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

They almost always have a cask offering. I especially enjoyed the time that they had the 10th Anniversary Ale in the cask along with the 11th on draft. The 10 had smoothed out quite nicely.

When my wife attends we always end with the Lindemans variety that is always available on draft.

The food is inventive and there is always an interesting fish offering among the specials.

The number of taps (14) and the theme of the month always provide a fun tour through a style. The staff is helpful and the bartenders are especially knowledgable.

A recent development has been the replacement of Guinness with a local favorite, Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was out at a charity event in Malvern, and having finished earlier than I expected, I thought, well I have to be close to the Drafting I care that I'm alone? Negative. I'm thirsty and I hear wonderful things about this place.

Pretty easy to find on route 100. Small crowd in the dimly lit bar area on this particular Monday evening, so I was able to get a seat at the bar. Three different TV's going in the area, and it was a big night for sports: an NBA game 7 and Sox/Yankees. Perfect. Upon checking the chalkboard listing the draughts, I noted Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Obviously I'm going with that...but alas! The keg kicked an hour prior to my arrival. About 10-12 other draughts to choose from, with what appeared to be over 100 bottles behind the bar as well, sorted by country. Nothing mind numbing, but I did inquire to the very friendly wait staff if they had anything new,rare, etc...and of course they had the Weyerbacher Simcoe Double IPA, which I promptly would have...but after I finished my pint of SN Pale Bock first. SN was well represented on the taps on this particular night: Pale Ale, Pale Bock, Bigfoot (wish I wasn't driving!), and the kicked Torpedo. Locals and regionals represented nicely, with some of the "usual suspects" (Guinness, Harp, Bass, etc.), and a cask - HopDevil this time around.

Food ran a little bit pricey, and thankfully I was only a little bit hungry, so I went with the wild mushroom soup, absolutely delicious, and a blackened chicken sammie that was very tasty, though with a bit too much bread. Tasty selections though.

What really impressed me was the bar staff. My waitress Heather was friendly, quick to chat and discuss beers, sports, whatever...and was knowledgeable about the beers on hand. Very relaxed crowd; started up a conversation with a guy next to me, drinking a Corona, who was very interested in my choice of the Weyerbacher (never heard of it; there's so many beers here; 9% ABV?!). I'll certainly be back to this place when hitting up Victory and Sly Fox this summer. See, it is possible to enjoy a bar when you show up alone...and you've never been there...and it's Monday.

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Photo of jasonm
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I had the pleasure of visiting the Drafting Room Taproom during a trip to Lancaster.

The taproom itself is somewhat smallish, with modern decore, somewhat dim lighting. Faux marble tops on the main bar and separate bar top. Fairly crowded for an early Thursday evening but I was able to get a seat at the bar.

Without knowing, you might think youve walked into a neighborhood lonely hearts bar, until you see the 3 cases full of quality beer, along with the ~15 beers on tap, all of good quality. Several of these taps seem to be rotated on a fairly routine basis. Sierra Nevada was on center stage with a recent tapping of the Torpedo Ale. Nearby Sly Fox also had a couple of taps, including the Warrior IPA. Back to the cases, full of beer of just about any style and locale you could want. I was happy to find a bottle of Dreadnaught, since we dont get any 3F back in Pittsburgh. Ask for the beer menu, which is kept up to date with notes for their draft beers (including the ones that were just tapped the day before I got there).

Chatted with Greg the bartender, who had also lived in Pittsburgh for a time. Was very knowledgable on things beer.

Another nice thing is that you can get beer to go, growlers or bottles. I picked up a bottle of Fort to take back home with me.

A cool place to hang out and enjoy good beer.

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

As with my review of the Spring House location of the DR, I have been here on several occasions but I decided to post a review after my last visit for the debut of Troeg's Nugget Nectar. As with the Spring House location, the food menu has a good selection of starters, sandwiches, seafood, steaks and pretty much something for everyone to munch on.
The bar area has a cool atmosphere with a number of TV's but seems to be a bit smaller in size than the Spring House bar although the number of taps seems to be the same and the quality of the taps I think is a bit better in Exton.
The night that we were there they had Nugget Nectar available in bottle, on draft and on the hand pump. I tried both the draft and hand pump versions and it was very good in both cases. The waistress was very nice and quick about getting beers from the bar. They also just tapped a keg of Russian River Benediction which I had a few of and it was great. I was very impressed that they had this since you don't see it that often.
Additionally, the DR is really cool that you can get a growler of pretty much anything they have on tap and I think the price is the same for each beer, $10 to fill a growler and another $4 if you need to buy a bottle. I picked up a growler of the Nugget Nectar for the Super Bowl. Can't wait until Sunday to open it. I tried to get a growler of the Benediction but they wouldn't do it since they only had one keg of it which I can understand.
The bottle selection is very nice at this Drafting House location as well. There is a good mix between American, German and of course Belgian bottles.

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

I entered on the taproom side, being a taproom kinda guy. Right away, the decor jumps out with the logo being etched onto a glass partition. Scanning the room from top to bottom, the ceiling is unquestionably magenta/flat red raspberry, followed by an orangish mocha/deep tan, followed by faux speckled, finished by plum down to the baseboards. Hope this helps, slander.

The (loosely) S-shaped bar is topped wth faux serpentine and so is the separate short bar with its four high stools. This second bar is positioned to allow its patrons to look at the chalkboard that lists the "Keg Counter", as well as the "Featured Drafts", "Style/Month", "Ususal Suspects", and "Combinations" boards.

Some statistics: fifteen taps, one beer engine (usually featuring nearby Victory's Hop Devil), three small monitors and one large monitor above the bar. Behind the bar are three coolers, each with a maximum of six shelves with each shelf capable of holding up to nine beers. You do the math and get back to me.

There is a short flight of stairs that lead up to a small restaurant area with its own specials blackboard, several art prints by local artists, and a cocktaill sculpture. The Men's and Ladies' are off to the right.

Continuing aft in the building is the main dining room. Here the color scheme changes to plum, cornflower, and a pinkish-tan. The dining room also has a couple of blackboards, each touting specials and the like. One board is flanked by Chimay and Rogue jeroboams and a five-liter stein. They also have a working fireplace with a beer sculpture and a "Big Beer List" in situ.

My uncle and I spent a leisurely afternoon here over Labor Day weekend 2005, drinking and eating, engaging in converstion and working on his crossword puzzle. Our waitress was very pleasant and unobtrusive. I ran into one of the kitchen staff who I knew from his previous employment at Victory. All in all, a winning place, to which I would return.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

wasn't gonna stop here. tunnelvision screamed 'sly fox' and this place was almost avoided. then i got a beermail from the general manager, who extended a friendly BA invite. we arrived and promptly met with patrick, who showed us around the place and turned out to be really knowledgeable and beer-fanatic. he was pouring some fantastic, obscure sierra nevada beers as well as rogue saison and immediately bellied up to the bar to sample.

atmosphere was dark and tight, but a picture window on one side of the pub area compensated a bit. the restaurant section is alot bigger, cozier, and dare i say fancy but restaurant areas arent my bag (baby). white light emitted from the coolers full of rare craft beers really drawing attention to the bottles all lined up nicely. the bar decor had an strange new jersey feel to it with alot of black trim mixed with light wood and cigarette clouds. server was nice and attentive and gave me a wine chiller for all the bomber beers that i ordered.. a nice touch.. oh, and appropriate glassware. dreadnaught was yummy and that sierra harvest ale was so fresh.. must have some damn clean lines here.

food was a perfect compliment to the carefully selected beers. we had the belgian fondue, which my girlfriend is still talking about. i forget what she had as an entree because i was so wrapped up in the enjoyment of my rare yellowfin tuna. lightly seared perfectly.. soft and tender and flavorful. only thing about eating at the bar was the inability to properly visually enjoy the food. can't argue though, i had a seat which were surely in short supply on a friday night. a bit on the pricier side, but it is a nice place. $13 dreadnaught bombers and $20 for most entrees.

headed from there over to sly fox, having spent the majority of my night here (happily). i know this area is chock full o stops, but this is the dinner place above and beyond anything else in the suburban west philly area. kudos to patrick and staff for kindness, knowledge, and beer appreciation. it shows.

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

Finally stopped here after being through the area a couple of times. When you walk in the atmosphere definitely has a fancy feel to it. I took a right and headed down to the bar at which we sat at a table. The server seemed to have a good bit of knowledge and described some of the beers accurately. Even though she was busy she kept the glasses full while we were there. I had the gumbo which was very tasty and went well with some Dreadnaught. The food the others had that were with me seemed adequate as well. The beer selection was good as well with plenty of excellent bottled selections and a solid tap list. They had Sierra Nevada Harvest from 2004 and 2005 which was cool. Unfortunately the other couple of taps that I wanted to try were out but the bottles were more than enough to hold me over. A good time was had by all and I will by stopping by here anytime I am in the area.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

One of these places in the Philly area that I've heard about since being on BA, but never got around to going to. Out of my way, being from South Jersey, but well-worth going to. This place simply rocked.

Great selection. Granted, I was here the day after their annual Heavyweight event. There were 4 Heavyweight taps (including Lun-icy) and 2 Heavyweight milds on-cask. Their Troeg's 11th anniversary ale was there as well as the Oatmeal Stout from Troeg's. 2 Oktoberfests (1 local), Lindeman's. Not to mention a very good bottle selection. Rogue has also selected them to carry their Private Reserve series on-tap. That's cool.

When I went after work on a Tuesday, it was pretty quiet. My server was excellent. Gave me a Lun-icy sample without asking (although she overhead me talking to the guy next to me). Let me keep my menu the whole time and they didn't mind me taking notes.

People at the bar were friendly.

Food was really good. Got the burger which was quite nice. Fries were awesome however. Bacon on the burger was crispy. Roll was big but perfect for the big burger they gave me. Quite the meal. Look forward to coming back sometime (maybe on a visit to Victory) and trying more of the food menu.

There is smoking at the bar at least, so be forewarned. I wasn't bothered.

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Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere in the Drafting Room is slightly upscale with nice, clean tables and decor with an occasional beer bottle decoration, or two. The bar area can get crampy at times, especially during sporting events or weekends. The dining room is the preferred choice if you don't need to be standing, or if you are going to eat anyway.
The quality of both the food and the beer is always top notch with an occasional slip up here and there but nothing to harp on about.
The service is always attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable about the beer and meals.
The selection of beer is nice. They have 10+ tap choices and a cask. They always seem to have the hard to find stuff too, so check out their web site.
The food is great. My personal favorite is the brisket. The crab and corn soup is also a treat. Check out the Sunday brunch some time too.
Many of the items can be on the pricey side but considering the area (Exton) and the quality, it's safe to say that you get what you pay for...not to mention all the great beers, including a huge bottle list they have.

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4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Ah, the secret in getting a seat for weekend brunch is to get there before 12 noon and sweat it out until you can order beer. Round about noon the place was a beehive. Glad we got there early.

One of those "strip mall gems," they had 10 taps and a cask, and a thorough bottle list seductively displayed in glass refreigerators above and behind the bar. Nothing I hadn't seen before, but still a really good bottle selection. And they rotate - 240 kegs last year, they had already gone through 84 when we were there in March. Go there for the taps. Go frequently if you can.

The decor is kind of blase (maroon walls and 80s hotel art) but hey, the brunch makes up for it. All you can eat, good stuff, custom omelettes, pastries galore, and a "Rutger Hauer Lookin' M**** F****" serving you ham and roast beef with an evil sneer. If I a) hadn't had to drive and b) hadn't consumed my body weight in beer at 3 brewpubs the day before, I could easily reach an immobile state of toxic satiation here. If I lived in Exton I'd have brunch here every weekend. Service was ok, waitress didn't seem to have too much beer knowledge but Rogue Oyster Cloyster was on tap so it didn't matter much....

Bruch was reasonably priced (but I guess everything is when you leave NYC), don't know about dinner though.

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