Flat Rock Saloon
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Reviews by mltobin:
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-11-2008 01:18:31 | More by mltobin
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4.36/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
01-15-2012 13:46:04 | More by Ryanm1
5/5 rDev +20.5%
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!
11-03-2010 05:24:53 | More by mjsheehan08
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
03-07-2009 12:09:21 | More by CHADMC3
4/5 rDev -3.6%
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!
03-06-2009 16:52:13 | More by slander
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
04-18-2008 03:00:06 | More by ColForbinBC
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
Drinks and Dinner:
Right when I walked into Flat Rock Saloon (on Manayunk's Main Street), I was blown over by their beer list.
The options were many and they were split into three sections: Belgians, Imports and Domestics. Alongside old-favorites were up-and-comers and some new faces, getting me really excited for the evening. However, when I saw the prices, I got a bit disheartened. I mean, I'm well aware that alot of imports are rare and highly sought after, but I'm not willing to drop $20+ dollars on a bottle of Fantome.
Despite the prices, the food won me back fast. The sweet potato fries were delicious and they accompanied my order of mussels well. The Rauchbier seasoning on the shellfish was exceptional and it just made me want to drink even more. The small bite of a burger I stole off of a friend's plate even tasted great and it had some tasty veggies and crisp bacon that matched the meat's zesty flavor.
As for the brew, I got an Arrogant Bastard, a St. Bernardus 120 and the Duchesse De Bourgogne (I wanted a million more, but I was driving and trying to be responsible). All of the selections were excellent, but I was a little disappointed that I didn't get to try anything new. Our waiter was proficient with the orders and refills, but really didn't know much about the beers and didn't make any recommendations.
Although I was really disappointed with the unreasonable pricing (most of these beers are half this price at The Grey Lodge), the Flat Rock did have a pretty respectable list and I will definitely return when I get a chance.
01-16-2008 02:55:44 | More by deapokid
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
Flat Rock is an original craft beer destination spot in Philly butwith all the current options it seems to fly under the radar a bit. For value and quality it cant be beat. Throw in its laid back low key environment and it has places w/ similarly excellent tap lists (ie Monks, Euology) beat hands down. During my visit i had a 2006 Bigfoot $3, Southhampton Abbot 12 $8 and a full pint of Mad Elf $4
Wings are excellent, soup specials are homemade and always excellent. Owner/bartender is freindly. His monkey apprentice is the only thing holding this place back.
12-15-2007 04:09:17 | More by ghunte02
Flat Rock Saloon in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.