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Stephanie's

Not Rated.
Stephanie'sStephanie's
BA SCORE
88
very good

11 Ratings
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Taps: 42
Bottles: 450
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

29 Main St
Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 18901-4670
United States
phone: (215) 489-1644

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @stephaniesdtown

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: jpweisel on 12-13-2008)
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

EFR94, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%

In Doylestown you can't do much better for craft brew than Stephanie's Sports Bar. They advertise "over 50 beers on tap", but I only counted 38. Maybe I just missed 12 taps (maybe beneath the bar rather than against the back bar with the other towers?). It's all bottles downstairs in the "lounge". The beer selection is very good, and there's a beer board on the wall opposite the bar (why not behind the bar?), but it's not really kept up to date (it might be adjusted weekly). The bartenders are friendly and helpful though, so unless it's busy you shouldn't have a problem.

It's a comfortable kind of place, but a little odd in its decor. There's cheap wood paneling against the wall as a "back bar", but then there's expensive "stacked stone" on the wall above that. The floor is that fake plastic wood, and there's mint-green hard-rubber non-slip flooring material on the bar top (???). I'd been here before and it's obviously been re-arranged and "renovated" so that explains some of it. But it's quirky, and I kind of like it.

I've never been there in the late evening, I've never seen a band there, I've never tried the food, and I haven't bought any beers from the bottle shop but when I need to go to Doylestown for work and I've got an hour to kill I stop in for a brew. That's always during happy hour (5-7pm) and I can get a tall Franziskaner for $3.50 (not a bad deal!).

NeroFiddled, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev +12%

Stopped in here one night back in 2008 after going to a small hardcore show across the street at a record store. After the band we came to see finished their sat we left and jumped on over to Stephanie's. It was the first and only time I've been there and from what I can tell people are becoming a little upset about some things there in the most recent reviews.

The night I was there it was dead. I think there was one other person in there besides my friend and I. I started talking with the bartender who answered several of my questions rather quickly.

The selection for me at that time in my life was unreal. They had many beers on tap there to choose from, it made me wish I lived closer so I could go back and spend some extra time there. I could have easily gone in there several more times and probably would have been able to have something new each time.

The service was good, the price was a little steep for a college student but overall I thought the place was really cool. I'd still like to go back one day just to see what on tap there now and stuff. Odds are that there probably isn't that much of a "new" selection for me these days. I enjoyed my short time there though and I feel that is what mattered most.

Knapp85, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of gafferjohn
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

I use to like this place. They had a great Happy Hour special, 50% off beer and food. Now I knew this wouldn't last forever but when they started raising the prices on top shelf beer they didn't advertise it or even have the bartenders inform me before the bill came. When I questioned the bartender he said thhere's nothing he could do. What a shit fest !
I have tried to give it another try but it just seems to get worse. Pliny the Elder in a 10 ounce glass for $8.50. Use to be $4.25 for a pint. Same thing for the Blind Pig ( which they rotate on the same tap )
Anyway, nice people who work there, great food but way too $$$ and can't speak too highly of the owner and the way he runs his business.

gafferjohn, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of skiofpinsk
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

I've been going to this place for a while now, and have finally gotten around to reviewing it.

I'll start with the bottle shop. More and more recently I've been seeing less here, although they usually have a one or two beers that are a good find. Prices are about as high as they can be without being completely outrageous. Prices aren't shown anywhere, so it can be a bit of a shock to find out at the register. I haven't bought from here recently, being able to find most of what they have elsewhere and for much cheaper.

On to the upstairs bar. The layout makes it kind of cramped, especially on a busy night. Always been able to find a seat though. Plenty of TVs if you're interested in watching a game. Can't speak for all of the bartenders, but Matt is a pretty nice guy. If he doesn't know much about a certain beer, he'll pour a sample for you to try.

Looking over the beer list is almost completely futile; as other reviews have said, it is not updated regularly. Not sure why they don't put up a chalkboard. Not sure if the list includes what size the serving is, but I'm thinking it doesn't. Haven't gotten any bad/off beer besides an Oskar Blues Old Chub, which tasted like it had been sitting for a bit too long. Beer selection seemed to be better when I first started going, like the bottle shop it seems they have less and less overall. What they do have is a nice mix of imports (English, German, Belgian) and American craft.

Food is pretty good, I haven't gotten anything that I've been unhappy with. Portions are large, and fairly well done.

Haven't been to the downstairs before, but I was told they only have a few taps of American macro down there.

Overall, it seems that this place has been declining in quality. I blame this on their prices, which have been high from the beginning, and people opting for bottled run-of-the-mill beer instead. Even these can be high; I remember a woman asking for a bottle of Yuengling and being told it was $4. I usually only go there on their VIP half-off night, in which case it's a pretty good deal. If you're looking for somewhere new or are in the area looking for beer, give it a try. FYI, they get their new stuff in on Wednesdays. So a day or two before then might be a bit scarce.

skiofpinsk, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of WreckDiver
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

I like Stephanie's. I've only been to the upstairs bar & the takeout store... they also have a lounge w/ entertainment (downstairs). As far as beer selection is concerned, they are amongst the best. They have 40+ taps of exclusively micro, belgian, & unusual imports. Additionally, they have 300-400 bottles. The food menu is limited but very high quality & the portions are good... never felt hungry after ordering. They aren't inexpensive, but I think you definitely get your money's worth... a fair value. The bartenders I have had are knowledgable about the beer they have and are friendly and seem to enjoy sharing "your experience" as you try different things. The take out section seems to be "hit or miss"... you can always find good beer and enough selection to may your visit worthwhile, but sometimes there is less to chose from.

UPDATE
It's OK... but has gone down hill.

WreckDiver, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

I stopped by here on a orientation mission with a buddy who had just moved into the neighborhood. This would be his new bottle shop, so we had to check it out.

The place is split in two with future plans to connect the two sections with a bottle shop on one side, on the street and the bar on the avenue with an uppity boutique in between. Odd. I'll start with the bottle shop. There are about 7 coolers stuffed full of awesome beer. That's about it. = ) Well, to go into a little more detail, it is evidently all craft with a tip of the hat to Belgium and Germany in the last two coolers. I was surprised to see such a thorough attempt to represent every beer that could be found. That kinda helps the name, "beer geek" make more sense. Could they take that name and not have this selection? Any way, the dude behind the counter was himself a beer geek and could talk the talk of beer nerdery. For that, I'd give the service a 5, but there's still the bar to consider.

The bar on the other side was your average dark bar with little natural light and tons of flat screens, but with four towers full of taps. There were many InBev groaners, but still tons of sweet, sweet crafts. I went with what turned out to be Blind Pig. I spied the RR tap handle and asked the young bar tender which it was. His answer came out in such a way that he might as well have replied, "I don't know. Please don't ask me any questions." Yikes. If I were the owner, I'd can that guy or at least see to it that he got a proper beer education. Beerducation? The other strike against this place is that their beer menu is not up to date. They should take a clue from Capone's here. Stephanie's beer list looks great, but what does that accomplish if it doesn't represent what's on tap? I would dumb it down and go for current over fancy. This will please the beer nerds.

So, good beer selection with SOME good staff and a beer list issue that needs to get worked out. I see a lot of potential for this place if they can hammer this out.

DarkerTheBetter, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of zoso1967
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%

-update-

Since writing my original review I have been back many times and I have to say I am now much less impressed. Most of the bartenders I have had were really not familiar with the beers, and even worse they were very annoying. Also, the beer list is SO out of date that you really have no idea what is on tap without looking at the handles and asking the staff who may or may not have any idea what the hell is on.

Most importantly, I have had problems the last 3 or 4 times with the quality of the beer. Dirty lines and poor carbonation are easily fixed and not acceptable at a multi-tap like this.

The food remains pretty good, and the takeout place is nice to have, (though lately they have not had the selection they used to) but I would recommend finding a different place, even if you have to travel farther to get there.

-Original-

Stephanie's is a bar/restaurant that also has a take out store that is connected, but around the corner from the actual bar. It is broken into two parts. Upstairs is your typical sports bar with lots of TVs and seating spread about. The lower level is a lounge with lots of couches and a space for a band to play. I only ever go to the sports bar because the lounge seems like it would be a meat market on most nights.

Now the important part, they have around 40 taps with a very wide selection of brews. Unlike a lot of the beer bars in S.E. PA the taps are not dominated by local beers. I find this to be a good thing since I can get Victory or Yards anywhere, but I had never even heard of Avalanche before coming here. My only complaint about the selection is that I wish they had more Belgian beers on tap. When I was there last they only had two.

The takeout place around the corner is my favorite part. I am original form Michigan and PA liquor laws drive me nuts. Being able to get a mix and match sixer from a place that is only 25 minutes away is a godsend. Very decent selection for the size of the store and they are planning on expanding it.

zoso1967, May 03, 2009
Photo of CReilly
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

1/3/09

Lived in Doylestown for a year, this was the place to go if you wanted more than the usual on tap... With 29 taps(both upstairs and downstairs) serving a rotating selection of unique and seasonal beers you can usually find something you like. More often than not you will find Ray behind the bar and if you go do not be afraid to talk beer. Ray, having grown up in Holland, knows more than a thing or two about beer. He does a write up of all beers on tap at the moment and can fill you in on beers to come. Food is overall bar food ranging from fries to sandwiches to burgers, quesadilla's. The food is more than decent, adequate, and reasonably priced (apps $4.00 big burger/fries $9) pints around 4-5

Recently added was the take out selection around the corner from the bar. From speaking with Lee, the owner, over the past year while this was in being brainstormed, it appears to be headed in the right direction. Roughly 300 unique beers were selected for the start with aspirations of 1000 different beers at some point in the future. Impressive selection of some of the more rare beers out there.

With a willingness to offer you a sample, even help you find out what you like, the bartenders are quite helpful and friendly.

My only criticism is that occasionally they do run out of some certain beers on tap right before the weekends so try getting in there before the weekend if you plan on heading up.

CReilly, Jan 06, 2009
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Stephanie's in Doylestown, PA
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