Via Marconi Sports Bar & Restaurant

Via Marconi Sports Bar & RestaurantVia Marconi Sports Bar & Restaurant
15 Ratings
Via Marconi Sports Bar & RestaurantVia Marconi Sports Bar & Restaurant

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

190 Forty Foot Rd
Lansdale, Pennsylvania, 19440-2803
United States

(215) 393-1776 | map

Relocated in May 2013.

Added by Bouleboubier on 07-02-2010

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.01/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Ahop91
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of micromaniac129
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

A huge and enormous bar that must seat one hundred people easy. A huge bank of tv's hang over head.
A long beer list with many choices but most are easily had and with no surprises.
The food was good and with large portions.
It's a big and loud place that caters more to the bar side then restaurant side.
I personally don't think it's a place for smaller children. I have two teenagers who can handle the salty talk and actions.
I personally will go back on a Saturday afternoon when it's less crowded but won't take my family back.

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Photo of Dark_Matter
4.48/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Wingtpasser
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of sandlansd
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Arched98
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of venice1006
2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Used to stop at the old location every weekend but gave the new location three tries before deciding it's not worth it. The old location was cozy with the booths. New location is too cold. The booths only seem to be for large groups and it may seem petty but the chairs slide too easily on the floor. Don't like the high top booths. Food is decent - blue cheese burgers pretty good. Main draw is the beer selection. Service is the main reason I won't be returning. We were seated at a table in the area to the left of the front door. Three other tables were seated after us. Waitress went to the other three tables, requiring her to pass our table to get to them. No one ever came to our table so we left. Second visit was an hour wait to get a beer and a pizza. Pizza was ok but way too much cheese-and I love cheese. Third visit we sat at the bar. Bartender asked if we knew what we wanted. We asked for a list of what was on tap and then couldn't get her attention again. Finally got someone to get us two beers and then sat with two empty glasses since no one came by to ask if we wanted anything else. Couldn't make any eye contact or anything. Got someone else to cash us out and he shorted us a dollar.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Updated score on 10-29-13 to reflect the new location.

Basically the same theme and food and the old location- but more TVs, and more taps.

2011 Review:

I used to come here all the time for Eagles games, as it's mainly a sports bar. They have a restaurant seating section in the back, with a round bar in the front, surrounded by a couple of high top tables, and take-out coolers. There is also a lower section with pool table, projection screen, and jukebox.

Recently I've been stopping here occasionally to pick up a few six packs, and they've definitely improved their selection of craft beer both on tap, and especially in the cooler. And prices are reasonable.

Their food is typical pizza, cheesesteaks, subs, burgers, wings, etc. It's average to good.

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Photo of MerryTapster
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Pretty basic sports bar. Nothing really spectacular or hip. Just your run of the mill location. Service was good. Only thing that was annoying was if you sit at a table at the bar there are know waitresses. You have to go to the bar to order your drinks and food.

One benefit of this place is they have PtE on tap, along with about 5 RR Corked Bottles. Pizza and wings from this place were good. I got a slice of meat lovers and 6 suicide wings with blue cheese and washed it all down with a Pliny. Both really good.

If it wasn't for Pliny being on tap I probably wouldn't have even reviewed this place. But come on. It's Pliny.

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Photo of slentz
4.44/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Kiddynamite920 and I found ourselves at Via Marconi's on Cinco de Mayo while waiting for a table at the local Mexican restaurant. They had Pliny on tap. It was fresh and served in a large goblet. In addition they had Ten Fidy and many other great beers. The bartenders were very attentive and provided awesome service. The bar has a mixed atmosphere of sports bar and beer bar. They have a small fridge for higher quality bottles and a lot of bottles for take out. They could improve on the single bottle selection. We did not have any food. All in all we had a great time here and the service was superb! Don't hesitate to check this place out.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Because I happen to be in the area with time to kill, I usually stop at Via Marconi once every couple of months.

It's basically a sports bar, but there's a dining area as well. The food I've had has been basic bar food, so I've got nothing to offer there. In fact, it wasn't really even up to par, but OK. The beer selection is good, however, especially given its location. It's not great mind you, but there's at least something. The tap lineup is usually fairly basic with Bass, Blue Moon, Guinness, Sam Adams, and Sierra Nevada Pal Ale, but there's also taps like Franziskaner, Ballast Point, Dogfish Head, Oskar Blues and Great Lakes making a showing.

They also offer six-packs for take out with a wide selection. Again, you're not going to find anything hard to find, but there's a wide selection of micros and imports (Allagash, Bell's, Founder's, Rogue, Stone, Maredsous, Paulaner, Spaten, Duvel), but at least you've got some choice - and there are occasional gems (Russian River Damnation).

The atmosphere is nice, and the staff and regulars are mostly warm and friendly. Some of my best visits have been when a game was on and everyone was in a good mood. Most importantly, no one looks at you weird when you order an "interesting" beer.

Worth a shot.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped here because it's in the area and there was some good beer on tap, easy access off the NE extention.

Located in a strip mall Via has the normal macro neon signs out front. Once inside it looks like your everyday sit down/ pizza places i've been too. A lot of seating a nice sized bar and a pool table. Alot of sports stuff on the wall with beer signs and TV's.

Quality was alright, the beer tasted fine, but it came in a chilled glass, I just asked for the same glass used for my 2nd pour. A pretty clean place here, I did not visit the bathrooms. Service was good, I just got some beers and bounced, but I had no sqalms. Will have to come and sit down here one night away from a busy bar.

70% macro, 30% craft not sure of the tap numbers but I had a registration ale and some Expedition stout on tap. A decent bottle selection of locals and some nice bombers of various styles. No gems though. $9 bottles of WWS. The craft tasted fine but I saw that the lager was pouring flat as can be but nobody could seem to tell.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Checked this place out (i think on a Saturday or Sunday) during the very beginning of Philly Beer Week 2010. Russian River event - I was one of maybe 10 people that appeared to have showed up for this event (at least while I was there). The fact that the bar wasn't packed for Rf'nR seemed a bit odd to me - it's not too far (40 min) outside of Philly...

Anyway, the 4 RR they had on tap: Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder, Consecration, and Damnation were all priced at $5.75. Ridiculous - maybe yeah. I've caught wind of other events there where fairly wonderful beers were being featured and the prices were still $5.75. All the more reason to take a ride out there.

All in all, the atmosphere comes across as an ordinary local sports bar. A bunch of locals were hangin out, having their Bud's and whatnot. The place is in a strip mall (pause).

I had the Buffalo chicken wrap - thinking it was the best thing on the menu to go with the Blind Pig and Pliny. It was alright. Hardly gourmet. Met a couple from York, PA and talked them up about RR and mentioned some beers they never heard of (Unibroue? Really? News to ya? Well, okay...). They were cool. Lady gave me a slice of her Taco pizza and it was divine. VMPB can do pizza well.

Halfway through my RR indulgence, a bartender, that was clearly the creative force behind the beer scene there, showed up for her shift and through bantering informed me that 1) she worked on South St for 8 yrs (can't remember the bar) and that B) she was doing her very best to advertise this joint and the features...

Go to this place. Their website is blah. Call or go on to see what they got. Trust me - worth at least one trip.

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Via Marconi Sports Bar & Restaurant in Lansdale, PA
Place rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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