Imperial pumpkin on tap and a bottle of New Holland Pilgrim's Dole Wheat Wine and a bottle of Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap mmm! Just to recite our order and give you a taste of a few options. To list ‘em all would be crazy, just assume this is a must see place.
The service was attentive and the food was fantastic. I highly recommend the Apple Walnut Chicken. The nachos were very spicy if you are into that as well. This is a new regular pit stop for me. I hope you will check it out soon too!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Shout out to Patrick and to a great server. Last experience was the best yet. Thanks TDR!

Photo of gwong
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went here as part of a Philadelphia region bar trip on a Saturday in the mid-afternoon. Sitting at the bar, the service was great with knowledgeable staff who know their beer and are friendly. They have a wonderful, varied selection on tap as well as a good collection of bottles that can be drank on the premise or taken home at a discount. The prices are reasonable - four beers and a four sample flight came out to less than $30. The only drawback would be the smoking but we were at the bar and it was to be expected. Smoking aside, the atmosphere is great and is well worth the trip.

Photo of sraimondi
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited here last night while traveling on business. What a great place. The selection was very good with many drafts (I think a total of 14 or 15), the service also real good and the bartender actually knew about the beers. The other standout was the food. The mussels were fabulous (and you can get them bottomless --all you can eat) and my Angus Strip was perfectly cooked and seasoned. It is apparent they focus as much on the food here as the brew. In addition, all of the workers were friendly and seemed to enjoy working with each other. I will definitely get back there again!!

Photo of balosss
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

wasn't gonna stop here. tunnelvision screamed 'sly fox' and this place was almost avoided. then i got a beermail from the general manager, who extended a friendly BA invite. we arrived and promptly met with patrick, who showed us around the place and turned out to be really knowledgeable and beer-fanatic. he was pouring some fantastic, obscure sierra nevada beers as well as rogue saison and immediately bellied up to the bar to sample.

atmosphere was dark and tight, but a picture window on one side of the pub area compensated a bit. the restaurant section is alot bigger, cozier, and dare i say fancy but restaurant areas arent my bag (baby). white light emitted from the coolers full of rare craft beers really drawing attention to the bottles all lined up nicely. the bar decor had an strange new jersey feel to it with alot of black trim mixed with light wood and cigarette clouds. server was nice and attentive and gave me a wine chiller for all the bomber beers that i ordered.. a nice touch.. oh, and appropriate glassware. dreadnaught was yummy and that sierra harvest ale was so fresh.. must have some damn clean lines here.

food was a perfect compliment to the carefully selected beers. we had the belgian fondue, which my girlfriend is still talking about. i forget what she had as an entree because i was so wrapped up in the enjoyment of my rare yellowfin tuna. lightly seared perfectly.. soft and tender and flavorful. only thing about eating at the bar was the inability to properly visually enjoy the food. can't argue though, i had a seat which were surely in short supply on a friday night. a bit on the pricier side, but it is a nice place. $13 dreadnaught bombers and $20 for most entrees.

headed from there over to sly fox, having spent the majority of my night here (happily). i know this area is chock full o stops, but this is the dinner place above and beyond anything else in the suburban west philly area. kudos to patrick and staff for kindness, knowledge, and beer appreciation. it shows.

Photo of HoppyJoe328
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of psurandy
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place has been on my list of places to get to and last night was my first visit. My girlfriend and I went for a nice dinner and will definitely be back in the future. We started out with the Belgian beer and cheese fondu which was outstanding and could have been enough for a party of 4. As far as beers go, I had a Racer X from the cask and she had Anchor's Christmas Ale and both were fresh and delicious. My entree, pork tenderloin with a pomme lambic reduction, was amazing. My girlfriend had the gumbo which was delicious and very spicy. We ended the night with the East End winter warmer which I can't recall the name of but was also great. The draft list was very good, but seemed heavy with IPA's and then some winter warmers, a stout and a porter. It would have been nice to have a good pilsner or some sort of lager to have with dinner, but if I really wanted it I could have ordered from the bottle list. Atmosphere was very nice, but nothing really stood out for me. Candles were on the tables so it could be a bit romantic, but by no means a couples only type of place. There was a good mix of people there.

The beer was great, but the food is what will get me to come back. As other people have said, there are many great beer establishments in the area, so to stand out the food needs to be on par with the great beers and the drafting room satisfies both of these conditions.

Photo of John_M
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

At long last, I had occasion to visit the drafting room.

Located right off of hiway 100, just before you get to the turnpike, yet another outstanding beer bar in a bizarre location. This place is located in a small strip mall, just off of hiway 100. You have to want to visit this place, as the traffic flies by on hiway 100 right here.

The atmosphere at this place is hard to describe and is clearly not it's best feature. There is a very sterile, industrial feel to the drafting room. As one walks in, there is a wrap around bar with a few tables and chairs in front of you. Most of the dining area is off to the left, up a couple of steps. In any event, I spent my time in the bar area, which even on Sunday was pretty crowded by 3:00 in the afternoon. It's a pretty comfortable place, with 4 or 5 flat screen TV's over the bar for watching various sporting events.

The TDR had something like 16 beers on tap and the quality was impressive. At least on this day, it included the Maharaja, Nugget Nectar, Heresy and Hop Devil on cask. Very, very nice.

Service was odd. The young lady serving me was very friendly and pleasant, but she seemed very distracted much of the time as well. Also, she had this annoying habit of taking my order, and then puttering off to go do something else for 5 or 10 minutes. Nevertheless, she was pleasant, polite and relatively attentive the entire time I was there.

As for food, got the ceaser salad and for what it was, it was very, very good. Ingredients were fresh and the ceaser dressing very good.

All in all, was impressed with the Drafting Room and would undoubtedly be a regular if such existed in Baltimore. However, when I compare it to Capones, Quotations, TJ's, TND's and some of the other better beer bars in the area, I have to say I'll continue to take my money elsewhere. Competition in this part of SEPA is very, very stiff indeed.

7/6/09 update:

For whatever reason, I find myself going here more and more often, as I've come to enjoy and appreciate TDR all the more. While the atmosphere hasn't changed a great deal, I've come to appreciate the low key, relaxed vibe. Also, the service here is now so good, it's nearly bewlidering. Not only is it fast and efficient, but on one occasion the bar tender lent me a growler so I could bring home some breakfast stout that was on tap. Also, the attentive and knowledgable young lady who frequently serves me, on one occasion gifted me with a bottle of beer for an upcoming BA event I was attending in Baltimore. It was a beer not available in Maryland, and she wanted me to share it with the folks at the gathering (Heather, you're the best!).

What more can I say. This place is exceptional and just seems to get better and better. Food also continues to be quite good here. What's not to like? I just wish it were closer to my home.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of DrJay
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Since moving to PA, this place (along with Sly Fox) has become one of my regular stops for beer/food. The establishment is sort of divided into three - the bar area and smoking/non-smoking restaurant sections. I've spent most of my time in the non-smoking section, though I've purchased beer at the bar as well. The atmosphere is decent, a little more upscale in the dining area with the bar area having a sports vibe.

About 5 taps are reserved for the "usual suspects", with Guinness recently being replaced by Sly Fox O'Reillly's Stout. The real gems are found in the rotation taps - around eight of them. This place goes through hundreds of different beers on tap during the year (you can get the current count on the website and on the beer menu). Each month brings a new featured style as well. Kegs are brought in from far and wide - I've already enjoyed Stone Ruination, vintage Bigfoot, and several Belgians. Even though the number of taps isn't extremely high, I had to give an exceptional rating for selection just based on the fact that I show up an average of once every two weeks and the tap beer list has completely turned over, with plenty of selections that I haven't had before (or old favourites I haven't had for a long time). There's also a hand pump, normally serving Victory HopDevil. The bottled beer list is impressive as well. Probably around 100 beers, with plenty of quality selections to choose from, both import and domestic micro from around the country. When I brought my parents for dinner, my father appreciated the fact that there were some "mainstream" beers in the list as well. If you ask, you can take a look at the "Big Beer List" as well - a small selection of higher abv, intense, or hard to find beers - I've seen things like Russian River, Three Floyds, and Stone on here. Bottled beers are available for take out at half the price listed on the menu (Big Beers and Belgians are still full price).

The food here is quite good and is one of the reasons I get to come here while my wife is pregnant. The entrees can be a bit pricey, but I haven't been disappointed by anything yet and the quality easily justifies the cost. Burgers and sandwiches are still reasonable though, as are the appetizers. I've also had consistent, excellent service. I was alone on my first few visits and was treated very well by the staff. Patrick (the beer guy) stopped at my table during my first visit. We chatted for a while and he filled me in on what TDR is all about and pointed me to their website and mailing list (if you sign up, you get coupons once in a while). And Keith (the dining room host) remembered me by name when I showed up for my second visit a couple of weeks later. Servers in general seem well informed about the beer, which is a significant achievement when the kegs change so often.

Overall, this is one of the best beer bars that I've been to and it's less than a half hour from our apartment. I keep finding reasons that we need to go shopping in the area, mostly to justify additional stops at TDR!

Photo of woodychandler
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I entered on the taproom side, being a taproom kinda guy. Right away, the decor jumps out with the logo being etched onto a glass partition. Scanning the room from top to bottom, the ceiling is unquestionably magenta/flat red raspberry, followed by an orangish mocha/deep tan, followed by faux speckled, finished by plum down to the baseboards. Hope this helps, slander.

The (loosely) S-shaped bar is topped wth faux serpentine and so is the separate short bar with its four high stools. This second bar is positioned to allow its patrons to look at the chalkboard that lists the "Keg Counter", as well as the "Featured Drafts", "Style/Month", "Ususal Suspects", and "Combinations" boards.

Some statistics: fifteen taps, one beer engine (usually featuring nearby Victory's Hop Devil), three small monitors and one large monitor above the bar. Behind the bar are three coolers, each with a maximum of six shelves with each shelf capable of holding up to nine beers. You do the math and get back to me.

There is a short flight of stairs that lead up to a small restaurant area with its own specials blackboard, several art prints by local artists, and a cocktaill sculpture. The Men's and Ladies' are off to the right.

Continuing aft in the building is the main dining room. Here the color scheme changes to plum, cornflower, and a pinkish-tan. The dining room also has a couple of blackboards, each touting specials and the like. One board is flanked by Chimay and Rogue jeroboams and a five-liter stein. They also have a working fireplace with a beer sculpture and a "Big Beer List" in situ.

My uncle and I spent a leisurely afternoon here over Labor Day weekend 2005, drinking and eating, engaging in converstion and working on his crossword puzzle. Our waitress was very pleasant and unobtrusive. I ran into one of the kitchen staff who I knew from his previous employment at Victory. All in all, a winning place, to which I would return.

Photo of tgbljb
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited this establishment for Sunday brunch. We ahd reservations and we were promptly seated. Our server soon arrived and took our drink orders and we all selected the brunch. The selection of food was excellent and well worth the price. Tere was a very good assortment of beers on tap and I was able to find 2 beers which I had yet to try. The beers were sevred promptly and the buffet was always well stocked. If you are looking for a place in the area to have Sunday brunch and a few drinks, I highly reccomend the Drafting Room.

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The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille in Exton, PA
97 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.