Kraftwork

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25 Reviews
Reviews: 25
Visits: 46
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: n/a
Taps: 25
Bottles: 10
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

541 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19125-3341
United States
phone: (215) 739-1700

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Photo of jjboesen
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Having slaked a thirst at Yard's Brewing (See Reveiw), I strolled up to this Fishtown favorite. Situated on the corner of Girard and Montgomery - and accessed by a trolley car (No. 15) - Kraftwork is a small venue with a rather industrial decor of brick and unfinished plasterwork; it is a single room dominated by a circular bar with a scattering of picnic tables along the walls.

Kraftwork offers 25 well selected taps, which cover all your basic styles; I enjoyed Yard's Brawler, a mild; Racer 5 Cask and a savory FBS. The beer menu provided glass type, something I thought unique. Great service that passed the water test and an intriguing food menu boasting a Breakfast Cubano (pork belly atop toast with fried eggs).

A great stop in Philadelphia's Fishtown and in proximity to several other great places. (813 characters)

Photo of NICOLEdawn
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

love this place -its my go to in fishtown!!! the decor is amazing. the details in the wood and metals are so cool. also, central wrap around bar is ideal for bar sitters. love sitting at this bar more than any other bar!!! beer selection is great! food is great!!! love the staff. you can tell they love their jobs, that is so important, and says so much about the management. the first time i ever went here i ate a rice crispy treat with chocolate and bacon....but it was removed from the menu later - pleassseee put it back on it was soooo good!!! (550 characters)

Photo of rm9679
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Generally awesome place if you appreciate craft beer, or if you don't.
Quality food and service to support the 25 beers they have on tap. They offer a full-service bar and growlers to go, so there is something for everyone. The staff is knowlegable and they always offer $10 flights of four beers to sample if you are having difficulty choosing from the extensive tap list.

I wouldn't have installed televisions, but for some locals, I'm sure having the game on can be an attraction.

If you are a beer fan and live anywhere in the area, there is no excuse not to stop by kraftwork, you owe it to yourself. (608 characters)

Photo of slander
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Saturday with Witzel Phillying again, it’s been some time, you see. Started out late, arrived early, as it is with speeding. And if you spin a U’y on Girard and no one is around to ticket you, is it really illegal? Yeah? Says who? Whatever, I did what I had to do. The end justifies my means of procuring a sweet spot, which I did. Parked right there with minimal walkage, it’s what I do...

Corner joint, somewhat pretty easily identifiable by the large wrench shaped Kraftwork sign out front and band saw blade action. You’re greeted by a rounded wood “U” shaped bar with a stainless steel inlay all around, a mesh base plate, and foot rest. Seating for 22 on puzzle piece stool seating, they’re totally cool. A long row of taps from end to end running the length of the base of the “U”; nitro on one end, and cask on the other. Glassware shelved and shelved and shelved below the bar. Slender bar island in the center; booze wellings all around, wine & glassware atop, with an anvil, of course, and a juice squeezer on the far side. A large hand saw with hop cut outs sits over the bar island suspended from an I-beam. It’s Paul Bunyan sized, seemingly unused, as he was more an axe guy.

Beaten brick walls with some non-chipped away whatever used to front it all around, and large vertical windows front and to the side. Diagonal wood slat floorings, and a black ceiling with round bulbs on wide pan backings, and phat drop lanterns about. Flatscreens on opposite walls and tunes a-playin’ from somewhere. Bench tables on both sides of the bar and off roundies up front to both sides of the door.

24 taps, ½ of which are American craft beer offerings, from here to there (Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter, Allagash Curieux, Terrapin Side Project #14 – TomFoolery Black Saison, Abita Pecan Harvest, Bells Oberon, Moylan’s Special Bitter, Coronado Idiot IPA, Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA, Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin, Ballast Point Calico, Lagunitas IPA), and the other ½ of them imports (Evil Twin Before During and After Xmas beer & Katz Pis American IPA, Mikkeller Black Hole Tequila & Red Wine editions, Lefebvre Blanche De Bruxelles, Bavis Petrus Aged Pale Ale, De Glazen Toren Saison D’Erpe-Mere, Boon Kriek, Liefman’s Oud Bruin, Reissdorf Kolsch), a token retro (PBR) and single cider (Doc’s Framboise). And a single cask offering (North Coast Red Seal). I drank the Bells Oberon, Abita Pecan Harvest, Terrapin Side Project #14 – TomFoolery Black Saison, and the cask North Coast Red Seal. What? They were shortys.

The beer menu lists the available offerings (+ the next 2 on deck), and shows the brewer, make, model, and abv. Beers are served in increments differentiated beer to beer (8 oz. pub, 10.5 oz. goblet, 16 oz. pint, and the 64 oz. growler), and they also do flights of 4 for $10. Plus a few customer cocktails & a half dozen wines.

Sadly, we’re in brunch mode so I can’t get that amazing short rib sandwich I had last time (um… roasted pablano crème, fried onions, pepper jack cheese, hello), so I’ll slum it with the Kraftwork burger (special dry aged blend of awesome), with Grafton 2 year cheddar & thick slab bacon for a few bits more, and I’ll take that medium please. Oh, and fries or a salad? Witz says “you don’t win friends with salad (no conga line)”, and it becomes apparent that it’s true; every other sentence that comes out of his mouth is a Simpsons quote. It will be fries. Accompaniment of lettuce, yes, and pickles, no (removed and plated them). Okay, now that was a serious good goddamn burger. I inhaled it and then picked at the fries lamentingly. Witz had the Kraftwork Breakfast, two eggs over easy, hashbrowns with peppers & onions, and a buttermilk biscuit. Worked for him, he dug on those crispy potatoes.

Good menu and the food was great (Damn you elusive short rib sandwich, I will be back for you). Solid beer selection, fresh and well maintained. Plenty of goods; wasn’t so easy to prioritize what I was to be having next. Server was pleasant, albeit scared somewhat by my slight scribblings in a little book of crazy. Ed is on celebrity watch, thinking he’s seeing beer industry people. Ed is paparazzi. Cool scene, and a better looking crowd than I remembered this neighborhood holding. (4,325 characters)

Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I love this place, and make it a point to go there when I am in Philly.

First of all- I went there for the beer, but the food is amazing. They make one of the best burgers I have ever had, and their fries are so good that they are memorable, which says a lot for fries.

They have a smaller selection, which is why I gave them a 4 rather than a 5, but for what they have, it is amazing. They always have at least 1 or 2 things that I am very excited about. I'm from Jersey, so it gives me the chance to get some Bells, and Russian River favorites that do not make it to my state. I always leave with a growler of something.

The service is not only knowledgable but also very friendly, and they never leave you waiting. They really make the experience excellent.

As far as value- I would say that the food, for the quality is excellent value, while the beer is a bit pricy, but its nice to be able to get some rare gems while having a good meal in a low-key place. (970 characters)

Photo of PhillyHomebrew
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

One of our favorite beer bars in the city. Just being able to sit so close to 24 taps and ask for a flight of your choice of those beers is amazing.

You can pretty much guarantee there will be something to drink for everyone, even if they typically don't like beer. Kraftwork usually has a cider, or something similar on tap. The food is always spot on as well, I love the crab salad.

As the owner himself said, "I'm not doing my job right if I have 24 taps and can't put something on there to satisfy every palate” - Adam Ritte. (534 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

When I lived in Chicago, people in bars would often ask me where I went to school (i.e. OSU or IU). In Boston, people usually ask me to get out of the way. In Philadelphia, at Kraftwork, I had two different parties of vastly different ages engage me in conversation about beer. I think I'm in love.

It's a little out of the way, but man was this stop worth it - and not just because I kicked the keg of Pliny that they'd gotten in the day before. This is a serious beer bar in a serious beer city. At 5:00 on a Saturday, Kraftwork was packed with people of all different ages enjoying a fantastic selection of beers. Though the tap list wasn't the biggest I've seen, all of the selections were well-chosen and interesting. In addition to Pliny, I saw St. Creme Brulee, Deschutes Inversion, Great Divide Hibernation, and a host of others on tap. Additionally, every entry on the beer menu is listed alongside its on-deck replacement. I wasn't given a bottle list, but when I mentioned to the bartender that I was a big fan of Consecration he was more than happy to pull a bottle out from underneath the bar.

Service was impeccable here. Our bartender made sure to let us know as soon as we sat down that we could order samples of anything we liked - nice touch. Cambridge has plenty of tatted-up beer geek bartenders who can wax nostalgic about old Abyss vintages, but not many that are this friendly.

Though I didn't get the chance to order food, everything coming out of the kitchen looked awesome. Moreover, everything seemed very reasonably priced, though I suppose it's a bad sign when I'm automatically excited about a burger that costs less than $14.

A brighter, friendlier Lord Hobo with a smaller but nonetheless excellent draft list. I'm sorry I left. (1,765 characters)

Photo of Kaydogg
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Kraftworks is located in Fishtown. I was here for the Firestone release. I thought the place was very cool. Very industrial looking place with a pretty wide mix of people. Food and service were good considering the large amount of people that showed up. Burgers were very good and food came out quickly. They had a stellar tap list....including Cantillon St. Lamvinus which I had a glass of to finish the night. Awesome! They were also one of the lucky bars to get Abacus on tap. I would definitely go back to this place. (521 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My first foray into Philly was fraught with the peril of nearly running out of gas. As I was also hungry, I figured some place would avail itself to me. Being Philly, I thought if I just drove a couple blocks, I'd find a decent beer place with some good food. What I found was Kraftwork.
I stepped in fresh off the street, ready for anything. A full bar, beautiful bartenders, and an outstanding draught list? Check, check, and check. Thank you, Philly. Ordered up an Abacus and an outstanding burger with some pretty good garlic fries and got myself back on the road. Good service, great selection. Further investigation will take place in the future, but an impressive first showing, Philly. (693 characters)

Photo of Soonami
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Kraftwork is a really cool craft beer bar in the ever expanding web of gentrification in Fishtown. The bar is on a non-descript corner on Girard, with a little bench in front of a large bright street side window. Theres a cool sign in the shape of a wrench that announces the name of the bar. The interior is very cool with some steam punk influences, exposed brick wall, exposed industrial fittings and a really cool maple bar. The tables are scattered throughout and are of different sizes which is helpful for small and large parties. The floor is pretty wide so there's room for those that want to stand and mingle.

The food here was good but not great. The portions were fair, but I felt like several of the courses were tasty but I had little criticisms about seasoning or ingredients that could improve them. The veggie options were available, which is always helpful for mixed crowds.

The beers are the star here with a good mix of craft beers on 24 taps and 1 hand pump. There is a good representation from on East Coast beers as Terrapin, Flying Dog, Yards, Victory, Troegs, as well as Belgians and West Coast beers on tap. There selection is always interesting and they provide detailed description on each beer, pricing on different size pours (half pints, tulips, pints and growlers), abv, and what is coming next. There are often seasonals and limited beers that you'd have trouble finding elsewhere in the city.

This is a nice place to go before a concert at Johnny Brenda's, dancing at Kungfu Necktie, or just a night of craft beer drinking. (1,560 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Kraftwork, not far down the street from Johnny Brenda's, might just be the nail that finally tacks down this further part of Girard Avenue, leading to a comeback. Not that other businesses haven't done a good job, but they weren't the kind of places that build a solid, loyal customer base. And, in fact, a lot of them are already gone. They were ahead of their time given the sketchier character of the area at night, and the lack of foot traffic during the day. But Kraftwork should create a flow of customers on the street during the afternoon and through the evening that creates a presence, and essentially, makes the area safer. Moving forward...

Upon entering you find a fairly large island bar in the center, with some high tops along the front wall, and some cool, exotic wood tables for dining along the sides. The decor is kind of 'modern-faux-industrial'. There are charming elements to it, and there are pieces that seem over-done; and the lights beneath the bar and surrounding the entrance to the kitchen don't quite fit, but they don't really hurt either. And to be honest, I don't think that most people will really notice. What they will see is the massive, black-bladed crosscut handsaw with artistic hops rendered/cut into it above the bar. And the large twisted pipe wrenches adoring the walls and bathrooms. They've put a lot of time and effort into it, and it's paid off. The tables are small, and snug (think Irish or English pub), and much more casual and comfortable than if they'd used standard furniture. And although it can get crowded, there's room around the bar so that you can grab a beer and stand until a seat opens up. (Let's hope they're not a victim of their own success and end up like so many places where idiots will just pack themselves in like sardines because it's the "cool" place to be).

As for the beer, no problems there. I'm quite jaded, and I found several selections to tickle my fancy. I love the Left Hand Stranger American pale ale (recommend it), and I was able to go back to an old favorite that I haven't seen in years, Ichtegem's Grand Cru. In fact, I don't believe I've ever had it on tap.

The food menu itself can be a little hard to decipher at first, but I assume many will find it charming, and it does tie the whole fabrication theme together. The food is very good, but not great - however, I can't complain given the prices as there are many places that plate food of a much lower quality and production standard at much higher prices!!! I think with a little more time they'll emerge as one of the pre-eminent gastropubs in the city (well, they kind of actually already are, but I think they'll eventually rise above their contemporaries). They offer an interesting array of items, and although I initially found it kind of disjointed (crispy pierogies, Korean BBQ tacos, Sicilian Arancini, smoked trout salad, pizza, mussels, burgers, falafel, lobster bisque), with hindsight it's actually kind of well-rounded. And they offer a pretty decent selection for vegetarians as well.

The service is something I should note. I felt it was a little slow, although the food was not held back in any way. But in the same way that they're not using standard furniture, they're not exactly doing standard restaurant service either. It's too small a place to have too many servers, so it seems like they use one per side, and if it's busy you might get passed by for a drink order unless everyone's glass is empty. So I don't really mean that as a fault, it's just what you might expect from this truly "gastropub" experience.

Absolutely worth a visit. (3,612 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Let's not bury the lead: Go here. Go now. Go often.

Kraftwork is without doubt my favorite new craft beer bar, well, anywhere really. Located in a still somewhat sketchy part of Fishtown (half a block from a precinct house; you see some interesting things on the way in and out), plan on taking public transit if you don't drive. Cabs can be tough to hail.

Inside is one of the most attractive bar spaces around. A U-shaped bar with about 25 seats sits in the center of the bar, with long tables around the inside walls and some hightops by the windows. All the bar stools, and many of the decorations are hand made steel art pieces. The artistry, and the time taken to put the dining room together adds a real wow factor to the visit.

The tap list is excellent, 25 deep, with a list that shows what's on tap and on-deck for each tap. All craft, with the exception of the hipster swill of the moment (usually PBR, really the only off note here).

Food is even better than the beer. Beer can chicken sandwich is a must. I have never had a bad meal here. Service is competent and warm.

HV (1,091 characters)

Photo of RobertColianni
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

God I hate writing reviews...
I stopped at Kraftwork on Monday when "BeerAdvocate Preemptively 'did' Philly." The taproom was absolutely excellent. The interior was gorgeous. Polished cuts of wood were used to make barstools and tables around the outer walls. Nothing looked cheap, boring, or inattentive. Windows allowed for outside light to shine in, keeping the mood vibrant and clean instead of dark and dead like some places. The best attraction was the view of Girard Avenue.
That said, the food was outstanding and priced well. Serving sizes were perfect. The taps were full exhibiting at least fifteen beers, all of which were displayed on a list accompanied by a full description showing the brewer, beer name, style, ABV%, and serving size. There was even a list of what was on deck.
That wait staff and bartenders were kind, caring, and didn't bother you while you were eating.
Overall, an excellent time. I will go back, and would recommend Kraftwork to anyone. (973 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Fourth stop in my tour of Philly's beer joints, after Monks, The Foodery and Yards.

Super cozy place, great ambience. An industrial-retro feel, a great mixture of wood and metal. Cool design, but blue-collar feeling. Stellar music, lots of Blues.

25 taps, with a bit of everything. You have Russian River Consecration, Bell's Porter, New Holland, Nogne, BFM, Smuttynose, Dogfish, Great Divide, Jolly Pumpkin, Victory, Southern Tier, Sierra... a great mixture of styles and breweries from the US and Belgium and beyond.

At least one cask and one nitro to boot.

On the loading dock, Bell's Hopslam, Avery Mephistopheles, Troegs Nugget Nectar, Southern Tier Gemini... I wish I were around for those!! There is one single bottle selection, Drie Fontainen Oude Geuze when I visited (22 for a big bottle).

Service is super nice and efficient, both at the bar and the tables. Food is limited but looks real good (truffled cauliflower-potato puree, venison medallions, duck-prosciutto salad). Also fresh oysters and a cheese board. Didn't try, though.

Prices are not bad. $6 for a Russian River ($7 regular price, I think I got a discount because I hated it!), $5.50 for Southern Tier Hoppe and Weyerbacher November.

They have free wifi, comfy tables, good music, great beer... I'm a fan! Will come back next time the wife and I happen to be in Philly. (1,355 characters)

Photo of ShaneThePain
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Time to get reviewing again. We will start with a late Saturday afternoon stop at Kraftwork. After losing some bucks at Suger House, this group was ready for some good beer. Drove by it, but caught it the second time by. Not sure why, but I thought this place was going to be huge inside, but it's a pretty smallish place. Wraparound bar, lots of concrete and metal, high ceilings. Seating to the left and right if you don't feel like a seat at the bar. Overall, love the look of this place.

25 taps and cask were great; had a flight of RR Damnation, Van Steenberge Tripel, Yards Love Stout and Blue Point Toxic Sludge. Also had a Mikkeller Simcoe and what was left of the Bear Republic XP pale on cask that the bartendress was nice enough to give to me. The benefits of sitting by the hand pump, I guess. Woo! I didn't even look at a bottle list, so I cannot comment on that.

Since we're on the subject, service was great and friendly, food was wonderful. We couldn't decide on one thing, so we got a little bit of this and that. Cheese plate, charcut...um, meat plate, frites, more. Really excellent food.

Place was getting full towards the end of our visit. If you're in Fishtown, you can't go wrong with this place. Hope it thrives. (1,239 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here a couple times, but revisited again with my girlfriend last weekend. With 25 taps, it's pretty tough not to find something decent, no matter how picky you might be.

The interior is somewhat industrial, with plenty of brick, metal, and wood. Tables line the outer portion, while a large, rectangular bar takes up the middle of the floorspace, with plenty of surrounding stools. They have a couple flatscreen TVs for sports and whatnot, but this isn't a sports bar by any means.

We both sampled a variety of beers, ranging from OB Gordon to St. Fueillen Tripel. The serving sizes and pricing is based on ABV and rarity, which is usually the standard anyway. Kraftwork also offers growlers, but only for specific beers on the menu.

The food was also impressive - I had a short rib sandwich with cheese and this habenero pepper sauce which was delicious. The garlic and herb fries were a nice touch as well. My gf was also happy with her huge eggplant parm.

The service is decent, not anything overboard, but enough for this type of bar. At one point I attempted to order a specific beer, and the waiter kind of made a face, suggesting i try it first. Apparently the keg was at the end (an unfiltered tripel) and the taste had changed considerably. I was so relieved he spoke up, because that was one of the worst beers I've tasted in a long time.

Everything is on the expensive end, but most places are in this ballpark around Philly. I'll definitely go back, the only thing that bummed me out was their website wasn't updated so the beers I was all stoked to try weren't available anymore. (1,611 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.53/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great place - fabulous beer list (several Russian Rivers on at once in my first visit, which gives you an idea of the scope), great food, super friendly staff. We love it.

The room is spare and deliberately industrial, including a giant metal sculpture of a handsaw over the bar. It might seem sterile were it not for the outpouring of warmth from the staff - everyone smiles, everyone chats. They're attractive, young, friendly and hip, but never obtrusive. And the service is crisp and efficient on top of that. The food was delicious and well thought out - I wanted everything. The Beer Can Chicken sandwich is moist and homey, the Trout BLT is interesting, the fries are salty and lovely, and the brunch food cannot be beat (sausage gravy and biscuits. Amazing).

I wish this place were closer to my house so I could go all the time.

Update: went there over the weekend and found, to our delight, that they have hired Renata, the legendary bartender from Brigid's and South Philly Tap Room. This is a very good sign. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Cbfree
3.65/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I enjoyed Kraftwork, but didn't love it. I like the industrial twist on the pub theme, but the stools just are not that comfortable. The draft selection is pretty good but no bottle selection bothers me a bit. Sometimes I want a bottle. I like that they do Growlers but am annoyed that not everything is available.

The service has seemed absent minded and not always aware of what is going on, but friendly enough.

The food menu was small and the flatbread I had was just not good the bread was an odd mix of crunchy and stale dough.

I don't know maybe its just me and I am getting to old, but I think sever things were very well thought out and executed and others seem hap-hazard and done because they feel they should, not because they want to. I guess I will have to go back in six months (797 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere- When viewed from across the street, it becomes immediately obvious that substantial amounts of time went into the design of this bar. The facade is fresh and attractive, while still adequately blending-in with the architecture of adjacent buildings. Inside, it becomes abundantly clear that big $$$ was spent on the interior design. The blend of high-end materials with modern transitional architecture, tattooed twenty and thirty-somethings, amazing beer, and music that fuses rock and reggae... makes for one of the best beer-bar atmospheres I have experienced in the United States!! I am very tempted to give it a '5' on Atmosphere...

Quality- We already covered the quality of their architecture. Their beer menu is comprised of some of the most high-quality slelections I have ever seen. Their 14 tap draft list included (on the night of my visit) a cask of Racer X, RR Consecration, Bells Two Hearted, Founders Cerise, DeProef/Terrapin Monster Rouge, Southern Tier Pumpking and Young's Double Chocolate on Nitro... Need I say more? All beer came from impeccably clean tap lines. Just amazing how they can cover such a range of ultra-hi-quality styles with such a short draft list!!

Service- Service was good in the context of things. The place was packed when we got there- and the waitstaff found us a table in a reasonable amount of time. The staff seemed reasonably knowledgeable about beer, but they were too busy to engage in any level of conversation.

Selection- This is a tough one to gauge. While 14 tap lines is not a lot, they covered such a dynamic range of styles with their offering... I am just so impressed with their cellarman. PBR for the macro-drinker, pale ales, ipas, sours, hefes, other weizens, stouts, trippels, bocks, and the list goes on... The QUALITY of their beer list clouds my decision on ranking their SELECTION. I must give it a 4.5 because they really maximized the dynamic range of their offering... I believe the '5' rating should be reserved for places with 75+ quality tap lines.

Food- A very limited food menu... but I sampled three dishes, and all were good. The food came-out surprisingly quick, given how busy they were.

Overall- This place is like heaven on earth for me. Maybe I caught it on a perfect night when their draft happened to feature a ton of amazing hard-to-find brews... but something about the place tells me that their beer offering will continue to be amazing with every visit! (2,459 characters)

Photo of regspeir
3.78/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Located in Fishtown at the corner of East Girard and Montgomery Avenues, Kraftwork is a decent spot with a good taplist I have visited twice now. Boxy but comfortable, the place has a square bar in the middle and shared tables around the outside. There seemed to be a nice mix of clientele each visit, although white, mid-twenties seemed most common. Seating was at a premium on both weeknights I visited but the wait for space was not unduly long. There were two very busy bartenders who were pressed to keep up with the demand and seem to have little time (or interest) to chat. The wait staff however was ample and timely. There were 14 taps with a nice variety of options. A nice touch was the menu which showed what beer was next when each on the menu kicked. Prices seemed about average and fair. Food was a decent - not a huge set of choices but some interesting ones alongside pub mainstays like burgers. I don't think anyone at our table was ecstatic but no one left hungry or angry either. The "beer can sandwich" seemed to be the winner at our table of eight. I would note that the architecture and the volume of the music conspire to make this a place where you may have to go home hoarse if you need to talk to anyone who isn;t right next to you. All-in-all this was a decent place with good beers and one I would revisit, although not as a first choice. (1,367 characters)

Photo of johnnybowden
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I went to Kraftwork this afternoon with some friends after scouting it a few weeks ago. You can't ask for friendlier service, a better beer selection, a nicer atmosphere or better food, all in Fishtown!! Enjoyed a few nice pale ales--Bear Republic and Founders. My friends worked their way through the taps. Great food too--really good "beer can" chicken sandwich with fried long hots and provolone, and good burgers too!! Nicole, our bartender/server was a sweetheart and couldn't have been more accommodating. Owners here also own the Sidecar in S.Philly--also a good place, but this was terrific! Try it!! (608 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A nice little walk up from the Girard Ave El stop, Kraftwork stands out amongst some dingy older row homes and business on the block. Bright and airy due to large windows on both street sides, the other 2 walls are brick with a faux torn plaster and wallpaper look in certain corners. The details that went into this place (such as the faux plaster and iron work) are pretty unique and must have took a ton of artistic skill. The bar area feels quite industrial.

There is a 20 tap system that rotates quite frequently. In fact, theri website tells you what is on and whats on deck, which is a nice touch. Of the 20, upwards of 5 are quite unique and harder to find brews, even in this area. There is no bottle selection that I was aware of. They even give you an option of pour size and do growlers on the more common stuff. There beer events for Beer Week were run decently as well.

The food is excellent for a bar. Menu items are quite unique (namely the signature Beer Can Chicken Sandwich - the best pulled chicken sandwich ive ever had with the best slaw ive ever had).

Service was good, the bartender was freindly, but it seems there can be more people then the amount of staff can handle at times.

The prices were reasonable, Center City like prices on the beer and food, but a good value none the less.

Hopefully i can find a reason to head back into this area again. (1,381 characters)

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4.35/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Heard some good things about this place and went during a mini bar crawl in the Port Richmond neighborhood. Located right on Girard Ave, Kraftwork is not hard find.

Located on some corners in the area, once I walked by and peeped the chefs wearing chef uniforms, I knew this place would be something special. Inside, Kraftworks looks modern, it's a little bit dark but not Eulogy dark. A big mix of people were drinking here, alot of different types. Alot of steel sculpturing on the walls and on the lighting above. I think I saw one TV in here so it's not bombarded with 20 of em like some bars. The bar is U-shaped and can sit around 20 people or so. All the 25 taps are in one area for easy picking. Some picnic bench type tables surrounding it with smaller hightops towards the windows. The hightops are shaped like a guitar pic, nice. Good reggae music playing in the back. I heard this place gets a DJ in as well, maybe I should recommend myself.

This bar opened up a week ago, so the tap lines are super clean, clean as a whistle. Appropriate glassware and a easy on the eyes beer list that states whats on and whats next. I like how the list is set up, it lets you know what will be on next when a certain keg kicks, these guys have a plan, there is no guessing. I did not visit the bathroom so can't comment there. This place is clean.

Wow, service was top notch, never had to wait for a drink, super quick. The server was knowledgable and on the spot. There were some drink runners as well that said the name of the beer when it was placed down, letting you know whats what. When I walked in the bar was busy and I was thirsty. The bartenders were super busy but I happened to eye up somebody towards the back who looked like an owner/manager. He saw me and promptly came over to get my drink order, excellent. Service is grrrreeeeaaat.

I don't think I have been to a bar with such a diverse selection of beers on tap at once. There were so many styles within the 24 taps that I applaude the person making the choices. Dunkel weisee, berliner weisse, 3 types of brown ales, triples, stout, ginger ale, kriek, the list goes on. I had a St. feiullien triple, Great Divide Dunkel and a Liefman's Kriek (which I never saw on tap before) I cant wait to go back and get that Gose that they will be tapping soon. Did not see a bottle list.

The food was killer. The food menu is not too extensive but what's on there is dank, all of it. No need to have a huge menu where the outcome is less than stellar. Like GZA from the Wu-Tang says "weak rhymes that's mad long Make it brief Son, half short and twice strong." But in this case the rhymes are food items, LOL. I had some fries and a charcuterie plate, I will be coming back for both of them plus the chicken cooked in a beer can, sounds delish.

I really like this place and will be coming back real soon and drinking my 1st Gose, when ever it gets tapped. Do yourself a favor and go here. (2,950 characters)

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4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped on by on friday nite. Only opened a week and its seems they have a great handle on things. Got a table right away and the place was packed. Great selection of brews, something for everyone. Started off with a 1809 super cleans lines and a good pour to boot. Ordered a charcuterie plate and some fries. The plate was amazing its a must try. The fries were perfectly cooked and the fryer oil was super clean. I'm a stickler for that. The waiter was johnny on the spot as soon as we needed anything but was not I'm our face the whole time. Really well done dude keep up the good work. Such a cool place and with this kind of sevice, selection, quality, and atmosphere kraftwork will no doubt be one of my go to spots on the regs. Thanks for a great time. (759 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been hearing a lot about this place leading up to it's opening so I decided to stop by for dinner tonight with my wife.

The space is pretty much one open room with a large square island bar surrounded by high top tables, and tables with bench seating. There is a lot of room to sit at the bar and plenty of seating for dining. Some of the tables were long picnic style with bench seating and you had to share them with other parties.

Lots of steel sculpture and exposed brick added to the vibe of this place. The room is kept very dark with lost of sunlight coming in(during the first half of our visit at least) lighting up the room. Plenty of hipsters but given it's location and proximity to Northern Liberties this is to e expected. Expect some skinny jeans, tight t shirts and lots of beards. At least the music was cool.

After being seated we were greeted by a very friendly server who was knowledgeable and passionate about beer. I asked him what the Dark Horse Special reserve Black Bier was like and he described it perfectly.

The selection was pretty impressive. Most of the time when new beer bars open up they have a smaller tap list and focus mainly on locals but they had an impressive 25 taps, some of which are kind of rare. Some of the highlights were the aforementioned Dark Horse Black Bier, Ballast Point Victory at Sea, Dr. Fritz 1809 Berliner Weisse, Founders Double Trouble, Saison Dupont, St. Feuillien Saison, Hopslam, Liefman's Kriek, etc. The list was pretty accurate and even included prices, serving sizes, growler availability and what was on deck. In addition to some rarities they had some good locals like Stoudts Karnival Kolsch, Yards Brawler(cask) and others. My only problem was that I didn't see a bottle list. Supposedly they have ten or so bottles but I didn't see any.

The food was another highlight of Kraftwork. We ordered the cheese plate, house made salt and vinegar potato chips, burger with blue cheese and caramelized onions and the falafel sandwich. Everything was delicious and it was one of the best meals I've had at a beer bar or gastropub. This place is casual but the fare is a step above.

Overall, I was very happy with my visit there and I look forward to returning very often, especially when I go to shws down the street to Johnny Brendas. The prices were very reasonable and the selection, food and service were all very good. Highly recommended! (2,419 characters)

Kraftwork in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.