Bainbridge Street Barrel House
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 180
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
I've been to the Barrel House a few times now, usually stopping in for a pint or two after dinner at Bistro La Minette.
In the summer they have outdoor seating, but I've always opted for the bar. The inside is nice. It's surprisingly large for the area, and the seating is comfortable. The bar runs along the north wall, and it's fairly large with a black/white-veined grey marble bar top. Overall it's fairly polished and modern looking with a wood floor (plastic imitation), dark-woods, black metal chairs, etc.
The 25 draft taps can't be argued with. On my last visit there were several standouts including: Cask- Dark Horse Thirsty Trout, Dark Horse Sapient, Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree, Omnipollo Stillwater Premium Remix, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, Brodie's London Sour, Mission Carrack, and Local Option Bourbon Kentucky Common. Price-wise they're reasonable.
There's nothing common on tap, although there are a few examples available in bottles, but of course that's necessary. If your uncle from Toledo wants his Amstel Light or Yuengling Traditional they've got it. But they've also got a lot of unique beers: Timothy Taylor Landlord $7, Cigar City Hopped on The High Seas $6, Freigeist Hoppeditz $7, Brew Dog 5AM Saint $7, AleSmith Horney Devil $15/750ml, Du Claw X-1 $10/22 oz., Jester King Noble King $15/750ml, Maine Weez IPA $9/16.9 oz.,
Most importantly, they've got some very special rare beers (wood-aged and sours). Some of them can be expensive, but in reality, buying them in a bar for the prices they're offering them at - a bargain!!! Some standouts include: Bruery Bois Anniversary $50/750ml, Evil Twin Sondero Hipster $19/12 oz., Hill Farmstead Grassroots Arctic Soire $25/750ml, Hanssens Artisinal Oude Gueuze $19/12.7 oz., Fifty Fifty's Eclipse series (any of almost a dozen choices) $30/22 oz., and Horals Mega Blend Gueuze 2013 $34/750 ml.
The food... I can only speak of a few appetizers: spring rolls, mac & cheese, and something I don't remember. All were good, and I thought that given that they were appetizers which always cost a little bit more, and the area, they were reasonably priced.
Service seems to be the one place where they're lacking, and I only sit at the bar which says a lot! I won't really go into that any further, and hopefully they'll improve before you visit because it's the one thing, and a huge thing, that brings the whole establishment down.
04-18-2014 13:37:18 | More by NeroFiddled
4.16/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here for their 1st Anniversary party, my first time visiting here.
Atmosphere was really nice. It has a nice modern feel, feels bigger than it actually is. I would love to stop in during the warmer months when all of the windows are open, I bet it is really nice. Service was pretty good. Had to wait a little bit for some pours and they messed up my check a couple times but it all got worked out easily in the end. Food was pretty good. I knew I had other lunch plans so I just got an order of the chicken tenders. They were solid but the breading kept coming off in huge chunks, still tasted really good tho. Quality was quite good. Correct glasses and top notch food. Selection was great because of the event but I have seen some great beers pass through here in the past as well. Food prices were pretty high across the board, even more than the menu on the website. Beer was similarly high, $9-10 for the special beers and just as high for stuff I had barely ever heard of. I would say maybe three or four of the twenty or so drafts were reasonably priced.
Overall another great beer bar in the heart of the city. I am sure I will return in the future.
11-07-2013 18:16:34 | More by orangesol
4.12/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$$
This place gives off somewhat of a more classy vibe than your average South Street bar. It's dimly lit, tidy, and decorated like an upscale café. There is a medium sized bar and a good-sized dining area. The beer selection is quite good, with plenty of good craft options on tap (I don't think they have any macro options at all), including specific spots on the list for a barrel-aged beer, cask offering, and nitro line, plus there is an extensive bottle list as well. The bottle prices are generally in the gouging range, almost to the point of being ridiculous at times. But fortunately, the draught prices are actually not that bad.
I haven't sampled any of the food yet, but I have glanced at the menu. There are some good options, mainly comfort foods, with the smaller plates being reasonably priced and the larger plates skyrocketing into the expensive zone...an $18 fish & chips better be damned amazing.
Service is generally fine. Some of the bartenders are a bit green, but they're learning, and that's good.
I'd recommend this place, mainly if you're up for a few draught beers. You'll keep your wallet more full that way. Buy bottles at your own risk, or if you have lots of disposable income. BSBH is pretty close to the TLA, so it's a good pre-show hangout, and will probably be my bar of choice for that purpose from now on.
02-16-2013 02:22:06 | More by Rifugium
Bainbridge Street Barrel House in Philadelphia, PA
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.