The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille


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The Drafting Room Taproom and GrilleThe Drafting Room Taproom and Grille

Type: Bar, Eatery

635 N Pottstown Pike
Exton, Pennsylvania, 19341-1677
United States

(610) 363-0521 | map

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Photo of DIM
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Drafting Room doesn't look like much from the outside, just another pub in a strip mall. This is a great spot though. I've visited several times in the last couple of weeks because I've been spending so much time in the area.

As you enter a very nice looking bar area is off to the left. I didn't spend any time here, but it looks comfortabe and welcoming enough. The dining area is okay, but nothing out of the ordinary. Everything seems clean and well kept.

The first time we stopped was for a late dinner on a monday night. There was a couple of people in the bar and we were one of two tables. Despite this, the service was prompt and friendly. I was very impressed because often times a slow retaurant means slow service. The food was quite good and a cut above typical pub grub. The draft selection was pretty stellar. I've had a tough time making my mind up because they have so much to offer. The beer highlight of my visits was Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace, a single hopped saison that I had never heard of. The bottle list was extensive, but I didn't look at it closely.

Great spot overall, I just wish it was closer to home.

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Photo of AltBock
3.9/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Exton Drafting Room is located on the north bound side of Pottstown Pike. If you're approaching this place from the south, then you have to do one of those jug handles. Luckily there's one at the next intersection on Marchwood Road. This Drafting Room is located in a small plaza on the far left side. There's not much in this small plaza. I believe there is an insurance salesman, a floral shop, and a bank. There are 4 doors to this place, but only 3 of these doors will let you gain entry in the Drafting Room. The 2 on the far left are for the dining room and the door that has the big sign pointing to it will lead you into the bar area. The door next to this door will lead you into their utility closet. Why they have an outdoor door to the utility closet is beyond me. The bar area to this Drafting room is relatively small. The bar area houses a curved wooden bar that can sit up to about 15 customers, a few tables by the window, a tiny sit down bar in the middle, and some flat screen TVs along the walls. Also in the bar area is a large chalkboard on the right side of the wall. This is where they list all of their draft selections. I didn't get a real good look at their dining room, but from what I saw, it was classic looking and it reminded me a little bit of the one in Spring House but smaller of course.

I don't have any gripes with the service here. The bartender that I had knew their beers, they knew how to properly pour the beer, and they were always there when I needed another beer. There's really not much more you can ask for from a good beer bar. I guess they could hand out free beer and free food, but that's more like a dream than real life.

This is one of those places where instead of handing you a food menu with pages, they hand you a board with a white piece of paper on it. I guess that means that they have a rotating menu and not a stale everyday menu. I know I have to stop comparing this place to the one in Spring House, but I feel that I must. They basically had the same food choices here as the other Drafting Room. On that day, I wasn't all that hungry, so I opted for the goat cheese salad. The salad was made with spring mix lettuce and topped with walnuts and a big brick of goat cheese. I enjoyed this salad. There was more than enough goat cheese to go around.

Now for their beer selection! They have a total of 14 different rotating craft and imports on tap, one cask, and well over 100 different craft and imported bottles. The day I was there, their taps consisted of Jever, Left hand Polestar, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Stoudt's Fest, Victory's St. Boisterous, Ommegang Witte, Heavy Seas Red Sky, Duck Rabbit Brown Ale, Flying Fish Dubbel, TDR 14th, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Sly Fox O' Riley's Stout, Amstel Light (for the masses), Lindeman's Pomme, and Sly Fox's 113 on cask. For the bottles, they were mostly the brewery's flagship beers with maybe a seasonal or an uncommon beer here and there. As an example, they had Brooklyn's Local Two and Bell's Hop Slam.

In the end, the Exton Drafting Room can make for a great place to just sit down and sip on a fine craft beer. I know that nobody cares, but I like the Drafting Room in Spring House better. That's because it's closer to me and I they have a bigger and better tap selection. They don't have the bottle selection there, but their tap selection makes up for it. Even with those facts, I would still come back here.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Drafting Room has it all.

On one side, its a restaurant, that does a great brunch and is awesome for dinner and lunch as well. On the other side, its a bar/pub with an excellent tap and bottle list. When its warm out you can sit outside on the limited seats out in front.

Atmosphere is as good as it gets for what is essentially a strip mall beer bar. The menu is great and the dining room is a cut above pub food.

Service and quality are both great. Bartenders are friendly although the beer knowledge varies.

Tap and bottle selection is excellent! Its PA so you can also get all those great bottles to go!!!

I love this place and go there whenever I am down in the area visiting family.

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Photo of mhatters
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A local, and a great local. Small bar with a good-sized dining room attached. Bar menu is good, dining room is superb. 10-12 taps and one beer engine, typically run 4-5 standard beers and the rest rotate. Monthly themed menu of taps (IPA, Stouts, etc.) make it a great place to indulge. Good bottle selection and storage - both 12 and 22 oz. Staff is tremendous, well versed, attentive, and professional. No BS - they are great. Beers are fresh, and kegs go quick. They do beer events on a monthly basis or so, which are fun and relaxed.

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Photo of psurandy
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place has been on my list of places to get to and last night was my first visit. My girlfriend and I went for a nice dinner and will definitely be back in the future. We started out with the Belgian beer and cheese fondu which was outstanding and could have been enough for a party of 4. As far as beers go, I had a Racer X from the cask and she had Anchor's Christmas Ale and both were fresh and delicious. My entree, pork tenderloin with a pomme lambic reduction, was amazing. My girlfriend had the gumbo which was delicious and very spicy. We ended the night with the East End winter warmer which I can't recall the name of but was also great. The draft list was very good, but seemed heavy with IPA's and then some winter warmers, a stout and a porter. It would have been nice to have a good pilsner or some sort of lager to have with dinner, but if I really wanted it I could have ordered from the bottle list. Atmosphere was very nice, but nothing really stood out for me. Candles were on the tables so it could be a bit romantic, but by no means a couples only type of place. There was a good mix of people there.

The beer was great, but the food is what will get me to come back. As other people have said, there are many great beer establishments in the area, so to stand out the food needs to be on par with the great beers and the drafting room satisfies both of these conditions.

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Photo of madmanjf
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I stopped off to kill time here on my way to Victory Fall Fest.

I gave this place a low score on atmosphere. At the risk of sounding mean, it just didn't have anything distinctive to it. It resembeled a no-name place that you'd expect to see attached to a Days Inn or something equivalent.

The beer selection was nice. They had approximately 16 tap lines of all micro/craft beer along with a beer engine. My disappointment with the tap lines was unique to me. I'm from upstate NY and most/all of the beer available on tap is readily available by me. So I wasn't intrigued by anything I couldn't get back home. I was hoping to see something I can't get in NY but that just wasn't the case. Something from Erie or Bells would've been nice to see. Instead I saw a lot of NY beers instead of PA-Locals (with the exception of Troegs)

The bottle selection was impressive. They had three floor-to-ceiling coolers with glass doors behind the bar; with ~ 85% dedicated to bottles. It was something you'd expect to see at a really good micro-brew distributor store not at a bar. So this was nice to see and very unique.

I had a burger like I usually do in most places. It was reasonably priced, and a really tastey aged-cheddar on it and was served on a hard roll.

Given the other beer bars in the area that I dind't get to, I probably wouldn't return here without checking out the competition first.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I go here almost ever Sunday and occasionally after work during the week. All of my experiences have been during mostly off peak hours in the bar area.

The bar area is small but I never feel too crowded. It can get smoky but nothing that has caused me to leave. The staff from the managers on down are friendly and knowledgeable. The beers that they get there are always top notch and move much quicker than anywhere else I have seen. It is almost a new tap list everytime I get in there. The price are great and you can order pints or 10oz. which is something that I look for a bar to offer so I can try a couple of beers in a sitting.

The food is also really good. There is a brunch buffet offered on Sunday morning/midday that seems great but I have yet go for it. I have had the Cream chipped beef of biscuits with potatoes that I can never finish, roast beef sandwhich that was well better than par for the course, and the open face portabello sandwhich is by far my favorite. The staff has also gone out of there way to make my 2 year old daughter feel welcome when she was in there with me.

I can't say that I have ever had a bad experience here.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The layout of the building is nice and compartmentalized. On the right, you have the bar which is pretty well cut off from the fancier restaurants half. The bar is an L shape nestled into a corner touting some nice taps. The cooler behind the bar is in plain sight and offers again some nice selections. One of my favorite parts of the bar is a little half wall with a thin strip of counter top running down it for people to hang out and enjoy their beer. It really says, "Come here and drink!" Maybe I'm over thinking it, but it made an impression on me. The restaurant half is unremarkable, but it's quite spacious and often quite.

The beer list screams SEPA! Sweet. The bottles cover a wider region, but after you see the tap list, you won't even consider the bottles. The list is up on a chalkboard that is quite easy to read. Someone with a little artistic ability must work here. This also lists the big beers available in bottles. Just so much of this place encourages the consumer to enjoy themselves.

The food is all right when it comes to bar sandwiches, but their resturant meals and specials are really quite wonderful. I had a lamb dish from the special menu that blew my mind. Every time we've come, dinner has been great, but as I mentioned, their bar sandwiches are just so-so.

The servers are quick and the bartenders are extremely educated, but not snooty at all. The professionalism and ability to get information to the consumer is duly noted.

I wish I lived a little closer. This is clearly one of the better places to drink in the greater Philly area.

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Photo of John_M
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

At long last, I had occasion to visit the drafting room.

Located right off of hiway 100, just before you get to the turnpike, yet another outstanding beer bar in a bizarre location. This place is located in a small strip mall, just off of hiway 100. You have to want to visit this place, as the traffic flies by on hiway 100 right here.

The atmosphere at this place is hard to describe and is clearly not it's best feature. There is a very sterile, industrial feel to the drafting room. As one walks in, there is a wrap around bar with a few tables and chairs in front of you. Most of the dining area is off to the left, up a couple of steps. In any event, I spent my time in the bar area, which even on Sunday was pretty crowded by 3:00 in the afternoon. It's a pretty comfortable place, with 4 or 5 flat screen TV's over the bar for watching various sporting events.

The TDR had something like 16 beers on tap and the quality was impressive. At least on this day, it included the Maharaja, Nugget Nectar, Heresy and Hop Devil on cask. Very, very nice.

Service was odd. The young lady serving me was very friendly and pleasant, but she seemed very distracted much of the time as well. Also, she had this annoying habit of taking my order, and then puttering off to go do something else for 5 or 10 minutes. Nevertheless, she was pleasant, polite and relatively attentive the entire time I was there.

As for food, got the ceaser salad and for what it was, it was very, very good. Ingredients were fresh and the ceaser dressing very good.

All in all, was impressed with the Drafting Room and would undoubtedly be a regular if such existed in Baltimore. However, when I compare it to Capones, Quotations, TJ's, TND's and some of the other better beer bars in the area, I have to say I'll continue to take my money elsewhere. Competition in this part of SEPA is very, very stiff indeed.

7/6/09 update:

For whatever reason, I find myself going here more and more often, as I've come to enjoy and appreciate TDR all the more. While the atmosphere hasn't changed a great deal, I've come to appreciate the low key, relaxed vibe. Also, the service here is now so good, it's nearly bewlidering. Not only is it fast and efficient, but on one occasion the bar tender lent me a growler so I could bring home some breakfast stout that was on tap. Also, the attentive and knowledgable young lady who frequently serves me, on one occasion gifted me with a bottle of beer for an upcoming BA event I was attending in Baltimore. It was a beer not available in Maryland, and she wanted me to share it with the folks at the gathering (Heather, you're the best!).

What more can I say. This place is exceptional and just seems to get better and better. Food also continues to be quite good here. What's not to like? I just wish it were closer to my home.

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Photo of sholland119
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A really terrific beer bar in Exton.

The atmosphere is nice but nothing special. The place can get pretty smoky.

The beer selection is quite good, and only pales in comparison to the bigger selections at some really outstanding beer bars in the area (TJ's, Teresa's Next Door). This is, however, the only place I have seen Three Floyds Dreadnaught and Stone XI (bottles only) and one of the few places with Hop Slam in bottles (they also have a keg they are holding for something special). Only about a dozen taps, which is again very nice but we spoiled Chesco types are used to 24 or so.

Service is knowledgeable and friendly. Not everyone is a beer geek (or aficionado or expert or whatever noun you would use as a compliment) but Heather and Sean are, and most everyone else knows a fair bit.

The food here is consistently excellent. From the chicken quesadillas to the sandwiches and even the entrees, you will find good stuff. Phyllo-wrapped cheesesteak, crab and corn cakes and the brisket are some of my favorites.

Only 20 minutes from our house but rarely on the route to or from anywhere we go so we're not here as often as we might be. But we always enjoy stopping in when we can.


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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My first trip to the Drafting Room was for the Victory/Heavyweight release party. Went back there recently for on a non event weekend night to get a real feel for the place. And I must say, a very high quality bar with an excellent rotating tap selection and a large cooler of bottles proudly displayed in the small bar area. Bartenders know what they are doing and had a tidbit or a suggestion for everything they brought over.

Food was pretty solid, with a pretty extensive menu.

Only negative was that smoking was allowed in the bar, and given its size, its can be a little much.

This place is highly recommended for a visit.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The Drafting Room- Exton

My wife and I showed up for the Heavyweight/ Victory fest. Got here in about an hour. Easily got seats but the place filled up quickly afterward. We were here at 11:45am.
Anyway, Excellent tap selection, excellent bottle selection. My portabella sandwich was very good, my wife's turkey burger was mediocre. The waitress did a fantastic job even though see had to deal with a packed room! Much farther from me than the Spring House establishment but just as good if not better. A definite spot to hit if you're nearby.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I went down to the Drafting Room in Exton w/ BitterBeerFace and Mughugger for the Baltic Thunder release. Walking in the bar side noticed the draft tower and beer cooler prominently displayed in a somewhat small eating/bar area.

The selection is pretty darn good, with a plethora of local beer -Victory had several beers featured that day and the menu is even divided by locals and Countries for ease of ordering. The service was pretty good considering the crowd the Baltic Thunder release brought to the place. We were checked on frequently and everyone was friendly. A member of management even replaced a dish when asking if everything met our satisfaction.

I found the food to be just above average since some items were great and others were ordinary. The atmosphere is better than average for dining and bar atmosphere w/ nice decor and some of the big beers were displayed on the mantle to get your attention. I enjoyed the cheese plate shared and the flight offerings very much.It was fun to meet many other BA's like: Phatz, gottajiboo2, Beer Island, etc. also. I am sure I will be back to the Drafting Room.

edit-I have visited the Drafting Room several times since I continue to be impressed with the commitment to craft beer - ex. West Coast Beer night and brunch brought harder to find stuff like Pliny and Racer X, SN Chico IPA.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I've been going to the Drafting Room in Exton for a little over a year now, and at no time have I ever been disappointed in the least. With a great and always changing variety of microbrews on tap and a great bottle list, it's almost impossible to not find something that appeals to everyone. The staff, especially those in the bar area know their stuff, and after a few trips, they begin to know you as well.

The bar area seems a little on the small side, but usually it isn't too hard to find a seat, and there is sufficient standing room. Only downside to the bar is that smoking is allowed, but the dining area is smoke free, so it's not that bad.

As far as the food goes, whether it be lunch, dinner, or just a snack, they've got a wide variety of fantastic items; from nachos and wings, to burgers and sandwiches, to fondue, to steaks and seafood dishes. Their daily specials are always unique and delicious, and their happy hour prices are very reasonable.

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Photo of gwong
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went here as part of a Philadelphia region bar trip on a Saturday in the mid-afternoon. Sitting at the bar, the service was great with knowledgeable staff who know their beer and are friendly. They have a wonderful, varied selection on tap as well as a good collection of bottles that can be drank on the premise or taken home at a discount. The prices are reasonable - four beers and a four sample flight came out to less than $30. The only drawback would be the smoking but we were at the bar and it was to be expected. Smoking aside, the atmosphere is great and is well worth the trip.

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Photo of mfhlucky13
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Drafting Room is one of my favorites. The beer menu was great before most places in this local thought of having a beer menu. The food is great too. They have excellent dinner specials on the weekends and their rotating taps always have something good to offer. Today I had a Dupont Moinette (blonde) and the time before, Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise both on tap. Watch their website for their monthly beer styles. This month is Brown Ale. Check this place out, you won't be disappointed. If you like dessert get the peanut butter pie.

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Photo of shertz
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went here with fellow BA's Phatz and HombreWing after the Brew Club trash pickup. The day was planned weeks before to be here for the One Final Victory for Heavyweight and the release of Baltic Thunder. However, due to the bottling issues it was postponed for another day. In any case, we decided to make the trip anyways and I'm glad we did. Started with a pint of Pliny the Elder and then went to Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale. Both spectacular and fresh. Nice full bottle list to compliment the nice draft list. Had a bowl of Chicken Gumbo for $4.50 that was very tasty and spicy. The only problem I had with the place was the smoke at the bar so we sat in the dining room. The service was as perfect as you can find. Waitress was cute and very attentative and seemed interested in our beer talk. The manager stopped by and chatted for close to an hour eventhough he was quite busy. He even gave us a sample of the Baltic Thunder, wow, awesome beer. I wish this place was closer because I would probably live there. It certainly was worth the drive and very convenient to I76.


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Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have frequented this place a few times. Each time is a better experience than the prior. The draft selection has always been phenomenal. The last time I was there they had, Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise, Rogue 10,000, Allgash Curieux & Weyerbacher Muse all on draft. The bottle selection is equally impressive. The staff has been top notch. Both times there I sat at the bar and the bartenders were attentive and knew their beer. They even offered samples before I tried them. The food is also superb. The salads and sandwiches I had both times were amazing.

I really recocmend this place to any one passing by.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited this establishment for Sunday brunch. We ahd reservations and we were promptly seated. Our server soon arrived and took our drink orders and we all selected the brunch. The selection of food was excellent and well worth the price. Tere was a very good assortment of beers on tap and I was able to find 2 beers which I had yet to try. The beers were sevred promptly and the buffet was always well stocked. If you are looking for a place in the area to have Sunday brunch and a few drinks, I highly reccomend the Drafting Room.

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Photo of dbatch
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My first weekend off from tax season, and I wanted to check out a new place, so I met my friends for a few. When I walked in, I was confused, it looked more restaurant than beer establishment. But I was lead to the bar, which was on the smaller side, but then saw the coolers full of beers from all over. The beer list was impressive, as was the knowledge of the bartenders. It was IPA month, and they had Gordon Oskar Blues IPA and Hop Devil on cask. I also had my first Weyerbacher Simcoe IPA, which was fantastic. The list was extensive, a lot of locals such as Victory, Troegs, Sly Fox and Yards. There was a little taste of everything on the beer list as well, from Ales to Wheats to Stouts. For the size of the place, it was amazing they had that many on hand.

For dinner, we sat in the restaurant area and had a nice meal. I ordered the bacon wrapped sea bass. Not bad, but a little dry. Overall, I'd highly recommend going.

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Photo of roan22
4.6/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The priciness of the place is worth it, trust me. The food is excellent, the menu is innovative, trendy, satisfying and presented well. The beer selection is top notch. I regularly travel to this Drafting Room location only; the west-coast IPA and pale ale styles are mutually loved by both the staff and the beer geeks, and the respect level for these two specific styles is high (much appreciated by at least this local IPA hophead). I've been to two specialty nights devoted to Sierra Nevada harvest ales alone, plus their efforts to maintain a great selection whenever IPA-style month is upon us is worthy enough of a great rating. Cheers!

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Photo of Phatz
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Drafting Room is like a Hybrid. Exceptional restaurant - True craft beer bar - & Sports bar. It is a place that you could take your date for a very nice meal with wines and whiskeys to accompany; but who could drink wine when there are a hundred superior beers to choose from. The capacity is deceptively large with three separate parts; bar, smoking and non-smoking sections respectively. There are more than a dozen craft beers on tap. Local regional and even Pacific coast beers made it to the board. A huge easy to read chalkboard lists the draft options while there is both a beer menu and a menu for "Big beers" available for bottles. This may fall shy of Monk's "Beer Bible" but it is certainly a more than respectable selection and the best I have seen in the area.
The draft options rotate regularly but Last night we had Rogue JLS Release #17: Monk Madness. Lagunitas 12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale. & Weyerbacher Imperial pumpkin on tap and a bottle of New Holland Pilgrim's Dole Wheat Wine and a bottle of Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap mmm! Just to recite our order and give you a taste of a few options. To list ‘em all would be crazy, just assume this is a must see place.
The service was attentive and the food was fantastic. I highly recommend the Apple Walnut Chicken. The nachos were very spicy if you are into that as well. This is a new regular pit stop for me. I hope you will check it out soon too!

Hope this is helpful.

Shout out to Patrick and to a great server. Last experience was the best yet. Thanks TDR!

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Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

While staying at a hotel on the Rt 113 & 100 intersection, the question was to drive to Victory or Sly Fox as we usually do, or finally hit the Drafting Room. Since it was late, we decided to hit the Drafting Room figuring we would try something different.

Pretty easy to find with directions, but it is buried in a strip mall so if you aren't paying attention you could miss it. Upon entering we notice a large a dining area, but opt for the bar. The bar is quite small, only about 10-12 stools, a small counter table, and two high tops. The bar was packed which I found surprising for a Wednesday evening.

A large blackboard lists the selections, and a beer bottle menu is available upon request. 208 unique beers have been served on tap as the sign states. The bottle beers are very prominent behind the bar. About 13 beer were on tap ranging from some staples as SNPA, Sly Fox, and Victory, but there were some unique offerings like Troegs Mystery Pils #2, Rogue Imperial Porter, and Sly Fox Palisades IPA. Beers were fresh and tasty.

Service was a bit slow, but knowlegable. But it was very crowded too. We did not try any food.

This is a great beer bar anyone travelling through the are must hit for at least a pint before hitting the brewpubs in the area.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Drafting Room is well worth the one hour drive from my house. Excellent food...I have never had something I didn't like...awesome beer selection, and super friendly staff. This is the first place I have been to where the server asks if you want a glass of water when you order a beer, instead of me having to request one. You have four choices for seating; smoking section, non-smoking section, outside, and the bar area. My only gripe (and it's a small one) is that the bar area is a bit on the small side. Sometimes it gets a little tight in there. They have fourteen beers on tap and a cask-conditioned offering as well. Lots of local brews like Victory, Sly Fox, Tröegs, and Legacy as well as many others. Awesome bottle selection also. Belgians, Lambics, pretty much any style you want, they probably have. During my visit last night the manager (?) stopped by our table and let us know that they had some other beers that weren't on the beer menu and that one of the ones on the "big beer" was sold out. He was very helpful and seemed to enjoy good brews as much as us. Oh yeah...the Pliny the Elder and Younger were freakin' awesome! They had both on, I love this place.

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Photo of DrJay
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Since moving to PA, this place (along with Sly Fox) has become one of my regular stops for beer/food. The establishment is sort of divided into three - the bar area and smoking/non-smoking restaurant sections. I've spent most of my time in the non-smoking section, though I've purchased beer at the bar as well. The atmosphere is decent, a little more upscale in the dining area with the bar area having a sports vibe.

About 5 taps are reserved for the "usual suspects", with Guinness recently being replaced by Sly Fox O'Reillly's Stout. The real gems are found in the rotation taps - around eight of them. This place goes through hundreds of different beers on tap during the year (you can get the current count on the website and on the beer menu). Each month brings a new featured style as well. Kegs are brought in from far and wide - I've already enjoyed Stone Ruination, vintage Bigfoot, and several Belgians. Even though the number of taps isn't extremely high, I had to give an exceptional rating for selection just based on the fact that I show up an average of once every two weeks and the tap beer list has completely turned over, with plenty of selections that I haven't had before (or old favourites I haven't had for a long time). There's also a hand pump, normally serving Victory HopDevil. The bottled beer list is impressive as well. Probably around 100 beers, with plenty of quality selections to choose from, both import and domestic micro from around the country. When I brought my parents for dinner, my father appreciated the fact that there were some "mainstream" beers in the list as well. If you ask, you can take a look at the "Big Beer List" as well - a small selection of higher abv, intense, or hard to find beers - I've seen things like Russian River, Three Floyds, and Stone on here. Bottled beers are available for take out at half the price listed on the menu (Big Beers and Belgians are still full price).

The food here is quite good and is one of the reasons I get to come here while my wife is pregnant. The entrees can be a bit pricey, but I haven't been disappointed by anything yet and the quality easily justifies the cost. Burgers and sandwiches are still reasonable though, as are the appetizers. I've also had consistent, excellent service. I was alone on my first few visits and was treated very well by the staff. Patrick (the beer guy) stopped at my table during my first visit. We chatted for a while and he filled me in on what TDR is all about and pointed me to their website and mailing list (if you sign up, you get coupons once in a while). And Keith (the dining room host) remembered me by name when I showed up for my second visit a couple of weeks later. Servers in general seem well informed about the beer, which is a significant achievement when the kegs change so often.

Overall, this is one of the best beer bars that I've been to and it's less than a half hour from our apartment. I keep finding reasons that we need to go shopping in the area, mostly to justify additional stops at TDR!

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The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille in Exton, PA
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