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Drafting Room - Spring House

Drafting Room - Spring HouseDrafting Room - Spring House

Taps: - / Bottles: -
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

42 Ratings
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

900 North Bethlehem Pike
Spring House, Pennsylvania, 19477
United States
phone: (215) 646-6116
// CLOSED //



Notes:
The Spring House location is permanently closed. 5/1/2010

(Place added by: jrancan)
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Gilgemesh

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I've stopped in to the Drafting Room now a number of times over the past 7 or 8 years. Each time I have received excellent and prompt service from courteous waitstaff. The bartenders are always willing to tell you about the draft beers and are knowledgeable about most of the bottle stock as well. Even when I asked for a second taste of something they didn't hesitate. It is no wonder that this establishment was one of a very few to get the Duvel Green on tap for the opening of Philly beer week. If you are in the area and want a great beer, good food, and a nice place to talk, The Drafting Room is a good choice.

03-08-2009 18:36:12 | More by Gilgemesh
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Been coming here for a few years and recently a hell of alot. TDR annual hopfest is a must year after year.

This place must have been a old bank from the awning on the left side of the building. The look of the building outside is kinda southwest style housing with a few tables out front. They break out the outside white tent for shade at the hopfest. Once inside, this place looks like a very classy bar and in many ways it is, but not at all snobbish. I like the people that drink here, always up for a convo. The vibe is beer bar/ semi sports bar( Sports is always on the tele) and a fine dining establishment. A nice sized bar with plenty of seating around it. There is also a seperate dining area, but to tell you the truth, I have never stepped in there.

The quality is up there. Clean taplines, clean glassware, clean everything. The bathroom is top notch and I've never seen it trashed. A very inviting bathroom that just asks you to do your buisness there. Wrapped silverware. I believe they also have empty growlers for sale if your looking for them.

I said I like the people who drink here, but the people who work here are no slouches either. I believe that I have never had bad service fro the bar or the tables. Quality service with a smile. The bartender was on top of his knowledge and the waitresses know a bunch about beer to. There's a few bars where I can ask a simple question about a beer and all I get is head scratching, not here. Michael is good people, the owner is good people, just good people all around.


Being a beer bar in SEPA, this place is kinda packed to the gills with good beer. The tap lines are about 20 in number with mostly craft. I will admit that the tap list can be lagging here at points throughout the year, so really it's luck of the draw for a very respectable taplist. There are some brews up there that are not exactly craft, but they have to cater to everybody. Michael is good people, the owner is good people, just good people all around. TDR always seems to have a few Rouge John locker's in the bullpen. A good array of styles both on tap and in bottles. There is also one of the best hard alcohol selections in any Beer Bar in the suburbs. Last time I was there I got Brooklyn Blast, Ommegang Belgian pale ale, Southern Tier Hoppe and six glasses of Russian River Supplication. Awesome, kinda pricy bottle selection thatI would not mind having in my basement.

The food here is very good. You can tell this is a tightly run ship. I got the quesadillas, awesome. I got some other appetizer bites, and they are awesome. Also got a 5$ burger at happy hour, which was delish and awesome. Im going to need to try an entree here the next time I bring a date here.The prices are not out of this world either, it's definatly more worth your money than lets say a SPTR.

One last note: This bar has the best Jukebox in SEPA and anywhere else I have been in this small world. This juke has everything under the sun. Im like a kid at a candi store when Im looking up funk jams here. I wish more bars had a box with the selection on this. Here's a small amount of the music I found there, Kool Keith(really!!!) The Headhunters (really!!!!) Average White Band, MF DOOM, 10CC, and countless others. I actually made some fans as some customers were really digging my playlist. I want that Jukebox yesterday.

Get out to the drafting room soon and enjoy yourself. The bar has seen it's better days buisness wise(and that's not a knock at the quality or popularness of this bar, it's basically because SEPA is a beer bar heaven, there is alot of competition out here) so get in there and help these people out, I guarentee you will have a good time.

04-27-2010 04:05:26 | More by BARFLYB
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Pulling into the parking lot, I liked the way that the building ran lengthwise with some patio seating and an overhang to the extreme left. There were two entryways, one to the far left that opened onto the restaurant area, but that was less compelling. On the right end of the building was another door that opened directly onto the bar area with a satellite jukebox and Golden Tee to the immediate right and a big screen TV against the right wall. Standard rectangular tables and chairs filled most of the space, and close to the bar was a short wall, fronted on the bar side by circular high tables and high chairs. The bar had a gorgeous dark green marble top that ran about half the length of the space. In the middle of the ar was the setup of 20 taps and one cask engine. The back bar consisted of glass shelves that were being used to house their VERY impressive collection of single malt scotches.

Beers: Those twenty (20) taps continually rotate and if you cannot find something worthwhile, then you need to head out, Jack!

12-09-2009 10:16:30 | More by woodychandler
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bwd110

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Been to this place many times over the years, here's my latest experience mixed in with overall impressions.

Visited HopFest V on 9/12 with a buddy. We sat at a hightop right in front of the bar and was immediately greeted by a waitress who presented us with the tap list and explained how their HopFest worked. Great service all day despite how busy the place became. Always makes you feel good too when the waitress goes out of her way to flirt and be playful with you. I always have a good customer service experience at this place.

The Drafting Room also always has a good daily tap list and they are no slouch in the bottle department as well. Plenty to choose from, always fresh and good.

What keeps bringing me back to this place over some other beer bars is the food. Everything is always well done, and there is a lot of one-off specials that are always interesting.

Great place. nice atmosphere, great food and beer - and not a bad scotch list either!

09-16-2009 16:26:59 | More by bwd110
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cartagena

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

The outside looks strange at first (was it a bank with a drive thru?) but they have a huge parking lot which is great. Inside the bar and bar table are kind of like a sports bar but without that many TV blasting, very good to catch a sports event waiting talking with friends (no need to scream).

Their draft beers changes almost every other day along with a list you can view on the internet. Prices are normally about $5.50 for a A+ beer. They have a big updated beer list to read all about the contents of their draft which is great and makes it hard to select which one to try out of the 15 your really want.

No problem with the beers or service here.

Food selection is much better than other bars/pub. 95% of the food I have tried were excellent. Soups are the best!

One more thing, restroom and tables are very clean, keep up the good job. Everyone is very friendly.

All said, I would recommend this place to be a place to stop in and have a few good beers along with some food, you will not be disappointed.

09-13-2009 12:30:59 | More by cartagena
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LabBrewer

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

Stopped by on a business trip for a beer after heading to Iron Hill.

The place looks like it used to be something else, what I don't know. The place isn't much to look at. However, the draft list and bottle list is something to look at. They had a wide selection of styles, a few imports, but mostly domestic. When I went they had a Rogue theme going with a number (4 or 5) Rogue special releases on tap. I decided to go with the Troeg's Drafting Room Anniversary beer, an IPA which was quite good. Lots to try, if I was in the area I'd definitely head back.

08-20-2009 01:20:53 | More by LabBrewer
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Friends took me to lunch here a while back and I was really impressed and am now looking for a reason to go back to the area and visit again.

A nice family dining atmosphere plus an upscale beer bar pretty much define this place, except to note that that it is a craft beer bar!

The food was excellent. The service was exceptional, especially considering the size of the lunch crowd.

The selection of beers on tap and in bottle left little to be desired. The Bar manager here knows the world of beer!! The selection of food was pretty much what you'd expect from a lunch time family dining establishment.

Although I was a guest for lunch, I scanned the menu and found the prices were fair and certainly not out of line for the quality of the food, beer and service.

05-25-2009 22:34:13 | More by drtth
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

Located about 5 minutes from PA Turnpike Exit 339 which is convenient for any travelers. When entering the establishment, you have a greeter that welcomes you in. Dining room on left, bar on the right. I opted for the bar.

Bar is small with about 10 stools and has mirrors and a neat clean look. The rest of the room has high tops and regular tables, 3 TVs, and a video game. There are about 20 taps with a nice variety of local beers like Victory, Penn, and Appalachian Brewing Company. They also had Bass, Miller Lite, Rogue, Brooklyn, and Maredsous beers on tap. About 100 bottles are listed in the beer menu.

Bartender was friendly and knew the beers he was serving. Food was decent, but not overwhleming.

Beers are fresh and constantly changing, so when you arrive you may see something you didn't see last week. This has been a great place to stop for me when passing by the area.

01-31-2009 20:47:15 | More by Gavage
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

My old drinking spot. I say old because I used to go here a few times a week before the kids came. I still make a point of stopping by whenever I can (especially when I hear a rare or hard to get beer is on tap - which the seem to be able to get). The tap selection changes regularly so don't trust the web site listing or even the chalk board & beer menu. Food is good and the kids like to come here too (which is always a plus for me!). They sell Growler fills too which is another big plus. I haven't bought any, but they sell their bottles from their bottle list to go.

11-11-2008 18:00:37 | More by hopdog
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AltBock

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

The Spring House Drafting Room is located on Bethlehem Pike, a road that goes through Spring house, PA and North Wales, PA. It's right across the street from a small plaza and it's located right in front of a beer distributor. You honestly can't pass up the large wooden sign with a beer mug on it. This place has plenty of free parking in the front and the back. That's what I like to see! When you walk in through the 2 big glass doors, you have 2 choices, the dinning room on the left and the bar area on the right. I opted for the bar area. There's a small amount of seating at the bar, but there's a few tables around the bar. The bar area is decorated like almost every other bar, flat screens turned to ESPN, golf arcade game, and a wall jukebox. The big difference between the two is the line of taps and the one handpump behind the bar. It's always nice to see a line of craft beer taps.

The menu mostly consists of family dinning restaurant food. That means it has burgers, wraps, salads, soups, and a few entrees. The one thing that caught my eye was the "Brooklynator Cheesy Soup." A cheese soup made with Brooklynator. That was one best soups I've had so far. You could taste the cheese and alcohol. After that, I almost ordered a chicken salad, but after the waitress told me it was made with mayo and would resemble a chicken salad sandwich, I instead ordered the chicken wrap. It was just like any other chicken wrap, except for this had some spicy sause on it. It was spicy, but not that spicy. Still very good.

I thought the service here was just great. I noticed that the waitresses and the bartender were very knowledgeable about all the craft beers they sold. I was their during their annual Hopfest and after it got crowded, they still had plenty of time to check up on little old me. I never had to wait long for my food or another hoppy beer. I only had one minor problem with the service. When I decided to check out, I gave the manager my paid bill. He didn't tell any of the waitresses, he just set it down somewhere. So after a few minutes of waiting to get my change back, I asked why I haven't got any change back. The waitressess had no clue what I was talking about. So they got the manager and that's when they found out that I had some change coming back to me. They cleaned it all up and I got back the right amount of change back. That was my only gripe here.

Now for the tap selection. I believe they had 19 to 21 taps, 1 cask handpump, and a small selection of high end bottled beers. Every one of those taps is a craft beer. The closet thing they had to a macro was Hoegaarden. During Hopfest they had some of the hoppiest beers in the world including Russian River's Pliny the Elder, De Ranke XX Bitter, Founder's Devil Dancer and Troegs Nugget Nector on cask. I'm positive that on a regular basis, they have a top notch tap selection. Some of the uncommon bottled beers they had were Penn Brewery's St. Nick Bock Reserve and Mikkler's Beer Geek Breakfast. Their bottled beers were overpriced, but that's PA for you. It was just great beer selection!

Overall, it's a must visit in the area and a wonderful place to grab a pint of your favorite micro brewed beer. I'm looking forward to my next visit!

04-30-2008 22:47:17 | More by AltBock
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Drafting Room - Spring House in Spring House, PA
90 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.