Bainbridge Street Barrel House
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 180
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
4.01/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I love the area around Bainbridge (funky stores, bookshops and of course South Street), and this bar is damn fine.
They have 25 taps and a great selection of bourbon, including the elusive Pappy. Among the drafts: DC Brau, Neshanny, Ballast, St Somewhere, Cigar City, Clown Shoes, Boulder, Funky Buddha, a cask of Dark Horse Plead the Fifth... excellent choices from remarkable breweries. Tons of bottles as well.
Service was nice and knowledgeable my first time and cold and disinterested the second one. Their happy hour offers half off most drafts. Loved the food! Scallops and risotto, hummus/mezze plate, pork belly, cheese board, quinoa salad... good stuff. I like this place very much.
07-06-2014 00:34:05 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.85/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
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
Bainbridge Street Barrel House in Philadelphia, PA
89 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.