P.J. Whelihan's Pub and Restaurant

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P.J. Whelihan's Pub and RestaurantP.J. Whelihan's Pub and Restaurant
BA SCORE
82
good

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

700 Haddon Ave
Haddon Township, New Jersey, 08108-3712
United States
phone: (856) 427-7888

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Photo of Foxman
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This is the first of the South Jersey PJ's, and my least favorite. Located on a busy suburban thoroughfare, it's in what was once a local shot and a beer cave. Parking is TIGHT, with entirely too many spaces shoehorned into a small lot. On-street parking is the alternative, and on a busy night that could very well entail a ten minute walk from car to bar.
Inside, it's typical shorts bar chic, with plenty of flat screens at various angles to ensure clean site lines from most anywhere in the bar and tables a plenty. Dark wood and green glass are a PJ's signature. There are two bars, both of which get insufferably crowded, especially at happy hour and on weekends. The back room is actually rather pleasant on temperate days, as they can open the front wall to add an al fresco element to the run-of-the-mill ambiance. But overall, it's a meat-market/sports bar, chock full of the kid of guys who root for teams from colleges they never went to and the women who love them.

The beer quality is actually quite good, as they are serious about cleaning their lines, and it shows. Granted, as always, every beer is served ice cold, which is a plus for the macros and a genuine shame for the better beers. And everything goes into a pint glass, but that's okay, because most of the patrons here have no idea there are other kinds of glassware.

The service is a weak link here, and indifferent would be a step up. The bartenders all too often are arrogant and impatient, and every bit as clueless about the beers they serve as the waitstaff is. Granted, the people are pretty, the fine-looking folks you'd expect in a place as image-conscious as this one. But the looks are inconsequential when you're faced with a dumbfounded look from the person you just asked what's on tap. And don't even think about asking a thing about the beers themselves, unless you enjoy getting a vacuous stare in return.

Now, the selection is better than average, at least for this neck of the woods, but what exactly is that saying? On any given day you might find some combination of Victory, DFH, Stoudt's, Sierra Nevada, or Troeg's, and that's not a bad thing. Keep in mind, though, that the meat and potatoes here are the BMC offerings, and that's what it's all centered around.

The food is typical sports bar pub fare, with potato skins, wings, sandwiches, and appies, many of which the menu touts as world famous, but they're really not, at least not in my world. And an aside here- stop describing your hot wings as insufferably hot when they're really about as piquant as Tabasco sauce, and that's no knock on Tabasco!
Anyway, there are a few entrées that are rather flavorful, but the bottom line is, it's a bar with decent food. Don't lose sight of that fact.

Prices are quite practical and reasonable. I guess volume has its pluses.

So you might think I don;t like this place. Well, it's not my first choice. In fact, I have no desire to return, as anything they offer I can get in a place I actually like to be, among real people, not the plastic variety this place engenders.
Go if you must, but know well its limitations going in.

Photo of Umbra
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

PJ’s is your run-of-the-mill sports bar, they happen to have a handful of micros whenever I've stopped in.

Parking for a dozen or so around the side. You’ll need this around here. I found out the hard way once there aren’t any cabs. The atmosphere is good. This PJ's refurbed a couple years ago with loads of hardwood. Two long bars and plethora of tables and TV's. Because of that, I increased the quality designation a bit. We've never had trouble getting a table, even when a good game is on the tube. They also control the noise somehow.

The food is pub grub, but quick and plentiful. At best, I'd rate the service as mixed from the waitresses and bartenders. Unless you happen to be a regular or get someone on a good night, you might have trouble getting a beer if you aren't sitting down somewhere.

Yard’s, Victory, and Flying Fish are generally on tap. I've also randomly seen some Troeg's and Stoudts making appearances. That is why it gets a 4, especially if you understand that there isn't much else around here good beer wize w/o driving into Philly. You're a lucky dog if you actually find out what they have in bottle. Haven't had anything skunked and the lines appear regularly cleaned.

Overall: The beer bar choices in this part of NJ are pretty limited. Suck it up and watch a Flyer’s game while enjoying your cold brew.

Photo of msbigglesbear
3/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

PJ's is a okay alternative to driving and parking in Philly, but I would never go here looking for a good selection of micros. It is a decent bar for hanging out with friends who aren't really into micros - since they have a few micros for those of us who like them and BMC beers for everyone else. The food here is hit or miss, but I've usually been lucky. The one place it really can fall down is on the service - more often than not the servers have no idea what micros are available and often the service has been quite slow. The atmosphere is decent and for the type of place it is, I think it does fine.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Ok, so why did I rate service so low? Beer-wise, they are not properly trained. The good beer is usually on-bottle. A little thing on the table will tell you to ask the server about all the micro's they have on-bottle. But guess what? The waitress hasn't been told what's on-tap. Do they x? I'll go ask the bartender. No/yes. Repeat. But this situation is not their fault. They haven't been trained properly.

Selection on-tap isn't that good. Occasionally there is a Victory or a Flying Fish, but that is if you are lucky. Guinness, Sam Adams and SNPA seem to always be there.

The food is good but not great. The chicken wings and chicken cheesesteaks are very good. Service, non-beerwise, is good.

This bar could be much better beerwise, but it chooses not to be. Not a bad place (it's quite good in many respects) but could be much better.

Photo of rdrummer
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

PJ's is a local chain of restaurant/bars. I think this is the best of them. Each bar chooses its own selection of beers. The Haddonfield bar stocks more local microbrews than any of the others. The food is similar in all the bars. Haddonfield often has a Yard's, a Flying Fish, usually a Victory, and often a Troegs on tap. The beer is all fresh and good. The service is usually exceptionally friendly. The menu is a little above the normal bar food, including some really good seafood. I especially like the raw bar selections. This is a fun place that gets crowded. My only gripe is that I need more selection of beers. Ignoring the Pale Lagers, there are only three or four good beers on tap.

P.J. Whelihan's Pub and Restaurant in Haddon Township, NJ
82 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.