Tria - Washington Square West
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ckeegan04:
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Dropped in on a Thursday evening for drinks and dinner. We were visitng my sister-in-law and she always raves about the place. Very small, dimly lit with a modern feel. And I was told this was the bigger of the two locations. Menu was seperated into 4 pages: food, beer, wine, and cheese. We started with a small cheese platter and a few appetizrs. Beer list was not huge but was very well thought out. About 30 offering, 6 or so on tap. Didnt quite follow how they had them broken into groups, but still a very user friendly menu with descriptions of each beer. I started with a Cantillon Gueuze which was presented to me like a wine bottle and served in a wine glass. I personally liked that touch. Moved onto a Yards Extra Special Ale and finished with a Rulles Tripel. Beers were all served in proper glassware and at proper temps. My wife really enjoyed the wine list as well. We went ahead and had dinner as well. Food was good but not great, and seemed a little pricey for the portions, especially the cheese. Service was friendly but a touch sporadic.
Overall I certainly did enjoy this place. No, it is not even in the same league as Monk's when it comes to the beer but they still have an excellent selection and a much friendlier overall menu for the non-beer crowd. I would certianly go back if I find myself back in Philly.
10-31-2009 14:45:51 | More by ckeegan04
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
After trying to go to the now-shuttered Farmers' Cabinet and stopping at Moriarty's for a beer or two, the wife and I ended up having lunch at Tria on Spruce.
This is a classy spot in Center City/Washington Square, pretty packed on a Sunday at 4pm at that odd hour between brunch and dinner.
We loved the food, a succession of smart small plates like truffled egg toast, crab-stuffed peppers, cheese bruschetta and what not. You can order a couple of small jawns and be all set for the day.
The beer selection is divided in "invigorating", "friendly", "profound" and "extreme". I didn't find anything terribly extreme or profound on the list, but there is some good stuff. Of the 27 beers listed, 8 are drafts: Allagash White, Victory Braumeister Pils, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin', Two Brothers, Dupont Moinette, Double Jack... plus all the cans and bottles.
I'd love to see a broader selection of beer here, but the food more than makes up for it. I will certainly come back and visit the other Tria locations.
07-07-2014 00:36:05 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Went here during beer week 2012 for a lost abbey event with oglmcdgl and sourbatch kid.
Tria located dab stab on 12th and spruce looks inviting from the outside. Nice awnings with a brownish tint, with seating on the outside on a nice intersection in Philly. Inside, a nicely furnished and all importantly clean interior with some dark wood here and there. Bar seats about 15 at most. A tap set up of about 12 beers with a pretty extensive bottle list that is well thought out for cheese and char pairings.
The menu was displayed on a clip board with food and beer separated. Nicely structured descriptions of everything. In this particular moment, there was some Lost Abbey sours on tap including Tomme and some Ad lib as well. This was during beer week but I keep track of Tria's tap menu year round and some thands be coming out. Either or, the rest of the taplist usually is geared towards pairings with some dope ass cheese and nicely portioned char boards.
I like the layout of this joint and it's like a high end beer cheese/char pairing place without the space constraints of Benelux and the extremely high prices of some other unnamed places. With that said, there are some high priced offerings on food/beer list, but you get what you pay for.
06-07-2012 05:14:20 | More by BARFLYB
4/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Having grabbed a beer at both locations, I've decided I prefer this Tria. I was lucky enough to hit the most recent Sunday School, and my review will reflect that experience.
I suppose there are lots of wine bars like this in every medium and large sized city in America: soft lighting, earth tones, cheese boards. What sets Tria apart, and what makes this review germane, is its commitment to beer. In a city that takes beer very seriously, Tria doesn't necessarily stand out for the breadth of its offerings. Rather, the beer menu is structured to be very approachable. While I'll always prefer a beer list organized by brewery or style, Tria's general category/flavor-based menu is an effective tool for removing the guesswork from ordering a beer. That said, good options abound: I had a Bourbon Angel's Share on draft, while my dining companion opted for the Sunday School special $5 bottle of Aecht Scherlenka Marzen.
Tria's commitment to the demystification of urbanity certainly extends to the world of cheese, a subject in which my knowledge is sorely lacking. I had some absolutely delicious cheeses this past weekend, and was aided in my selection both by the descriptive menu and our very helpful server. It's worth noting that Washington Square was packed during my visit, with thousands of people flocking to the neighborhood for Outfest. Though the restaurant and streets were both quite crowded, our server handled the situation with aplomb and seemed to have a very solid grasp of the beer menu.
Tria strikes me as a very dependable spot, and a pretty ideal venue for an afternoon beer. Though not the geekiest of bars, it's nonetheless a great place for beer that would shine in any major city.
10-12-2011 03:23:43 | More by amphion1065
3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
My less favorite Tria location but still a worthy stop. We make it here less often because we much prefer Varga Bar two blocks east.
The location has an openness that is a welcome change from the original location on Sansom. On a nice day, as shown in the thumbnail photo on the BA page, the 12th Street side of the building is wide open, creating a great sidewalk cafe feel. There is a slightly angled bar with about 15 seats, some up tables, some outdoor seating and a small balcony that holds a few additional small tables.
Draft list is small but all high quality with a wide variety of styles. I have always been able to find good American and Belgian selections. Food is very good, especially the cheese and charcuterie selections.
Service is often a sore spot in this location, standoffishness and neglect are common. Which is odd because the service on Sansom is uniformly excellent. Anyway, a nice spot to tag team with Varga but if I can only stop at one of the two, this is the one I skip.
08-22-2011 19:49:36 | More by sholland119
Tria - Washington Square West in Philadelphia, PA
91 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.