Brass Lantern

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Type: Bar, Eatery

1350 N. 12th Street
Reading, Pennsylvania, 19604
United States

(610) 372-9311

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Added by fromage on 01-11-2006

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Reviews by ffejherb:
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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Visited with my wife on 12/8/07 after visiting the NE Tap Room.

I used to frequent this place quite a bit when I lived in the Reading area, but mostly to play with my band rather than just hang out. They used to have amazing food here, but when we visited this time, it was a Saturday evening at the prime dinner time, and we were literally the only two people in the place. Definitely not a good sign for business.

Regardless, I have always been a fan of the Brass Lantern's atmosphere. The main bar area boasts a spacious, handmade square bar with about 15 stools. A brick fireplace offered a subtle, warm ambiance, and definitely made us feel cozy after coming in from the chilly winter weather. There are also two seperate rooms, one of which is a game room with two pool tables, foosball and trivia games, and the other is a room with dinner tables and a stage/band area.

Selection was a bit lacking, especially after being at the Tap Room. Aside from the requisite Miller Lite, Yuengling Lager and Guinness, they had Troegentor, Stoudt's Scarlet Lady, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion, and Victory Prima Pils. They also had about 30 bottles, but I couldn't really see any of them, because they were in coolers underneath the bar. I thought this was a Rogue-friendly place, but the bartender didn't mention any Rogue brews when he was reciting the bottle selection. I went with a Hoptical Illusion and my wife got a Troegenator.

Service was very good, but we were the only people there. Guy looked like the comedian David Cross.

Overall, this is a very spacious and warm place with a comfortable bar. But if you are looking for more of a selection, head down a few blocks to the NE Tap Room.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of gdfan47
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

this place is very cool, one of my friends does sound here and books music

its in Reading yes.... but it seems to be in a nice part of Reading, I have never felt uncomfortable here
they have live music and its a really cool place to go see a show, very laid back and homey feeling
its just a cool bar with some nice locals and college students from the local schools

the beer selection is very good with ALOT of rouges and a good amount of local stuff

the service is quick and friendly

and the food is very good and reasonable, as well as the beer

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

***CLOSED SUNDAYS! but up-to-date Website!***

After getting turned away on Sunday nite due to a private party, I was determined to scope it out while in town this week. Tonite, I made it my first stop. Located within the one-way street maze that is Reading, you might not notice that there are two parking lots. That is a plus in this area but parking is never too far.

Open the sticker covered doors and the square bar is to the right. A back room holds a foosball and two billard tables. A large side room is set to showcase live music. I bellied up to the square bar that seats about 12 swiveling backed barstools. Loaded up interior consists of plenty of breweriana swag. Dark and dim with plenty of color and bonus points for a working fireplace. Interior resembles a bar that should be on a fishing pier or an old fashioned railroad stop. A lot of plain wood and, YES, a few lanterns. The bar itself is a plain square butting up against the back wall with the little scrods room to the left and ladies room to the right.

Beer selection on tap: Vic'ry Hop Devil, SNPA, Troegs Trogenator, Yuengling, Rogue LockerStocker, and Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB which matched the red neon Stoudt's sign behind the bar. Bottle selection was limited to some Rogue bottles in a dim unlit coldbox too far away to see and a tablecard "announced" new arrivals Three Floyd's [sic] Pale, Hoegaarden and a couple others.

The barkeep did an adequate job but was a touch aloof with doing sidework. I understand.

The wings were $7 quid and I got 20 of 'em! I opted for the "Very hot" which is the penultimate in heat intensity. I should have opted for the "Make me cry." Happy hour is 5-7pm $1 off for you cheapskates but this place is cheap anyway! 2 pints of Hop Devil and a mountain of wings was ~$13. Wings were a touch pink, but tasty.

This would be a great place to go with friends and par-tay! Tends to get a little smokey. Let me clarify: The men's room urinal has an ashtray over it! C'mon...ya can't put down that cigarette when ya drain the ole trouser Churchill?

Tuesday is Taco Tuesday: 3 tacos hard or soft veggie, beef of chicken for $3 meager smackers and Rogue pitchers $8. This actually drew a crowd at 7:00 PM.

Last call: Brass Lantern is built for fun and beer was spot on! Needs to add a touch of beer spotlight to be better. Could you bring your Mother here? Nope. This is the place that you go to when you wanna just escape and imbibe. If you park here, walk to NorthEast Taproom 2 blocks South!

1: Illuminate the coldbox.

2: Have a better beer menu than a table stand. Print out 10, put 'em in a vinyl sleeve and leave a few scattered around.

3: Educate staff on beer. The bartender didn't know what Three Floyds meant when the guy next to me asked for one. ARG!

4: Serve wings WITH a bone bowl and handi-wipes.

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Photo of fromage
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Not too far from the NE Taproom, you can find the Brass Lantern, a Rogue-centric bar. No crap on tap, but not necessarily anything spectacular, and only 7 taps. I was supprised to see Rogue Saison on tap. I had a SN Celebration and 3 Floyd's Alpha king for my spicy wings. There was also Troegenator and Yuengling is always on tap. Can't remember what else. Pretty good atmosphere--REAL wood and wood panelling, horseshoe bar with taps haphazardly spread out. Somewhat small and smokey with a separate poolroom. Waitress knew a good deal about the beers, which rotate regularly. Their website is always up to date so check out what music (usually no cover) and beer are there before you go. Whereas the Taproom doesn't have much for food, Brass Lantern has AYCE wings almost every night for 7$. They're not great, but they're good enough for a poor, beer-loving college student, and there's always something hoppy on tap (though they have more flavors than just hot). Get the hot--it's not that hot! Rogue pitchers are 8$ on tuesdays. Well-lit parking lot.

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Brass Lantern in Reading, PA
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