The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille
Taps: 13 / Bottles: 120
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 60 | Show All Ratings:
3.6/5 rDev -17.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped off to kill time here on my way to Victory Fall Fest.
I gave this place a low score on atmosphere. At the risk of sounding mean, it just didn't have anything distinctive to it. It resembeled a no-name place that you'd expect to see attached to a Days Inn or something equivalent.
The beer selection was nice. They had approximately 16 tap lines of all micro/craft beer along with a beer engine. My disappointment with the tap lines was unique to me. I'm from upstate NY and most/all of the beer available on tap is readily available by me. So I wasn't intrigued by anything I couldn't get back home. I was hoping to see something I can't get in NY but that just wasn't the case. Something from Erie or Bells would've been nice to see. Instead I saw a lot of NY beers instead of PA-Locals (with the exception of Troegs)
The bottle selection was impressive. They had three floor-to-ceiling coolers with glass doors behind the bar; with ~ 85% dedicated to bottles. It was something you'd expect to see at a really good micro-brew distributor store not at a bar. So this was nice to see and very unique.
I had a burger like I usually do in most places. It was reasonably priced, and a really tastey aged-cheddar on it and was served on a hard roll.
Given the other beer bars in the area that I dind't get to, I probably wouldn't return here without checking out the competition first.
09-28-2008 21:46:08 | More by madmanjf
3.9/5 rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
3.94/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped here today for the first time for the Fresh Hop Festival. Not too sure why an establishment would wait nearly 2 months to serve fresh hop beers, but I was in the area so that didn't deter me.
Atmosphere: Located in a strip mall, the left side has a pretty decent sized dining room and the right side has a fairly small curvy bar with a few high top tables along the right wall. The bar side is fairly cramped and the event today made it busy enough to accentuate that fact. There were about 4-6 outdoor tables in the front which were a real bonus on an unseasonably warm day like today. The major drawback was that they face a small and busy strip mall parking lot, but I'm still glad that outdoor seating was available.
Quality and Selection: Other than a couple of the "special" kegs being tapped today, most of the list was fairly standard for the area. Still lots of good regional choices, but it seems like the taps wouldn't be good enough to draw people with more than a 20 minute drive to this place. At least not with so many other comparable or superior spots in other nearby neighborhoods.
Service: I didn't really stay very long and didn't eat any food, so I can't give the most in depth review of the service. The waitress who approached me at the outside table was friendly and attentive though. I couldn't really gauge her beer knowledge but I'd be surprised if it was high.
Food: The menu looked very tasty and the prices were OK. A bunch of regular customers at the Station Taproom in Downingtown raved about the food here so I'm thinking that is probably the main draw of the Drafting Room.
11-26-2011 20:59:41 | More by koopa
4/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
TDR in Exton is a great place to enjoy a brew and eat some quality food. The beer menu constantly shanges for draft selections. The management has been doing a "beer Stye of the Month" and apparently has been well received. Draft styles and choices are diverse and tend to be more regionally available but also include brews from Europe.
Sunday Brunch buffet is a very good value for the money. Includes eggs to order, carving station, cold shrimp and smoked seafood.
There is a regular bottle line up and the Big 3 are available for the non-initiated. Could be a great palce to bring your friends that want to learn more about good beer and pairing brews with food.
06-18-2004 12:59:57 | More by maybrick
4.1/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
The drafting room is a nice little bar in the Philadelphia suberb of exton, PA. The atmosphere is very sports-bar-like, making this place a great place to catch the big game. The quality of the beers seems to be very good, as they have tapping dates for kegs *and* casks on their menu. The service was fast, friendly, and attentive, but nothing mind-blowing. The selection was nice, but can be boring. About 14 beers on tap, with 5 "usual suspects" as they put it, lindemans framboise, 1 or 2 Belgian-style ales, and 6 or so local micros. They have a "beer style of the month" listed on their menu, and this month it was Belgian style ales. However, all this meant was that 2 or 3 belgian-style ales were on tap, one being Flying fish grand cru, and the other being the already mentioned Lindemans! I opted for a fresh(ish) cask hop devil, and a pint of good ole' Sierra Nevada Harvest. Both were good pours that arrived in nice shape. The food was decent, and well priced. Erica and I opted for a Belgian beer (which beer!?) and cheese fondue that consisted of melted swiss, provelone, and mozzarella. Twas good, but the bread it came with was a *bit* too hard for my liking and the fondue was *very* rich.
Bottom line: A great place to catch the game (awesome Monday night and pint night beer specials are here), and a few fresh brews.
11-16-2004 17:28:28 | More by francisweizen
4.1/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ah, the secret in getting a seat for weekend brunch is to get there before 12 noon and sweat it out until you can order beer. Round about noon the place was a beehive. Glad we got there early.
One of those "strip mall gems," they had 10 taps and a cask, and a thorough bottle list seductively displayed in glass refreigerators above and behind the bar. Nothing I hadn't seen before, but still a really good bottle selection. And they rotate - 240 kegs last year, they had already gone through 84 when we were there in March. Go there for the taps. Go frequently if you can.
The decor is kind of blase (maroon walls and 80s hotel art) but hey, the brunch makes up for it. All you can eat, good stuff, custom omelettes, pastries galore, and a "Rutger Hauer Lookin' M**** F****" serving you ham and roast beef with an evil sneer. If I a) hadn't had to drive and b) hadn't consumed my body weight in beer at 3 brewpubs the day before, I could easily reach an immobile state of toxic satiation here. If I lived in Exton I'd have brunch here every weekend. Service was ok, waitress didn't seem to have too much beer knowledge but Rogue Oyster Cloyster was on tap so it didn't matter much....
Bruch was reasonably priced (but I guess everything is when you leave NYC), don't know about dinner though.
05-11-2005 02:19:43 | More by PopeJonPaul
4.13/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Drafting Room has it all.
On one side, its a restaurant, that does a great brunch and is awesome for dinner and lunch as well. On the other side, its a bar/pub with an excellent tap and bottle list. When its warm out you can sit outside on the limited seats out in front.
Atmosphere is as good as it gets for what is essentially a strip mall beer bar. The menu is great and the dining room is a cut above pub food.
Service and quality are both great. Bartenders are friendly although the beer knowledge varies.
Tap and bottle selection is excellent! Its PA so you can also get all those great bottles to go!!!
I love this place and go there whenever I am down in the area visiting family.
05-13-2009 00:56:41 | More by indiapaleale
4.15/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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
4.18/5 rDev -4.6%
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
4.18/5 rDev -4.6%
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
The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille in Exton, PA
96 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.