Flanigan's Boathouse

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Flanigan's BoathouseFlanigan's Boathouse

Type: Bar, Eatery

16 Great Valley Parkway
Malvern, Pennsylvania, 19355
United States

(610) 251-0207

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Photo of memory
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

In a corporate park area off Rt 29 in Malvern. Good wings, sandwitches. Has a big outdoor deck for relaxing, but the better beers seem to be in the upper bar indoors. Happy hour M-F 5-7
I believe, also a late night happy hour. From labor day thru memorial day all taps but Chimay were 2 bucks a pint. Things I've had on tap: Victory- Old Horizontal, Hop Devil, Dark Lager, HopWallop,
Troegs- Mad Elf, Hopback,
Hoegarden, Rogue
From Memorial day to Labor day the choices for happy hour are more limited. For me it tops out at Blue Moon, and Smithwicks.

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Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here for a business lunch and was quite surprised at the large crowd, and the number of taps at the bar ! Big blackboard overhanging the restaurant area stated 34 beers on tap. Victory, Troegs, Flying Fish, Sly Fox, Lancaster BC, Sierra, etc. Looks like beer turns around here pretty quick, as both the Troegs Porter and Sly Fox 311 were listed on the beer menu, but the waitress said they kicked quickly and replaced with other offerings. The bar area was pretty big, and there are lots of tables for dining.

Food was pretty tasty - the clam chowder and mushroom soups got high ratings, and several lunch dishes including the crabcake sandwich I had were good. Great fries here too.

Even though we had to wait about 20 minutes for a table for 7 because of the crowds, the service was quite decent and friendly.

This place is located in a business park. It looks like an old barn converted to a restaurant. There is also an outside area overlooking the valley. I will be making a trip back soon to really enjoy some local PA brews. This is a definite must stop if you are in the area.

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Photo of ark57
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

The Boat House is a happening place on Friday nights. Ity get sreal crowded and you end up having to park very far away unless you want to spring for the valet parking. It is split into 2 levels. The top bar is where most BAs will want to stay. They have some okay beers on tap and some good bottles. I have had Arrogant Bastard here, but they didn't like giving me a glass. They also have had 750 mL bottles of Kasteel. This place is more for partying, and it is difficult for me to party, after I drink 750 mL of beer that has a hefty ABV. Downstairs is more of club like. There is a DJ and a dance floor. They don't serve anything real interesting at the bar so if I'm there I drink pretty much Guiness exclusively, since it is about the same price as most of the other beers, such as Yuengling.

*note - I originally reviewed on 2/12/04, but recently noticed it was for the worng location.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This Boathouse is hidden away in the middle of a corporate park in the center of the Chester county corporate park universe that is, the 202 corridor. If you don't work in this area, chances are you have no idea it is there. It is a nice place to hang out, clown around, happy hours after work. Upstairs is the restaurant and main bar. A single bar, good size with a few side tables is separated from the main dining area by a small half wall. This main bar is where you would want to park your ass if you're a BA. Most of the best beers would be here. Down stairs is another bar, a dance floor and an outdoor deck area. Good place to hang in the spring, summer and fall. The beer selection is not nearly as good downstairs as this is more of your "hooking up" area, especially later at night, so basically you have your standards down there (Yuengling, macros, Bass, Guinness, etc.)

Food is all quite good. Never really had dinner there but many appetizers and quite a few lunches. Lunch service can be a bit slow, so be prepared for a longer then 1 hour lunch, but the food is good.

Back to the upstairs bar. A pretty solid tap set up. Maybe 15-20. Troeg's, Harpoon, Victory, Boddingtons, Rogue Dead Guy, Chimay white, Legacy? and quite a few other of interest craft brews that I can't quite recall. They have a large chalk board set up with all that is currently on. Bottle selection was pretty good as well. Arrogant Bastard was one of the highlights there. I saw quite a few Belgians as well. Overall, much like the Boathouse in Conshohocken, a better then average beer bar. Oh, the crowd is predominately a corporate crowd. Go figure.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.88/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been going to this bar after grad school classes finish. This was the first time I went as a beer advocate. I really don't remember the beer selection being this good. They had Arrogant Bastard on bottle along with Lindeman's, various Belgians, and maybe some German imports. At the time, I saw Brooklyn Brown Ale, Flying Fish Grand Cru, Victory Hop Devil among other micros. I was pretty impressed. I'm not sure how often they rotate, but they had enough styles to keep you happy.

The food is good. The service is ok, esp. when they are busy. A good place to go if you are in the area, but don't go out of your way to get here.

Follow up:

I got a look at their beer menu. They are doing an excellent job, with rotating locals (Victory, Flying Fish) on-tap and a decent selection. They actually explain their beers in the menu. Good job guys! Keep it up.

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Flanigan's Boathouse in Malvern, PA
3.84 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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