Station Taproom

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Station TaproomStation Taproom

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

207 W Lancaster Ave
Downingtown, Pennsylvania, 19335-2511
United States

(484) 593-0560 | map

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Added by seanmcgettigan on 04-04-2010

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Photo of tonyrocknroll
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Best place in Chester County PA to drink craft beer. Only have about 10 taps, but it is always a great selection of quality beers. Food is delicious too.

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Mantis701
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of mfunk9786
3.6/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Incredibly crowded. Incredibly. It makes it very difficult, especially on weekends or at events, to enjoy yourself. It's a very small space and I find it hard to believe that it's even legal to pack it with as many people as they do on a routine basis. Food is only okay, and is often less so (had a particularly poor experience at a brunch here, pulled pork sandwiches are iffy in terms of quality). Delicious beer, extremely passionate staff, great space when it's not too crowded, though.

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Photo of Barnsley
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of crag
3.94/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

A good place to eat and sample a craft beer, gets a little crowded which effects service. Nice selection of beers & single malts available. Menu is decent and has something for everyone sans gluten free. A good local watering hole - sorely needed in this town.

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Photo of Astarzz316
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Shandycan
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Looks can be deceiving- it's a little corner bar that I live fairly close to, but they get some killer stuff in. Have had both RR and HF on tap here, so I'm always keeping an eye on their rotation. The biggest pitfalls here are the parking- TINY lot, there's a train station across the street and street parking, so you might have a little bit of a walk, and the second issue is the seating. There's no getting around it that this is a small place, so be prepared, it can get shoulder to shoulder around the bar area. The food is great though, some really interesting stuff being plated- brunch on the weekends is killer, and I've had dinner here a few times with nothing but positive results. Happy hour pork BBQ sandwiches are ridiculously good as well!

I give it $$$ if only because you pay a bit more for fine quality food and beers, that's not detrimental in any way.

If you're in the area it's worth a stop!

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Photo of jackrodgers77
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

This is your quintessential local corner bar but it has a focus on good beer and food. Located on the main drag and easy to find right across from a train station. This is a small place that has a cool mustard yellow color inside with some funky paintings and plenty of natural light. In the rear there is a nice wooden bar that can comfortably seat 12 patrons. Next to the bar is an open kitchen with a clear view of the stove so you can watch the cooks make your meal. There are a handful of tables for dining.

Beerwise they had 12 beers on draft with one cask. A nice variety of beer here from Southern Tier Warlock, Allagash White, SN Northern Harvest, Duclaw Mad Bishop, Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale, Victory Liberty Bell Ringer, and Paulaner Pilsner to name a few. No macros on tap. Some bottles are located in the glass from refridgerators behind the bar.

Service was very friendly and prompt. The food we had was decent and hit the spot.

Overall this is a nice little neighborhood bar that is comfortable and has a nice beer selection.

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of mikefuski17
3.89/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place rocks. Awesome beer. I have heard the food is great but never tried if get. Sneaky little beer spot. They Russian River and Firestone Walker and Founders. On tap or bottle, they have some sneaker stuff. Very recommended if possible. Price is decent and there are great beers.

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Photo of mikem0487
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Station Taproom is my local beer bar that I go to at least twice a month. The atmosphere is nice, refreshing and new. It has only been open for three years now but the quality of the food has been consistent since day one and the service is probably the best you are going to get around. All the servers and bartenders are knowledgable and well rounded on the micro beer scene and can help anyone out to find what beer would fit their palate at the time. Along with the beer they serve excellent white and red wine from around the country and have a very nice selection of quality whiskeys and bourbons.
I would say for the majority of the people that come to stations what keeps people coming back is the food and the beer. Recommendation food wise is to order the mussle(seasonal rotation), cheese plate, tacos(seasonal rotation), the burger, thai red curry and/or one of their panini's(seasonal rotation) . Their truffle fries in my opinion might be the best fries you can get outside of Monks Cafe.
Their beer selection most of the time is very good and covers a wide spectrum of styles. On draft they usually have a large assortment of IPA's, PA's and amber/red ales that take up around 3-4 taps. Saisons, wheat beers and belgian brews are always found on tap with porters and stouts rounding out the usually suspects on the draft list. The other draft lines are more hard to come by beers, seasonals and unusual brews the average person would not know what they were. The bottle list is around 50 bottles long and has a nice selection of unique beers that are rare or one offs. The only thing that distracts me about the bottle list are the prices. Other than the bottles prices there is nothing else really to complain about other than the size of the place. I like the small quaint atmosphere it allows but means you may be waiting at the bar for 20 plus minutes to grab a table. But with the quality of the draft list most of your time is taken up trying to figure out what beer to drink and trying new brews you have not had yet.
Overall I highly recommend this place. If you are into heady brews and great food with good service stop in, you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of chim52chim
3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Stumbled into this place yesterday for the first time. Small town corner bar with a pretentious hipster craft beer bar feel. The beer, excellent, wide range to choose from. The truffle fries, well you'll just have to try them to understand, they are good.

If I had to point out negatives, it would be the prices for some of the bottled beer. The size is very small and gives you the illusion that you are part of a small exclusive club, but that is what gives the place its charm.

I would definitely go back to see some of the craft beers they offer, but maybe during a less busy time.

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Photo of Casey3236
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Been going here for a couple years, since they first opened. While I wished they had more taps, the ones they do are always quality brews. The food is great,especially the truffle fries. The place is very small so it's always crowded, but it still provides very good service. I love that they are a true craft beer bar; I've seen guys come in and ask for a Guiness only to be told they can't get one here and then turn the guy on to a Narwhal or DFH Bitches Brew and know he'll never drink Guiness again!

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Photo of ensign11
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is a great little bar, with a great staff and a great selection of beers. There's also wine and whiskey for other choices. This is the first place I stop when I travel up to downingtown.

Between the beer selection and the knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, you can't beat this place. Every time I go, I have a great time and a new beer to try. Despite Victory Brewing Co. down the road, I'd recommend this place to anybody who wants to sit down and enjoy a beer with friends.

From the little bit of food i've tried, its pretty good. But the beer selection and bartenders are what keep me coming back.

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Photo of garuda
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Been to this gem on a number of occasions, so I guess its time to review. First off, its a small place, with very few seats (10 maybe) at the bar. Everything's in the one room, too. Its a nice atmosphere with the kitchen open to the dining room and bar, but can become quite loud and crowded quickly.

The quality is top-notch across the board, from the food to the beer. No complaints at all there. Service is also great with friendly, attentive, knowledgeable staff.

The selection lacks a bit, though, especially when compared to some other area beer bars. 12 taps just doesn't cut it when others have 24+. All of their taps, however, are taken by quality beers, and they get the best ones our distribution network has to offer.

This is a great little place, and something that Downingtown really needed to go alongside Victory. They have a great location across the street from the R5, so many people won't even have to bother driving to get there.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped here for the first time today while in town for Capone's Black Friday event. There is a good amount of parking in a side parking lot which is metered up until 5:30pm at the price of $0.25 per hour (2 hour limit on the meter).

Atmosphere: The decor is very nice - contemporary yet warm and inviting. Nice framed art aligns the yellow walls. The walls are tiled style wood and painted brown. The bar itself is a beautiful smooth wood bar and the taps are short black perlick handles that are below the bar and barely visible. A large chalk board is adorned to a wall above the bar and is easy to read. Hanging contemporary lamps add to the warm feel.

Quality and Selection: The bar seats about 12 people and there are about 12 beers on tap + 1 cask on engine pull. Most beers are fairly common but solid regional choices. Some west coast and european imports accentuate those options. Prices for drafts were typically $5 for either a pint or a 10oz depending on the ABV of the beer you choose. A small but nice bottle selection including a few russian rivers, some dogfish heads, and some euro lambics are available although a bit pricy ($5 - $35).

Service: Friendly, attractive, attentive, but with minimal beer knowledge. I was given a buy back as was another person sitting near me.

Food: A bit upscale but reasonably priced and not pretentious. I had the ham and brie panini which was tasty, especially with thick sliced ham.

I enjoyed my time here and liked the spot even more than the Drafting Room although it is a bit limited in scope.

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Photo of hackomal
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Everything you could want in a small gastropub. They have a small but fresh and awesome menu. I usually order the pulled pork, but have never had a bad meal. Nice selection of beer that rotates daily. 12 taps and 1 beer engine. Station also has a solid bottle selection with about 20 bottles always on hand. If your into scotch and whiskey, that looks fully stocked as well. They have great happy hour beer and food specials that are a great value. The servers and bartenders are always ready to help if you have any questions. It is also 3 miles from my house which is great.

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Photo of mhatters
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Talk about a gem - the area is rich with beer barsgastropubs - but we have a leader. Great beer (12 taps or so, always quality) with a good selection of bottles (tres fontaine, etc.), but hat sets this place apart is the food and service. Open kitchen, nice menu, but these people know what they are doing. Food quality matches that of 5-star dining - bar staff know details of food and beer, and in a relaxed atmosphere. I have been here dozens of times, the quality and selection is always top notch and the valie as well - beer dorks and first timers can mingle in a mutually comfortable atmosphere. The risotto is to die for. The model for a beer bar.

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Station Taproom in Downingtown, PA
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