Side Bar & Restaurant

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Side Bar & RestaurantSide Bar & Restaurant
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Side Bar & RestaurantSide Bar & Restaurant

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

10 E Gay St
West Chester, Pennsylvania, 19380-3145
United States

(610) 429-8297 | map

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Added by SideBar on 12-15-2009

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by bigfnjoe:
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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Interesting itself is very small, but there is a second bar off to the left, and we sat at a table nearby. Of course, this is apparently where the rowdy college kids hung out, as they pounded their shots and Stellas back while watching the NFL game. Anyway. Tap list was good, though the sheet the girl handed us didn't match the chalkboard very well...I ordered what I remembered being on both places. Selection was good, got a Victory at Sea and a Rodenbach, while the girlfriend got a Dugana. If we were able to sit at the main bar where the chalkboard was, maybe we could have mixed it up a little more. 7.50 for 10oz of each of my beers seemed a little pricey, but then again, it is Philly. Service was good, our server was very attentive and didn't make any mistakes, checked in on us a lot. Food was ok. Girlfriend got a broccoli soup and a Caesar salad, and wasn't satisfied with the "bad parts" of the Romaine in the salad. She loved the soup though. My ravioli was fine, but not outstanding. I'd like to come back again when there isn't football going on, and maybe get a better feel for the place. On first visit, it seemed to be more of a bar with a good tap list than a good beer bar, if you know what I mean.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

There are many good to great bars right within walking distance in West Chester. Among the better ones is Side Bar. Inside on the lower floor are two separate bars, and a good amount of table space. There is also outside seating. Lots of brick and wood, for a classic pub atmosphere. Service is friendly and accommodating. The beer list has a focus on local breweries, and there's a good variety of stuff on, with a fairly large selection of cans/bottles as well. There's a wine list too, if beer isn't your thing. Food is basically pub grub, but there are a lot of options, and while I haven't had too much of their food, everything I have had has been good. Prices are about on par for a suburb college town, so kind of expensive, but not brutal. Whatever the case, Side Bar is a cool hangout, and always worth popping in if you're in the area.

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Photo of SiepJones
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Bill69
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Shnanign
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Lurkerson
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of LoganMcGeehan
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Always fantastic draft selections, as well as bottle selections. They constantly rotate and always have local crafts on tap or in bottle. The food is fresh and imaginative. The service always does a fine job and are very attentive. One of my favorite places to go!

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Photo of PA-Michigander
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jackrodgers77
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Ylenroc
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Always good stuff on tap, and excellent food. Sunday brunch is great as well.

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Photo of maseww22
4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great selection of craft beers and bourbon. Fried tacos and calamari are constant winners. Get there early during nice weather for sidewalk dining.

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Photo of tonyrocknroll
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Best craft beer happy hour ever. Tons of exceptional beers for $3. Lots of variety, including hard to find beers. Gets a little pricey if it's not happy hour.

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Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of pwoody11
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

I'd like to rate this higher, but the prices prevent me from doing do. Nice selection and tasty food though. Found the food to be priced well.

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Photo of Matt92379
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Pezz77
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of mfunk9786
2.73/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5

They charge way too much for mediocre beer here. My biggest problem with the service is that they have a tough time keeping the taplists updated - I often order, only to have the server leave, then come back and say that beer has kicked without knowing what took its place. They do a very poor job with happy hour too, some beers are discounted and some aren't, and it's very hard to determine which is which. Often get strong product though, however, they charge too much for drafts and WAY too much for bottles. Oh, and the place turns into yet another West Chester loud DJ college bar on weekends. Not worth it, drive the extra distance to go to TJ's if you live in the West Chester area.

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Photo of Casey3236
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Eden
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

This place is an hour away from home...but in order to stop in, I make it a weekend, and stay overnight at the hotel across the street! THAT'S how good this place is. Really.

It's a clean, classy bar. The staff is professional and knowledgeable. They are craft beer connoisseurs, and the selection is always interesting and unusual. The bartenders are talkative, attentive and fast. They have educated opinions, which is hard to find anywhere.

The food is served in a timely manner and is very good. The prices are (maybe) a tiny bit above average, but in a place where you are content and served with a smile, who looks at the few dollars here and there!?

Beer is fresh and is served in clean and appropriate glassware, and the music is good...they even change it during the day depending on what the customers want to hear! Imagine that.
They continue to impress time and time again.

Can't wait to spend tomorrow there! Hoping Brandon is bartending! Looking forward to the monthly chat about beer, music, sports and other random things.

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Side Bar & Restaurant in West Chester, PA
Place rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 33 ratings