Isaac Newton's


38 Reviews
Isaac Newton'sIsaac Newton's

Type: Bar, Eatery

18 S State St
Newtown, Pennsylvania, 18940-1988
United States

(215) 860-5100 | map

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Photo of Erikshegda1994
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My new go-to spot just 2 blocks from house. Love the dark warm and cozy vibe I get from the bar on a cloudy afternoon. Great quality beer from Russian River to the choicest local breweries such as Sole Artisan Ales, Tired Hands and Free Will frequently on tap or in bottles/cans. Great bartenders who love beer and hook you up if you hook them up. Always a good selection of drafts and bottle and they always have at least one Tired Hands beer on tap. Just revamped their menu too which is great with lots of great classic pub fair as well as different unique as well healthier options as well. Only thing I would add that could be a drawback is the their bottles of rarer beers can be costly as well as some of their drafts but good craft beer comes at a price, and I am willing to pay.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I go to Bucks and frequent this place when I'm down there studying. Really good beer selection and the bartenders are very knowledgeable about the beers on tap. Easily 20 beers with tons of bottles to choose from. Really neat old building too. Best burgers in the area!

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Photo of PhillyFoodie
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Been to this spot about a dozen times or so with some beer-loving pals from work. Amazing place to stay a while and drink some beers. Selection is best in the area only to a couple of select bars in downtown Philly. Two of the bartenders I've had there tend to be a bit snotty but the servers are amazingly helpful and cheery. Food is REALLY good for a bar but can be a bit pricey. It's ok if it keeps the place clear of riff-raff though.

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Photo of yarnbomb
3.2/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2.5

I was pretty let down by this place. One of our party was sick after a taster of beer- not sure if it was an unclean glass or a spoiled keg. There were many disappointments here, including the beer selection and atmosphere, but the service was pretty good. I lucked into a decent food selection but the rest of the party had sad and crappy dinners that night. Not sure why it's so well regarded, except perhaps in comparison to the rest of the local beer bar selections.

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Photo of KBrady
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Wonderful beer-centric location in the quaint little town of Newtown, PA. Located in what seems like a converted farmhouse, the bar area is dimly lit containing chalkboards filled completely with their bottle and draft offerings. Typically 15+ draft and 50+ bottles available. Rest of the restaurant has a farmhouse feel, with more chalkboards, cozy booths, and good views. Food is decent; above average for a bar although not worth a trip just for eating.
Full event schedule of specialty beer tappings and brewery visits make it a spot worth going regularly.

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Photo of NYR_Rob
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Isaac Newton's is a great restaurant/bar. Their beer selection is one of the best in Bucks County. It's great to have a local place that has such a wide variety and a knowledgeable staff. Each week, they seem to have an event featuring either a brewery or a style. Their food menu is equally excellent. The portions are sufficient and the quality is above par for the area.

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Photo of HuaJiao
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Newton's is a great place to find a variety of craft beer without venturing into one of the nearby major cities. There are fifteen or so beers on tap at any given time, and I've always been able to try something new. Special keg tappings and tap take-over events bring in even more unique offerings. The food is pretty solid for a bar. Service has been friendly to me. The beers are rather expensive, but I'm willing to pay for things that aren't often seen on tap. If you go after 10PM during the week, all but the top-tier selections are half off, so it's well worth it in the evenings!

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Photo of pcsnyder
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

I used to live in Newtown, so I used to go to Isaac Newton's fairly regularly. I've been back several times since I moved out of the area, but I enjoy my time there less and less because the service has really gone down the tubes. The wait-staff seems to have this really arrogant attitude (based on half a dozen different waiters/waitresses/bartenders over half a dozen visits, spanning several months). Their selection is the only reason that I really go there. I can always find something I haven't tried before, which is a huge draw for me.

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Photo of olblueyes1915
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Been to this place quite a few times with a friend of mine who has been going there a long time and knows the people who work there simply from being a long time patron. The first few times I went was with my friend, and had a great experience. Beer selection is always good, and can be easily read on their chalk board. Food is not bad, but they try to go too fancy with their food instead of keeping it to a simple recipe, then put a big price tag on it. Wait time for food definitely needs improvement. I went twice without my friend who knows the staff, and it was a completely different experience. There was not much help when asking about the beer selections, and the service itself was much to be desired. I noticed through the times I had gone, that the regulars get ALL of their attention, and the "not so regulars" are almost ignored. Not a very good way to attract more "regulars" if you ask me. I did still give it a higher score based mainly on their beer selection and atmosphere. Also, forgot to mention the elbow room on a busy night is lacking.

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Photo of mingo1968
3/5  rDev -28.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Ok been here a few times and enjoyed it. But the last two times i have to say i was let down not by the beer they still have an outstanding selection.The service was bad. The girl who waited on us ask us what we wanted to drink and we ask for their beer list that we know they have she went on tell us they didn't have one and that we would have to get up and go look at their chalk board down at the end of the dining room so up we got and went and looked at it. after we ordered we ask what happend to the beer menu she said they never had one. The food i had a chicken sandwich that was soaked through the roll with the pesto like it was sitting for awhile. my wife had the burger that was fine. We ordered a growler to go of southern tier pumpkin and asked the cost before she filled it she brings it back to the table filled and goes on to say that will be $ 32.00. i said i wanted to know the cost before you filled it. Im done with this place after two bad enconters with the service oh and the time before that was 15 min wait before they ever came back with our beers.

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Photo of Umbra
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Went here twice the last weekend, as it appeared to be the best quality spot. My only real negative is that the place was hard to find. I had to ask three people to find it. Though it is listed as 18 State Street, it is actually located behind that address. There aren't any signs on State Street, so I guess one just has to know that you wander down the walkway between the two houses.

Atmosphere is cozy, warm and clean. The bartenders and waiters all knew the selections well and had great recommendations. Selection was nothing but quality local and international craft brews. Had a local pumpkin and many many others. Food is slightly upgraded pub grub. Fries were crispy and tasty. We stuck to sandwhiches and wraps and weren't let down.

Overall: Seems to be your best beer choice in Newtown. I'd recommend a cab, since the newtown police appear to have nothing to do but drive around all day looking for folks to harass.

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Photo of aflyershckyfan
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Always a great beer selection, the bartenders are good always ready and friendly to answer any questions. All i have ever eaten here are the burgers and they have always been great. I do wish there were more bar seating but they do have several pub tables around the bar which kinda make up for it. They do have a restaurant seating but i have never experienced that area. I would be here more often if i didnt live 10-15 miles and didnt have to drive.It is in my opinion definitely a spot to try out. If i am in the area i make it a point to stop by to see what they have on tap.

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Photo of whrice
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This is a good bar in my area. This is the place to go in Newtown, no doubt. The atmosphere is great. The bar has a lot of character and the usual crowd is pretty good. It could be a little bigger but that's nothing I'll complain about. They have a good selection and keep up with what's going on. There is always plenty of things on tap to try out. I will have to say that the key to this place is to go between 10-12 on weekdays, they have drafts for $2. Otherwise this place can get pricey, as would be expected for the area. The food I rememeber the one time I had it was decent but nothing great. The service has been mixed, some people there have been great, others have not. I feel like this place almost has a awe status to it with people in the area which I can see why, but there's other places I'll take over it no questions asked.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Ive been here a handful of times. Every time they have offered a nice selection of beer on-tap as well as in bottles. Emphasis on Belgians, good crafts, Germans etc. Expect alot of top beers from the prior mentioned categories. They have recently upped their beer menu and providing better quality brews and more variety. Im pretty psyched they offer several Russian Rivers here. The bartenders are knowledgable and the servers seemed friendly. A very nice food menu with alot of selections and artisinal and flavorful dishes as well.

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Photo of trags15
4.43/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place has truly changed - staff wise. John, behind the bar, is the best bartender I know. He is extremely friendly and knows everything there is to know about beer. The prices seem to have gone down, and in fact, they list the prices now of each bottle on the boards - a definite plus. I love this place and it's always my go to bar now. I want to apologize for bashing this place before hand - it seems that everytime I went there, I was unfortunate enough to not get the "good bartenders" and wasn't treated the way I am now. Here is more of a in depth description of this place.

Atmosphere: This place always has a great vibe with craft beer drinkers. You can tell that everyone either knows a lot about beer or wants to know a lot about beer, so they come here. It's a sweet set up, looking like a log cabin inside. It has a warmth to it that you can only get when you come here.

Selection: I realize that Tim is the beer manager and he is in charge of making the keg selections. So far, he is doing a perfect job. This is the best bar, BY FAR, when trying to find a good beer. You can find anything from the miller crap( although they dont have a lot, thank god ) all the way to beers from different countries. No joke, I have tried over 100 different beers here and that's definitely an understatement. They also do take out beer bottles, which is a cool feature for a bar.

Staff: Everyone I have came into contact with knows their stuff. John, behind the bar, stands out the most. He is the reason people come to this bar. I usually go to Isaacs on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and he always gives you a big welcome. He remembers everyone's name and knows what they drink. He always recommends great beers and tries to steer you away from beers that you won't like. Without him behind the bar, I can honestly say I wouldn't come here as much, probably at all.

Prices: Everything varies. If you want to get a phenomenal beer be ready to pay for it. They have prices ranging from 4 dollars all the way up to 30 dollars for a bottle. I have tried them all and boy are they good!

Thanks, John for making this place so warm and fun - you definitely are the highlight of Isaac Newtons

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Photo of zoso1967
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This place can be a little bit hard to find, so I recommend checking out their website, which has pretty good directions.

The establishment is divided up into two sections, one is a restaurant seating area, and the other is a pretty large bar area with plenty of standing room and tables around the edge. One time when I was there it was pretty busy, but even though not everyone had a table, there was definitely personal space for all patrons in the bar.

It has a dark and worn in feeling, with the taps listed on a blackboard hung up on the wall. I do not have the best eyesight, and that combined with the darkness means sometimes I have to get kinda close to read the list, but that might just be more of my problem.

They have probably 25 taps, with maybe about 10 of them always seeming like they are the same thing. Still, they get some tasty beers in and seem to do a decent job of rotating stuff out. Glassware and lines have always been clean.

Service is where I find this place is kind of lacking. Usually the servers/bartenders are serviceable, but I have never been super impressed with their knowledge, and sometimes they are downright clueless. If you know what you want though, you should be fairly safe.

I have never tried the food here, but it looks and smells like it might be pretty decent.

Prices are a bit on the steep side, but what do you expect? This is Newtown after all.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Went here recently because I've been avoiding it too long and they had sculpin on tap, win, win.

A- Newton's looks like a neighborhood resturant (which it is) from the outside, kinda tricky to get to. Once inside a big dining area to the right and a big bar with tables surrounding it. Beer lists on the wall, kinda dark and dim but I like that when im drinking. A nice place, not a lot of. A resturant with bangin beer basically.

Q&S- I like the beer list on the walls, nice and big too see, but no prices. Clean glassware and clean lines. Not a dirty place but it is dark and at night so there is that. The bathrooms were nice. The service and overall execution of beer delivery could use some work though. I've never been more confused at a bar before. I asked for a sculpin, what I got was not the deadly fish but another IPA. I was charged $2.50. I scratched my head while I drank some of what it was because I was thirsty. I told the bartender that I needed a sculpin this time because the last one was not, and he gave me a pint of the SAME BEER. It was a 21st ammendment IPA by the way. Giving up on the sculpin which I asked for clearly twice, I asked for a taste of the victory at sea. He poured me a bright gold beer and said Victory At Sea. Well no it's not, but I sipped it anyway and it was none other than sculpin. I told him this is the beer I originally wanted and grabbed a growler of it. Gotta say the tender did not know what he was pouring, but he was a super cool guy. It did not help that none of the tap handles matched what was pouring, confusing as hell, watch out.

S- Good selection, good beers on tap and bottle, dont know if they have a handpump though. I did not try the food seeing how that I could not get the beer I wanted, I was not risking it on food.

I want to like this place and i am won over easily so it will probably happen. Just get my beer right and im a happy man. Will update on my next visit.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Issac Newton's is kind of hard to find. If you don't know where it is, or weren't told how to find it, you may even know it exists. With that said, it's definately a FIND! It's located in the small town of Newtown, PA. First off, the atmosphere is very nice. If you're looking for bar games and excitement, you won't find it here. It's a bit more restaraunt style, even in the bar area. There are a few TV's that show local sports games. The restaraunt itself is very pleasant and quaint.
But we want to talk about beer right? On-tap...great selection! About 15-20 on-tap. But bottles: about 200+ I would guess. Their Beer bottle Bible/Menu breaks the list up into country and type.
The food is also great. I've been to Issac Newtons several times and haven't been let down yet. They also allow single bottle take out, which I've done several times when I was undecided through-out the night which beers to try.
Pricing is a little high, but expected...especially for the area. Newtown has a lot of high(er) priced restaraunts.
Definately check 'em out!

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Photo of redliner8
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5

Atomosphere: It's a 'just sit and chill bar'. It was very dark inside with no standing room. No darts, pool, or bar games. However, it was nice to be in a place that was non-smoking and good if you want to sit somewhere.

Quality: It seemed clean and the beer was kept at a good temperature.

Selection: The selection is good compared to common bars. It would be better if their website and persons answering the phone knew what beer was actually on tap and available.

Food: Didn't try any.

Value: It was a bit pricey but expected for micro-beers on tap.

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Photo of BusyNinja
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

It's been almost 4 months since this place was last reviewed. It is still very good, but it has experienced subtle changes, not always for the better. Beer selection for this part of PA, and nearby NJ, is great. Can't be beat. However, in comparison to places an extra 15-20 minutes down 95, it is losing its luster. Every beer bar can have misleading info on a website regarding selection - it just can't be updated every day. However, beer needs to be treated better - it's too cold, and possibly not as fresh as possible. I'm not asking for warm beer, just beer that I don't have to warm up in order to drink to taste its full flavors. It's almost as if Isaacs is getting beers from great breweries, but getting their least common denominators. And I really hate, that's right, really hate, their habit of renaming beers. For example, don't call something an "amber" when that brewery doesn't have an amber. So 80s. They have victimized Rogue and other American craft brews in the past. Don't think they have offended the Belgian brewers as much.

Re: Food. Same things are on the menu as before, just not as well prepared. What the heck happened to the kids' pizza? It appears to be a frozen deep dish pizza, barely cooked, that my kids wouldn't put up with anywhere else. The Isaac Salad was swimming in dressing (a vinagarette) and a feta-like cheese. Know little server would couldn't tell me about the beer I was interested in, but did repeatedly want to clear my plate before I was finished eating my burger. Not surprisingly, the place wasn't crowded on a Monday night, so the sense of server urgency seemed misplaced. Haven't found a better beer bar nearby, but don't mind going the extra 15-20 minutes down 95 for better beer and better, if simpler, prepared foods.

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Photo of RutgersBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've visited Newton's twice in the last month or so and this review is a composite of the two experiences.

Located right in Newtown, the restaurant has ample parking and a nifty beer garden.

Both times there was about a 20 minute wait for a table, understandable considering both trips were made on Saturday nights. Each time we grabbed beers at the bar and the hostess was was very good at hunting us down when our table was ready.

The tap-list was superior. In the course of my visits I drank Southern Tier Hop Sun, Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, Moylan's IPA, Blue Point Spring Fling, Green Flash Hop Head Red, etc.

An impressive bottle list as well. Lost Abbey's regular line up and seasonals have a presence. Bell's Hop Slam was available on our first trip.

Food was solid as well. I've shared the mussels and fries, spinach dip, and buffalo wings. The burgers are well cooked and the Reuben is served on spectacular marbled rye.

The atmosphere is playful and jovial. If I had to knock anything, the bathrooms are tucked away down a cramped staircase.

Great location, great beer, and good food. Hard to beat.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My wife just found this place in a clipper mag. I was very impressed with the amount of brew's were present. A helluva alot to choose from. The food was fantastic, but I was a little disappointed when I ordered a an Old Rasputin and a Rogue's Chocolate Stout. The waitress handed me a pilsner glass. I am really not an anal type of person but I do expect at least to know what brew goes into the right glasses. I really don't care about how fancy the glass is and how good it look's but at least get the glassware right. Other than that little rant the food was excellent and good size selection of food's. If you do go I highly recommend the Barbecue baby back ribs. They were great.

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Photo of PNeifert
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I used to live in Newtown and visited Isaac Newton's several times and was never really that impressed. It was a nice alternative to the major chains, but that was about all. Well, I stopped by with the family yesterday and Wow, what an improvement! The food selection was above average, but the beer selection was the best I've seen in such a family-friendly restaurant. And the waitress really knew her stuff. My wife didn't recognize any of the tap beers so she asked what was most similar to what she drank. The waitress recommended a nice ESB that was perfect. There were a lot of beers on tap that I'd heard of but never tried, so I got to see what all the fuss was about. I got to try Delerium Noel and Weyerbacher X-mas before falling back on an old favorite, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion. All in all, it was a great time and I can't wait to go back.

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Photo of hopheadz
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I am reviewing this based on a visit ftrom a few months back so my mind is a bit fuzzy. My wife and I stopped in for a growler and decided to have lunch. The atmosphere is a bit smoky but not unbearable (maybe more so at night) thankfully the ceilings are very high. My tuna salad was excellent and I remember my wife enjoying her meal as well. The beer selection is fantastic. my only complaint was paying $30 for a growler of dogfish 60 min. I used to live nearby and frequented this place often. Since I moved away I've only been in a few times. Each time I am pleased to see that the bartenders remember my face and that they are still one of the top places to have a beer in Lower Bucks County

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Photo of cracker
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is pretty impressive in terms of selection and easilty compares with the top beer establishments in the great Philly area. They have about 16+ drafts of which most are micros and imports with very few macro swill. Recently had Goudin Carolus and Steelhead IPA which were both very nice. I didn't check out the bottle selection so can't comment there. Food selection seems on par with other good pubs/taverns.

BUT, be forewarned. Smoke is almost unbearable. Now that Philly has banned smoking in bars/restaurants, as a non-smoker I find it pretty nasty going from 'clean' smokeless air into a place like this. Perhaps in the summer/spring the outdoor patio is a reasonable escape. But in dead winter, fat chance. If you want to enjoy the taste and smell of your beer, good luck. I'm hard pressed to go here given the 'atmosphere'.

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