Porters' Pub & Restaurant

Porters' Pub & RestaurantPorters' Pub & Restaurant
Porters' Pub & RestaurantPorters' Pub & Restaurant
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

700 Northampton St
Easton, Pennsylvania, 18042-4228
United States

(610) 250-6561 | map

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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Situated in Easton, and literally one block up and across the road from the excellent Which Brew, is Porters’ Pub. Last time I was in Easton I was too busy stealing cars so I didn’t get the chance to pop into here, so it was nice to get the opportunity to return to Which Brew and finally visit Porters’ Pub. However, no sooner had BA erica parked her Car near Porters’ then we noticed about three Police cars parked right outside, so we decided to hit Which Brew first, then returned here when the fuzz had split.

Located on the corner of Northampton and S 7th Street, it has a faded and weather beaten exterior that lends it a distinctive look of a long time neighborhood local. The entrance is one of those old style corner double door jobbies that open into a small interior ante-chamber, obviously this is to protect the locals from large gusts of cold air from blowing in whenever punters come and go. A wooden bar to your left sits against the back wall and stretches back to the Kitchen area. I also noticed that the entrance to the Cellar was behind the bar, one of those lift up hatch-like door in the floor of the bar, not seen those space saving devices since my drinking days back in England.

10 Taps run on an old looking brass stand and included a Guinness Nitro tap at the end. Other brews included a local “Porters” house brew (from that “W” Brewery), plus Harp, Smithwicks, Killians, Bass, and a brew from Lancaster amongst others. But great minds think alike, erica and I both opted for the Sly Fox Oatmeal Stout with its instantly recognizable large plastic Bushy Tail Tap (which looks like it should lit internally). This was also served on Nitro and damn tasty I have to say. A nice range of bottle brews elevates row by row near the taps, whilst the rest of the back of the bar has bottles of liquors.

Nice mix of bric-a-brac litter Porters’ and breweriana including an aged Samuel Smiths Bar Towel hanging below the small TV set in the far back corner behind the bar. Aside from the draft brews, there are around 60 or so bottled beers all rather neatly listed on a small A-sized paper Beer Menu folded into three. It seems that you can join the Mug Club by sampling every one of these bottled brews in a year, thereby gaining yourself one of the rather cool looking Pewter-style ‘Porters’ branded Tankards. I guess the very large Gallon-sized Pewter Mug hanging proudly from the ceiling must belong to the owners!! Service was good and the banter between the locals was friendly enough.

It was a relatively quiet Saturday afternoon when Erica and I we visited, so we nabbed two free stools at the corner of the Bar area, around 7 other people were drinking there, including a couple of said Mug Club Members playing some kind of game with several of the Die that were in small glass jars on the bar. A few tables litter the Bar area but most are in a room to the right of the bar which is smoke free until midnight I noted. Decorated with lots of rural things and dried flora & fauna on the supporting columns lend it a harvest country feel. This room really is for those that wish to eat it seems.

My only complaint was the smoky atmosphere in here, I did note that they had one of those Cigarette Smoke extractor fan box thingies on the roof but it was either, turned off, blocked, or just shagged out. As such, the acrid smoke is a little too much when sat at the bar for some length of time, but I guess we could have sat in the smoke free eating area, yet that seemed a waste as we were not eating and we would have been taking up much needed room destined for a gaggle of hungry guslers that came in soon after we did.

Nevertheless, despite the smoky atmosphere, I enjoyed the visit here and would definitely return again when visiting Which Brew, but I am not sure I would make the drive out especially for Porters’ though.

Thanks again to BA erica for the ride out here…..what the heck is that bloody Castle-looking thingy opposite anyways!?!

Last Visit: Saturday 19th November, 2005.

Nov 26, 2005
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Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Dec 28, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

A long time established beer stop in Easton with a great European/English style pub vibe on the inside. Great vibe, great service, great food ... the tap list is small and fairly solid.

Nov 24, 2017
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hozersr from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Love this place. I wish they had a better selection of tap beers. They pretty much run the same beers. They do have a good bottle selection. The food and service is excellent.

Aug 29, 2017
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NonicPanic from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Jun 21, 2017
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CreightonSM from New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Apr 19, 2017
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brianwsnyder from Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great place to hang. Fantastic beer selection.

Feb 08, 2015
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%

Oct 14, 2014
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JimmyAloysius from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%

Jun 22, 2014
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JMS1512 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%

May 25, 2014
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dannyhead from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Mar 24, 2014
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tomgoehring from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Mar 18, 2014
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%

Jan 09, 2014
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mrsbpotter25 from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The food is outstanding. I highly recommend one of their sandwiches or specialty dishes. Whatever you choose you cannot go wrong in this menu. As for the beer selection with over 60 beers to choose from on their mug list and another 12 beers on tap I'm sure you will find an old favorite or something new to love. Irish flair meets craft beer!

Mar 05, 2013
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claspada from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

As you enter there is a small bar directly in front of you to the left and a small seating/stage area to the right. Kind of small with only 1 bathroom I believe. There was a band playing which was kind of cool but was a little loud and made it hard to hurt.

The tap offerings are small, around a dozen but are priced quite fairly but the bottle list was large, unfortunately priced not too reasonabley.

I have been here several times and it is never super crowded. The service is really always quite spotty to be honest. I don't like it when the bartenders seem like they have something better to do then serve you beer which I'm pretty sure is there job.

Overall I would rather go elsewhere for my craft beer in the area.

Dec 03, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went here on Cinco de Mayo with a group of friends. We sat there as a group and each bought beers off of their 60+ beer list to get a team mug. The place is quaint, a little old fashion looking. The seating is a little tight but overall it's not too bad. The line for the bathroom can get pretty long since it's a 1 person at a time kind of thing. The service was pretty good since we had a large group they needed to keep telling us to keep our voices down over dinner hour. The beers kept coming though no matter how loud we got which was nice. The selection of beers is pretty good, nothing too out of the ordinary in today's market but someone just getting into the craft movement this would be a fine place to start. I didn't order any food while I was there but for the people who did it looked fantastic. I ended up having several rounds and the tap wasn't all that much, I'd say that this place is pretty good. Not sure how often I'll get back there but I would stop in if the mood struck me.

May 15, 2012
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Myst from Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Stopped by this place on my way from Jersey to Pittsburgh. They have a decent tap selection but a better bottle selection. The bottles are a bit pricey, but they're probably the same price as anywhere else.
They have a house brew called Porters ESB iirc, its Scarlet Lady ESB, and its mad good.
The food is by far, top level, when it comes to bar food.
The bartender was very friendly and engaging, he wasn't too knowledgeable in beer, but he knew what the good stuff was and how to guide you in your selection. If I didn't have to drive 5 more hours I would've had more beers, since they had a good selection on tap that day. Oh well next time.
Its a very chill atmosphere and have free wireless, and I'd go there again.

Dec 30, 2011
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VegasBill from Nevada

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

As you enter Porter's there is a small bar directly in front of you and there is a small dining room next to this. All in all a comfortable atmosphere. I started with a Harpoon IPA and finished with a Left Hand Sawtooth Ale. The tap offerings are small, 10 as I remember, but the bottle list was large.
I was there on a Wed. eve,early and there were police everywhere. A police car sat in front of the pub the whole time I was there. Not exactly conducive to having a few pints.
Because of this and also I was hungry I had a cup of the chili, which was great and a crab cake, also great.

Jun 19, 2011
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WreckDiver from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Like a neighborhood type bar feel. Customers & staff very friendly. Staff very knowledgeable regarding beer. About 8 micro brews & good commercial beers on tap. 100's of bottles to choose from, with a decent beer menu to guide selection. Joined their mug club (free), need to drink 60 listed beers to get your mug. Scratched Dilerium, Motor Oil, & Raison D'etra off the list.
Wife had Lindemans Peche, Maudite, & something else.

Food was good, decent portions & excellent quality & value. Good selection of menu items at a variety of price points. Basic pub type fair to more gourmet type offerings.

Definately will go back, & would recommend to others.

Jul 12, 2009
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BigIrishman from New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is my top beer bar in the Lehigh Valley. Last time I went they had Nugget Nectar and Old Rasputin on tap as well as some other classic greats. They have a mug club which can compete with any pub in the nation in terms of variety. They also have a selection of bombers which even includes Double Bastard. Their mug club beer list includes the best from Rochefort and Westmalle as well as locals including Troegs, Victory, and even the best from Bells and Founders. All around great atmosphere, knowledgeable managers and wait staff, and amazing food (even my girlfriend loves their food). Overall, the best pub in the Lehigh Valley to try local greats on tap and in bottle as well as exports.

Feb 07, 2009
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jdg204 from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

One of my favorite stomping grounds in the Lehigh Valley, always a great place to try a new brew and have a nice meal.

A: Lovely Irish/Victorian style pub, immediately encountered the bar on my left and dining on my right. Nice, original brick and stone walls surround you.

Q: Very nice and clean.

S: Wait staff is always very nice and corteous and the place is small enough that you really get an intimate feel.

S: About 10 brews on tap, 4 of which were micros. About 30 bottles to choose from. Nice ones too. They had delirium noel for the holiday.

F: Sandwiches and appetizers are always excellent and very filling.

V: Very reasonable for the quality of food and brews being served.

Nov 28, 2008
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claytri from Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped into Porter's to have a few with a friend from the Easton area one day, and was very favorably impressed. They had a limited selection on tap, but about 60 different beers in bottles. I was able to have an Old Rasputin on tap, which was a nice opportunity here on the east coast. Was able to sample a few more before we left. This is truly an American Pub. Nothing fancy just a nice homey feel. The bartender was great, and the music was pretty decent. A very nice beer sampling environment. I would suggest you drop by if you happen to be in Easton.

Feb 03, 2008
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Stomper52 from Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This Place has got to be one of the best places in the area! The selection of beers is one of the best with with about 10 taps(6 of them changing regularly) and 60 to 70 bottles.

The food is one of the best kept secrets in the lehigh valley. The head chef, Jermey, Is really something special. The menu is great and the specials each night are well thought out and always top notch!

If you are in the area I suggest that you stop in and have a drink and something to eat. You'll be glad you did.

Jan 31, 2008
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NolanGTI from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was my old college stomping ground (mid-late 90's) and the bar that got me into good beer. Small bar in the front room with a table or two when you walk in. Great stonework and brick gives this corner taproom a special feel. Bar area can be smoky at times, other than that, pretty solid.

Beer list is very strong, although not quite on par with the best in SE PA. Added bonus is Which Brew is across the street, which makes Porter's a must visit as part of a mini pub crawl (you can even add Pearly's in the circle).

They have a mug club and a house beer brewed by Wyerbacher (you have to guess which one). Great upscale pub grub and friendly service make this an excellent lunch stop and an all around good place to spend some time.

Jan 22, 2008
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3leggeddub from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I grew up in the area and Porter’s has been around forever. Basically, it was one the area’s first beer bars way before it was hip to be one.

They’ve got a big selection of beers (60?) given the size of the place. Most is in bottle with 8 or 10 taps. I’ve read reviews from people getting down on Porter’s because of their limited tap selection and that their choices tend to be well established craft brews that aren’t experimental enough. Those people are obviously not locals. The fact that Porter’s has survived for this long with what were until maybe 10 years ago very niche brews is amazing.
I’m grateful it made it long enough for me to really appreciate what they have, which honestly is nothing to sneeze at.

Over the course of my last visit the bartender said that they keep their selection a bit more limited and traditional because the beer bar down the street Which Brew has a huge selection. They'd rather not offer the same stuff as Which Brew to kind of help each other out and keep customers rotating between bars.

This is a great little place as long as you can get a seat. I love the atmosphere and decor -old school English pub- but when this place is crowded forget about it. I suggest early afternoon on weekends or later on weeknights. Food is pub grub, but done well. And yes Pennsylvania is still a smoking state, so it can get a little whiffy in there if you are coming from non-smoking states.

If you find yourself there even just 2 or 3 times a year join their mug club.

Jan 11, 2008
Porters' Pub & Restaurant in Easton, PA
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