Taps: 30 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Slatetank:
4.16/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped in at the Batdorf Restaurant and Lounge after work and had a pint. The place was not very busy for a Friday with only 4 people seated at the bar and a few more at tables.
The atmosphere is rustic and 'saloon-like' with a piano player making lively bar music and the bar area is comfortable and casual w/ a marble topped bar and plenty of decorations like a moosehead and metal frog playing guitar to look at. There are tap handles above the bar and a listing of every tap directly behind you when you are sitting at the bar. They have many breweriana items like a Samuel Adams barrel in the corner and Sierra Nevada plaque over the doorway by the piano. It strikes me as a neighborhood bar w/ people saying hello to each other and friendly banter about the Phillies and Mets as the game was being watched on a couple tv's.
The quality was very high, I was able to smell the mint being muddled w/ lime in a mojito as it was made by the bartender. The IPA I had tasted fresh and the place was relaxing to me as I enjoyed my ale.
I found the selection to be very good w/ 30 beers on tap, DFH, Stone, Rogue, Leinenkugel, Lancaster Brewing Company, Flying Fish, Victory Golden Monkey, Philadelphia Brewing's Newbold IPA and Delerium Tremens on tap just to name a few.
They had about 5 wheats including Sam Adams summer and Shock top but also had locals like Stoudt's Porter and Irish choices like Guinness and Smithwicks for variety. The bottle selection is ok, but there are a few interesting options like Immort ale, St Bernardus, Brooklyn East India, Blue Point No apologies and Unibroue Ephemere for example
I didn't try any food, but the entrees and nachos looked appealing. I was served in a polite and friendly way and the beer was given to me with a head, not filled to the brim which I appreciate. I consider the value to be good and I could picture myself stopping in for a pint again.
07-11-2009 18:56:52 | More by Slatetank
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4/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I had been to the old Batdorf one time at its older location and a couple of times now at its new larger spread. I would have to say that overall It is a great place to eat and get good drafts. They advertise that they have 30 beers on tap. Of those 30 about 10 are macro brews and common imports. The other 20 tend to be good to rare craft beers. The atmosphere is good. You can be extra social in one of the two bar areas, or dine in one of the two more intimate small dining rooms on the first floor. Private parties can also be booked for upstairs though I have never been. The quality is good but not great the servers are not the most knowledgeable, and the beer menu is always wrong... look on the main wall for what is on tap. The selection is totally random, but I have always found at least two beers that I had to have while there. I have also been impressed with the rarity of some of the drafts. The food is good, I have had mostly sandwiches and apps but the entrees look good and I am going back for my birthday. The value was good I think that the selection is way random but it works for having a good time and ticking some new beers.
01-10-2011 23:00:49 | More by jorg2619
2.1/5 rDev -45.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5 | $$
I went there for a rare night out. The first two beers I tried to order were on the menu but no longer avialable. The waitress had a slip of paper with the "current" draft list. However even a few of those were crossed off. This place advertises that it has the best beer selection in the area. It might if the draft list was actually what they have. Brass Rail far out shines this place. That speaks to selection. Now to atmosphere, average. This place is a bar thats tries to be a nice restuarant and has acomplished this to a limited extent. Service: not having my first two beer choices set me off so there was little a beer novice waitress was going to do that could make amends. I wanted to leave ASAP so I could go home where I know I could find good beer but had to go track down someone to get my bill. The lamb taco's were meaty enough but dry. Value: reasonable for what they were actually able to serve.
07-12-2010 02:00:35 | More by pecokid
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited on a cool December night.
Atmosphere: We ate in the Tiki Pub in the back. Up front, a bar and nice dining area greats you. The bar is metallic and unoriginal, although it is pretty sizeable.
Quality: Service, cleanliness and food were all up to par.
Service: Service was fast, taking drink orders and meals promptly.
Selection: A sizeable tap and bottle list was a welcome surprise. From the tap list (available online), I went with Moonglow and Flying Fish's Grand Cru. My wife went with Bell's Winter. All were good, although each arrived without any type of head, no foam, no carbonation, no nothing.
Food: Pub grub up to entrees, the menu runs the gamut. I enjoyed my grinder enough.
12-19-2008 14:29:03 | More by akorsak
4.4/5 rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I finally got to a very revitalized looking Annville with a couple buddies and we all had a very pleasant time. We had Beamish, Arrogant B, Merry Monks, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Liberator Doppel, and a taste of Alexander Keith's lager. Lou Rotunda, one of the 3 brothers that own the Batdorf, was very gracious and took some time to talk to us. It seems that the beers rotate a bit and I would say they all tasted great and were reasonably priced. We only had a little snack during an, unfortunately, too brief a session. I highly recommend!
05-06-2008 12:58:02 | More by BeerIsland
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I've visited the Batdorf countless times in recent years. In terms of local establishments serving good food with a nice variety of craft beer it's top of the heap around here really. Recently the Batdorf has moved from a smaller location just down the street to a much larger place which has turned out to be a great move. Parking can be a pain on a Friday or Saturday night, be warned.
Basically what you've got here is a standard American pub with a Southwest twist. Menu is just a touch higher class than your average place, though by no means overly so. A complement of Mexican entrees as well as sandwiches coming with chips and homemade salsa form the southwest element I mentioned. The "back" bar as I suppose I'll refer to it, is in what is essentially a large garage with the surrounding glass walls able to retract up creating an open air setting for warmer weather.
The service is slightly better than average. Not exceptionable, but nothing that would detract from the experience either. In my experience the bar tenders have a serviceable knowledge of the beer they serve, Belgians served in a proper glass more often than not. The wait staff does try their best to keep a working list of options, but I'd recommend a trip to the bar prior to your meal so you can decide what you want as not to be at the mercy of your server's memory. The best advice I can provide in terms of the service is try your best not to sit upstairs, as it will make your service quite slower.
I'm scoring selection a 5 taking into consideration where the Batdorf is located. Sure there are countless places with vastly superior beer selection, but none of them are anywhere near this area, so the place really stands out. Since moving to the new location they now have two bars with more than double the number of taps, which I would estimate is now at approx 25. With this increase in selection also comes an increase in variety and quality. Victory, Troegs, Stone, Unibroue, Stoudt's, Ommegang, and Rogue come immediately to mind as a few brewers I can remember ordering on tap. Every time I visit there are new tap options including many seasonals. The bottle selection is also quite respectable. Last time I was there I noticed seven different varieties of Unibroue 750 ml bottles for example.
The food is quite good. I can recommend the burgers as well as seafood options like the shark or seared tuna sandwiches. I have yet to try any of the Mexcian options.
04-19-2008 14:50:57 | More by HugoGrim
Batdorf Restaurant in Annville, PA
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