Bar, Eatery

1318 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107-4524
United States

(215) 800-1079 | map

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Reviews by JohneHoodlum:
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Aug 13, 2017
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.28/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Aug 18, 2017
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CHickman from New York

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Went to Brü Craft & Wurst last weekend and had a great daytime session. Not many people at this very cool looking space, so we had the bartender all to ourselves for advice and samples. The draft selection was excellent and it had a really impressive bottle lineup as well. I had the Coppertail Pruple Drink, The Bruery Share This OC (stout), Nebraska Sexy Betty (BA stout) and then topped it all off with Deschutes The Abyss. Damn great round right there.

They had solid craft standards as well such as Allagash White, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, Half Acre Daisy Cutter, Duvel, and then a bunch of beer garden session worthy brews such as Jever Pilsener, Warsteiner and Weihenstephaner hefe.

Only knock on this place is when we went back at midnight it was converted into a club, complete with DJ and the techno music blaring, so that kind of sucked. I'd go back in a heartbeat for day drinking. Added bonus is the staff attire.

Jul 05, 2017
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Keene from Washington

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

May 07, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I've only ever been to Brü during the day, and only on days that I've had to do jury duty, so I can't speak of how it is on weekend or nights but I'd imagine it gets pretty busy.

It's a nice looking place with a concrete floor, reclaimed wood on the walls, a black ceiling, and exposed brick back bar. With all of the wood and darkness it looks kind of like a modern lodge. There's a garage door at the back though, and natural light filters through. I'd imagine that opens up when the weather's nice to allow for a small amount of seating.

The menu claims to be mostly Bavarian but I didn't find that. Perhaps they've never been to southern Germany. There are wurst and a schnitzel, and even a pretzel (you do find them at bierkellers), but that's about it. For center city Philly I'll say it's reasonably priced, and fairly decent.

The beer, however, is what we come for and they've got a great selection, including beers that you probably won't find elsewhere. There are 36 taps and 120+ bottles that include American, German, Belgian, English, Italian, Swiss, and Japanese options. There are local beers as well as west coast domestics and quite a bit from in between - you'd be hard pressed to find something that you haven't had or weren't interested in.

The service is OK but the girls are cute. Worth trying if you're in the area.

Jan 19, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Went for dinner and a few drinks on a Tuesday night. Happy it wasn't too crowded. Tap list is pretty solid, with nice mix of German, local and national beers. Pretty deep bottle list, too, that I didn't get into. The food wasn't exceptional, but it kept me happy -- wursts, some salads, sandwiches, German entrees. Nice enough ambiance. The thing I didn't like was the service. I'd sit with an empty glass for fifteen minutes before my waitress would come. Took to asking for bus boys for beers, and she still was exceptionally slow. Other servers seemed on their game.

Aug 03, 2016
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Canada_Dan from Colorado

4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Jun 06, 2016
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sloizeaux from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75

This is my favorite beer bar in center city. Huge draft selection with even bigger bottle options. This is a beer bar that will serve you some food to soak in the suds. Best Happy Hour in the city.

Jun 06, 2016
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SpAiReArGsEonNE from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

Mar 12, 2016
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tmac from New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Feb 21, 2016
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Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Dec 13, 2015
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This was close by hotel and would be my first destination while in Philadelphia.

As you enter past the small outdoor seating area, there is a hostess station straight ahead. The room seems pretty narrow with the bar on your left. It is nicely decorated and on a Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. was slammed. There was a happy buzz in the air.

We actually chose to sit at the bar downstairs. The downstairs space is more Spartan and doubles as a music room with a small, elevated stage by the bar. All things being equal, I would recommend you sit upstairs.
The tap selection was decent. They were out of a few selections but that seems to happen at a lot of spots. One of my beers was clearly past its prime and once the two bartenders sampled it from the tap, they were apologetic and quickly gave me a substitute.

Speaking of bartenders, they were friendly enough, could recommend beers and were free with samples. No complaints there.

The food was good and I was happy to see they did their own pickling and curing in-house. This is a trend I can easily get behind.

I would have no problem returning.

Oct 15, 2015
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jrfehon33 from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Oct 10, 2015
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Brown120 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Aug 08, 2015
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XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Went here on July 23rd 2015 and sat at the bar. My bartenders name was Chris and he clearly had other stuff going on and didnt ask me how my meal was. Wasn't busy, really, and wasnt very friendly. Hey, we all have off days so its not the end of the world. The place, however, was awesome. 32 beers on draft as well as another 6 on a separate, self-serve area. Good stuff. Had more vegetarian-friendly stuff than I had thought they were going to, so that was pretty sweet. Will certainly be back, and def was pretty impressed. Lots of good looking ladies work here, by the way, in case you were wondering... I know you were.

Jul 23, 2015
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ShanePB from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Jun 24, 2015
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scottbrew4u from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Jun 20, 2015
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devilfluff from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Jun 14, 2015
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mltobin from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Jun 05, 2015
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rfgetz from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25

Jun 03, 2015
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Craft_Imperial from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

May 17, 2015
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Nmelione from New Jersey

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

Mar 18, 2015
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BigBry from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Mar 01, 2015
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

PhillyTapFinder directed me here for Bru's "12 Beers of Christmas" event. Of course, I didn't even know this jawn existed... on a busy stretch of Chestnut Street across from a Macy's, Bru is a beer-focused bar that caters to everyone around Center City.

You'll find young dudes and dudettes, couples with children, businessmen, some beer nerds... not a whole lot of folks there drinking Lost Abey Angel's Share, but hey, I'm not going to complain. More for me!

The atmosphere could be described as corporate-lounge-meets-sports-bar-and-Hooters. All the girls working there wear super-short-and-tight pants and are pretty hot. The music can get loud and the bar can get crowded on a Sunday night when the game is on, but if you stop by on a weekday during downtime, then it is fine.

Check out the bottle list- they have a big selection of wild ales and sours, including lambics, smoked brews, Bruery and Cascade and more.

Prices are alright, six-seven bucks per beer and four-buck brews for happy hour. Better beers are $8, but really not a bad value for the location.

I will certainly come back here, but only at certain times and depending on the tap list.

Dec 29, 2014
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ksolekjr from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Dec 05, 2014
Brü in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 4 out of 5 with 37 ratings