Bar Hygge / Brewery Techne

Bar Hygge / Brewery TechneBar Hygge / Brewery Techne
Bar Hygge / Brewery TechneBar Hygge / Brewery Techne
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1720 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130-2858
United States

(215) 765-2274 | map

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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
A little hipsterish, but not over the top. Cool small bar, some booths, tables. "Tapas" charturerie boards, couple salads, a burger -- all solid, with excellent service. Interesting styles of beer. Nothing out of this world, but all pretty good. Definitely recommended.
May 02, 2017
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.89/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Newer place with the feel of an old wood and leather drinking room. Small bar but plenty of table seating. Decent size tap list, but a wide array of styles. All were good. Crowlers available. Food available, and pretty good, on the higher price scale.
Dec 01, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by cp45 from New Jersey

Mar 01, 2020
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Reviewed by roan22 from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Been here several times. Nice looking restaurant, pretty. Friendly young staff. Beer selection is about 8 taps, and there is usually a wide variety. The day I went there was a California Common, Barleywine, Saison and a Stout. Food menu is healthy and I love it. Also they have a grass fed burger and great fries for when I don't want to eat healthy. If you are looking for a brewery in Philly that serves food, don't forget Bar Hygge.
Nov 15, 2019
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Reviewed by bl00 from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5
We stopped here for brunch to meet friends. Service was excellent. Only got to try one beer, the beire de garde, which was just ok though cocktails were great. Food was very good, prices weren't too bad. Its a solid stop, interesting space and the Danish theme is something unique.
May 30, 2019
Rated: 3.3 by nicolettebeach87 from Pennsylvania

Feb 17, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

Jan 27, 2019
Rated: 4 by JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

Jun 04, 2018
Rated: 3.89 by InspectorBob from New Jersey

Apr 27, 2018
Rated: 4 by mdfb79 from New York

Oct 17, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
this is such a cool place! a bar and eatery teamed up with a brewing operation under the same roof, its a great idea and a rad layout. they have this super neat room when you walk in on the left with cozy couches made into a sort of victorian era looking lounge, with a big window out to the street to watch passersby, and a wall with a ton of old windows hung on it that give you an obstructed view to the brew house, what a comfortable and interesting place to max out and have a beer! the rest of the bar looks more like a bar, a little urban and upscale, but also comfortable. we picked an oversized couch and posted up. they had a somewhat limited selection of beers, but seemed to have the bases covered. we loved the double ipa, but also enjoyed the baltic porter and the cream ale. service was hip and casual, short of conversational but helpful with beer recommendations. all the food looked good, and we shared some hand cut french fries that were a great mop up for the beers! i loved it here, and could have spent all day taking it in. the vibe in the lounge area is awesome, the beer is way ahead of the curve, and we had a blast! highly recommended if you visit philly!
Apr 10, 2017
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Rated by bobpgh from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
Beers ok, but no flights or taster size options. Had the cheese plate, tasty.
Jan 22, 2017
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Reviewed by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
The new brewpub in Philadelphia, from the creator of Earth, Bread & Brewery. Sleek and cool, perfect for the upscale white folks who live in this formerly rough area of Fairmount. 8 house beers on tap: Alt, Belgian Milk Stout, Session Pale, IPA (with basil, honey), Wit, Saison, Golden Abbey… reasonably priced at $4-$6.

The Fairgardenville IPA 6.3% made with basil, honey and lots of hops was delicious, but the Miss Ester Golden Abbey Ale 6.2% had me bored. In later visits, I've had the Ripsnorter DIPA and their Nitro Imperial Stout and both are tasty.

IInteresting food menu of small and big plates with many veg options. I love the “Hygge boards”, choose 1, 2 or 3 items from Meat-Veggie-Cheese.

The library they have to the left as you enter the brewpub is a phenomenal space, cozy and chill.
Jan 08, 2017
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
It hasn't been that long since Bar Hygge opened firing on all cylinders (decor, space/atmosphere, music/sound - although somewhat loud when busy, service, food, beer, and cocktails) and I'm sure it will remain that way for a long time to come.

There's a Danish/Scandinavian feel to it, which is the intention. Hygge (pronounced "hoogah") means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. It's not about big things, but rather focusing on the beauty and enjoyment of the little things that are always around you: friends and family and good conversation in a warm space with a nice bit to eat and a good glass of ale!

The style of the interior expresses hygge in that it's anything but shining and polished with lots of glass and open space (remember, IKEA is Swedish), rather it's quite comfortable and home-like with brick, wood taken from old barrels, stacked stone, a wood topped bar, sofas, and old, reclaimed or "found" windows. There are little details like the hand mirrors hanging in the bathroom that remind you of home; and the space is laid out so that it's broken into smaller, more comfortable areas. The large windows that look out onto the street might be a distraction to the "hygge" as it's not a closed room (the windows are a necessity so there's no getting around them), but they keep the lighting inside right (and it does face north), and when there's outdoor seating in the summer everything will feel perfect.

Some of the beers keeps with the Danish theme, and I hope it stays that way (I especially like the Grinding Grooves), but they're all interesting in their own right, and some are quite unusual. Tom Baker's known for his gruit beers and it seems there's always one on tap, as well as an IPA (everyone wants IPA these days!), a saison or two, and a dark or strong beer (also known for his Baltic porter) and something funky or fruity, or both. Every beer I've had has been an example of hygge in that there's something interesting about them, they're not cookie-cutter, and you can tell that a lot of thought has gone into them. They're unique and charming beers that make you take notice of them. The small things, right?

The food seems to pair well with the beers, and are at least put-together well within themselves (i.e. the way the poached turnips and radishes add a bit of earth and spice to/against the tart-sweet of the cherry sauce that balances/cuts through the fat of the roast duck). The chef, Chris Galbraith, is doing a wonderful job of creating dishes that are similar to the beers in that they're all just a little bit more interesting than you might normally find, yet they don't stray too far from the main.

The Hygge boards are probably their main sellers, however, and within those you get to chose what you'd like from a carefully prepared list of meats, vegetables, and cheeses. The servers can offer suggestions if you'd like, but to be honest, unless you're putting together some really odd combinations, everything is good - there's no skimping on quality, and I personally feel the portions are pretty good. It's not Cracker Barrel, kids!

I've been several times now and have always enjoyed it, and since my initial visit I've always recommended it as a "must visit".
Sep 21, 2016
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
nice space with a combo of modern/retro rustic theme. to the left is a room with upholstered furniture, to the right is the bar and some dining tables.

they had 8 of their own beers - diverse and unique styles. they had wine and craft cocktails as well.

Service was good. We didn't have any food.
Sep 18, 2016
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Reviewed by Rifugium from North Dakota

4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
My first new brewery visit of 2016!

New place from the owners of Earth Bread. Smaller than I expected, but I get a nice--if somewhat hipster-ish--vibe. The bar seats about 15 people, and there are tables and booths on one side, and a smaller area with some comfy chairs on the other. High chairs for tots. Seems like a cool hangout. I think there may be a second floor to the place, but I'm not sure. Much like Earth Bread, they serve some beer brewed in house, as well as a small selection of guest beers from near and far in the craft beer scene; for example, I believe there was an AleSmith and a Neshaminy Creek on when I visited, as well as a couple others. They also serve wine and house-made cocktails.

I write this after my first visit, which was on their 3rd day of being open, and already, they have some unique and experimental brews to offer. An APA, BPA, and Scottish ale were pretty standard selections, but also available were a balsamic Baltic porter, a brown saison, and a Gotlandsdricka--an obscure style I had never heard of before reading about them brewing it here (it's basically a Swedish smoked/juniper ale). No sampler flights, but beer is served in a choice of sizes ranging from 10-16oz. or something in that general range, so you have options. Again, pretty similar to Earth in that regard. Prices on drinks were about on par for the city.

Service was fine so far. The place filled up fairly quickly right at opening time, which is easy to understand for their first Saturday in business, but the staff seemed on the ball. The bartender I got was a little green, but by her own admission, she's "still learning" about the beers and styles. And that's okay--again: Gotlandsdricka...I'm still learning too, apparently, even after some 12-odd years in the craft beer scene.

Right now, the menu is pretty simple, but once they get rolling, I'm sure there will be some expansions / changes to the menu. They basically had charcuterie: meats, cheeses, pickled veggies. Prices on these seemed pretty high, but I didn't see the actual portions.

There's a lot of potential here, and I will definitely be going back often. It will be interesting to see what they bring to the table.
Feb 07, 2016
Bar Hygge / Brewery Techne in Philadelphia, PA
Brewery rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 76 ratings