Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

Manayunk Brewery and RestaurantManayunk Brewery and Restaurant
Manayunk Brewery and RestaurantManayunk Brewery and Restaurant
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4120 Main Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19127
United States

(215) 482-8220 | map

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 82
Photo of BranfordBound
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Nice place, but hidden in the back with an outdoor patio area. Quiet for lunchtime, bunch of TVs by the bar. Selection was pretty good, about 10 beers on top when we were there. Beers were good but not great, typically 3.5/5 to 4/5 at best. Really enjoyed the Belly Flop, though. Food was pretty typical Americana, nothing to rave about but quite satisfied. Overall worth a visit, the location is especially nice on warmer days.

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Photo of TTripp725
4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

What a place. The atmosphere was excellent, the food was phenomenal and the beers were outstanding. Being a local PA beer (45mins) near us, we just started seeing their beers being sold around us even though they have been in business for 20 years. My Girlfriend and I have yet to have a beer that we didn't like. Every beer is crisp, full of flavor and shows the craftsmanship and desire to produce better an even better beer. This place has been added to the top of our list to visit when ever we are near Philly!!!

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Photo of ricebill57
1/5  rDev -73%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

I've attended this bar on multiple occasions with no problem in the past. However, tonight was another story.

I was visiting my family from DC for the weekend and we decided to stop in to this location for some drinks with a few friends.

At the end of the night, around 1:45-50 a.m., we were standing around waiting for our youngest sister to finish using the restroom when we saw a few individuals weighing themselves on the scale the establishment has near the restroom area. A few individuals began hopping on the scale to weigh themselves and so I, completely sober, decided to hop on after two other individuals jumped on to see their weight.

After I jumped on the scale, one Brew Pub bouncer immediately rushed me and began shouting in my face "CAN YOU READ?!" while his associate began placing me in a headlock. As I hope this review at 3:32 a.m. attests (and further earlier video evidence does as well), I was completely sober at the time and utterly confused as to what was happening and immediately placed both my arms up in the air in a non-aggressive, complacent manner (as multiple witnesses can attest). I have no criminal history whatsoever and have never ever in my life been kicked out of a bar or any other similar establishment. However in this case, after I hopped on the scale, just like a few individuals beforehand had, I was immediately screamed at and placed in a headlock. I calmly stated "if you want me to leave, I will leave...I am complying."

My brother and friends also chimed in stating that I was completely complying and that we would all leave if they wanted us to. The bouncer ignored us and as I was walking with the bouncer out of the bar, 100 percent complying, while being placed in a sleeper-hold head-lock (with unnecessary pressure on my jugular veins and throat) another bouncer apparently rushed my backside and was about to strike the back of my head with his fists. My brother stepped in and struck the bouncer, pushing him away from striking the back of my head. Immediately my brother asked why we were being assaulted and stated that we were complying and that we would all happily leave (as we were all ready to leave anyway once our sister exited the restroom).

I then continued to exit the establishment while one of the bouncers held me in a sleeper-hold and placed unnecessary excessive pressure on my neck and throat. On the way out he knocked my jacket off of my shoulder onto the ground (again while I was giving zero resistance). I calmly stated "can I get my jacket, which has my phone charger in it before I leave?" Again, the ENTIRE time I had both my arms high up in the air and provided zero resistance to the bouncer (as multiple witnesses can attest). On the way outside, the bouncer continuously and unnecessarily insulted me while I continued to calmly explain to him that I was happily leaving the bar but I would like to grab my jacket and phone charger. Once outside the bar multiple bouncers began overly aggressively shouting at me about noncompliance and "trespassing." I then calmly explained that I've been entirely compliant the entire time and I just needed to get my jacket and phone charger. One of my friends who was present stated that he could get the jacket and phone charger for me. I said "thank you." Then the bouncer who was shouting in my face for no intelligible reason, said "HE can get can't go nowhere!" After that another random bouncer began shouting at me asking if I knew "how to read" and yelling other random things about "trespassing." Again, the entire time, with my hands up in the air in a nonaggressive manner, I stated "I just need to get my jacket and phone charger."

Once my friend came back outside with my items, the bouncers continued to verbally accosted us, yelling that we were "losers" or other similar odd epithets.

All of this seems an unnecessary and over zealous reaction for a sober 32 year-old young professional hopping on a scale at 1:45-50 a.m. after multiple other individuals did the same thing. If I had violated some bar rule, I would have happily left the establishment with zero resistance if someone had calmly told me I had broken some rule and needed to leave. Instead I was immediately physically assaulted and yelled at.

In conclusion, the bouncers at this establishment are completely unprofessional and ridiculously aggressive. It seems like they simply are looking to create physical fights with individuals and try to find the smallest justification for putting their hands on an individual in an aggressive manner. as a means to inject some sort of meaning into their lives. They seem completely ill-trained, ill-informed, and ignorant of the law and best-business-practices for their profession.

I would not recommend anyone frequent this clown-show of an establishment if they are looking for a chill, non-confrontational, good time.

I am currently examining legal avenues for remediation. I hope management takes notice.

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Photo of Bruce5
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Industrial warehouse look with a nice big bar and lots of seating. Had 9 beers on tap which should meet the needs of most beer lovers except I love hops and on this visit the session IPA st 42 IBUs was their hoppiest choice which is almost impossible to believe.

Lots of food choices from sushi to pizza. I will definitely try this place again however will check the tap list first.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in on the way to Mitchell & Ness for a lecture the other night. Enjoyed the atmosphere and the industrial look (not too cold). Impressed with the sushi bar inside. Very good beer and I will definitely return. Picked up a few 4 packs which I am eagerly waiting to try.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.33/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

The wife and I decided to explore Manayunk and hit some bars and stores along the main street. The brewery was our first stop- finding street parking on a Saturday afternoon was not difficult.

A large, cavernous space with a long bar and a huge dining area, already humming with people at 4pm. Alas, the crowd was boring and the space feels corporate.

Nine taps at the bar, including the tasty Rye of the Tiger, St Alpha Belgian IPA and Monk from the Yunk Tripel. At five dollars per 12 or 16-oz glass, the prices are fine. The beers... not so much, correct but forgettable.

The food menu is as massive as the space and it's got everything. You want sushi? We got sushi. Pizza? Sure why not. And burgers, and entrees, and a kid menu and you name it. We tried the mushroom pizza and loved it, but the pricey deviled eggs were bland.

Service was mediocre, which is a shame because I spotted no less than twenty employees roaming the floor. I am in no rush to revisit Manayunk.

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Photo of timmy2b
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Nine different beers on tap. Bartender was friendly. The prices here for samples and single glasses are great. There is also a decent selection of liquor for the non beer drinkers. There is a large amount of seating and a rear patio that looks very nice for a summer day (I was there in November). Would like to return in the summer to try the food and see the fun on the patio.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Huge place, newly redone since the flood.I was there for lunch on a Tuesday... not crowded...but got the royal treatment and tour from the brewer. Very personable...lots of new equipment ...only had 4 beers on, but tasty. expansive outdoor patio selection along the river...thoroughly enjoyable

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

As a manayunker I'll stop by this place every now and then. A good place to check out for some ultra micro philly brews. Serves nothing but it's own brews on tap. Usually 8 at a time $8 for a sample of all of them. My favorite is the Schuylkill punch. A raspier berry wheat lager. This place has good food but one of the best offerings is Sunday brunch. They fill up growlers starting at $10. As a man that likes variety I'll usually opt for another place on Main Street as I've had all of their standard offerings. Nothing earth shattering about their seasonals.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

brewpub and restaurant - pretty large place. the beers I have had ares solid but not great. decent selection of styles. I'd go back but won't be scrambling to.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

A good local brewery right on Main St. in Manayunk. The beers are...okay. Eight homemade brews on tap, including 2 fruit beers when I went. They don't have a regular stout or porter yet, it seems, but they keep Guinness on tap, as well as Amstel Light for the weak of heart. Nothing I would call a "tremendous" beer, but still some tasty stuff. The food menu is more impressive, with several entrees that inspire one to return for more. Also, pizza. Flatbread-style pizza was really good. Not what I'd necessarily call a "beer-lover's paradise," but it still had some good options, better food menu, casual dining atmosphere, friendly staff... I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I do stop in when in the area. In a nutshell, the brews here are pretty tame, but they compliment the food well.

*Update (2011): their beers seem to be improving. See: Yunkers Nocturnum.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is situated off main street in Manayunk, a neat and funky, area with varying stores and bars lined up. This brewery is right off the waterfront which makes this place even more awesome. They brew their beers onsite and they are good beers too! I like their IPA and Pale Ale styles. I almost had our wedding rehersal dinner here due to the large spaces this place had upstairs - with another big bar and two large rooms even an outdoor rooftop terrance with an adjunct bar to boot. This place can get noisy especially when there is a band out. This place also reminds me of a fraternity house but with very good beer! :) Good food too - I've had their chicken sandwiches, wings, and burgers. Great stuff. Nice, attentive, and courteous staff as well.

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Photo of rbastone
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Tried a trip over to Manayunk while in Philly this past weekend (despite the fact there is no limit to how many times you can go to Monk's, Nodding Head, etc.) Very large space with an outdoor deck area (would be great in beter weather).

The beers were good - yet - my wife and I both agreed that they were all very similar on the palate. Stuck with the Double IPA - which was drinkable yet lacked the hoppy kick one would expect for a beer in the 8+% ABV range.

Service was friendly and efficient. Food was less-than memorable. I would envision this place as a great summer bar with the outdoor deck complimented by the crisp/light beer selection.

Glad we dropped in to check the place out - but wouldnt proactively leave Philly proper for the experience again. Definitely worth a 'drop in' while you are in the area though.

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Photo of trags15
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I lived in Manayunk for my college career and this was always our go-to Thursday night place. The beers were only two dollars from 8-10 and the beer was actually real good, depending on what you got.

I always preferred the California Dreamin' because it was high in alcohol percentage and it was real cheap. Being outside with your friends, on a cool summer night created such a great atmosphere.

The restaurant itself is very good. The home made pizza is fantastic!! They have a sushi bar, and multiple regular bars inside, as well as two or three bars outside. The place is huge, and serves as the college spot hang out.

The beer selection is very good, ranging from all different types and flavors, with multiple high ABV content.

Overall, solid place.

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Photo of designergeoff
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

been here many times, its a great saturday night place if you want to take off from the better northeast bars (grey lodge, hop angel).

great atmosphere always hot girls, bands, and good people. but there is a crowd for the most part

never had a bad experience with the quality, i get the punch every time i go ( raspberry lager), but lots of others to try. IPA, Smoked beer, other lagers.

panchetta pizza is out of site, you cannot be let down by it.

reasonable price for where your at, i can think of 10 places in that area where you could spend more and be let down

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.88/5  rDev +31.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I could write a novella about our visit to Manayunk on a recent Philly beer trip.

The short story version:

Four guys from West Virginia go to the big city for a weekend of respecting. The second trip for two of us, the first for the other two. A hard afternoon/evening of drinking in Phoenixville and Downingtown on Friday, some slightly hung over Mountaineers on Saturday morning, but nothing a few homebrew samples could not fix.

Saturday on the way in to town, we hit Manayunk Brewery for lunch and some samplers. Great neighborhood, easy drive, and they actually have parking which we find out after cramming into a questionable spot on the street. I go get the van and park it safely on premises.

Following signs we walk behind buildings along the river, some parts covered, some not. We pass an outside bar(maybe part of the place?), then a clothing store, then outside dining, open air bar under roof and finally the inside bar and more importantly the bathrooms.

Settle at the bar, all order samplers (8 beers) and start a-tasting. All excellent beers, but I would not go back to the raspberry lager thing. Forget the name but fruit and lager do not do it for me. The bar-tender is very attentive and friendly but leaves us alone when we want to be. As we peruse menus he suggests the brisket (sandwich or entree) and we all opt for the sandwich which he says has a "money back guarantee". This may have been his own policy rather than the establishment's.

The sandwich was stellar...but I found a small and innocuous looking piece of plastic in my fries. The barkeep casually removes it while I am still binging on the fries. He starts to offer me a free beer for my trouble, and instead decides to offer everyone a free beer for my trouble. We all wet for the DIPA, which was the most memorable from the sampler.

Hey this is a cool place. If our hotel had been anywhere near, and had we not been meeting a local BA for some downtown respecting, we all agreed we could have easily spent the Day at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant. Go there. You will not be disappointed!

No porter or stout which takes the selection down a half-point. There is no reason not to give every other category a 5.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Manayunk Brewery is located between Main Street and the Schuykill River in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. The bar/restuarnt is quite large with bars and dinning rooms on the lower level and the second level. It also features a large patio that over looks the river and a railroad tresstle bridge that crosses over the Schuykill. There is lots of pay parking available on main street and free street parking a few blocks east.

All of the beers on tap are their own. They had about 8 beers on tap including a DIPA, APA, wheat beer, and a few lagers. Everything I had was served in appropriate glass wear. The beer was tasty but nothing over the top. The servers were quick and attentive.

Did not try the food, prices were a bit high but nothing I would not expect in the trendy Manayunk section.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I just got back from this place and let me say simply awesome.

When we first went in we went into the wrong entrance and the man pointed us downstairs. So we walked down the steps and it seemed like walking down into a dungeon but then we looked and the entrance was right in front of us ( you had to walk down the alley to the main entrance and there is an entrance from the little waterfall area). Bar is to your left and a sushi bar is straight ahead very unique I thought. We were seated immediately and I got a sampler of the eight beers on tap. Again awesome not a bad tasting on the menu. The food menu was kind of ordinary and basic.Another thing I was amazed at was how inexpensive the menu was. You can't get a meal as cheap in an ordinary restaraunt. Such as ( Red Lobster,Olive Garden,etc.) We walked out with a six pack two beers apiece of there 3 bottled beers. I would definetly go there again if it wasn't so far away. Again awesome place a must go to in the Philly area and I must say the nicest brewpub I've been to yet.

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Photo of dborginis
3.7/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Really great place to be, ideally on their deck on a 70-80 degree day. This is what makes their annual April Brewfest a great time.

Beers are good, solid selections in a variety of styles. Only problem is, that on three separate occasions, drinking two different beers, I got a beer that I believed did not taste right. The first two times it was a Sckyukill punch, the last time it was their octoberfest. The last time, I told the bartender, and they offered me another beer, even though they seemed to believe I just didn't like the beer. I had each beer many times before, so I was sure something was wrong.

Food is good as well, you can find something tasty at any price point.

Overall I enjoy the place, just have to keep watch for these bad beers once in a while.

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Photo of BigMike
3/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

I've visited Manayunk Brewery several times.
It's about a 25 minutes drive for me as its located a few miles outside of downtown Philly.
The atmosphere of the outdoor seating is my favorite part of this bar. The river and the bridge in the back drop are really cool.
The place is a lot larger than one would think from the outside.
During the week it's pretty easy to get a seat where you want, but on weekends this place gets packed!!
The food is nothing spectacular but it's decent.
They have a wide variety of beers. Some are better then others. I must say that a single one doesn't stand out over another.
Overall, this is a place best visited on a warm summer night so one can take advantage of the outside seating!

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Photo of Hophead101
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

visited Manayunk Brewery on 1.30.09 on our way to Ocean City NJ for the weekend.

We went downstairs where the main restaurant is located, so this review is only on that portion.

Very nice inside, big and open. Decorated very stylishly and classy. For beers, there were about 8-10 on the list of beers available. Your standard styles with a few different ones thrown in there as well. The beer is pretty decent. The service was good from a meal perspective, but they weren't that versed in the beer. Food was fantastic (had a sushi bar that night that was unreal).

Nice place to visit. The overall experience was very nice, but if you are going there only for the beer, understand it is average.

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Photo of bigkingken
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place is absolutely HUGE! Set along a river several miles outside of downtown Philadelphia, the unassuming entrance belies the enormity of the complex that lays behind. The main dining room and bar is elegant and upscale without being pretentious. Several televisions provide access to the local game, and sometimes the corner is home to a big screen with projector. A second room is dominated by a very cool mural of some jazz musicians that encompasses the entire wall. Yet another room is filled with round dining tables. It's this room that you must traverse to get to the back patio that commands a very cool view of the river and bridge behind. And if that weren't enough, the building next door houses a balcony with another bar and even more seating. I can't imagine this place ever being full.

The wood-fired pizza is delicious. It is not the best I've ever had a brewery, but it certainly ranks in the top five. The crust is thin and tasty, but could use a pinch more salt.

Every beer on the sampler of eight was quite drinkable. I wouldn't count any of them among my favorites, and I wouldn't return just to get to any of them. However, the blueberry lager was actually very pleasant. I don't usually go for fruited beers, but the taste of blueberry seemed to envelop my entire mouth before giving way to the familiar finish of a fine lager. Also delicious was the IPA, which I was sorry to hear is seasonal. It had a depth and complexity often lacking in IPA's and was in no way dominated by the initial bitterness.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by here on a Sunday afternoon with fredandboboflo. This place is not really located in the heart of Philadelphia, it's in a suburb

Atmosphere: Pretty chill place. Seemed like more of a restaurant than a brewpub although there were plenty of people at the bar when I was there. Nice and relaxing, quite spacious.

Quality: The beers are, on the whole, decent (I loved the pale ale). Nothing special but not bad either.

Service: The bartender was very friendly and attentive. He gave me a free refill!

Selection: They had 8 beers on tap (lager, raspberry lager, pale ale, oatmeal stout, IIPA, porter, Belgian strong ale, oktoberfest), so plenty to choose from.

Food: I got the crab dip which was incredibly filling and pretty decent. They had a Sunday brunch going, which we didn't participate in, but looked scrumptious.

Value: Good value. I don't remember exactly but I think pints were ~$4-5. Food was slightly overpriced, but nothing crazy.

Overall: A decent stop, but be aware that it's not really in Philly. If you've got the time, I'd check it out though. It's a pretty chill place.

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Photo of hopdog
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Located in Manayunk. Nice location with a big old deck located over/on the Skukyll river. Sometimes the beer is great and sometimes its mediocre (I guess like any typical Brew Pub). Another nice place to take your spouse and or date...walk them around the shops in Manayunk and grab a few beers here. Last time I was in on a Sunday they had a Buffet and a live band playing. The kids loved listening to the band so this took a load off my plate and allowed me to focus on the beer! They also sell bottles of some of their beers to go...

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Photo of philbe311
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Great locale, decor and layout of this establishment... The outdoor deck, weather permitting is great... It's Great place to socialize and hangout on a Friday or Saturday night... Definately a party atmosphere on the weekends, which depending on your personality, is either a good thing of bad thing... Often gets overly crowded at peak times which hurts the service... In terms of beer I expect much much more from my microbreweries... While the beer wasn't bad, it wasn't memorable either... Everything is plane jane and unimaginative...

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Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
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