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Flat Rock Saloon

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Flat Rock SaloonFlat Rock Saloon

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4301 Main St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19127
United States
phone: (215) 483-3722

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Reviews by jmatthew:
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

A decent place sums it up.
Very good beer selection, with some nice oddities and rarities popping up here and there, although it does rely quite heavily on bottled options. I do question how long the Rose de Gambrinus has been sitting in that cooler though, because Manayunk isn't exactly that kind of a drinking town. The wings are a standout and always excellent, and the rest of the menu is generally good quality standard bar fare. Given its lack of competition on Main Street, there isn't too much to complain about.

jmatthew, Oct 10, 2002
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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%

BeerForMuscle, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Magikbrew, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Casey3236
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Casey3236, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Ryanm1
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%

This is the most longstanding home of craft brews in Manayunk. If your looking for a good brew this is the best place to be. Make sure you bring CASH as last time I was there they do not accept credit. Craft drafts usually range between $4 and $6 and are usually hard to find drafts. You normally should be able to belly upto the bar because at times it's not too crowded. The old man, I assume the owner, is very knowledgeable about the beers.
As for the bottle selection this is one of the longest I've ever seen in Manayunk. It is heavy on the Bells beers. Didn't try the food but looked good.

Ryanm1, Jan 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

I love this place. The Flatrock could be a bit overwhelming if you are not well-versed in craft brewing, but the staff is fantastic. Everyone that works there has a great knowledge of beer styles and will be able to recommend beers, even the bouncer. The beer list is continually changing, and the food is fantastic and really well priced. IMO, way better than the other "beer" bars in Philly.

Also, there isn't a cover and there is music there on the weekends. There is no excuse to not come in and experience the awesomeness of the Flatrock!

mjsheehan08, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of CHADMC3
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

This is one of my favorite Philly beer bars, and quite underrated in my opinion.

The spacing and layout is a bit tight during prime hours, but I would prefer to refer to it as cozy. It has a great European feel inside, only enhanced by the friendly (and hilarious) owner and staff. The service is prompt and always helpful. Each time I go, I really feel they appreciate the people who come for the beer. Most of their stuff is very well priced, for example I had a $6 Founders Breakfast Stout last time I was here.

The selection is always vast and displayed both on menus and on the big blackboard. A nice variety of Blegians, American Micros, and various German brews (great for people who traditionally like the macros).

The place is always clean and feels like home. One of my favorite elements of this bar is the one man bands that play here on weekend nights. This place is always laid back, a really great crowd gathers here that contradicts the rest of Main Street Manayunk.

Stop here if you have the chance, it is one of a kind. Perhaps the best reason to stop if you're married/committed. . . you can have a few brews while the other half shops Main St.

CHADMC3, Mar 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

How many goddamn times did I try to see this only to find it not open this early or at all on a Sunday? I heard some things; I want to go see and Manayunk is kind of on the way up north where flatbreads'll be had. Me and Ed will head ahead as Randy is only as far as the broken bell on his walking tour downtown and we've got time. Ed is actually angry with me for having landed the sweet corner parking spot just out front. I rock. And here comes the meter man, me, with quarters in hand. Oh, I'll let the meter run out and take the ticket, but that's later, let me enjoy the now...

Little corner place with a staircase to somewhere up front. Long "L"ish wood bar with a lip and black laminate top, seating for 10 here and just one more in the next room where the bar strangely continues through. 4 square tables back there and 5 up front adjacent to the bar, running down the center of the room in a row from the windows over Main Street back. Shelved glassware and some booze over mirrored paneled bar back. Stacked cases of beer below and some bottled selections above the unit amidst the remnants of a tin ceiling and brick behind the bar. Pillars along the bar hold a trim above with more bottles lining its length. Coolers down on the end of the bar housing bottled selections, listed on a blackboard to the rear of the room. Framed ceiling with spinning fans, tile floorings, and subway tiled walls white & black with some seating on window boxes below the big glass over the front and side. Flatscreens in the corners here and there, some neons in the windows, and pub signs & mirrorage about.

4 taps on two towers of two each (Sprecher Black, Pilsner Urquell, Blanche De Bruxelles, Magic Hat hI.P.A.), and a most interesting bottled list, nearly 3 dozen American micros. 6 offerings from Bells (I'm drinking the Cherry Stout just now, plus they've got the Kalamazoo, 2 Hearted, Pale Ale, Amber & Brown), 3 from North Coast & Bear Republic, and a pair each from Founders (Breakfast Stout & Centennial IPA), Flying Dog, Boulder, Avery, Two Brothers, and then New Holland Pilgrim's Dole Wheatwine, Laughing Dog IPA, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, Geary's Pale Ale, Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Stout, Steelhead Mad River EPA, Southern Tier Gemini, Thirsty Dog Siberian Night Imperial Stout, Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA, and a pair of ciders. What's unusual is the lack of local anything and hardly regional even, from what I saw. Nothing from Pennsylvania, it's like the anti-local.

And then, check this out, like 2 dozen or so Belgians. 4 offerings from Cantillon (Cuvee Des Champions, Vigneronne, Broucsella 1900 Grand Cru & Kriek), 5 from De Proef (Zoetzuur Flemish Ale, Lozen Boer Quad, Saison Imperiale, and the Reserve Signature & Les Duex Brasseurs collaborations), a pair each from Urthel (Hop-It & Samaranth Quad), St. Bernardus (Prior 8 & Abt 12), Delirium (Tremens & Nocturnum), and then Oude Beersel Framboise, Tripel Karmeliet, De Dolle Bos Keun, Westmalle Tripel, La Chouffe, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Troubadour Blond, De Troch Chapeau Framboise. It's pretty tight for the most part, yeah. And 2 dozen+ other imports, mostly German & UK.

Someone's eating wings (I put a smellin' on them), and I saw something fish & chippy, but like I said, there's flatbread action in my future. Comfortable river town bar, good tunes being played, ahh, the 70's. Jukebox of non suck. And the beer, well, the tap selection could use some help but the bottle selection is very calculated. Good house!

slander, Mar 06, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

I just stayed in Manayunk this past weekend and went here on my first night in town. We passed some other terrible looking places on Main St., before settling in here for the evening.

They had some one man cover band playing music. He was decent at first, but then got old quickly. However, the beer was good. I had a Blanche de Bruxelles and then a Tripel style Belgian that I had not had previously. They also had a couple decent macros such as Pilsner Urquell. Overall, I very much enjoyed myself at Flat Rock.

mltobin, Nov 11, 2008
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4.53/5  rDev +9.4%

This place is right in my wheelhouse. Been here a good 50+ times. I lived in Manayunk, about 3.5 blocks away from Flat Rock, my last year of college. This is the place that I credit for opening the door to craft brewing for me. The only drawback is only three taps at a given time. The beer list is all bottles.

The owner is extremely knowledgeable and is always on top of his game and is the primary bartender. The beer selection is always perfectly adequate. A blend of Belgian, Import and Domestic is always available.

The small, but very good food menu is right where you need it to be. Excellent wings and simple bar food done really well.

The prices are just right. Not city prices, but not a bargain. However, a good amount of the bigger bottles are overpriced.

When I get a chance to open a bar, Flat Rock is an inspiration for me in many ways.

ColForbinBC, Apr 18, 2008
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Flat Rock Saloon in Philadelphia, PA
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