Bottle Bar East

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Type: Eatery, Beer-to-go

1308 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19125-3204
United States

(267) 909-8867 | map

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Added by hhkal17 on 11-08-2012

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of captainkrad
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of mltobin
4.04/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of soze47
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Top three beer store over ever been to. Great novelty in usually out of region selections from far away places. Very friendly staff and I walked out spending too much money!

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of nickfl
4.04/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Not a particularly memorable place based on decor and vibe, but a very nice selection of draft and bottle offerings. Service was good, though we were sitting at the bar so that is pretty easy. Didn't eat anything or even look at the menu, so I can't comment on that.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Nice place with a grungy, industrial feel. When you first walk in, you pass through the bottle shop. Quantity is moderate, but they do get a lot of good to great stuff, including some harder to find items. Prices are about on par for the city, with higher end stuff being fairly expensive. The bar area is a bit cramped, with a counter that seats maybe 10 people, and some small tables to the side. I think there's an upstairs space too, but I haven't been up there yet. Bar selection is pretty good, with 12 taps to choose from, and of course you can select stuff from the shop fridges too. The food is okay, though overpriced for what you get. That little burger with no sides for $13 is ridiculous. If you have to get food there, it'll behoove you to take advantage of the daily deals, e.g. half price tacos on Tuesdays and burgers on Wednesdays. $6.50 for the same burger is more like it.

Overall BBE is worth checking out. Barcade is usually my go-to in Fishtown, but there are a lot of places within walking distance that make for a barhop, including BBE, and the fact that you can take out from the shop is just another plus.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of razorsdescent
4.88/5  rDev +22%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Bottle Bar East is an interesting place. if you are looking for grab and go beer I am going to suggest you move along. However, if you want to sit and drink some good beer, this is a great place to do it. The grub is decent to. Also, they have one of the hottest bartenders in all Philly and their beer knowledge matches their looks.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of soulcougher
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Nice place in new hip neighborhood. Vibe is half neighborhood bar and half bottle shop. Singles can be purchased and consumed at the bar. Nice tap list too, all styles and areas.

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Photo of orangesol
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of EmpireoftheBrew
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Selection tends to be more expensive then competitors.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Only trouble was the neighborhood. Not the best place to visit in the late hours.

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Photo of Sarge3130
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

There is a butcher-bar-restaurant behemoth called Kensington Quarters that recently opened on this hipster stretch of Frankford Avenue, and it happens to be right next to Bottle East. Beer, meat, butter, artisanal shit? I’m in!

Bottle East is a bottle shop + bar. The shop selection is real good and the prices are reasonable. Cheaper than the Foodery and Brew in South Philly, and you can get a bottle at the shop and drink it at the bar... points for that, yo!

Some cool names on the shelves and coolers: Mikkeller Beer Geek, Brewdog, Avery Pump(KY)n, Angel’s Share, Russian River, Velvet Merkin, Love Child and other Boulevard brands, Appalachian 666, Evil Twin Even Less Jesus, Heavy Seas Greater Pumpkin…

The bar has 12 taps and nothing terribly exciting, but I do dig the electronic screen menu that combines drafts and food. Carton Calypso, DuClaw, Sixpoint, Brooklyn, Jai Alai, Southern Tier Pumpking… it’s alright.

Food looks good, including duck sliders. I’ll get some next time I stop by. I don't sound terribly excited by this place, but I do like it a lot and wish I had a bar/shop near me in South Philly like this (kind of like Brew+SPTR in one)

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Photo of blckwiteboy
3/5  rDev -25%

Bottles are priced pretty high but not higher than if you sat down at a bar. They have a wide selection of beer in multiple breweries. Most places have more breweries but this place has more selection from the same brewery. A great place to try new beer and beers from the same brewery. Do not go here if you just want to buy one beer or some low grade American beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of amano_h
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've been coming to Bottle Bar East for about a year now and I've always hesitated to review this place without actually sampling some of their food and experiencing their bar; now that Philly Beer Week gave me an excuse to do so, I shall now take this opportunity to provide a somewhat biased, purely subjective review which now would include... food!

BBE is not much different from any of the many bottle shops that now inundate the Fishtown/NorLibs/Center City/Old City area. Kind of like the ever present battle between Security vs. Civil Liberties, the battle between Outrageously Marked-up Beer Prices vs. Availability You Can't Match Anywhere Else in the Country is strong here as well. I guess some people don't realize this simple mantra because I still see people walking out of establishments like these carrying two-three cases of Miller Lite, but I digress.

Yes, BBE has a phenomenal beer selection; unlike other bottle shops, however, BBE gives its loyal customers a chance to reserve bottles of harder to get beer (they even had one for Cantillon St. Lamvinus at one point) on Facebook on a first-come-first-served basis. They will also carry most of the so-called "whales" or "special release beers" that make their way into the city of brotherly love, albeit again on a first-come-first-served basis and marked up the wazoo.

What BBE does better than a lot of your average overcharging bottle shops in my opinion are their growler fills/bar area and their food offering; they seem to have some sort of gourmet chef cooking up magical concoctions that they advertise on Facebook every week working in the back and the results are pretty magical. I tried their Duck Fat fried Brussels Sprouts, the Buffalo Deviled Eggs, and their Brisket and Ramp Flatbread -- all of which were cooked with amazing expertise to the point I couldn't believe I was eating at a bar.

BBE also hosts fun weekly events such as trivia night, beer "burlesque" and etc.; it's pretty much Philly Beer Week every week at Bottle Bar East.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of PaBrewSki
2.2/5  rDev -45%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3

I was really excited to find this place as they are allowing their Facebook followers to reserve beers via comments. I'm 2 hours away from Philly but my buddy lives pretty close to Bottle Bar East and was happy to pickup beers that I reserved. I was a little nervous when they weren't posting prices but I figured that it couldn't be too bad.

After reserving my first beer (Deschutes Class of 88 Belgian) I decided to call and ask them for pricing so I knew how much to pay my friend. The guy on the phone was clearly wearing a really cool mustache and plaid shirt and informed me that they don't usually giving pricing over the phone. I laughed a little thinking that he was joking but the silence on the other end assured me that yes these dudes are price gouging so bad that they know you are going to cancel your reservation if you aren't already there when you find out how ridiculous it is.

When my friend picked up the bottle he paid $28 for my bottle and $7 for a bottle of Hopslam for himself. While there he noted that a Nugget Nectar sixer was $22 (it's around $14 2 hours away at the brewery or surrounding area and/or $46 for a case).

I won't be buying more beer from Bottle Bar East. At least I learned my lesson on a decent bottle that i'm sure I will enjoy.

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Bottle Bar East in Philadelphia, PA
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