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6 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

700 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
United States

(215) 223-5663 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2007

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Gavage:
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

This is a nice 40's - 50's throw back type restaurant that fits the upscale casual food niche. The bar is smallish and can seat about 8 people, but this is really more of a restaurant than a bar. Nice stone columns, open kitchen, and a small second floor overlooks the main dining area. Plenty of windows for natural light.

Beer wise this place only has a handful of craft beers like Victory, PBC, and Yards that you can get anywhere in Philly. So the focus here is food and cocktails, but you can enjoy a craft beer with your meal.

Service was friendly, but also a bit pushy to get you to try some things beyond what I ordered. The food we had was good but was definitely a bit expensive for what you get. I may eat here again in the future, but the beer selection will not be part of swaying my decision to go there.

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Photo of soulcougher
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of MsRif
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5

I love Jones, but it is really not a "beer destination." Sure, they have some good micro-brews, but the selection is minimal. This is really a fine restaurant with a good selection of liquor. Basically a place where a woman will want to go on a date and a man will agree because he does have the choice of getting a good brew. Aside from selection, this place is awesome. Good atmosphere, and the service is always amazing. Food is delicious...the mac and cheese is the best around. When I go here, it's generally not for the beer. In's never for the beer. That doesn't make Jones a bad establishment, but with so many better beer bars in the area, come here for the food and for the mixed drinks, if anything.

Overall, expect to pay higher prices as this is a $teven $starr restaurant. Great selection of food and liquor...low selection of beer...but if you are going with friends or on a date, you will make it through the night with the micro brews that they have. Recommended.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

A decent place that I've visited a couple times. Sort of a retro feel to the place. They serve (or rather served) one of my wife's favorite cocktails, the "One Fish Two Fish," but for some reason, it has lately departed from the menu, to her dismay. Nice layout with a small bar and some nice comfy booths to sit at. Service is nothing to complain about, and the food is very good. Prices are a bit on the high end, but it's expected in this area of town. Beer selection is limited, but you still might find a decent local brew. I don't really have much need for a place like this, but it's worth a try for lunch if you're in the area.

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Photo of corby112
3.6/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5

This is really a restaurant not a beer destination. One of Stephen Starr's casual places that focuses on comfort food. The space s pretty big with a small bar area and a large room of dinning tables. Funky decor.

The real reason for visiting this place is the food. A bit expensive for casual fare but everything is of very high quality and the service is very good. They make an amazing meatloaf that I highly recommend. The staff isn't very knowledgeable about beer other than what's available but they are very attentive and knowledgeable about the food offerings.

Not much of a selection other than some local micros and a few Belgians. Not bad for a restaurant and you can find something good to drink here, but it's not really someplace you should seek out for beer.

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Photo of Foxman
3.6/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Where to begin?
It's Center City, so parking is a joke.
But who's Center City!
And honestly, I'm a sucker for the stacked fieldstone decor, and the mirrors, and the damned cozy booths. Not to mention, the warm wood, earth-tones, and soft lighting.
And while you'll see more than just the beautiful people here, everyone looks great in this place.

But, surprisingly, the restrooms are a bit gamey, the floors a touch dirty, and the higher surfaces a little dusty. On the other, the beer is cold, the glassware is clean, and the tables themselves won't cling to your forearms. Good stuff.

The service is friendly and enthusiastic. They smile a lot, and up-sell judiciously enough not to be irritating. And I'd give them serious thumbs up if they knew more about their beers. I'm not going to get into the curious comments I've heard. But at the same time, if you go in here looking for a beer education, you're bound to be disappointed.

Selection is pretty small but it has a couple surprises. Yes, the macros are the mack-daddy bestsellers, but how many places around here carry Warbird? What's disappointing is the rather sparse local representation. There was Flying Fish, Yards, and...well, them. Sure, there was Ommegang and Allagash and Voodoo, but there's no reason to wedge them in if you're not giving props to those much closer and just as good. That's my take, anyway.

The food is a strength, because really, this isn't a beer bar, but rather a good restaurant with a fair beer list. I could go on about the menu, but instead I'll just say, if you like comfort food, you will not go away unsatisfied.

As it is a restaurant, it's on the high side price-wise as well. It's not blatantly unreasonable, mind you, but neither will it ever leap to mind as a bargain. Rather, you'll pay more than in most beer bars. You decide what that means to you.

So as a late night stop, when that dessert and beer jones (pardon the pun) screams from your gut, or as a dinner destination, you'll dig the food, and the beers make willing companions. Again, it's not a beer bar, but here it sits, and as well, here sits my review.

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Jones in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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