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Union Jack's

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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Beer-to-Go: N
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2750 Limekiln Pike
Glenside, Pennsylvania, 19038
United States
phone: (215) 886-6014

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Reviews by ithacabaron:
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A straight 4.0 place if there ever was one...but while you're there, it always seems like it should have a higher rating. Eh, what'll ya do.

Atmosphere is wooden/throwback/irish/shot-and-a-beer, with a few extra touches, such as the nice mirror at the back of the bar, and the handsome overhang above it. Neato booths with high backs are on the right hand side -- unless you're going to sit at the bar, see if you can snag one of these for you and your friends. Crowd ranges from construction workers to townies to Beav...sorry, Arcadia college kids sipping pints and staring down textbooks. Gets a little smoky at times. Not the most grizzled place you've ever seen, but certainly not hoity-toity. 80% of the collars here are decidedly blue.

Quality is just fine. Never had a bad pint, and don't expect to.

Service is friendly, especially if you're a regular. Pints come early and often from the barstaff and sometimes with a joke on the side. Occasionally it's hard to get the attention of someone, especially when they're hanging out at the far end of the bar by the coolers, but hey, everyone needs a chance to eat, even the bartenders.

Selection has gone up a full point in the last year alone, and it could easily be a 4.5 before ya know it. Great kegs show up here, including one-offs -- Victory Hop Wallop, Sly Fox Odyssey, Victory Golden Monkey, a few different Legacies, and some old standbys, like Fullers ESB and a rotating Anchor tap. Bottles are fantastic too, and again, specializes in local hidden gems and limited batches -- for instance, this was, I believe, the first beer bar in the area to carry Sly Fox's bottled line, including their Saison. Other gems have included a full Dupont line, Double Bastard, a selection of Smuttynoses, more Legacy brews in bottles, some Unibroue, and other treats. Ah, heck, I'll give this a 4.5. Why the hell not?

Food is decent pub fare, with giant portions, for those who care. Killer wings.

Prices are reasonable, but for whatever reason, draft brews are always a bit on the high side. On the other hand, you can walk out of here with a sixer of Stone IPA for 10 bucks. It's odd, I know. No growlers...at least not yet. :-(

All in all, a great place to go for a pint, and the best place for 30 miles in any direction to pick up a sixer of craft brew. Definate blue-collar neighborhood bar feel, but quickly emerging as a beer geek destination.

UJ's, a pilgrimage site? Who woulda thunk it?

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Why To Make The Scene: Because it's Friday night, you're tired from the week, and you just want to eat some wings and hang out with your friends for a couple laid-back pints.

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Photo of mingo1968
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I heard about this place from a few different people so i had the day off yesterday and thought i would stop in for some beers and lunch. This was a Monday around 11:30am. You walk in and the first thing you think of man can this place can tell some stories wood everwhere wooden bar some brass here and there looks and feels like and old saloon/pub. I thought this was great. They had about 20 taps and a bottle cooler. As soon as i sat down the girl behind the bar greeted me and asked if i would like the draft menu. I had an Avery IPA 16oz while i looked at the food menu. I ordered the Thai wings with fries. The wings were some of the best i've had sweet and spicey. The fries were good fresh cut with garlic and salt. To wash this down i went with Harpoon Celtic Ale Irish Red Ale. I am going back real soon. I can imagine that this place can get crowded with only about 15 tables so i will go back in the afternoon again. One thing i didn't like is this place takes CASH ONLY. I really don't carry that much cash with me so i thought this was a real pit fall. But i am going back and i recommend if your in the area give it a try

Photo of rfgetz
4.13/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Everything about this place brought me back to what life was like before I moved to the city and just started getting into craft beer.

Located in a relatively quiet suburb on the edge of Philly, UJ's looks like any other back road watering hole from the outside save for the few neon signs of craft brewers. Upon entering, your greeted with a relatively dimly lit room adorned with a mix and match collection of UK beer related and non beer related decorations. The bar, tables, booths, walls and ceilings show their age for sure, but its well maintained. Entertainment consists of a few plasma TV's and an old tube model, a golden tee machine, electronic dartboard and an out of place 5' tall gaudy, brightly lit digital jukebox.

The beer list of 20+ taps has a pretty good collection of craft beer sure to please those looking for sessionable brews, local crafts, hard to find seasonals, well known American craft beers and a BMC product or two. There is no bottle list, but feel free to walk up to one of 3 fridges which at last visit had 60+ bottles covering everything ranging from 5 different Russian River selections, a solid Belgian selection down to 2-3 fruity malt beverages.

The food was what bar food used to be like before everything was a gastropub. The wings are fantastic, burgers cooked to perfection and the half a dozen deep fried options and a dozen types of sandwiches are sure to please. Service was friendly, attentive and all you can ask for. The crowd was mostly young locals sipping on BMC's and listening to mid-90's tunes on the jukebox. The only knocks are they do not take credit cards and the horrible stench coming from the bathrooms.

So rereading my own review, nothing I said screams spectacular and demands you go there this instant. The odd thing is how comfortable and fun it was to go to a neighborhood spot that was a throwback to hangouts of yore but with the high quality craft beer i now demand. The place just clicked for me. I look forward to going back.

Photo of cartagena
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Visit the place two times this month and I will say they have a very nice short tap list. They also have a good 12 oz and bigger bottle to share.

Some of the beers on Tap were new to me and that is a good thing to taste something new, others were very good know ones. Many were high % but need to be careful.

We went in last time for the Dogfish world wide stout 18% last week and they had just kicked it an hour before we got there but they did have it in a 12 oz bottle to try, that was great (shared with 3).

Hot Wings were hot and good but the roast beef I had previously was not.

The seating and place looked very nice like a bar saloon, with booth seating. Services were very nice.

Crowds were good on the days I went in with wife but was told that ladies bathroom needs to be freshening up (new paint and titles to cover up stains) as she gave it 2 out of 5 stars. Guys restroom no problem its OK.

Apart from the ladies room and that roast beef, I would recommend others to visit this very nice bar in Glenslide (near ambler and Ft. Washington). They have a bigger area like outdoor patio that they will be open when weather get better with tap lines in that area.

Photo of hippityhops85
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Reviewing this while sitting at the bar. Been here a couple of times and everyone is correct: this place rocks.

Atmosphere is your standard pub. Booths on the right as you walk in, a couple of uprights, and a bar that runs the length. Beer propaganda surrounds you.

The service is really good. Not overly friendly and quick to the point. This place is cash-only too so come prepared.

Tap list is the best in a 15 mile radius. Everything from Lost Abbey to Feagly's. Really impressive. The food is your standard pub fare but their wings are silly good. The bottle selection is nothing to turn your nose up to either, really solid choices at fair prices.

The only thing I'd love to see here is a handpump. Give me some good cask ale along with everything else here and you have a customer for life. Highly recommended

Photo of TheFightfan1
4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Another one that was deleted.... Ok after our trip to GG Brewers this was the next stop. This place was hoppin. Wasn't to impressed with the outside look of this place I guess do to the nasty weather. As you walk in there is a few tables to the left and a couple of booth seats to you right and the bar is in front of you. A very cool looking bar very unique wood features. The college football games were on a couple of t.v.s.

Our server was a bit busy it took a little while to get our drinks. I ended up getting the Great divide IIPA.Another one I did review but it must not have been up to BA's par so it was deleted.

They did have a good selection of beers including Great Divide,Southern Hemisphere etc.

A good pub if I am in the area I will definetley stop in.

Photo of hopheadz
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was in there a couple months ago because I heard that they had both Plinys on. My wife, kids and I went in for lunch. It wasn't during the peak lunch hours, I think it was about 3, so the place was pretty empty. The place has a nice corner bar vibe to it with some nice eye candy, beer merchandise, video game and a good jukebox. I don't remember what my wife had but she liked it. I had the Fish and Chips and they were perfect! I couldn't possibly hope for anything better, especially for the price, they were only $6.50! I would've paid twice that and been happy. Service was prompt and courteous. My only issue was the bartenders beer knowledge. When I asked her which one of the Plinys is the double, she responded with "it's not Belgian". When I said "no, I mean double IPA" she said "it's not an IPA, it's an ale, if you want an IPA we have DFH 60 min, 90 min and 120 min on" (They had a DFH promo the night before). I also heard her recommend HopDevil to someone who asked her what was hoppy without mentioning the Plinys or DFHs. My impression was she recommended it b/c it has hop in the name of the beer. Also I heard that they had an event that they called Hopfest. After The Drafting Room has done theirs 6 times I feel like they kind of own that name. Also I heard they stole The Drafting Room's Hopfest logo. That is pretty lame.

Photo of spartanfan
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a cozy, good old beer bar. Mirrors and beer paraphernalia litter the walls. I believe they have about 16 taps and a decent bottle selection, though most of the bottles are a bit pricey. Their burgers and cheese steaks are solid, especially the turkey burger, but nothing comes with fries. They have a dart board, golden tee golf, and a juke box. They occasionally have promotional events, like keep the glass, and usually have a food special. The service is usually bad, so if you're in a hurry don't come here. Make sure you verify your check before you pay because I've recieved the wrong total there on more than one occasion. Overall a nice place with great beer and good food. I recommend.

Photo of tim9887
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is great. Right down the road from me in Glenside, PA. very good beer selection (last time I went I had Rogue's Imperial IPA & Ommegang Rouge on tap!) and they have appropriate glassware for all their beers which in my mind is a huge plus. Food is standard pub grub with fish and chips and burgers and the like. I got a cheesesteak there for lunch one time and it was pretty good. Overall, great tap selection (good bottles too from what I could see...anybody know if they sell them for take-out?) and pretty solid food. Reasonably priced too - I got the two aforementioned beers and the cheesesteak for lunch for about $15 I think? The atmosphere is cool too - nothing fancy, just a great little pub (always sports on too...) with people there just to have a good time and knock back some brews. I'll definitely be taking a walk down there quite a few times this summer.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Been coming here for a few years and figured a review is due. It's always good to have a very local bar that specializes in good beer. Union Jacks is your standard neighborhood pub from the outside and is pretty much the same on the inside, except they have a great tap selection from time to time. The selection ranges on good to excellent depending what they have on.

I have never had an issue with a off beer which leads me to believe the clean the lines fairly often. Not the most immaculate place but very clean. The service is very attentive but their beer knowledge depends on who you get, it varies. They do know how to pour in the proper glassware which is always nice.

Standard pub grub with a limited but good selection. The wings are always good for a go but beware if you order hot wings because I think they put suicidal sauce on one of my orders which killed my palette. The taps always have a wide variety of styles from local and afar. I've had the pleasure of having Pliny the Younger, Ommegang Rouge, Yards IPA Firkin, you get the idea. A good bottle selection as well

Give this place a go if your in the area.

Photo of gdfan47
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I Cant say enough great things about this place

my friend and I went because they had a Russian River night. We were very excited to be able to have PTE, Bling pig and Damnation

Its a really cool neat place, beautiful wooden bar, small but I didnt really feel cramped (cozy is the word). Cool beer signage and some tvs which had soccer on (... awesome).
They had about 20 drafts or so some victory, some Mardeous 8 and 6, and the rest im drawing a blank but they are all awesome. The bottle selection seemed impressive and had a good amount of belgiums and domestic, some elysian, voodo, dfh, Unibroue, troegs.. and many more im forgetting

The bartender was super nice and friendly and cleary knew alot about beer, cant say enough about how friendly and attentive he was.

We had some wings which were very very good. They were Asian sesame, very nice. They even had sarichia sauce.

Everything seemed very fairly priced , including takeout.

my kinda place i will return...

Photo of PNeifert
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I live near this UJ's and go there often. They have the best beer selection around by far, especially on tap, which is just about all I drink when I'm out. The wings are so much better than any others in the area, it's never a question of where you get wings; just how many or what flavor (I highly recommend Cajun). Call ahead well in advance if you want any for the Super Bowl for takeout. The rest of the menu is very good as well - try the English chips while there. Service is usually excellent. The bartenders know their beers and are good at recommending something that fits your taste. I have tried and learned about more beers at UJ's than all other sources in my life combined. On the flip side, the smoke is a huge drawback. They are also very Flyer-oriented, so if you want to go and watch a college bowl game or the NCAA tournament while there's a Flyer's game on, you may be out of luck. All in all, this is the one and only bar I'd go to in this area when I want a good pint paired with decent food.

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had occasion to visit this version of Union Jack's yesterday. I've only been to two (the other was the Inn upon the Matatawny), so I don't want to over generalize, but it really does seem as if there is some sort of common theme by the ownership.

As with the Inn upon the Matatawny, the vibe is laid back and relaxed at this Union Jack's. The place is not very large, but has a good size bar straight in front of you as you walk inside. There are a few tables running along the wall to your right, and a few other tables and chairs interspersed throughout the pub. Nothing fancy about this place, but again, it has a very comfortable feel.

Seems to me they had around 20 beers on tap, with some very interesting selections, including Pliny the Elder the night I was there (also an excellent English ale; the wheeping wench). The lighting is kind of low and, just like the Inn at Matatawny, there is sort of a cool, dark atmosphere to the place.

I gather none of the UJ's accept credit cards, something I was prepared for after my visit to the Inn at Matatawny. The menu here looked to be pretty much identical to the other UJ's I visited, and this time I went with the fries, rather then the "world famous" wings. They were quite good (much better then the wings, IMO).

OK, I've only been to two of these places, so maybe I'm wrong about this, but this is the second one I've been to where the first thought that crossed my mind was "why in the hell did they pick this location?" UJ's Inn at the Matatawny is abolutely out in the middle of no where, and this place was in a small sleepy town, 10 or 15 minutes from I-276. Normally, I gather it's fairly easy to get to UJ's Glenside, but not at the present time (unless you're a local I guess). There is an extensive amount of construction taking place on hiway 309, and the normal exit to Oreland is closed. I called the pub for driving instructions twice, and while I think the employees did their best, I still had a difficult time with "just make a right turn at the light as you come into town, keep on going through several more lights, go by some industrial areas, then make another right and should get here." Huh??? Trying to get back onto 309 after my visit to UJ's was just as difficult, as the bar tender forgot that the route she suggested I take, took me to 309 going south (and only south), instead of north. Because of the construction going on in the area, there are detour signs everywhere. So it's fair to say that I got to see considerably more of the area then I really wanted to.

One other thing that struck as a bit odd was the clientele at UJ's. This was a Saturday night around 9:00, and the place was no more then half full I'd say. Other then myself, the folks there were all pretty young (mid to late 20's, and early 30's), and pretty much everyone was drinking bud. Here you have this absolutely fabulous draft and bottle line-up and no one is taking advantage of it. I don't know, but it just seems like this place would do a lot better some place else... almost any place else.

This is a great place, one I would frequent quite often if it were near me. Unfortunately, it's no where near me (the drive back to Baltimore from Glenside was not exactly the hilight of the day), so I probably will never come here again. A shame as this is truly an excellent place.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped here on an invite from a fellow BA, and also the next weekend to grab one of my favorite beers on tap.

This place has a great location, it seems like they get a fair amount of foot traffic, which is always good for a bar.

The tap line up is excellent, of mention that I had were, Young's S.L.A, Southampton Double White, Stoudt's Maibock, and Fuller's London Pride.

I didn't have any food here, although I must make a trip back for the much heralded wings. Overall, I thought the place was a good value, with a great tap lineup. Dollars to donuts I'll be coming back here.

Photo of ercscotty
5/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is great for the beer hog enthusiast. You'll almost find something new and intriguing on tap weekly. Pliny the Younger was delicious. Most beers will give a little kick in the butt. The wings are the BEST along with great service. Its a great place to sit down and take a load off. During the summer with the deck open, it creates an even better enviroment.

You could spend hours there trying each and every beer they have on tap. If you're in the area I definetly recommend stopping in for a bite and great food.

Photo of ggaughan
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I finally got a chance to visit another Union Jack's after making several trips to the UJ's on the Manatawny in the past year or so. We visited at the end of our night so I didn't get a chance to stay for several beers but I got a good impression of the place from the time we were there. When you walk in the door there is a row of maybe 5 or 6 booths and then a good sized L-shaped bar down the left side. As with the other UJ's locations they have a nice tap selection from local breweries like Victory and Troeg's, other great U.S. craft brewers and a good selection of Belgian, German and English beers. The bottle selection is extensive as well. I had a Russian River Damnation as soon as I saw it in the case but was really itching to try the Lost Abbey Avant Garde and Lost & Found that they just got in as well. I would definitely go back and try to get through more of their selection and try some of the food as well as we didn't get anything to eat although I know they have wings adn if they are like the ones at UJ's on the Manatawny, they would be very good.

The service was good as well as the atmosphere, quality and selection but I would have to say that although Andy seemed like a nice guy, Tom that runs UJ's on the Manatawny seems to be cooler and friendlier guy but that is just my opinion.

Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The BlitheringIdiot tour of his hometown was underway.

Entering from the parking lot, the entryway was at a slight cockeyed angle to the street. As we passed through the short vestibule, the long, laminated bar was at a left oblique. The centerline was dotted by three high tables and chairs. Along the right wall were a series of five booths and an abbreviated electronic game room. To the left of the game room and running down the centerline was a passageway with vintage tin signs, the washrooms, and to the extreme right, the entryway to the deck area, which was on two levels.

BI and I had some of the hot wings that he swears by, but they would have been more appropriate for my brother, who really gets off on spicy foods.

Beer? Shazam! Holy heavenly, Batman! Twenty-two taps, one German ceramic tower, and twin side-by-side coolers. I estimated at least eighty great beers in the two aft coolers, plus they sold for take-away, so I took some away.

Photo of aforbes10
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

re-review for freshness: (11-24-07): my Dad and I stopped in here in the afternoon after Thanksgiving to have some wings and have a couple of pints. Soccer on the TV, which was great. Tap list included Wyerbacher Double Simcoe (my choice), Greene King IPA (Dad's choice), Victory Prima Pils, Breckenridge IPA, Spaten, Frankenkanzer Hefe (sp?), something from Stone that they were just hookin up when we left, Dogfish Head 60min, and several more (about 12-16 taps). Wings were amazingly delicious and meaty. Bought some bottles afterwards including Russian River Supplication and Voodoo Brewing Pilzilla. Very nice. My dad is going to try to get his buddies to go back with him since its only a mile or so from his house.

old review: (12-28-06):We only very briefly stopped in here before we left town yesterday because i had heard it was a good place to get some bottled beer in the philadelphia 'burbs. It was the last place i visited on our trip so i already had filled up on bottles but i got some anyway because they had some Middle Ages that i hadn't tried and some Magic Hat my wife wanted. $12 to mix a sixer was kind of steep but the big bottles i got were 7.50 which was OK considering its a bar. I think mostly this is a place to go for the things on tap. The bartender told me they sometimes had Russian River but even when i was in they had Lagunitas and some Legacy among others. Bottles included but not limited to Dogfish Head, Brooklyn (Monster Ale), Erie, other penn. beers. nice.

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Union Jack's in Glenside, PA
92 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.