Watkins Drinkery

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Bar, Eatery

1712 S 10th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19148-1644
United States

(215) 339-0175 | map

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Reviews: 3
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Solid craft beer bar on a side street on the middle of the East Passyunk Crossing neighborhood. It's essentially a corner bar w/ a better-than-average selection, a small neighborhood feel and stuff other than sports (usually) on tv. I've been told by more than a few folks that the dude who runs this place prefers movies to sports, so thats what you'll essentially find on the tv's here. Usually has better than average service as well. Good neighborhood find, yo!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

This was, like, the last bar in the Passyunk area still in my to-do list. I stopped in for a quick brew after a long bike ride, seating outside on a nice autumn day. Watkins reminds me of 2nd Street Brewhouse, a classic corner Philly bar with great beer and food. The tap list is of the short-but-sweet variety and includes stuff not to be found anywhere else. When I was there, they had Otter Creek Russian Imp Stout- the only bar in Philly to have it. Also Susquehanna Pumpkin, Ballast Point Lager, Finch’s and Summit.

This is not the place to go for crazy stuff, but you know they’ll have something solid. Service is real friendly, and the food menu has been tempting for a while. I gotta try the smoked-duck ‘wich. YUM! (We did have the house-made chorizo-sausage 'wich and it was outrageous)

The only negative of this jawn is that it is too close to Fountain Porter, if you know what I mean… but there are times when the Porter is too busy and loud and I come here and I feel right at home.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Watkins Drinkery is very old-school corner bar Philly. It even looks like an old bar, except that it's been polished up quite a bit. But it still has the same walk-in-the-door and you're at the bar layout. It also has one of those weird elongated octagonal windows that used to be popular. I thought they were only for Chinese restaurants, but apparently South Philly bars were into them as well. Apparently there's also an upstairs game room with a pool table and dart board, but I never noticed it. The main thing that catches your eye, however, is a weird "starlight" paneled ceiling that you've got to see.
Here's a link to take a look: http://citypaper.net/blogs/mealticket/2010/09/24/watkins-drinkery-in-pictures/

So forgetting the actual look of the place and the layout (which certainly affects its atmosphere), how is the atmosphere? Laid back. Totally casual. Close. It's an old working man's bar to be sure, and that's pretty much how it plays out now except that the new working man probably works less, not nearly as hard, and then spends less time at the bar as well. I'm sure some die-hard regulars will pop up though.

The service appears to be good, and the draft list is decent but there are only 6 taps. There are some good bottled selections (@30) and there's no junk (2 or 3); but there's also nothing really 'out there' either. There were times in the past where this list would have set my mind spinning, but that's long gone. Everyone's got craft and import now, so I look for a wide range of styles. Hmmm. Maybe I'm jaded. (Of course I am!) They do have a hand-pump though. How that will work out we'll have to see.

I didn't try the food but it seems like they're trying, and I'm guessing they'll score big. There's some funky stuff, but there's more accessible stuff. Escargot? I love 'em, but I don't know about you. It seems the beer crowd is pretty damned food savvy though, so we'll see. The prices seemed reasonable, but without having seen any portion sizes I don't know.

I'll stop back and see how things develop, but for now I'd recommend it as a stop just to check out the decor; and to take a gander at the 'upscale' menu and see if you think the 'fusion' of it works.

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Watkins Drinkery in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 3 ratings