Bottle Bar East
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been coming to Bottle Bar East for about a year now and I've always hesitated to review this place without actually sampling some of their food and experiencing their bar; now that Philly Beer Week gave me an excuse to do so, I shall now take this opportunity to provide a somewhat biased, purely subjective review which now would include... food!
BBE is not much different from any of the many bottle shops that now inundate the Fishtown/NorLibs/Center City/Old City area. Kind of like the ever present battle between Security vs. Civil Liberties, the battle between Outrageously Marked-up Beer Prices vs. Availability You Can't Match Anywhere Else in the Country is strong here as well. I guess some people don't realize this simple mantra because I still see people walking out of establishments like these carrying two-three cases of Miller Lite, but I digress.
Yes, BBE has a phenomenal beer selection; unlike other bottle shops, however, BBE gives its loyal customers a chance to reserve bottles of harder to get beer (they even had one for Cantillon St. Lamvinus at one point) on Facebook on a first-come-first-served basis. They will also carry most of the so-called "whales" or "special release beers" that make their way into the city of brotherly love, albeit again on a first-come-first-served basis and marked up the wazoo.
What BBE does better than a lot of your average overcharging bottle shops in my opinion are their growler fills/bar area and their food offering; they seem to have some sort of gourmet chef cooking up magical concoctions that they advertise on Facebook every week working in the back and the results are pretty magical. I tried their Duck Fat fried Brussels Sprouts, the Buffalo Deviled Eggs, and their Brisket and Ramp Flatbread -- all of which were cooked with amazing expertise to the point I couldn't believe I was eating at a bar.
BBE also hosts fun weekly events such as trivia night, beer "burlesque" and etc.; it's pretty much Philly Beer Week every week at Bottle Bar East.
06-12-2014 02:43:37 | More by amano_h
2.2/5 rDev -42%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$$$
I was really excited to find this place as they are allowing their Facebook followers to reserve beers via comments. I'm 2 hours away from Philly but my buddy lives pretty close to Bottle Bar East and was happy to pickup beers that I reserved. I was a little nervous when they weren't posting prices but I figured that it couldn't be too bad.
After reserving my first beer (Deschutes Class of 88 Belgian) I decided to call and ask them for pricing so I knew how much to pay my friend. The guy on the phone was clearly wearing a really cool mustache and plaid shirt and informed me that they don't usually giving pricing over the phone. I laughed a little thinking that he was joking but the silence on the other end assured me that yes these dudes are price gouging so bad that they know you are going to cancel your reservation if you aren't already there when you find out how ridiculous it is.
When my friend picked up the bottle he paid $28 for my bottle and $7 for a bottle of Hopslam for himself. While there he noted that a Nugget Nectar sixer was $22 (it's around $14 2 hours away at the brewery or surrounding area and/or $46 for a case).
I won't be buying more beer from Bottle Bar East. At least I learned my lesson on a decent bottle that i'm sure I will enjoy.
01-30-2014 00:45:43 | More by PaBrewSki
2.63/5 rDev -30.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Pretty standard, run-of-the-mill bottle selection with a poorly curated tap selection. The guys stocking seemed pretty cool and knowledgeable, but when I asked the mild-aged guy at the register a question, he wouldn't even get up to talk to me and spouted some salesy jargon across the room. Knowledge, questionable. A parrot, most likely. Clearly not someone I'll be taking recommendations from.
Male bartender seemed more enthusiastic than knowledgeable about beer. Female staff seemed to know NOTHING about beer, yet the forced conversation felt as if they were instructed to flirt with "the guys" at the bar or something. The panini was great, but the kitchen was totally janky with wires everywhere and no hood over the stove so smoke was going all over. The lighting was...there was no lighting besides an oppressive fluorescent light in the corner.
In conclusion, Bottle Bar East will be very successful as a product of circumstance - its location. And only because it's in Philadelphia, where you can't buy single bottles, 6-packs and cases under one roof. A true success inspite of themselves.
12-24-2012 20:42:51 | More by Ddan85
5/5 rDev +31.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
YES!!! THIS IS EACTLY WHAT FISHTOWN NEEDED!!! the beer selection is insane and you can mix your own six pack and take it home OR you can drink any of the beers from the cooler at the bar!!! where else can you do that??? NOWHERE!!! prices are great. the food is great and also well priced. you must try the pickled pepperdew stuffed with goat cheese!!! great chill place to hang, nice lounge upstairs with darts and foosball. staff is extremely friendly and helpful. not too snobby. open to all. love.
11-13-2012 04:27:04 | More by NICOLEdawn
Bottle Bar East in Philadelphia, PA
88 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.