The Farmers' Cabinet
Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 98
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: 26 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Gavage:
4.63/5 rDev +21.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
You walk into the establishment through some hanging burlap like curtains from the front door. You immediately notice how dark the place is as it is mostly lit with candles in mason jars. There is a smallish bar in the front where the beers are poured. There is another small bar that has the liquors just on the other side. There is a long restaurant section of the back of the bar area, and on one wall is a large beer bottle collection. There are plenty of barrels around, and burlap is hanging too. The music is from the 30's and 40's. The vibe here is very cool.
The beer list is definitely unique for Philly. There are several house beers brewed at a brewery in Alexandria VA. On my two stops in they had the Field Hop Grisette, French Country Ale, and Layover in Berlin. The Field Hop and Country Ale were outstanding. There are about 20 beers on tap from Italy, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and England. The beers we had were fresh and not served too cold. The beers come in small 8-10oz glasses, and the costs range from $7-$10 a glass which is expensive.
Service was very friendly and prompt. Any questions about the house beers were fully answered, and the bartender knew the beers he was serving. Only food we had was the pretzel which was very good.
For me this place is a nice change up from the typical Philly bar scene, but it is very expensive so the number of beers here will be limited in a session. The house beers are worth the trip.
02-03-2012 14:32:28 | More by Gavage
More User Reviews:
4.7/5 rDev +23%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Cool atmosphere, a lot of room to sit and grab a drink, bar is really cool and they have a lot of taps. It was a little pricey but if you in philly you should def check it out, hear the food is $ but we didn't eat. Beer selection had quite a few great taps everything from lambic's to lagers.
04-28-2014 16:57:51 | More by sneth019
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$
I'd probably better review this place before it's closed, which says a lot - http://philly.eater.com/tags/the-farmers-cabinet. I've avoided doing so in the past because of all of the inside / backdoor information I've been given on it, but now that that's all coming out in the press, who cares?
Maybe I can sum it all up in just a few words while ignoring all of the s#*t-swirl that's been going on pretty much since they opened (and then closed) Fork & Barrel: great looking place. comfortable. beautiful. pricey - yes. beers that no one else has. foods that no one else would dare try. authentically hip / not hipster. If you haven't been you should go. This is what so many places in Brooklyn really want to be but cannot achieve.
02-13-2014 03:57:20 | More by NeroFiddled
The Farmers' Cabinet in Philadelphia, PA
87 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.