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Hawthornes

Not Rated.
HawthornesHawthornes

Taps: 19 / Bottles: 484
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]

738 S 11th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147-2651
United States
phone: (215) 627-3012

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hawthornecafe

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2009)
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KentEisenhuth


5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

This place is excellent. I would go as far as saying they have the best brunch in the city. The staff is amazing, attentive and super friendly. You can sample beer while waiting for your table. If you frequent Hawthorne's they remember your beer preferences. The draft list changes frequently and the bottle list is very impressive. The food is also outstanding. They feature very interesting specials and also some amazing comfort food. This is a fine place to go for any occasion and I highly recommend it.

12-28-2012 00:44:44 | More by KentEisenhuth
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fnsweet

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I was at hawthornes today it's my second time back since they opened the bottle selection was great with over 750 bottles to choose from and a 16 beer draft system for growler fills the two owners Chris and Heather were extremely helpful and have great knowledge of the beer that they carry they also have a really good food menu I will be making my way back real soon oh the fireplace is a nice touch some of the beers they feature are peche mortel, petrus oak aged pale, meantime brands, alot of local beers also like sly fox ,philadelphia brewing co.,victory,troeggs,stoudts,and yards some of the food items are homemade potato chips, hand carved sandwiches what a great place to go and just hang and relax.

11-28-2009 09:18:10 | More by fnsweet
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cassanoj

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

I get so excited every time I go to Hawthorne's. It's my favorite beer land in Philadelphia for a number of reasons.

#1. Really solid selection - Sculpin IPA, Papier by Bruery, The Rochefort triplets, etc...I also picked up their last bottle of Temptation.
#2. Chris and Heather are wonderful and knowledgeable. They have a sign when you walk in that says "We love beer, food and you." Perfect!
#3. Growlers - and not just any growlers, really nice beers (Blind Pig, Mischief #3, Sculpin, whatever the hot ticket is, they've got it.)
#4. Food. Their sandwiches and soups are damn good. Asparagus Creme/ Gouda, Ham and Olive Tapenade sandwich, woof. Always a treat.
#5. Sample nights. Often on friday nights, I'll walk in and its like a party in there. People strewn about talking about the finer things in life and having a blast. Couldn't ask for a better environment. Oh ps, they have a fire place!

*The only thing strike I can give to Hawthorne's is that their prices are high. Weyerbacher Riserva for 33 dollars!!! Wowzers! But other than some shocking price tags, Hawthorne's is the new place to go in Phillly.

12-23-2009 16:45:03 | More by cassanoj
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mbudner

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

A- I really like the way it's laid out and the vibe it gives off. There is a fireplace with a fire roaring at all times and couches and armchairs. I'm always a fan of the no-TV beer bars (Monk's, Brick Store, Tria all have that going on just to name a few other great bars/restaurants that have taken this approach.) Very open and airy with a lot of natural light coming through. You almost feel as if you are in someone's house (that's a good thing.) Another notable feature is the lack of pretension with the best example being the mason jar glasses. Chris actually explained to me where he got the idea and showed me the back of an empty bottle of Blind Pig that discusses just that. He also showed me how mason jars naturally lend themselves to great beer drinking. I am not saying that nice glassware is a bad thing, but the 500 different glass approach is sometimes a little much.

Q- Overall, the quality seems great and, while it is new, there are no 4 month old IPAs sitting on the shelf under the illusion of "freshness." The growlers are also a major player in the high quality score. I know that people are pissed that they are $15 and not swing top (threads, other reviews, etc.) but the fact that they are more than willing to fill ANY growler with the same size opening (pretty much anything other than swing tops) makes up for it in my opinion. Chris created this counterpressure filling system to offer the best possible on tap experience and I'd rather pay a premium for that instead of cheaper growlers with massive oxygen exposure (i.e. worse from the second they are poured.) I have picked up a few growlers, but never held onto any for more than a week; carbonation and mouthfeel were great and I will probably pick one up to hold onto to put Chris' 9-month guarantee to the test.

S- The food service was great and people are very attentive to help out with beers selections. Like pretty much every bottle shop I've been to, there are some employees who clearly know a lot more than others, but one great thing: none of them lie to you. I can't tell you how many times I've had someone trying to help me select beer and say something absurd, a lie, make something up out of the blue, etc. simply because they are afraid to say "I don't know." All of the employees seem to at least have tried many of the beers, which is always nice. All in all, very solid service.

S- Up there with the Foodery (northern liberties) as one of the best bottle shops in Philadelphia. It sounds like Chris is working hard to get new breweries into the area and in that respect it seems like Hawthornes has everything the foodery has and a little bit more. Being the only place in Philadelphia (that I know of) to offer counter pressure fills and of rare beers, at that, makes this place really standout.

F- I only ate here one time, but I had a slider with onion rings on the side. Both were great, and I will definitely have to make a point of eating a full meal at Hawthornes another time.

$$$- I can't really give anything in Philly less than three dollar signs, but that says something about the asinine distribution laws and not the place itself. As far as relative pricing, I have seen some bottles here that are more expensive than its competitors and some than are less. I'm assuming that has to do with how much they buy from a particular brewery. It is definitely not higher across the board. In downtown Philadelphia, its only real comparison is the Foodery and I would say they are both around the same. The other thing is that some of the bottles I see that are priced higher than I might expect (Bullfrog, for instance) are not available anywhere else in the city, so comparing isn't really even fair. The other thing is the growlers. There are a few bars that fill growlers, but those are open tap fills and usually pretty expensive. The fact that Hawthornes fills growlers and counter pressures them makes any comparison unfair. There are some beers that I have opted not to purchase because of high price, but that doesn't mean high relative to bottle or competitor prices, that just means high. One example, they had Marshal Zhukovs on tap and I decided not to, but that was partially because I wasn't ready to commit to 64oz of RIS. I have no problem paying $20 (sometimes less, sometimes more) for a quality growler fill.

02-15-2010 01:35:10 | More by mbudner
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Transcribed from notes dated T, 10 August 2010.

I was on a mission on this day. I had received a trade request for Sly Fox CANs and I was getting ready to head to Madison, WI that Thursday so I needed to reload and ship mos' quick. I had a list of all Beer Stores on BA Beer Fly at the time and I decided to visit as many of the ones that offered singles and sixers as I could, taking notes at each one.

Another corner location, this time at 11th and Fitzwater Streets and on the approach, the geography began to look familiar. It is located catty-corner to Bella Vista Distributors! The entry was in the center of the building along 11th Street with booth seating immediately upon entering and running along that wall and its windows as well as along a small corner window along Fitzwater. The center of the space was filled with heavily laminated restaurant tables and standard chairs. The left-facing, south wall had a small lounge area with a couch (!), a divan and a faux (?) fireplace with a sculpted stone owl perched atop its mantel.

Further aft, on the left-facing side, the bank of coolers began and wrapped around to the back (west) wall. There were five (5) doors on the left side, each with six (6) shelves and five more doors on the back wall for a total of ten (10) doors. The prices were clearly marked and I was told that they have the capacity to stock up to 1000 (1K) different beers at any given time. Zounds! For we shoppers of singles, a Mix-6 garners a 10% discount and a Mix-8 rates 15% off of the total.

They also offer draft beers and will fill growlers as an extension. The free-to-join Growler Club asks you to fill twenty (20) growlers over time with the expectation that your 21st fill will be on the house. Nice! As to the growlers, they have specially-made ones to go with their fill process which requires a special cap also.

Chalkboards above the counter area detailed "Lunch"; "Hours"; "Today's Specials" and "What's On Tap?". Coupled with the pressed tin signage (tackers), ceiling fans and exposed ducting, I wondered if they had designed the place with me in mind.

Another draft, some H2O and I was again on my way.

01-22-2011 12:53:53 | More by woodychandler
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Perkuno44

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

I love Hawthornes. Since they opened last year I have been in there pretty regular for lunch, brunch and just to get growlers and beer.

Chris, Heather and the Staff (Duckie!) are always a pleasure to interact with whether I'm rushing in for a quick growler fill or lounging about with the kids waiting for my party to get some food.

The food has been consistently good with some real home runs (Mediterranean Plate, French Toast, Angry Neighbor) mixed in. And speaking of kids mine absolutely love the pancakes.

Beer wise the growler list can feature some real finds and the bottle selection has never failed to produce something that I am aching to try. Like one of the other reviewers I do wish they would keep things stocked a bit better (I've seen the refrigerators a bit bare after busy weekends), but there is always something good to be had.

06-15-2010 00:07:22 | More by Perkuno44
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Right when I walked into Hawthornes (a new cafe/six pack store from the guys behind Bella Vista), the cozy atmosphere and overall good vibes sunk in immediately. Imagine buying and enjoying craft beer in one of those English manor libraries that Vincent Price sulked around in endless 70's horror films.

That might be a slight exaggeration, but the always lit fireplace, sweet smell of smoke and warm armchairs and sofas definitely give off a relaxed and elegant ambiance.

The staff also added to the experience; the manager basically walked me through the ins-and-outs of the entire shop. He gave me a rundown of all the new beer in stock, showed off the pressure-sealed growler fill station (15 taps, prices range from $15 to $35) and talked beer for a solid 30 minutes.

The warm bottles are conveniently placed on wooden shelves in the middle of the shop and many rarities were prominently featured. BrewDog's Dogma, Bullfrog's farmhouse ale, Scaldis Bush de Nuits and Sculpin caught my eye. The cold beer is split by country/region in 10 coolers and prices were on par for Philadelphia proper.

I was so taken by the place that I decided to sit down with a beer and one of their homemade sandwiches. I grabbed a Hop Slam and the "Change Order 2500," an absolutely delicious mixture of gouda cheese, ham and tapenade on an onion roll. The food and brew were well worth the $15 and I definitely plan on enjoying this grilled delight many more times, if I'm not swayed by an amazing dinner menu featuring mussels, braised pork and steak.

All in all, this is a top notch beer store/cafe and I definitely think it's a great contender for The Foodery's Center City crown.

02-19-2010 03:47:35 | More by deapokid
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soulcougher

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

07-01-2014 04:35:49 | More by soulcougher
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-05-2014 09:42:55 | More by JohnParadee
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Nathan_Snyder

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-18-2013 17:06:24 | More by Nathan_Snyder
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Hawthornes in Philadelphia, PA
93 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.