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Free Bridge Wine & Spirits

Not Rated.
Free Bridge Wine & SpiritsFree Bridge Wine & Spirits
BA SCORE
96
world-class

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 17.87%
Taps: 24
Bottles: 810
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

9 Union Sq
Phillipsburg, New Jersey, 08865-2329
United States
phone: (908) 387-1380

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Notes:
Formerly known as The Wardell.

(Place added by: tkobble on 04-05-2011)
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Reviews by NoLeafClover44:
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%

I found this place online while doing a search for Firestone Double Jack. I was impressed they had it because I had come up empty at several places in PA and needed it for a trade. It is located right over the free bridge in union square. I wasn't sure what to expect as I opened the door, covered by an old school awning and entered into a dimly lit hallway. I was greeted by a huge, friendly Burmese mountain dog, and a maze of beer filled the room. I was told they were in the process of reorganizing but beer all over the place didn't bother me one bit. The owner was very friendly and helpful and assured me she would order anything she could that I didn't see. They had a good selection of local beers as well as some of the harder to find craft brands. Firestone walker, weyerbacher, ithaca, green flash, etc. There was nothing extremely rare but it was an impressive selection and very reasonably priced. There is also a bar with several taps of craft beer available in pints or by the growler. They do special tastings thursdays and usually have a brewery reps or even the brewmaster on hand. They also have a good liquor and wine selection, so it is a convenient one-stop shop that the PA laws would never allow. Whenever I need to go to easton I am sure to stop in at Freebridge to see what new bottles they have and grab a pint.

NoLeafClover44, Mar 01, 2012
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4.79/5  rDev +8.4%

I visited this store on the way from CT to PA. Only a 10 minute diversion off of I-78.
Ample parking just behind the store after you cross the bridge between PA and NJ.
Walking in the front door there is a wall of coolers to the left and several shelves of bottles on the right. Wine and liquor a on the far right wall. There are several table and chair setups as this is also a bar. I am there early 11 AM and it is empty minus one staffer who immediately asks if I am looking for anything and is very helpful with pointing out some of the local wares when I ask about them.
She knew her beers and was pretty good about offering suggestions per my favorite style too.
I walked up to the bar, which was short and had maybe 10 stools.
About 20 drafts, all craft and a good mix of styles. I asked for a sample of an Allagash Fluxus 2013 which has been aged by the owner. Beer was pretty cold and the sample was basically in a medicine cup, but tasty and cool beer to have on tap. Good friendly service with a great selection and easy to find.
I think the selection is a 5.0
Service was also a 5.0
I didnt see any issues with the quality of the products sold and have enjoyed several bottles.
this is a must stop if in the area and I will probably hit it up again in the colder months to gather up some smattering of stouts and other big beers.

sulldaddy, Aug 18, 2014
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eagles22, Mar 29, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +10.4%

so many great beers, great service, beautiful women, and handsome men, all on the Delaware River. Trish is the BEST barkeep on the East coast.

What makes this establishment intriguing is that Trish will only sell certain beers to certain individuals.

What makes this establishment unique are three Bernese (sp?) Mountain dogs, Bubbles, Piper and Baby that are beautiful and wonderful creatures. She is also selling fabulous dog food and dog treats now, not to mention spirits and wine.

smitty23, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

themind, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of TTripp725
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%

We were recommend this place from a bar maid and staff at Two River's Brewery because we were looking for a certain beer. The owner was awesome. We asked her about the beer we were looking for, she didn't carry it but immediately she went on-line and emailed the brewery in an attempt to carry the beer that we were looking for. She was was awesome in attempting to help my wife try and find another beer that she might like. Tricia is very friendly and is very knowledgeable about the beer that she has on tap and in stock.

TTripp725, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of jd18
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%

Nice selection of bottles and stuff on tap. Prices seemed inline. Parking was a little tough even midday when I stopped in. Inside was a bit dark and I'm not sure the method for organizing the beer on the shelves/cooler. I was offered help as soon as I made 1 tour through the selection which was cool, seemed like they knew I was hunting for something specific, and were ready to help me find it. Selection was clearly marked and priced clearly. Online inventory seemed up to date.

Staff seemed friendly and knowledgeable. Even on my first visit they seemed ready to chat taking interest in my selections.

jd18, May 02, 2013
Photo of danedelman
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Just got back with a $5 growler of Mikkeller Ris a la M'ale!! Not only did I get to sample some of the others but was able to geek out beer talk, Spoke to Trish the owner for awhile. Great service. Also picked up a bottle of Panil and Northern Hemisphere Hop Harvest. Prices lower than that of Abe's in Bethlehem where I also go.

Will definately go back many many times. Love the growler/on tap selection. May be a good hangout for a pint before going home.

Also I feel that this place may be overlooked for some of the awesome Gem's that land with Hunderton Distribution.

danedelman, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of mortal1313
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%

Great customer service and knowledgable staff. Wonderful selection of bottles and a great bar with rare and unique beers to try. They offer growler specials on Thursdays and the owner, Trish, is always willing to order something that her customers recommend. Wonderful vibe and selection! They have 25 beers on tap and about 291 bottles.

Prices are good and there is also a good selection of wine and liquor for great one-stop shopping. If you haven't stopped by this place yet, you should definitely check it out.

mortal1313, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of boz4uali
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%

P-burg and Easton's little secret...I drive by this place every day on my way home from work, and always meant to stop in. Man was I happily surprised when I did! I knew it was a liquor store/bar...but this place has 24 taps of amazing stuff. Got a pint of Firestone Walker Double Jack (yay), Stone Russian Imperial Stout, and Good Juju to cool me off on the hot summer day I visited. Bought two FW §ucaba (Abacus) and a few other gems. Beats Bourbon Street Liquors prices for sure.

The spot is very unpretentious and kind of a mess, but I like it. The owner is very laid back, friendly and warm and is asks if you need help. The three HUGE bernese mountain dogs laying around, good fries/hot dog place next door that you can order in and copies of beer advocate magazine on the bar make it my new favorite place.

boz4uali, May 26, 2012
Photo of HopDropandRoll
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%

FreeBridge is a great little gem of a place. Doesn't look like much on the outside, but the inside is pretty impressive. Great selection of local beers, and also a wide array of harder to find beers or things that just aren't widely distributed. The kicker here is the bar and the new tap tower. 24 TAPS and all really good craft beer. The employees know their stuff and are really easy to talk to, and you even get the pleasure of a few big dogs lounging around sometimes. Well worth looking into.

HopDropandRoll, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of lumberjake
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%

Stopped in for the first time in late September and they were just getting their act together. Been back regularly since and they have made a real commitment to craft beer. NJ locals Kane and Carton always on draft plus limited allocation stuff from Sixpoint, Rogue and others. Tastings every Thursday with brewery reps and often brewers themselves. Place is small, but the shelf space they have is crammed full of almost nothing but craft beer with a surprising number of great breweries represented given the space available. If they don't have it the owner Tricia will order it for you if it's available. A real find in this part of the state with stuff you can't find without driving an hour+. Part bar, part liquor store, you can grab a pint while you peruse the bottles, order a hot dog from the shop next door and bring it in and sit at the tables. Warren County has needed a place like this for a while. It's gotten nothing but better since I first stopped in, and they are extremely committed to making it even better.

lumberjake, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of DaveHack
3.11/5  rDev -29.6%

Stopped on a whim on my way back to PA. There is nothing exceptional on the bottle selection. Not many to choose from. I asked if they have Firestone Walker and they really put effort into looking into this for me. They took my name and offered to call me if they get any. The highlight of this place is they have a small bar with 8 taps. Although completely average, you can get a draft beer there, or a growler fill which is very cool. This place has tons of potential, but hasn't lived up to it yet.

DaveHack, Jul 09, 2011
Free Bridge Wine & Spirits in Phillipsburg, NJ
96 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.