Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar

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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

126 N Wayne Ave
Wayne, Pennsylvania, 19087-3315
United States

(610) 293-0119 | map

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Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Theresa's Next Door was found mearly by accident. The manager of The Beer Yard mentioned Theresa's after my brother and I said we were hungry and looking for a bite to eat and a good beer. So , off we went. Beer heaven abounds!!! Here there was at least a dozen, maybe more of quality beer on tap!!! So much beer, so little time!!! I understand Theresa's will be having Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap May 10th. We'll be there when the doors open!!! The food is ookay, with the exception of their mussels!!! All varieties are excellent, and delicious!!! Mussels and beer are the highlight of any trip to Theresa's. Again, if visiting the Philadelphia Area, please stop by Theresa's for beer and mussels!

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Photo of drcarver
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

A great place hidden on the Main Line. It is as laid back as you can get in Wayne, PA. The service was quick, polite, and very knowledgable about the beer they serve. The beer selection is the best I've seen (I'm dying to get to one of their beer nights were they have many differents brewery's brews in a specific style on draft), but the food is average at best. It would move up the scale if they would pick a cuisine style. Right now it is trying too much and not being very successful at any of it. (I've had their Cuban Sandwich, Mussels, Rosemary Wings, Fried Cheeses, and Brats). On value you can find some things that are affordable and the beer isn't astronomical. You are paying a price for a huge beer selection.

BOTTOM LINE: Great selection. Average Food.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I was there today for the Russian River brunch and boy, was it awesome! TND has a nice friendly vibe, and that's something that wouldn't be worth much if the rest of the package sucked. Quality? How do you mean? Everything was clean, if that helps. The service was great, despite it being a zoo, it never took more than a few minutes to get a beer. The selection was exceptional. Even apart from the RR stuff that was obviously special and not everyday beers there, they had a great selection of other beers, including 2 handpumps. Beers can get a little pricey, my glasses of Pliny were $7 (for 10oz), Blind Pig was $6 (for 16oz). Great bottle list, and the effort to get a 3-batch vertical of Temptation scores points for me. The food was great - I got a cheese plate and a duck sandwich and both were just fantastic and delightful. A very well thought out food menu here.

All told, it maybe is a bit pricey, but you get your money's worth and then some. Know those places that are maybe $3-5 more expensive than your average place but are twice as good? This is one of them

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Photo of Bobdope
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Nice place. If you are on the Mainline you need to stop here. A great wide selection of wonderful beers. This is the place to take a date or all your best friends, good dates and friends drink good beer. And this is the place to do it. The wait staff was very good, we had a young guy, he had a few right on recommendations. Great beer book if you like to read, so bring your glasses and cleaned pallet. It is not a big place so I assume it must be quite busy at times. I was there for the better part of my Monday night. Will not go to Wayne again without stopping buy.

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Photo of slander
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

It's not that I thought we had a plan; we had a plan. Downtown for a beer and then start moving west towards P'ville for the IPA project stopping along the way first for lunch and then growler fills further out, but then Randy's says "I'm not coming". What do you mean you're not coming? Wants to stay in Philly and just walk around, architecture, history, culture. Says he likes this town and wants to explore, that's fine, but we have a plan!!! In the end, he'll stays behind and I'll grab him up later on the way back, I need to stick to schedule, you're in or you're in the way...

20 seat straight bar with a pair of hand pumps on the inside wall of what is 2 rooms with separate entrances, joined but divided by what they do. Hard slab cold top of swirly gray, and the barback counter the same with a row of 24 taps on center, wines tiered & staggered to one side, booze to the other, all somewhat hiding this cool pieced puzzle block stone wall behind there. 4 long rows housing an absurd amount of shelved glassware of all sizes and shapes runs above from end to end, with a triptych blackboard in the center listing tap & handpump selections.

The same pieced puzzle block stone wall to the rear with a kitchen cut through window, and pale yellow walls otherwise, decorated with better Belgian mirrors & signage throughout (Orval, DuPont, Boon, Scaldis, Maredsous), over framed wood lowers, and block stone floorings. Raised center rectangle trimmed and framed on the ceiling and baby spots bordering it, lining it all the way around, and drop amber cube lighting over the bar. 8 booths on the wall adjacent to the bar. 6 tables forward there across from some slight bar counterage before the bar area, and 3 small tables up along the front windows. Other side room holds seating for the Italian side shared venture; a separate kitchen there but they're beginning to knock down the wall between where the liquor lies.

24 taps, roughly 1/3 of them Belgian (Cantillon Classic Gueuze, Petrus Dubbel, Maredsous 10, Chimay White, Affligem Noel, La Chouffe, St. Bernardus 12, Hoegaarden, Lindemans Framboise), and the remainder save a single Germ (Weihenstephaner Korbinian) and English entry (Coniston Bluebird Bitter), are American micro (Russian River Damnation, Brooklyn Flemish Gold, Sly Fox Saison, Green Flash IPA, Rogue Yellow Snow, Victory Donnybrook Stout, Left Coast Hop Juice, BORIS Oatmeal Stout, and 5 from Troegs, being the Rugged Trail, Dream Weaver, Sunshine Pils, Mad Elf & Mad Elf '07, as they just did a Troegs event last night. I got about as far as Cantil... yes, I'll have that please. Bar manager Teddy asked me "Have you ever had a gueuze before?" which I took as a good sign as Cantillon isn't a starter sour. What's on cask? Only 1 of 2 are up, and it's the Troegs Hop Back Amber.

And a big ass beer book with (like) 260 bottles, nearly ½ of which are Belgians. Oh, you know, a dozen Cantillon, 5 each from Fantome & DuPont, De Ranke, De Dolle, De Dis, De Dat, a kickin' goddamn list. The other ½, well, many dozen US micros, A dozen and a half English (of which about half are J.W. Lee's vintages & casks), a dozen plus German, and a few dozen beers of the world including Peche Mortel, Jenlain Ambree & Blonde, Mikkeller Big Bad Worse & Beer Geek Breakfast Stout, Panil, Super Baladin '05, Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien '05, Koningshoeven Quad. Pricey, yes, but if Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien '05 means anything to you, you know you're going to pay to play. Also, a smattering of winter beers on the back of the beer book, hooray!

Could've dealt a-something off the menu, but having then listened to the lunch special phenoms; I'm so going there. Started with the Russian River Damnation reduction and preserved lemon & butter pan seared scallops with apricot chutney over wilted baby spinach. Holy crap, them scallops were born of crazy. And then the Reindeer Stew (Christmas came early and I 'et it); Mad Elf braised antelope, with winter vegetables & tart cherries, and house stump (mashed potatoes with root vegetables & bacon fat). Sturdy, warming, and do you taste that, what is that? It's spiced with like I don't know, but it's just outstanding. Yeah, I did much better here than that night in October after Kennett, when I was kind of junk and ate them cinnamon chicken wings (although to be fair, they were strangely tasty cinnamon goodness of unusual).

They do a good thing here, really nice folks. Sat at the bar trading beer war stories with bar manager Teddy. You ever been to... (yeah, a few times now). And have you had the... (oh yeah, sitting on a big bottle Reserva '00, the Speciaal Brouwsel 20, and some '02 Reservas, as well). Good fun, he knows his game, seems they all do. Chill, quiet, comfortable, pleasant atmosphere this Friday afternoon, and good tunes, I just heard an acoustic "Pulling mussels from a Shell". Food was excellent, and the beer here, well...

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Photo of Splunny
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The night before Thanksgiving...
I got a phone call from a friend saying that Pliny the Elder was tapped in Philly at The Devil's Den. Since I couldn't make the trip, I decided to head over to Teresa's for some dinner and a beer. Low and behold I drank Pliny and Ommegang Grad Cru Rouge, some great mussels and a salad with a vinaigrette made with Cascade hops. Well worth the trip and a meal.
The last two times I've been here, it's been busy, but I still found a seat and got some great service.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

this place is pretty great , I have been here many times Im just now writing a review

the next door is on the right hand side

very cool atmosphere, pretty high ceilings and the place is clean and appears to be brand new
they also have really cool bathrooms with cool beer artwork through out the restraunt

the bar is GIANT
Im pretty sure they have about 25 total drafts ,including two hand pumps

the draft list is extensive and changes all of the time, they seem to usually have hoegarden, chimay , and lindemens framboise on. The rest of the taps change all of the time. A great mix of Belgians, Domestic, foreigns, and PA beers

I cant even name all of the wonderful awesome beers I have had on draft here, its insane

the service is really very good, one time I was there and a female bartender at first glance seemed rude, but was very friendly by the time we had been there awhile, and even remembered me the next time I came in and what beer I even had last ! Cool people that work there

The food...( In Charlie from Its Always Sunny voice) " Can we talk about the food? Ive been dying to talk about the food!;
just good Belgian, it changes alot but the staples are there.. .they have amazing food and always have mussels and burgers

very reasonable food, the beer is fair esp. on draft and the vibe is nice

and they always play pretty good music... and they play alot of Phish ( which is one of my favorite bands ever)
run , dont walk to this place

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Teresa's has a great vibe that hits you as soon as you walk in the door. A mixed crowd of young hipsters and older people that know how to have fun fills the bar floor and seats. Vibrance radiates throughout the entire bar.

Their tap selection is unmatched, period. They have hard to find beers on tap, and are frequently keeping up with the seasons from what I am told. Their bottle selection is also extensive, their glassware is nothing ever seen before. They literally have a glass for every beer, not style, but beer per style per brewery. Phenomenal.

The service is quick, but you do need to know what you're looking for. Don't rely on recommendations, though there is a larger bearded fellow who knows exactly what he is talking about.

While their bottle selection is extensive, it consists of typically easy to find craft brews with a few stragglers in there. As noted earlier, this a tap bar, as the some of the stuff they get is really wild and out there.

Everybody around was eating mussels, and while I have never tried the part of the sea, they looked fantastic. I settled for fry's with their signature sauce, as I had a budget to adhere to for the trip. Still, it was great barroom snacking food.

You can walk out with your wallet still intact, but watch out as some of the beers (even on tap) can run a little higher then expected. But it's worth it.

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Photo of weeare138
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

After several visits, this place warrants a rating. The atmostphere is nice and comfy with medium lit lights, lots of visible beer glasses, bottles, taps, with a mason, stone finished back splash.
Quality is excellent. Beer is freshly tapped, food is high quality and served properly. This place has top notch product, no matter how you look at it.
Service is knowledgable, attentive, and prompt.
Selection...wonderful for the SE corner of PA, especially on the Main Line. Several Belgians, Americans, and many, many more offered on either draft, or in the bottle.
Food is delicious. Wonderful cheese selection, varieties of mussels, and sandwiches and entrees that are upscale, and succulent.
The value...of course it's a bit pricey but it's expected, especially for the Main Line. I wouldn't expect anything less for the amount of beer, food, and service provided in this establishment.
Top Notch!

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA has the cozy feel of a neighborhood bar filled with people who just flat out enjoy beer. The patrons are usually fairly knowledgeable and will no hesitate to discuss beer with you if you so please. As you walk in, the first thing you will notice is the fact that while they have about 400 beers in their coolers, as well as about 25 taps and 2 hand pump casks, they seem to have glassware that is pretty much customized by beer and/or style. Any beer you taste here is poured into the ideal glassware for that beer.

The beer quality and selection is great. Kegs are in constant rotation, and the beer list is kept up to date, somehow. Rarely will the same keg show up twice in any short period of time, so if you see something you want, jump on it!

The staff is knowledgeable and can choose beers for you if you have an idea of what you want but don't know what beer you want. Also, samples of all beers on tap are always available. Sometimes, the staff can seem overwhelmed and understaffed, even when there aren't too many people in the bar. I've had some trouble getting the attention of the bartender who has been serving me as well, on some occasions.

The food is a predominantly Belgian menu with a great standard selection as well as really impressive specials/soups and dishes.

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Photo of kbrower
4.15/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I have been to Teresa's Next Door over a dozen times. The service is really hit or miss. Generally the staff is very knowledgeable, but is not always very friendly. The selection can not be beat. The bottled beer and most the taps are generally pricey but sometimes they have something delicious on tap for 3-4 dollars.

I definitely recommend stopping by if you are in the area and have the money to spend. I would rather drive 30 minutes to Victory Brewery instead for a more reasonably priced night of beer.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I come to Teresa's as often as I can. Not because it is the only place that is close to home that has a wide variety of beer (Gulifty's has a huge beer list and is within walking distance from my home), but because they are just the ultimate beer bar. Everything is top notch: atmosphere, food, service and beer.

The place is formally called Teresa's Cafe, and I think just the beer bar area is called Teresa's Next Door. On the left side of the building is their sit down restaurant with an open brick oven and plenty of seating room. There is a separate menu and a limited selection for the beer. If you want draught, you have to go "next door" to get it from the bar.

Next Door has plenty of seating as well. There are about six booth areas and like five big tables in addition to the seating at the bar. There is a standing area too which has a shelf built onto the wall. The place feels well decorated, with not much bullshit on the walls. There is just beautiful tile on the floor and in the bathrooms and beautiful wood everywhere. The bathrooms are very nice and clean.

I am almost always served as soon as I sit down at the bar. They hand you a food menu and a beer book. There are like 20 taps i think. They always have Hoegaargen and Chimay White on tap. Then there are always some interesting Belgium beers and strong American beers from great breweries. There was one German beer and one English beer on tap yesterday. Their bottle list is separated into country of origin with bottles from many different places and full of very unique beers. The bartenders know their stuff and so they can be very helpful when looking to try a new beer.

The food is entirely appropriate for this place full of world class beer. The food is amazing! The portions are just right, never too much or too little. The food menu on either side is excellent. The bar has the best "bar food" I have ever seen. Just as an example, I have had a duck breast sandwich this past week that I will not forget anytime soon. I recommend that or the Tips and Tails sandwich.

The quality is so amazing that it is obvious that this place is not cheap. However, the beer is priced fairly. They always serve the beer in the correct glassware, which is important. Another plus is that there are events fairly regularly. Later this month there is an Allagash beer dinner with the brewmaster. It is sold out, but there will certainly be other dinners. If you live within an hour of Philadelphia, it is worth the gas to come to Teresa's

Edit: I must say that since writing this review, I have had some bad encounters with Teresa's. The beer still kicks ass, but the bartenders can really suck sometimes. Not mean, but totally socially retarded. One guy I was sitting next to asked what one of the beers on tap was like and instead of engaging in a good conversation about the beer, the dude opens a beer menu and puts it in front of him without even saying a word... That is just ludicrous for a bartender who supposedly loves beer to do that to a beer-curious customer.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
2.8/5  rDev -37.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4

This place totally sucks. I have been there twice and will never go back.

Let's start off with the atmosphere. Tables on one side bar on the other side. If you sit at the bar, you basically stare at a wall of glasses with no TV's for watching games, etc. That would be OK if you were able to talk to the person you are with but the noise level is so bad that you can't hear crap so that you basically are left to drink your beer and stare at a wall of glasses.

The beer quality/selection is good with a heavy emphasis on Belgians. The beers will leave a whole in your wallet. Look at the bottle prices and prepare for your jaw to drop.

The service might be the worst I have EVER had in a bar. The bartenders will let you drink your beer and when empty NEVER ask you if want another. I decided to wait it out and see how long it would take. I waited for over an hour and not once did they ever ask if I wanted another beer. I guess they never figured it out that if you purchase more beer they get a bigger tip. There is one kid in there with a large tatoo on his arm who basically sits there and polishes glasses. I guess his job description does not include serving people. The worst service that I have ever seen in a bar.

Since they never asked me if I wanted another beer, they obviously never asked me if I wanted any food. Not sure how the menu is.

My friend lives within easy walking distance of the place and says that he NEVER goes in there because of the prices and service.

I will NEVER go back again. Here is hoping that this dump closes or somebody takes it over who is interested in offering good quality, value, and service. Won't happen since the place seems to draw a good crowd and the owners must be making money hand over fist given the prices. Prices for bottles are at least double what is charged in Capones across the board.

Good riddance.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I live only five miles away and have been here many times so I have to review it. Tonight my wife and I went here for dessert and we had a great time. The beer selection is beyond excellent, just the 20 beers on tap are great. They cover the full range from light fruity lambics, easy drinking session beers, to high octane mutations like Devil Dancer. The bottle list is more of the same, almost any beer you can think of. I think the real highlight of the trips I've had here are the bartenders; very knowledgeable and personable. I did sit at the tables once and the service was great there too, but if you want the proper TND experience sit at the bar. They know their beer and wine, but they seem to know what the customer wants even before the customer does.

If you go; ask if they still have the peanut butter and jelly sorbet, if they do get if for dessert, I think it is better then their creme brulee, my wife disagrees. The only downsides, and they are minor: it does get noisy at the bar, the tables are fine you can hear there, it is small and gets crowded at peak times, and too many good beers to drink in one night.

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Photo of dragonglen
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've heard about this place for a while and I work close by, so me and I buddy decided to go. He was generous enough to take me to celebrate a recent promotion.

Parking is a little tough due to the location and other places nearby, but that's informational, I don't hold it against Teresa's Next Door.

The first thing I noticed when I walked in was their impressive collection of glassware. There's no way a person would ever have a beer poured in the wrong glass unless they asked for it specifically.

The tables were nice and it was quiet enough for us to have a conversation without strain.

The beer list was fantastic. I believe they have wine there too (j/k, they have an impressive wine list as well). Two and a half pages of Belgian bottles, I believe about 14-16 beers on tap, not including two casks beers. The prices for the beer were reasonable.

The menu was small, but we both easily found stuff we'd like. $10-$12 for a lunch isn't bad. We started off with a cheese platter which was a first for me, and I really enjoyed it. We were given a small complimentary glass of wine to go with the cheese. Now I know why they pay sommeliers. This was a fantastic pairing and possibly the most enjoyable experience for me.

The staff was kind, the food came out quick enough, and our waiter was well versed in beer and wine.

I would definitely come back here. With such a huge selection I'd probably never get through them all, but I would love to give it a try. I would recommend this place to others that are looking for great food, an outstanding selection and aren't on a college-student payroll.

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Photo of AltBock
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Teresa's is located on N Wayne Ave situated in between a pizza place and a clothing store. This place is about 2 blocks away from Beer Yard Inc. There's a limited amount of metered parking on the street, but luckly there's a metered parking lot across the street. The metered parking is very reasonable at $.25 an hour or something along those lines. When I first walked in, I noticeed there were 2 sides to Teresa's, a dinning room and a bar area. The room on the right is the bar area. The bar area has wooden floors, booths, and big wooden bar that can seat alot of people. I'm not sure how many people can sit at the bar, but it has to 20 range. It's not your average run of the mill local bar. It's more of an upscale type of establishment.

They had some great service here. The bartender I got was very knowledgeable about all the beer they sell. I noticed that when the customer next to me started asking about all the different Belgian styles, the bartender knew his stuff and even made some really good suggestions. This place also offers free samples of the on-tap beers just in case you can't make up your mind.

What a great selection they have here! They have a total of 24 taps and 2 cask beers. Their tap selection consists of Belgians, imports, and American micros. No macros here. When I was there, that selection consisted of Cantillion, St Bernardus 12, Sly Fox, Victory, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Troegs Mad Elf, River Horse, Allagaur, and alot more of that quality. It's impossible to remember them all. If you don't want a draft beer, they have quite an extensive bottle selection. Ask for a bottle menu and they'll hand you a menu that's the size of War & Peace. I'm not joking! This menu was filled with more Belgians, imports, and American micros. They even had bottles of Thomas Hooker Liberator, Lost Abbey, and Russian River. Damnation. What a selection!

I really didn't get a real good luck at the food menu because I was distracted by their tap and bottled menu. I did order something and that was their chicken fingers. Those chicken fingers and the mustard that was served with it was delicious! The prices on their food can get a bit pricy and the bill can get heavy, especially when you order them with their bottled beer prices. The draft prices are same as everywhere else, but their bottled prices can get a bit heavy. I can understand that because it's either buy them as a single here and pay the added bar price or dish out alot more money on a case of beer you have no idea what it's going to taste like. The choice is yours!

Overall, a place you need to stop at when you're in the area. That is just in case you don't want to buy a case of your favorite beer or a beer you don't know what it's going to taste like. You won't be disappointed by their on-tap selection or their extensive bottled beer menu.

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Photo of DrJay
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been hearing great things about TND for months now, so my wife and I decided to check it out this past Sunday for an early dinner. We had no problem getting a table at about 4:30, but by the time we left it was completely full. Even full, it didn't seem overly loud. The decor is quite clean and sparse, with a few beer related items on the walls. The space is quite narrow, with a long bar running along one wall and booths/tables on the other. There's an impressive collection of different styled beer glasses above the bar and an equally impressive set of 24 taps, as well as a pair of beer engines. There's a chalk board draft list behind the bar and a beer book at the table that describes the current draft offerings as well as the bottle list.

As far as the beer selection and quality goes, it's nothing short of excellent. I had a very hard time deciding what to drink, ending up with a cask pint of Nugget Nectar, a pint of Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter, and a tulip of St. Bernardus 12. My wife stuck with the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Other taps were a good variety of mostly Belgians and micros from around the US. We didn't venture into bottles, but there were plenty of high quality brews available - seemed to be ~100. Lots of US micros and European brews. I know I'll be back to raid this cellar. Prices were a little high on some of the local beers, particularly draft, but reasonable when looking at the imports.

Service was good. Our server gave us solid advice regarding the appetizers and made sure we were never waiting for a drink. The food was also quite good, if a little on the pricey side, but we went in expecting it. The bread pudding dessert was tasty and big enough that we didn't have a choice but to share.

All in all, it was an enjoyable visit. The beer is the star here, but there really isn't a part of the experience that's lacking. We'll definitely be back.

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Photo of Intheshadows
4.15/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Thank God, this place has opened not as many reasons to keep going to the city.

The Good: The atmosphere is not my cup of Tea, but everyone else I have brought here enjoys the vibe. It has a clean and modern feel. Quality of the beer is a 5+, one of the bartenders explained to us about the basement (ask them). The food is generally good and getting better every time we stop by. The waiters and waitress are excellent and quite a bit of fun. One of the most well thought out beer lists I have seen. TND seem to be over the ego of "we have the biggest list"; but we stock the best beers. Very well thought out IMHO. The food is good and consistent.

The Bad: To noisy, best to stop on by from Sunday - Tuesday. The bartenders are just okay at best (very knowledgeable), but can be a bit rude. They could use a few more German and English beers. The food could use better portions, especially on the $8 - $10 appetizers. The prices were cheap and now are creeping up. From the Value aspect, I think they know they hit the nail on the head for what Wayne needed and seem to be cashing in. Or maybe just paying bills.

Synopsis: Even though we are close, one of the few places I would drive out of the way for. All in all, it has become one of Philly's Top Tier bars in less than a year.

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Photo of FoolCircle
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I just returned from my first visit to both the Beer Yard and Teresa's Next Door. They are located about a mile and a half from one another, if you have the money there is no reason not to stop at both.

The atmosphere is really cool. Controlled dim lighting, a long bar with a great stone top, stone on the back splash and floor, wood everywhere, parchment walls, a great overall smell from the kitchen . . . nirvana (oh yeah, check out the cool sinks in the bathroom too).

The quality was really great too. We sat at the bar and the bartender was very attentive without being up in our junk. He let us try anything we wanted on tap even though we later found out that he was way weeded with 10+ beers kicking in a two hour time frame. But we tried five different beers and they were all crispy yum yums and the food was pretty banging too.

Again the service was good. The bartenders did switch shifts in the middle and the second bartender wasn't quite on his game, in the sense of I was out of beer in my glass before I had to ask him for another one. But over all it was good, they were nice, and they knew their stuff.

The selection was great. They had twenty-four taps, two beers on cask, and approximately 150 beers in bottles with the majority being American micros and Belgian beers. The beers ranged in price from $3 (Yuengling Lager) to $46 (Chimay Blue Magnum) with the average being in the $5-$10 range depending on what you were drinking. But, the selection was good and well organized.

The food was pretty good too. We tried one of their cheese plates and one order of the pom frites (Belgian style french fries). the cheese plate we had was some sort of cheese with Guinness infused in to it served with bread, toast, grapes, and candied cherries - it was banging and reasonably sized for like six dollars. The pom frites were not bad and cheap like four bucks, but the sauce they were served with was like crack! We went through two crocks of the stuff and still had fries left over, crazy.

The place felt a little pricey, pretty much all the entrees were over $20 and a lot of the beers I were interested in were in the $10+ range, which gets old quick. We got fortunate and our bill was lower than I thought it should be, so I don't have a really fair idea how much it would cost.

Overall, I would say this place would easily be worth a half an hour to forty-five minute drive to have once a month and multiple times a week if you lived within walking distance. Definitely raised the bar to my local expectation. Good job!

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Photo of bosco7
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Decided to check out this place to see what it was all about. The wait was pretty long for two people (around 45 minutes), but they were really busy. We decided to get some Old Ruffian at the bar to warm us up in the mean time, when none other than Lew Bryson asked me what I was having. Cool.

The atmosphere is nice, with a clean dinning room and immaculate bar. Annoying ambient noise though. Attractive and warm none the less.

Service was alright. The wait staff and hostesses seemed like they were all from the same sorority. Not necessarily a bad thing.

The selection and quality of beer is outstanding, 24 on tap, 2 on cask, and hundreds of bottles. I had Maredsous 10 and the lady had Cantilon Lou Pepe Kriek with dinner. Followed by Founders Breakfast Stout. Definitely beer geek friendly.

My biggest beef with the place is the food: overpriced and not very flavorful. The pomme frites were good. First of all there are no vegetarian options outside of cheese, salad (with meat picked off), and a portabella sandwich. I am now a fake vegetarian so I had the arctic char that claimed to be "better than salmon". The girlfriend had mushrooms on a bun. I payed 23 bucks for an alright piece of fish, definitely not better than salmon fresh out of the pacific ocean though. The dessert was better, I had the bourbon gelato which was tasty.

Overall the experience was nice and the beer was great. I think I'll be back for some beer and frites when I am in the suburbs.

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Photo of thefireman
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

We stopped in yesterday to see what all the fuss was about. My first impression tells me that this is going to be a nice experience. A long place with booths along the right side and a long bar on the left. Behind the bar are taps for 24 or so choices of Belgians and macros backed by about an acre of shelf space devoted to glassware. A great selection covering just about anyone's fancy. The bottled selection is a good one as well.

I ordered a Rodenbach whereby the waitress inquired whether I had ever drank a "Rody" before. She nodded when I stated I had before. An indication that she had a reasonable knowledge of the beers they serve, and her concern that I don't get hit with any surprises that may ruin my meal. An order of Rhodenbach and mussels was just what I needed.

I had the Dirty Mussels, prepared similar to the Ghent Mussels served at Monk's. They were perfect, as were the frites that went with them in a generous portion. I was stuffed, but found room for a Victory Donnybrook Stout for "desert". Both beer selections were served in the proper glassware at the correct temperature. My wife's experience was just as good.

Concluding, I found this place to be a real gem. Good food and great beer. Sort of like Monk's on the Main Line. Only without the "attytude" sometimes conveyed by the wait staff at Monk's. I will never stop going to Monk's, but Theresa's is a whole lot easier for me to get to. Parking is a breeze without the "parking wars" foisted upon us by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. In other words, this place is a keeper.

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Photo of jscondon
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped here with a bud on the way back from the in-laws in Tenn. for some dinner and a couple beverages. The atmosphere was clean and modern, not the type of place that I would have suspected to be an awesome beer bar. They have 26 taps of very high quality regional, national, and international microbrews with 2 beer engines for cask ales. I think that the taps rotate as one keg was changed out for something new while we were sitting at the bar. The bottle selection was very nice, too many to name but on the back of the beer menu there was a list of bottle rarities that while very interesting were a little pricey. Being the sucker I am I over paid for a bottle of J.W. Lees 2004 harvest ale aged in Lagavulin casks. The bartenders are very knowledgeable about the beer they sell, and I only downgrade the service rating because they forgot our order so it took a long time to eat. When the food arrived it was well prepared, decently proportioned and what I would term upscale bar food.

In all I would highly reccomend this place if you are in the area. Cantillon Broucsella on tap, what more can I say.

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Photo of chapka
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Overall, TND is outstanding; it's currently my favorite beer bar and if you haven't been, you should. 24-odd taps and two hand pumps, great bottle list, knowledgeable servers who consistently have great recommendations. Kid-friendly, non-smoking, and it's certainly nice that you can get there on the train (take the R5 to Wayne and it's less than half a block away), meaning my wife and I can both drink; always an issue at other good local places like Capone's.

The atmosphere is great as well; no TVs or smoke, just people enjoying beer. It can get a bit crowded later, but the bar service is still always good.

The beer list and tap list are large and varied, and I can always find something I want, but there are a few odd gaps...the English and German bottle selections are solid and interesting, but short; around 10 beers each as I recall (compared to dozens or hundreds from the U.S. and Belgium). Early on, the taps were heavily Belgian, which I always think is a little strange (especially where the same beer is only available in bottles in Belgium). These days there are still plenty of Belgians, but also a good variety of other stuff as well.

As for the food, it's consistently good; my only issue is that the entrees don't always live up to the appetizers. Partly, that's because the appetizers and small plates, including a rotating cheese selection, tasty non-fried chicken wings, and some very nice Mexican specialties, are so consistently good. If you're not in the mood for mussels, the entree selections are less exciting, though still quite tasty.

Overall, a must visit for the local beer geek, especially if you live on the R5.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.8/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I took my girlfriend here a couple of days ago and we both loved it.
Atmoshpere: Very inviting, on both sides (the eatery is a different establishment than the bar). We went there not knowing anyone, but the patrons attracted to TND were so friendly we left the bar feeling like we were at Cheers.
Quality: Very clean, very fresh. The only bad marks for the quality were that you could only order beer at the bar, even though you could bring it back to your table.
Service: The waitstaff, and the hostesses were very friendly and very knowledgable. I enjoyed talking to the bartender, and he seemed like he enjoyed the conversation.
Selection: Awsome, an it wasn't at all intimidating.
Food: At Teresa's Cafe, the food was rather good, it wasn't off the carts, but it still was very above average.
Value: The beer seemed reasonable, but the food did seem a bit pricy.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of sholland119
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This has become our favorite place over the 3 months we have been going there. Of the many great beer bars in the suburban Phila. area, this one stands out for us. 24 regular taps, 2 casks with enough activity that there are 6 or 8 new beers every week. And what a selection: Pliny the Younger and Elder, St. Bernardus 12, Allagash Curieux, Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, Founder's Breakfast Stout are among the tap beers we have had here. On top of the 200 or so bottles (Port Brewing Hop 15, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Great Divide Hercules among others). The bartenders are knowledgeable and very friendly. The room is very attractive if rather noisy on weekends. Food is generally good. The mussels, Mexican appetizers and the cheese selections are outstanding. Entrees are pricey and inconsistent. Sandwiches are good except for the rolls. Highly recommended!

Update: food has steadily improved since this review. Seasonal soups have been very good, and the sandwiches have gotten better (i like the new tips 'n tails sandwich, chicken sandwich now has sliced chicken breast and stands up to the roll better)

2011 Update: Food is better and better all the time. Gyro is my current favorite.

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Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar in Wayne, PA
Place rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 125 ratings