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6 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

1231 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147-5038
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Added by hhkal17 on 07-13-2013

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by mltobin:
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3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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Photo of TTripp725
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

What a cool place. The atmosphere is laid back and the beer selection is provided to you in old three-ring binders that used to be the owners manuals for older vehicles. The have a huge selection of beers and the prices are pretty fair. The best thing about this place is that it's between Pat's and Geno's Cheesteaks and they allow you to eat your cheesesteak in their establishment while enjoying a nice cold beer.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

When I first tried to visit Garage on a Saturday night with the wife, it was so insanely packed with hipsters we couldn’t get in. But then we tried again with friends on an early Friday evening at around 7pm and it was chill. I like the place, a converted garage with an open loft-like space, a long bar and plenty of picnic tables around a hot-dog cart across from the bar serving food from different guest Philly chefs.

They have only four taps and an extensive “bible of cans”, but even this menu is not that much to look at. I mean, they do have hundreds of different beers from all over, but nothing to go crazy for. I had a Ten Fidy and my friends had a Hopslam, recommended by the bartender for eight dollars. We also had a Destihl Hoperation Overload and some neat pours of bourbon.

The featured food was Thai street eats from the chef/owner at Taproom on 19th and it was fun, even if not all of it worked.

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3.52/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Right next door to the South Philly Bar & Grill, and just across the street from Geno's (and Pat's) is Garage. They're clearly aware of that, and signs are posted that you're welcome to bring in your steaks! Awesome! B.Y.O.Cheesesteak, what a brilliant idea.

So, it's an old garage. The floor is concrete and there's a drain right in the center. It's not that wide, and it can get hot in the summer and cool in the winter. In the summer the garage door is open wide, and in the winter it's closed with drapes to keep the cold out, and outdoor heaters hanging from the ceiling inside. They've kept up the garage theme with some old automotive signs on the walls, auto-repair manuals recycled as beer lists (one is a mock up guide to the Millenium Falcon, which is cute), and cash register drawers that come out of mechanics tool boxes. Did I forget to mention the truckers caps and cut-off T-shirts that the guys wear (sleeveless tank tops - not belly shirts)? There's a kind of Rock'n'roll vibe that goes with that, and it matches perfectly with the music that they play (when a customer isn't shelling out cash for the jukebox), and the pool table and the Metallica and AC/DC pinball machines that they have. (There are also three SKEEBALL lanes... I'm not sure who those are for... ?). AAAARRRGGH! Now all they need are cans of the AC/DC beer. Or maybe just Iron Maiden's Trooper Ale ...the AC/DC stuff isn't that good. Ahh, I almost forgot one more thing, there's a hot dog cart in case you're not feeling like a steak, or don't want to drop the 10 or so dollars that they cost nowadays. It's more than just hot dogs though, they rotate different food truck operators so you'll always find something good and have a bit of variety if you go often.

OK, moving on to the beer. It's all cans coming out of 10 double-door coolers except for 4 draft handles (1 Flying Fish, 2 Yards, and Miller Lite during my last visit). I don't know how many different beers they've got but the coolers are impressive, as are the previously mentioned beer guides. I found a few mistakes in there, and I thought they could have been organized a little better, but that's just me; and I'll certainly admit the old Haynes auto-repair guide covers are cool. Anyway, they've got a ton of beers and your certain to find something you'll like. More importantly, if you don't know exactly what you're ordering, or want to order, or how to pronounce it - no problem! The bar staff seems to know exactly what you're saying/ordering and where it is. Service in a flash!

So I guess that's all folks. It's an interesting place with a great vibe, great beers, and some decent food. I'd definitely recommend a visit.

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