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Porters' Pub & Restaurant

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Porters' Pub & RestaurantPorters' Pub & Restaurant
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

30 Ratings
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 75
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

700 Northampton St
Easton, Pennsylvania, 18042-4228
United States
phone: (610) 250-6561

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Photo of brianwsnyder
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great place to hang. Fantastic beer selection.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of JimmyAloysius
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of dannyhead
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of tomgoehring
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mrsbpotter25
4.6/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The food is outstanding. I highly recommend one of their sandwiches or specialty dishes. Whatever you choose you cannot go wrong in this menu. As for the beer selection with over 60 beers to choose from on their mug list and another 12 beers on tap I'm sure you will find an old favorite or something new to love. Irish flair meets craft beer!

Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

As you enter there is a small bar directly in front of you to the left and a small seating/stage area to the right. Kind of small with only 1 bathroom I believe. There was a band playing which was kind of cool but was a little loud and made it hard to hurt.

The tap offerings are small, around a dozen but are priced quite fairly but the bottle list was large, unfortunately priced not too reasonabley.

I have been here several times and it is never super crowded. The service is really always quite spotty to be honest. I don't like it when the bartenders seem like they have something better to do then serve you beer which I'm pretty sure is there job.

Overall I would rather go elsewhere for my craft beer in the area.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went here on Cinco de Mayo with a group of friends. We sat there as a group and each bought beers off of their 60+ beer list to get a team mug. The place is quaint, a little old fashion looking. The seating is a little tight but overall it's not too bad. The line for the bathroom can get pretty long since it's a 1 person at a time kind of thing. The service was pretty good since we had a large group they needed to keep telling us to keep our voices down over dinner hour. The beers kept coming though no matter how loud we got which was nice. The selection of beers is pretty good, nothing too out of the ordinary in today's market but someone just getting into the craft movement this would be a fine place to start. I didn't order any food while I was there but for the people who did it looked fantastic. I ended up having several rounds and the tap wasn't all that much, I'd say that this place is pretty good. Not sure how often I'll get back there but I would stop in if the mood struck me.

Photo of Myst
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Stopped by this place on my way from Jersey to Pittsburgh. They have a decent tap selection but a better bottle selection. The bottles are a bit pricey, but they're probably the same price as anywhere else.
They have a house brew called Porters ESB iirc, its Scarlet Lady ESB, and its mad good.
The food is by far, top level, when it comes to bar food.
The bartender was very friendly and engaging, he wasn't too knowledgeable in beer, but he knew what the good stuff was and how to guide you in your selection. If I didn't have to drive 5 more hours I would've had more beers, since they had a good selection on tap that day. Oh well next time.
Its a very chill atmosphere and have free wireless, and I'd go there again.

Photo of VegasBill
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

As you enter Porter's there is a small bar directly in front of you and there is a small dining room next to this. All in all a comfortable atmosphere. I started with a Harpoon IPA and finished with a Left Hand Sawtooth Ale. The tap offerings are small, 10 as I remember, but the bottle list was large.
I was there on a Wed. eve,early and there were police everywhere. A police car sat in front of the pub the whole time I was there. Not exactly conducive to having a few pints.
Because of this and also I was hungry I had a cup of the chili, which was great and a crab cake, also great.

Photo of WreckDiver
4.43/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Like a neighborhood type bar feel. Customers & staff very friendly. Staff very knowledgeable regarding beer. About 8 micro brews & good commercial beers on tap. 100's of bottles to choose from, with a decent beer menu to guide selection. Joined their mug club (free), need to drink 60 listed beers to get your mug. Scratched Dilerium, Motor Oil, & Raison D'etra off the list.
Wife had Lindemans Peche, Maudite, & something else.

Food was good, decent portions & excellent quality & value. Good selection of menu items at a variety of price points. Basic pub type fair to more gourmet type offerings.

Definately will go back, & would recommend to others.

Photo of BigIrishman
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is my top beer bar in the Lehigh Valley. Last time I went they had Nugget Nectar and Old Rasputin on tap as well as some other classic greats. They have a mug club which can compete with any pub in the nation in terms of variety. They also have a selection of bombers which even includes Double Bastard. Their mug club beer list includes the best from Rochefort and Westmalle as well as locals including Troegs, Victory, and even the best from Bells and Founders. All around great atmosphere, knowledgeable managers and wait staff, and amazing food (even my girlfriend loves their food). Overall, the best pub in the Lehigh Valley to try local greats on tap and in bottle as well as exports.

Photo of jdg204
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

One of my favorite stomping grounds in the Lehigh Valley, always a great place to try a new brew and have a nice meal.

A: Lovely Irish/Victorian style pub, immediately encountered the bar on my left and dining on my right. Nice, original brick and stone walls surround you.

Q: Very nice and clean.

S: Wait staff is always very nice and corteous and the place is small enough that you really get an intimate feel.

S: About 10 brews on tap, 4 of which were micros. About 30 bottles to choose from. Nice ones too. They had delirium noel for the holiday.

F: Sandwiches and appetizers are always excellent and very filling.

V: Very reasonable for the quality of food and brews being served.

Photo of claytri
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped into Porter's to have a few with a friend from the Easton area one day, and was very favorably impressed. They had a limited selection on tap, but about 60 different beers in bottles. I was able to have an Old Rasputin on tap, which was a nice opportunity here on the east coast. Was able to sample a few more before we left. This is truly an American Pub. Nothing fancy just a nice homey feel. The bartender was great, and the music was pretty decent. A very nice beer sampling environment. I would suggest you drop by if you happen to be in Easton.

Photo of Stomper52
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This Place has got to be one of the best places in the area! The selection of beers is one of the best with with about 10 taps(6 of them changing regularly) and 60 to 70 bottles.

The food is one of the best kept secrets in the lehigh valley. The head chef, Jermey, Is really something special. The menu is great and the specials each night are well thought out and always top notch!

If you are in the area I suggest that you stop in and have a drink and something to eat. You'll be glad you did.

Photo of NolanGTI
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was my old college stomping ground (mid-late 90's) and the bar that got me into good beer. Small bar in the front room with a table or two when you walk in. Great stonework and brick gives this corner taproom a special feel. Bar area can be smoky at times, other than that, pretty solid.

Beer list is very strong, although not quite on par with the best in SE PA. Added bonus is Which Brew is across the street, which makes Porter's a must visit as part of a mini pub crawl (you can even add Pearly's in the circle).

They have a mug club and a house beer brewed by Wyerbacher (you have to guess which one). Great upscale pub grub and friendly service make this an excellent lunch stop and an all around good place to spend some time.

Photo of 3leggeddub
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I grew up in the area and Porter’s has been around forever. Basically, it was one the area’s first beer bars way before it was hip to be one.

They’ve got a big selection of beers (60?) given the size of the place. Most is in bottle with 8 or 10 taps. I’ve read reviews from people getting down on Porter’s because of their limited tap selection and that their choices tend to be well established craft brews that aren’t experimental enough. Those people are obviously not locals. The fact that Porter’s has survived for this long with what were until maybe 10 years ago very niche brews is amazing.
I’m grateful it made it long enough for me to really appreciate what they have, which honestly is nothing to sneeze at.

Over the course of my last visit the bartender said that they keep their selection a bit more limited and traditional because the beer bar down the street Which Brew has a huge selection. They'd rather not offer the same stuff as Which Brew to kind of help each other out and keep customers rotating between bars.

This is a great little place as long as you can get a seat. I love the atmosphere and decor -old school English pub- but when this place is crowded forget about it. I suggest early afternoon on weekends or later on weeknights. Food is pub grub, but done well. And yes Pennsylvania is still a smoking state, so it can get a little whiffy in there if you are coming from non-smoking states.

If you find yourself there even just 2 or 3 times a year join their mug club.

Photo of jemoryl
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Labor Day and I have just completed a 60 mile bike ride through the hills of western NJ. Some food and a few good beers are desparately needed, and the best bet in that area is Easton, PA. Wanted to try Which Brew but they are closed on Mondays, so I head up the street to Porters, which I have visited in the past.

Late afternoon locals crowd, nice friendly atmosphere. I am looking for something good on draft and find their selecton somewhat limited: 10 taps, all but 4 more or less wasted on macros/lame imports (e.g. Boddingtons, Smithwicks). And the odd part was the selection of the 4 decent beers: a house Amber (made by Weyerbacher?), something from Brooklyn, Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA from SF and something from Atwater (which turns out to be a vanilla porter, tap handle was for a maibock). Start off with the IPA, which was ok, but can't see why someone bothered to bring this all the way from the west coast. Refreshing for an IPA and went well with my excellent burger and a nice gazpacho (tomatos are in season). Made the mistake of trying the Atwater, which was flat, reeking of vanilla and generally ponderous.

Bottle list is quite long, but nothing too surprising. What I couldn't understand was the general lack of PA and decent east coast micros either on draft or in bottles. Wanted a hoppy pilsner and Pilsner Urquell was about the only reasonable choice (no Victory Prima, Stoudts, etc. or other Czechs). Also, I've gotten used to the no smoking law for NJ and NY bars and was surprised to find that PA still allows smoking and just about everyone in Porters' was puffing away. Cut my visit short when I got tired of the smoke drifing in my face...

Photo of StonyB
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

And they said Beer Advocate magazine would never amount to anything...

Thanks to an article by Lew Bryson in a recent issue of BA's mag, I felt compelled to travel to Easton, Pennsylvania. Labeled as one of nine lesser known beer destinations, Easton turned out to be well worth the trip, and Porters' Pub was one of the reasons why...

Porters' is on Northampton Street, in a worn but not dangerous part of town. An unassuming entrance on the corner leads to an old-school pub on the inside. Classic woods and brick, Porters' very much feels like its been serving drinks for decades...

Wood bar to the left as you walk in, seating maybe 10 if you squeeze tight. Dining tables in an adjacent room to the right. 1 small TV, above the far end of the bar, and only visible if you're close to it. No jukebox, though M.O.R. music controlled by the barkeep plays in the background...

Let's grab a seat at the bar and get something to drink. 10 taps, but we're not overly pleased with the selection. They've got a tasty alt from Legacy as the house beer, and a couple of other decent offerings, but mostly it's standard imports and macros. Non-plussed, we ask for the bottle list. Bingo...60 bottles, and a very well-thought out selection indeed. Many different styles and countries are represented. American micros, German hefes, British and Irish stouts, Belgian ales, etc. Something for any mood you're in...

I'm getting hungry. The menu looks good, though standard for a pub...Is the chili good I ask Ryan, my bartender. Not good, really good he claims. Ok, let's rock that...and he's right. Add a couple of drops of hot sauce and go to town. My friend Dan has a grilled chicken sandwich and is similarly in heaven. The point; make sure you eat something if you go here...

Overall, a really nice local pub. If you have the ability to go on a Saturday, you will enjoy excellent service from our new friend Ryan, a top-notch bartender. A quality selection of bottles, great food, old-school atmosphere...what more can you ask for?

**Stony's Biscuit** - When you sit down at the bar, your eyes will inevitably wander toward the array of pewter mugs hanging from the ceiling above. Inquire, and you will learn that you too can have your very own mug. Just drink each of the aforementioned 60 bottles on their beer menu...

Photo of Risser09
4.22/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Atmosphere: Walked into this Irish/Victorian style pub and immediately encountered the bar on my left and dining on my right. It was nearly 10 o'clock on Christmas Eve so they weren't serving food. Looks like the regular and people who just left work were there. Nice, original brick and stone walls surround you.

Quality: Very nice and clean. I was told the bar was revamped 18 years ago by my friend who owns Which Brew.

Service: Good service, the bartender let me try some samples and then I picked a bottle of Raison D'etre from the bottle list. He appropriately gave me a chalice and let me do the pouring.

Selection: About 8 things on tap, 4 of which were micros. About 30 bottles to choose from. Nice ones too. They had delirium noel for the holiday.

Food: Wasn't able to get any. Heard it was good.

Value: My friend wouldn't let me pay the tab so I have no idea what the prices were like. I guess they were on par.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Porters' Pub is a great little English-style pub/restaurant just down the street from Which Brew.

It's a cute and cozy place with a wood floor, green walls and burgundy tablecloths, and a stone wall in the dining room. There's exposed brick behind the mahogany bar (the building dates from 1833 and it's been restored to reflect that); and over 2000 pewter mugs cover the ceiling (you get into the mug club by drinking all of the 60 different beers they carry). They have English darts, and the bar area is decorated with a kind of University theme that features row-boat and sculling oars hung from the ceiling. There's one small TV for games and what not, but the locals are a fun and friendly lot so you shouldn't have any trouble striking up a conversation.

They have 10 taps that feature the holy trinity of Guinness/Bass/Harp as well as a few beers from Lancaster Brewing, Troeg's, and Weyerbacher (the Porters' ESB). Yuengling is, of course, necessary (not really, but at least it's better than Miller Lite) and Franziskaner (or some other interesting import) rounds out the bill. The bottled beer list is pretty good as well, with about 60 brands.

The service is good, and the bartenders know a little bit about the beer. They have some of the appropriate glassware for specialty beers, but normally you get the standard 14 oz. shaker glass.

The food is always good, and sometimes excellent; and runs from standard pub fare to more elegant dining cuisine. The prices are reasonable.

Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

What a cool little place. Heck North Hampton Street is the place to be. We started at Which Brew 665 N. Hampton and after a few beers walked down to Porters 700 N. Hampton. We wanted to see the Mexico vs Argentina World Cup Soccer game that was on yesterday at 3pm. Which Brew doesn't have a TV so the lady called down here to Porters and the guy said he could change the channel for us. When we got there he already had the game on and said Mexico 1 goal Argentina 1 goal. We missed the first half but he set the TV for just what we wanted. I thought that was excellent service! The selection was good too. The taps were not quite Which Brew but the bottles *certainly* made up for it. Of interest on tap there was Anderson Valley Summer Solstice and Summit Extra Pale Ale.

Photo of dansteino
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Very good bar.

Atmosphere: Small and quaint. Plenty of live music. Cute women. A little smoky.

Quality: This place oozes quality.

Service: Good. Attentive. Bartender knew his beers.

Selection: The beer list is extensive and shows a lot of thought. Several local breweries (Weyerbacher, Victory, Troeg's, etc.) are represented. Several other very good beers from other countries (Westmalle, Chimay, Celebrator, Fuller's). I wish the bar would lose the macros.

Food: Upscale bar food plus some other nicer entrees. Everything I had was solid.

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