TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 71 | Show All Ratings:
4.68/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a place I have always wanted to visit, and finally I was in the area and made sure I put this on my to do list for the day. It is located in a strip mall area that seems to not have enough parking for all the stores. Got one of the last parking spots available. Walking inside you are greeted by a hostess, and I decided to head to the bar in the right room of the place. The left seems to have dinig tables.
The bar was nice as it had a granite top and could seat 15 or so. Dark colors throughout, and 3 large TVs are showing sports. There are LCD panels that are showing the offerings and they look like a blackboard which is cool. A "No Crap On Tap" neon sign is over the cash register.
There were about 25 beers on draft that focused on a good variety, but big beers were a good portion of the menu. The night before they had the Ithaca Hop Box beers on draft, and luckily they still were available. Add to that Bell's Stout and Two Hearted, Ballast Big Eye IPA, Weihenstephaner, Smutty Pale Ale, DFH American Beauty, Deshutes Mirror Pond, Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp, Goose Island Honkers, and Sierra Nevada Enjoy By were some of the other drafts. Happy hour prices are very good for beers especially the ones they are looking to kick to keg.
Service was good and very knowledgable about the selections. The appetizers we had were very tasty and were listed to pair with a style of beer.
This is a wonderful place and I can consider it one of my favorite craft beer bars I have visited across the country. Defintely put this on your beer destination plan.
10-26-2013 17:00:03 | More by Gavage
4.31/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Went to TJ's for the first time this past weekend. Small place, but a great atmosphere. It sits back in a strip mall kind of building, so it's a hidden gem.
The brew list is absolutely great. Definitely better than 95% of places I've been to, but it's also not the "best" so-to-speak. Prices are a little high, but it's on the Main Line, so I guess it comes with the territory. Still, wouldn't hurt them to drop the price on some of the brews, as I've seen cheaper prices at other restaurants in the area. TJ's is definitely not a place to sit and hang out all night, unfortunately.
The food and service were absolutely fantastic, and definitely will keep us coming back in the future on occasion.
10-07-2013 17:00:59 | More by grimey68
3.5/5 rDev -21.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
TJ's.... food is really heavy, Mac and Cheese heavy, tasty, but heavy. "Good" selection of beer, and the atmosphere is chill but no one goes there for some reason. everytime my pals and i go there it just never becomes a "fun" night. we leave early and I wish it wasnt like that..
09-13-2013 03:49:26 | More by beerded_drunk
4.86/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$$
Great place! Small enough to feel cozy but big enough that I've never had to wait for a table. High-end bar food (duck confit tacos, mah mahi salad, etc.) Tap selection is varied and top-notch. Good blend of hoppy and malty at any given time. Also, their website is informative and constantly up to date.
05-12-2013 03:17:52 | More by Casey3236
4.4/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped here with some friends prior to a Tired Hands bottle release. Just wanted to do a light pre-game session before standing in line over at the brewpub. The whole place is very nice looking. It's not very spacious but it's got a decent amount of room to walk around and/or sit down. The bar area seats about 20-30 people probably, there is an electronic beer menu that is posted above the bar listing what seems to be at least 30-40 beers on tap. The list of beers consisted of some local stuff as well as plenty of out of state brews. The first beer I had seemed a little on the flat side, so did my friends beers and we had all picked something different. Seemed like there wasn't enough CO2 or something. Ended up ordering another round and some food and the beers seemed a little better the second time around (different beers from the first time). The food selection was pretty good, The Mac & Cheese caught my eye and had to roll with that. They gave options to what kind of meat you can have on the Mac & Cheese so I chose bacon. The food was excellent when it came out, big enough portion to fill me up but didn't need to take any home. I feel that everything is a bit on the pricy side due to my bills and such so this could be a reasonable place to go from time to time. I would definitely go back again one day to check it out again. It's a bit of a drive for me but when in the area I could see myself stopping by.
04-15-2013 12:57:50 | More by Knapp85
5/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
My old review was when TJ's was merely a stop on a pub crawl. I felt it needed to get updated to the Landmark bar and eatery I actually consider it.
First off, the beer selection is second to none. I always find a local or near-local beer I haven't had on tap. They also keep a steady selection of sought after craft and imports that keep me on my toes in terms of what to expect. And trust me, that's saying something with a beer-snob in recovery like me.
The food, as I really like food, is some of the best when it comes to good-beer bars. Anything served on a roll is going to delight you, as are the appetizers. But keep an eye on what specials are on that day. The kitchen really shines at putting unique spins on pub favorites. Hell, even their popcorn is freaking awesome!
I kick myself often that I used to live 20 minutes from here, and now live an hour and 20 minutes away and never gave TJ's the patronage I should have. Whenever I am within 30 minutes of here I stop. I have even met a business client here who I knew didn't drink, just so I could tip one back and have some of the best nachos in the area.
Don't be like me. Appreciate TJ's if you're in the area. Good people serving good beer and good food.
Very OLD review:
Stopped here on day 2 of a pub crawl with BA Phatz
Took a little longer than I would have liked to get here, but I took the route I knew would get us there, in lieu of trying to save time by taking an unknown route.
Layout of the place is quaint, 15 or so seat bar area and 10-15 4-person tables set up in the middle of the place
We grabbed two seats at the bar and started day 2 of a drinking binge that would have made Dudley Moore cringe. The tap line up really didn't impress me all that much. A handful of Flying Fish taps, a wheat beer I have forgotten, Allagash White, and few others that don't come to mind. What I loved, and had three pints of, was the Sly Fox Pale Ale on cask. It was fresh, good, and served right up when I asked. The food was also very good, with every dish having a suggested beer pairing. I thought this was a grand idea, and way ahead of the curve.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable trip. I would go back here anytime, and will keep an eye on their draft list, as it seems they get in some hard to find brews.
03-03-2013 02:09:01 | More by leftmindedrighty
4.51/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Local eatery and bar, close to work.
A bit small, bar and restaurant about the same size--right for the bar, left to sit and eat.
Good, friendly service. They know the beers and for the most part don't even need to write down your order so familiar. They will double check though to make sure that's what you wanted.
Good to great selection on tap and bottles. Some hard to find and world class examples both on the IPA and stout/porter side.
Food is a step above any typical bar and they use beer in their food and specials.
Bar can get full quick and standing room only on busy nights or events. Parking gets full fast, but if you drive to the sides or back you can find something.
Overall: Great local, small bar with an amazing beer list every time you go. They never seem to dissapoint, which is rare. Take out bottle section also is a bonus. A few TV's so you can check the scores in between beer-geek talk.
01-14-2013 17:06:44 | More by SHerninko
4.45/5 rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Living so close to TJ's, it's a shame I didn't know about this place earlier. Of course, my liver is probably rejoicing at that fact. Still, this is one of my absolute favorite establishments for drinking if not my overall favorite. The selection is simply awesome, with a lot of variety in styles of beer on tap. You can get growlers filled here as long as you bring your own and it isn't a limited brew. I got a growler of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin which was pretty wonderful. I enjoy their electronic tap list...it gives you all the pertinent information for each brew.
Not only is the beer selection top notch, the food is amazing. The mac&cheese with brats is dangerously good. The prices are always reasonable for what you get/quality. Service is always between satisfactory and exceptional depending on who is on for the day.
Atmosphere is pretty decent, depending on "game day" status. In terms of sports fans, the crowd here is NOT obnoxious at all compared to other places I have visited. Most people who come to watch the game are very subdued and relaxed...even when there is a game on, I don't find my drinking experience much affected negatively.
Overall, I love TJ's. I recommend a visit if you are in/from the area!
10-26-2011 00:03:35 | More by MsRif
4.78/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I have been going to TJ's for a few months now and it is by far my favorite bar. The crafts that they have on tap are second to none. They have a selection of 28 beers on tap, and are constantly changing the lineup. It's in the middle of a little strip mall on the main line right across the street from the Paoli train station.
The vibe is sort of a trendy hipsters bar with beer geeks everywhere. There are a few TV's on the walls but not a typical sports bar feel to them. The real thing that people come there to do is drink great beer from the tap.
Their best feature is the vertical TV's that they use for beer menus. The ever changing list of beers on tap is kept up like a stock exchange of beer and there are $3 keg kickers every happy hour. This helps keep the beer fresh and try something you wouldn't normally have.
The wait staff is extremely knowledgeable. They know about all of the beers on tap and have tried most of them. If you ever have any questions on what to order tell them what you're in the mood for and they will be happy to oblige.
The food is bar food that has been kicked up a notch. If you're there I would highly recommend the pretzels and the chipolte macaroni and cheese.
10-06-2011 20:56:36 | More by lagerslogger
4.45/5 rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
TJ's is currently in the "Big 4" of my most visited bars, along with Teresa's, Capone's, and Pinocchio's. It's a simple 7 miles from my house, and it has just about everything I need in a bar, without the hassle of going to the city.
Located right near the train station, in a semi-hidden strip mall also containing two, yes, two separate stores to buy hot wings. Nice, simple decor in TJ's, with lots and lots of appropriate beer tin tackers on the wall, a few TVs, a good-sized bar, and plenty of tables and leg room, including separate dining areas. It's not exactly dim-lit and intimate like some of my other favorite bars, but it's okay, I still knew it would be a good time from the first time I walked in. Also...DIGITAL TAP LISTS. So far I'd only seen this twice, at the Mayor of Old Town in Ft. Collins, where they have 100 beers on tap and such a marvel of the modern age as digital tap screens makes most sense, and at Al's / Pizza Boy. I like this technology.
They do have a very good amount on tap, around 25 or so, with a hand pump, and a moderately impressive bottle list, just in case the stuff on tap isn't good enough for you. Draught selection is always very good and rotates quickly. You won't always find extreme rarities here, but they do pump in the local favs, as well as general craft/micro favs and uncommons from all over the world. The staff is almost always friendly and on the ball, and pretty in tune with the beer scene. If there's anything I can complain about here, it's that more than once I've had a bartender (it's a girl who will remain nameless) that has absentmindedly served me the wrong beer. Otherwise, I don't have a problem, and Scott is one of my favorite bartenders anywhere.
Food is very good as well. Multiple mac&cheese options? Obviously I'm getting that. Other offerings include some really yummy salads, comfort foods, but best of all, I'd say at least 50% of the items on the menu are made with beer as an ingredient, from the Sly Fox fish and chips, to the rauchbier burger. You know these guys are serious. Weekly specials are typical excellent as well, with the occasional creative burger (caramel apple burger?) or mac&cheese (pepperoni?) special.
I go here anywhere between 2-10 times a month, and it's always a pleasure. Better start using that treadmill more.
08-29-2011 14:52:39 | More by Rifugium
TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery in Paoli, PA
98 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.